Next year's battle to replace Tyler Hansen as Colorado's quarterback is now more crowded.
Former Texas quarterback Connor Wood has transferred to CU, both schools confirmed Wednesday.
The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Wood, a redshirt freshman, visited the Boulder campus Monday to meet with CU coaches as he mulled a transfer. He enrolled in classes Wednesday, the final day for students to do so for the fall semester at CU.
Wood was granted an unconditional release by Texas, a Longhorns press release said. NCAA transfer rules require that Wood sit out this season, after which he will have three years of playing eligibility left.
“I want to thank Coach (Mack) Brown, Coach (Bryan) Harsin, all of the coaches, and my teammates for the opportunity to play at a great school like The University of Texas,” Wood said in the UT press release. “I loved playing for UT and gave it my all, but I felt I needed to seek a new opportunity. I will always cherish the memories and friends I developed as a Longhorn, but I'm excited about the next chapter in my life and looking forward to playing at the University of Colorado.”
Eager to get the season started at Hawaii on Saturday, CU first-year head coach Jon Embree opted not to comment on the addition of Wood after his team's final workout in Boulder.
"I'm not even worried about that," Embree said. "We can talk about Hawaii all you want. I'm not talking about next year."
A four-star recruit in 2010, Wood was listed as the co-No. 3 on Texas' depth chart for Saturday's season opener against Rice along with true freshman David Ash. Junior Garrett Gilbert is the Longhorns' starter, and sophomore Case McCoy is the backup.
A four-sport athlete in high school and a starter in the 2010 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, Wood passed for 8,417 yards and 73 touchdowns in four seasons at Second Baptist High School, leading the team to a 29-18 record.
With Wood, the Buffs figure to have six quarterbacks in camp next fall as things stand now.
Highly-touted three-star prospect Shane Dillon from El Cajon, Calif., has verbally committed to the Buffs. Hansen's backup this season is redshirt freshman Nick Hirschman, while walk-on true freshman John Schrock won the third spot. Junior college transfer Brent Burnette and freshman Stevie Joe Dorman also figure to be back.
Hirschman, for one, took Wood's addition in stride Wednesday.
"It's not anything new," he said. "Every year you're going to have to compete with somebody different. He's just another person to come in and compete with."