Remember that rumor we told you about Brett Nottingham last week? Well, according to this article from The Bootleg—Scout.com's Stanford athletics blog—it turns out that rumor is true. Though Athletics cannot comment on potential recruits until they are admitted and a deposit is in due to Ivy League rules, Nottingham's word is confirmation that he plans on taking his talents to the Big Apple.
"I am excited to say I am in the process of applying to Columbia University," Nottingham said to The Bootleg. "Pending admissions, I plan on playing football for head coach Pete Mangurian and the Columbia Lions."
Per the same article, Nottingham was scheduled to major in Science, Technology, and Society at Stanford. It is currently unclear to which Columbia school Nottingham is applying, but he'd be eligible to play in 2013 irrespective of where he'd land, as he's transferring from a FBS to an FCS football program. Nottingham has finished all essays and applications, and will get a job and train while he's waiting to hear back from CU. If admitted, he would join Columbia football in the summer.
As for the famous "Why Columbia?" question, the quarterback gave The Bootleg this explanation.
"Once I decided to transfer, I did my research," Nottingham said. "Columbia is one of the world's premiere universities in one of the greatest cities in the world. Once I took a closer look at the Columbia football program, their offense, and once I spoke with coach Mangurian and [offensive coordinator Jamie] Elizondo, I knew Columbia was the perfect and natural fit for me."
If admitted, Nottingham should make an immediate impact throwing to wide receivers like Connor Nelligan, Chris Connors, and Isaiah Gross, which in turn should open up rushing lanes for running back Marcorus Garrett.