January 9, 2011

Brunetti close to decision on transfer

Barry Brunetti has done his research, met with all three potential suitors and checked out the trio of campuses.

The legwork, if you will, is done. All that's left for the former West Virginia quarterback to do is make a decision. Brunetti, a former U.S. Army All-American ranked by Rivals.com as the nation's No. 1 dual-threat quarterback a year ago, told RebelGrove.com Saturday evening he planned to sit down with his family today and "decide early next week, no later than Tuesday."

Brunetti, who led MUS to a state championship and an undefeated season as a senior, entertained Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt on Wednesday.

"It was a great meeting and he got my family attached to him," Brunetti said. "They really liked him and how he said they were going to use me."

Brunetti also sat down with Memphis coach Larry Porter and new Arkansas State coach Hugh Freeze during the past several days.

"I've seen everything and done everything I wanted to do," Brunetti said. "I love all three schools. I love all three coaches. I could see myself at all three. Now it's a matter of sitting down and deciding what's best."

Brunetti played in four games at West Virginia in the recently completed season. He has four years of eligibility, including three of competition, remaining. However, Brunetti is planning to file a family hardship appeal with the NCAA that, if successful, would allow him to be eligible to play at his new school in 2011.

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