Willie Taggart released some big news before the holiday weekend, confirming the transfer of not just UCLA quarterback Asiantii Woulard, but also NC State wideout Marquez Valdes-Scantling. Valdes-Scantling, a rising junior, will have to sit out the 2015 season and will have two seasons of eligibility remaining.
MVS, as he shall be called hereafter, was a low three-star recruit out of Lakewood High in St. Petersburg, and gave the Bulls a good, long look before choosing the Wolfpack. He was productive in his two seasons with the Pack: he played right away as a true freshman and tallied 22 catches for 281 yards and put up another 22 catches for 257 yards and a remarkable touchdown last season. His playing time tailed off toward the end of his sophomore year, which many attributed to trouble with drops.
Still, Valdes-Scantling is a big target (6'3", 190 lbs.) who's got the skill set to line up wide as the X receiver and body up corners in man coverage. When eligible, he'll join a receiving corps that should return all of its key components-- Rodney Adams, Ryeshene Bronson, and A.J. Legree, not to mention potential rotation players like Chase Whitehead and Stanley Clerveaux. The Bulls could have a pretty talented group of receivers in 2016, which is a luxury they haven't had in quite some time.
Welcome home, Marquez!