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Report indicates IU football after Oregon State transfer QB Chance Nolan

Quarterback continues to be the glaring position of need for Indiana as transfer season rolls on.

Previously the Hoosiers appeared to have traction with Georgia Tech’s Jeff Sims and ULM’s Chandler Rodgers, but they’ve recently announced commitments to Nebraska and North Texas, respectively.

Another name IU has been rumored to be targeting is Oregon State transfer Chance Nolan.

A report by 247Sports national writer Chris Hummer suggests IU just might be the front runner for Nolan, who said the Hoosiers have been a “big part of his focus” when it comes to transfer destinations.

Injuries shortened Nolan’s 2022 season with the Beavers.  He completed 59.5 percent of his throws and had 939 yards, seven touchdowns and eight interceptions while starting five games.  On Oct. 1 he suffered a neck strain and missed the rest of the regular season.

That injury caused Nolan to miss some time in classes, and according to Hummer’s report has contributed to a slower recruitment out of the portal as graduation issues are being ironed out.

Cincinnati, Oklahoma State, Baylor, Florida Atlantic, Louisiana Tech and Colorado State are some of the other schools involved, according to Hummer.

For his career at in Corvallis, Nolan has started 20 games over three seasons.  He’s compiled 4,153 yards with 32 touchdowns and 20 interceptions.

Indiana has made it clear they want a dual-threat quarterback, and Nolan has shown some ability with his legs.  He’s rushed 116 times for 508 yards (4.4 yards per carry) with five touchdowns over three seasons with Oregon State.

The 6-foot-3 and 209-pound Nolan came to Oregon State from Saddlebrook Community College, where he was rated four stars by Rivals and three stars by 247Sports following the 2019 season.  He was ranked as the No. 1 dual threat quarterback at the JC level by JCGridiron.

Nolan told Hummer he knows IU offensive coordinator Walt Bell, who recruited him out of junior college when he was the head coach at UMass.

Nolan started his college career at Middle Tennessee before going the JUCO route.  He was a 3-star prospect according to 247Sports.

A product of Paloma Valley, Calif. (Paloma H.S.), Nolan was originally part of the recruiting class of 2018.

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