Former Kansas quarterback Jordan Webb is scheduled to meet with Colorado coaches and academic staffers Tuesday and should be admitted to graduate school later this month.
Webb publicly acknowledged late last week in an interview with the Journal-World newspaper in Lawrence, Kan., that he is transferring to CU this summer with an eye on earning the starting quarterback job with the Buffs this fall. The Daily Camera first reported Webb's interest in the Buffs in March.
"That's the whole reason I wanted to transfer," Webb told the Journal-World in regards to trying to earn the starting job in Boulder. "I wanted to go somewhere where I felt like I had that opportunity."
Webb has not responded to multiple messages left for him by the Camera in recent months since he visited Boulder during the spring.
Webb will be one of six quarterbacks on the roster when fall camp opens on Aug. 7, and he will be the most experienced player in the group by far. Only one other Buffs signal-caller -- Nick Hirschman -- has played in a college game. Webb will be eligible to play right away this fall without having to sit out the customary transfer year because he already earned his undergraduate degree at Kansas.
He was the Jayhawks' primary starting quarterback the past two seasons. He played in all 12 games in 2011 and completed 179 of 281 passes for 1,884 yards and 13 touchdowns with 12 interceptions.
"I think it's a good fit. They're an up-and-coming team and coach," Webb told the Journal-World. "I really enjoyed my time there, so we'll see how it goes."
Webb's primary competition to be the Buffs started will come from third-year sophomores Connor Wood and Hirschman.
Wood took nearly all the first-team snaps in 15 practices during the spring because Hirschman was healing from his third foot surgery in the past year. But Hirschman is the only quarterback on the roster with any experience other than Webb.
Hirschman played in five games in 2011 mostly in mop-up duty relieving senior Tyler Hansen. Hirschman started at Arizona State last season, but did not play well in the first quarter and was replaced by Hansen, who was coming off a concussion. Hirschman attempted to play hurt last season and says he never felt healthy and confident.
Wood, who transferred to CU from Texas last summer, sat out last season and led the CU scout team in practices. Rivals.com ranked him the third best pro-style quarterback in the nation in the 2010 recruiting class and that ranking has made him the favorite to earn the starting job in the eyes of some CU fans.
Wood had this to say about the possibility of Webb joining the program when he was asked about the topic near the end of spring ball in April.
"Obviously it increases the competition and increases the dynamic of how we're going to do into fall, in terms of reps and that sort of thing," Wood said. "As I said in the offseason, as you bring in good players and better players, obviously it encourages competition because no one's spot is sealed.
"You've got to embrace it. You can't be threatened by it or put off by it. You've got to embrace it and think it's going to be good for the team, if it indeed does happen."
Colorado coaches received an oral commitment over the weekend from offensive lineman Gunnar Graham of Marin Catholic High School in Kentfield, Calif.
Graham is a 6-foot-6, 280-pound prospect and is the 12th overall commitment in the 2013 cycle and the fifth offensive lineman in the class. Coach Jon Embree has said he expects to sign six or seven offensive linemen in February and between 15 and 20 total recruits.
Both of Graham's parents attended Colorado. He visited CU late last week and committed over the weekend. He is ranked with three stars by Rivals.com and is a two-star prospect on Scout.com. Graham chose CU over Utah, Iowa State and San Diego State among others.