If he wants to transfer or decides he wants to transfer at some point that is not a bad thing for anybody involved. It is not a lost year for him, he gets college academic credit and still maintains all his eligibility whether he stays or leaves. We have seen this play before and it has usually does not end with the player getting what they want without leaving. The player that chooses to redshirt usually figures out that he is not in a good place for him. Ford as would all coaches will continue to recruit over a player. My comment was not meant to be an attack on the player but just an observation.