Less than two months after retiring from football, former Clemson offensive lineman Jake Fruhmorgen is transferring to Baylor…to play football. Yes, you read that right. According to Sic’Em 365, Fruhmorgen is set to arrive on campus in later this week.
First, the back story. Fruhmorgen, a high school U.S. Army All-American, was a big get for Clemson’s 2015 class, and he had an immediate impact on the field. He played in 11 games, including starting in one, as a true freshman. Last season, he started in all eight games he played in, but an injury in October sent him to the sidelines for the rest of the season.
This is where things get weird.
In January, Fruhmorgen announced that he was transferring from Clemson, and by late June he had decided where he wanted to go; the University of Florida. Since he was transferring to another Division I program, he would have to sit out this season, but Fruhmorgen seemed like he was looking forward to a year of rest.
“I want to sit out a year,” he told SEC Country. “I need to get a little stronger. It would be better for me, more beneficial as an offensive lineman. Obviously, that was something I wish I had known back then — getting redshirted is a good thing. It doesn’t mean you’re not good at all. It means you’re not there yet, so I want to do that. Happy about it.”
Well, he may be happy about sitting this season, which is good because he will have to at Baylor as well, but he wasn’t happy with something in Gainesville. Because he retired from football just four days later. He never actually stepped foot on campus.
A month and a half later, he is now out of retirement and is headed to Waco. As stated earlier, he will have to sit out the 2017 season, but will have two years of eligibility remaining starting in 2018 since he has not previously used his redshirt.