It appears the Utah Utes have won the Kendal Thompson sweepstakes.
On Wednesday afternoon, it was announced that the program has accepted the transfer of the former Oklahoma Sooners quarterback, per 247Sports’ Justin Hopkins:
According to sources close to Thompson, over 40 NCAA Div. I schools had shown interest in his services.
The Oklahoma City, Okla., native announced his decision to transfer from Oklahoma in January. Over three seasons in Norman, he only attempted 13 passes—completing four—for 64 yards, a touchdown and an interception.
Set to graduate in May, Thompson will be eligible to play immediately next season. He will have two years of eligibility remaining.
Having Thompson on the depth chart is huge for Utah.
Although expected starting quarterback Travis Wilson was cleared to return to practice, via The Salt Lake Tribune’s Lya Wodraska, it’s always better to approach such a situation cautiously. Wilson missed the final three games of the 2013 season after it was discovered that he had an intracranial arterial condition following exams for a concussion he suffered against Arizona State on Nov. 9.
Prior to diagnosis, Wilson had thrown for 1,827 yards, 16 touchdowns and 16 interceptions on 56.1 percent passing.
Thompson is also coming off an injury, missing some time due to a right foot fracture he suffered during summer camp. More importantly, the injury caused him to be removed from the Sooners’ preseason quarterback competition.
A former 3-star prospect in the class of 2011, Thompson has the talent to challenge Wilson for the starting job.