UCLA’s quarterback depth got a little bit better yesterday when the UCLA Bruins announced on Twitter that Washington Huskies quarterback Colson Yankoff will transfer to Westwood. Yankoff was a four-star recruit who was ranked as the sixth-best dual threat quarterback before enrolling at Washington last season.
Yankoff spent only one season in Seattle. He redshirted last season for the Huskies. At this point, it’s not clear if Yankoff will be required to sit out a season due to transfer rules or not. Ben Bolch of the LA Times writes, “The 6-foot-4, 209-pound Yankoff will be eligible after sitting out the 2019 season to satisfy transfer rules.” Meanwhile, Brandon Huffman of 247Sports seems to think that it could go either way at this point. Huffman writes:
Worst-case scenario, Yankoff is ready to play in 2020 and competes for the job then. Best case, though, he’s ruled immediately eligible, like so many of the other transfer quarterbacks have been recently, and he’s in contention to start at Cincinnati for the season opener this fall.
It would certainly help the Bruins’ quarterback depth if he becomes immediately eligible. Right now, Dorian Thompson-Robinson, Austin Burton and Chase Griffin are the only quarterbacks on the roster because Matt Lynch moved to tight end.
Huffman also notes that Yankoff originally committed to Oregon before Mark Helfrich was fired by the Ducks and that it was Helfrich who recommended that Yankoff consider coming to UCLA to play for Chip Kelly.
Yankoff’s highlight reel from his senior year at Couer d’Alene High School in Idaho, courtesy of Hudl.com, shows his versatility.
Welcome to Westwood, Colson!