Paul Johnson says to Thomas O'Reilly, "Get your ass over here to the Flats!" (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
I was waiting on a little bit of closure, but after a few days of rumors I figured it was about time to post about this one. A couple days ago one of the fine writers here at FTRS sent me an article from the AJC with a URL that suggested an O-Lineman was possibly going to transfer from Auburn to the Flats, and my first thought was that it was referring to Will Adams, which would have just been dripping with irony.
However, it makes no sense to "transfer" from a school before you can even enroll there, so upon further inspection, I found that we were discussing Thomas O'Reilly. O'Reilly was a very highly ranked guard in the class of 2011 recruiting class, and has a big frame at 6'3", 325 lbs. He would have to sit out this year (2012), but afterwards would have 3 years of eligibility and could compete hard to fill the hole left by Omoregie Uzzi's departure. He's looking to transfer out of Auburn for a multitude of reasons, including playing time, an altered offensive scheme after the departure of Gus Malzahn, and an academic upgrade. His father was quoted in the AJC as saying "it's not yet a done deal", but JacketsOnline publisher Kelly Quinlan would suggest otherwise (link requires registration).
Either way, we should know soon whether or not he'll be the newest member of the Yellow Jacket family. With all of our O-Line's health issues this spring, we could certainly use the depth, size, and overall talent that O'Reilly would provide, and he would very much be welcomed. Stay tuned...