Not long ago, Davis Webb was sure he would finish his college football career at Colorado.

He still might, but he's no longer convinced Boulder will be his home this fall.

A former Texas Tech quarterback, Webb has announced he will graduate from Tech next month and transfer to a new school for his final season. In January, he gave a verbal commitment to CU and continued into March to express his allegiance to the Buffs.

Webb spent last weekend visiting the California campus in Berkeley, though, and there are reports that he will visit Auburn in the future.

Webb declined an interview request, but via text message to Buffzone.com, he did confirm that he's exploring his options.

"Just trying to gather as much information to make the best choice for myself," said Webb, who has spent time with CU head coach Mike MacIntyre this week.

The 6-foot-5, 225-pound Webb can play immediately this fall as a graduate transfer, and with just one season to play, he's looking for his best chance to start.

Webb started 14 games early in his career at Tech. Overall, he played in 23 games for the Red Raiders, throwing for 5,557 yards, 46 touchdowns and 22 interceptions. He was named the MVP of the 2013 Holiday Bowl.

Last season, Webb lost his starting job to sophomore star Patrick Mahomes. A dual-threat athlete, Mahomes threw for 4,653 yards and 36 touchdowns last season while also rushing for 456 yards and 10 touchdowns.


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Mahomes is considered by many to be one of the top 10 quarterbacks in the country this coming season, and with him locked in as the starter — barring injury — Webb faced the prospect of being a backup for his final season at Tech.

When Webb committed in January, Colorado seemed like a great option.

CU's new co-offensive coordinator and receivers coach is Darrin Chiaverini, a former CU player who spent the past two seasons as an assistant at Texas Tech. With Chiaverini, the Buffs are implementing a lot of the offensive concepts that Webb ran at Tech.

While the Buffs return three-year starter Sefo Liufau (7,397 yards, 49 touchdowns in his career), his status for 2016 is in doubt because of a Lisfranc injury to his left foot. It knocked him out of the last 2½ games of last season and he didn't take part in spring ball.

If Liufau is out, Webb would be almost a lock to start at CU.

While Webb hasn't given a reason for looking at other options, it's possible that Liufau's health is playing a role in his decision. While CU and Liufau continue to say they don't know if he can play this year, Liufau appears to be on the fast track to recovery. He has been aggressive in his rehab and has been jogging a bit lately.

"I feel great right now," Liufau said last Saturday.

If Liufau, who is a leader in the locker room, is ready to go, Webb could find himself in a tough battle for the starting job in Boulder.

The battle may not be so difficult at Cal, which is trying to replace Jared Goff, who may wind up as the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft later this month. None of the handful of candidates at Cal have emerged as a front-runner this spring, so Webb could step in immediately and start.

Cal head coach Sonny Dykes would love to have Webb, who spent three years in Texas Tech's air-raid passing offense. Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury learned that offense from his playing days at Texas Tech under coach Mike Leach.

Dykes also runs the air raid, having worked for Leach for seven seasons at Tech, including each of Kingsbury's final three years as a player. Cal's new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach is Jake Spavital, who worked for one season — in 2009 — with Kingsbury at Houston. Spavital and Kingsbury are reportedly close friends.

Auburn doesn't have the coaching connections to Tech that Cal and CU have, but the Tigers have a need for a quality starting quarterback. They brought in junior college transfer John Franklin III to compete with Jeremy Johnson and Sean White, who split starts last season. According to reports out of Auburn, none of the three stood out during spring.

Webb has time to make a decision. He will not officially join his new team until enrolling for summer classes.

Brian Howell: howellb@dailycamera.com, on Twitter: @BrianHowell33.