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Malik Zaire
Could Notre Dame’s former starter end up in Blacksburg?

For those of you who have had trouble following the Malik Zaire situation, the purpose of this article is to get you up to date.  We’ll talk about Zaire as a player, his career at Notre Dame, his decision to transfer, and his options going forward.  We’ll also talk about how it became clear that Virginia Tech is interested in him, and why.

Let’s start with the Jerod Evans situation.  Evans was on stage with the seniors following Tech’s bowl win, and sources indicate that he’s told the coaching staff that he’s dead set on declaring for the NFL Draft. (Update: Evans declared for the draft later in the day.) Everybody is telling him it would be a huge mistake, but for now the only person he is listening to is himself.  If that continues, he’s gone.  If he starts listening to others, then he could end up staying.  We’ll just have to wait and see.

There’s no way that Malik Zaire is coming to Virginia Tech if Jerod Evans stays, so for purposes of this article, let’s assume that Evans leaves.  That would leave Virginia Tech’s spring quarterback depth chart looking like this…

1: Josh Jackson (r-Fr.)
2: Jack Click (r-So., WALKON)
3: Chase Mummau (r-Fr., WALKON)

Obviously there wouldn’t be much depth this spring, and there wouldn’t be a quarterback competition at all.  Josh Jackson would get almost all the reps with the #1 offense, and Justin Fuente and Brad Cornselsen