Last month, former four-star quarterback Devon Modster announced his transfer from UCLA football.
Modster, a member of UCLA’s 2016 class, was a blue-chip recruiting win for the Bruins. He chose the school after flipping from Arizona.
247Sports ranked him as the No. 306 player in the country. He was the No. 13 pro-style quarterback, and the No. 43 player in California.
The Devon Modster transfer decision from UCLA football was made official back on Sept. 21.
He announced the move on Twitter:
“First and foremost I would like to thank my teammates for always grinding with me day in and day out, creating memories that I will cherish for a lifetime. I would like to thank Coach Mora for giving me the opportunity to play and attend such a prestigious school! Also I’d like to thank the Bruin Fans who continued to support my teammates an I throughout these years. I’d like to thank Coach Kelly and the strength coaches for allowing me to continue to play the game I love, BUT I’ve decided to leave UCLA and pursue other opportunities.
“Best of luck to the Bruin Families!”
Dorian Thompson-Robinson, a four-star freshman, started most of the season, while Michigan transfer Wilton Speight has come on in a few games, and replaced Thompson-Robinson after an apparent injury during UCLA’s win over Arizona.
Modster has since enrolled at Palomar College, a junior college in San Marcos, Calif., and recently took a visit to Boise State. His brother Sean Modster is a senior wide receiver for the Broncos. From 247Sports:
Modster wanted to watch his brother in action but also meet up with coach (Zak) Hill (QB coach) and gauge if the Broncos had interest.
“I was able to sit down with coach Hill and he’s an awesome guy,” Modster said. “We talked for a while and I asked him if they’re looking for a quarterback who can come in mid-year.
“He said they liked my film and want a guy who can stay in the pocket and make all the throws but can also run as well. He said they’re still evaluating what they want to do and he would let me know by December if they were going to take an older guy or if they want a young guy out of high school.”
He also mentioned a few other schools that are involved with him. NC State was the biggest name, but it sounds like Modster is probably Group of Five-bound, as he wants a situation in which he can step right in and play.
“San Jose State and Nevada have reached out,” Modster said. “I’ve also talked to San Diego State a little as well. Angus McClure is at Nevada now and he was our DL coach when I was at UCLA so we’ve talked a few times and that would be a good option for me.
“I talked to coach (Blane) Morgan (QB coach) at San Diego State and I’ve heard a little from North Carolina State too. Right now I’m just doing research and looking for schools who start a senior quarterback or a school where they don’t have a lot of depth. I only have two years left so being able to compete for playing time right away is pretty important.”
If one of those Mountain West teams lands him, it could be a coup. Modster played in five games as a redshirt freshman for the Bruins last season, and his numbers are impressive. He completed 51-of-79 passes for 671 yards and four touchdowns, with no interceptions. Ultimately, however, it didn’t seem like he was a fit with Chip Kelly’s offense after the coaching change.