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PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 26: Gardner Minshew #5 of the East Carolina Pirates pitches the ball in the first quarter against the Temple Owls at Lincoln Financial Field on November 26, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

East Carolina quarterback Gardner Minshew is one of the top graduate transfer options ahead of the 2018 season, and the experienced signal-caller is already receiving heavy interest from several major programs.

The first of those to show interest was Alabama several weeks ago, and the Crimson Tide are being awarded with a visit from Minshew this weekend. However, Sports Illustrated’s Bruce Feldman notes that Alabama is not the only SEC team looking at Minshew, as Auburn and Tennessee have now both gotten in the race for the grad transfer.

From SI:

For now, Alabama is his only offer, but two other SEC schools are also in the mix. Tennessee reached out to him last week, and earlier this week he heard from Auburn offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey, who recruited him in high school when Lindsey was the offensive coordinator at Southern Miss.

Tennessee is probably the most interesting of the three options there, as Minshew would most likely see some actual playing time were he to go with the Vols. Minshew did, however, mention to Feldman that he is interested in going into coaching after his playing career is over, which is why Alabama was such an intriguing option for him to begin with.

Alabama is the only offer for Minshew so far.

A 6-foot-2, 215-pound talent, Minshew played in 10 games as a junior last season. He threw for 2,140 yards and 16 touchdowns with seven interceptions. Over the last four games of the season, Minshew was even better, as he threw for 1,486 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Bo was born in Atlanta, GA, and has always been a savvy sports follower. He attended Georgia Tech and has previously worked with ESPN TrueHoop, HawksHoop, and the Georgia Tech Newsroom. He covers national college football for FanBuzz.
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