Maryland quarterback Kasim Hill has entered his name into the NCAA transfer portal.
On Friday evening, Hill issued a statement on Twitter, informing everyone of his decision to explore other opportunities. The announcement came just two days after Mike Locksley secured his first recruiting class as the head coach of the Terrapins.
“After plenty of reflection over the past few months I have entered my name in the NCAA transfer portal,” Hill wrote. “In my first 18 months at the University of Maryland I have personally experienced many good moments but also some very challenging ones. Exploring a transfer will help me make an informed decision about whether a change in venue could benefit my overall recovery, well-being and development.”
— Kasim Hill (@Khillqb11) February 8, 2019
Hill started in 10 games at quarterback for the Terrapins last fall before suffering a season-ending ACL injury against Indiana. He threw for 1,083 yards and nine touchdowns for the year.
As a true freshman in 2017, Hill was pushed into the spotlight after starting quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome suffered a season-ending knee injury in the season opener against Texas. Just two weeks later, Hill suffered his own ACL injury in Week 3 of the season. He had completed 18-of-21 passes for 230 yards and two touchdowns.
With the quarterback issues in College Park, Hill seems like a good candidate to win back the starting job for the 2019 season under Locksley. However, the Terrapins are bringing in four-star quarterback Lance LeGendre, who is ranked as the ninth-best dual-threat quarterback in the class. That could have something to do with Hill’s decision to look elsewhere.
Entering the transfer portal doesn’t guarantee a departure, as Hill can return to Maryland if he finds that to be his best option.