STILLWATER — Oklahoma State backup quarterback Johnny Deaton, a prized member of the 2010 recruiting class, is likely to transfer, a university source revealed Wednesday night.
A sophomore from Sand Springs who completed one of his two pass attempts in a debut season a year ago, Deaton's next stop is unknown. Initial efforts to reach Deaton and his family were unsuccessful.
Despite a senior season marred by injury, Deaton was ranked as the nation's No. 6 dual-threat quarterback. He arrived at OSU in the spring of 2010, hoping to compete for the starting job.
Instead, Deaton battled with Clint Chelf for the No. 2 spot behind Brandon Weeden in a competition that continued through this spring. Chelf held the backup job last season, and the competition added another figure with true freshman J.W. Walsh joining the mix.
Deaton's departure would leave the Cowboys with three scholarship quarterbacks: Weeden, Chelf and Walsh. They do have a commitment for the 2012 recruiting class in Wes Lunt of Rochester, Ill.
The Cowboys are scheduled to report to Stillwater on Aug. 4 for the start of fall camp. OSU opens the season at home Sept. 3 against Louisiana-Lafayette.