NORMAN — It didn’t take long for Kendal Thompson to find a new home.
The former Sooners quarterback will transfer to Utah after graduating from OU in May, his new school announced Wednesday.
A day before, Thompson signed an “athletic tender of financial assistance” with Utah.
Thompson will have two seasons of eligibility remaining and can play immediately. He’s expected to arrive at Utah in May.
Thompson also reportedly considered Vanderbilt and Louisville among others.
The son of former Sooners quarterback Charles Thompson, Kendal went through the spring in a three-way battle for the starting job before a broken foot suffered on the first day of fall practices ended that chance.
Thompson played late in the Iowa State game and was impressive, leading the Sooners on a touchdown drive that included a 12-yard run and a 44-yard pass to Lacoltan Bester.
His only other appearance as a Sooner came in the third quarter of Bedlam, throwing an interception on his first attempt in the second half. He was eventually replaced by Blake Bell.
After Trevor Knight’s performance in the Sugar Bowl seemingly solidified him as Oklahoma’s starter in 2014, Thompson announced that he would transfer following graduation.
He visited Salt Lake City less than two weeks ago.
At Utah, Thompson enters a quarterback competition with junior Travis Wilson.
After suffering a concussion in the Utes’ loss to Arizona State on Nov. 9, Wilson was diagnosed with an intracranial artery injury and sat out the rest of the season.
Earlier this week, Wilson was cleared to participate in non-contact drills during spring practices.
Utah’s first-year offensive coordinator, Dave Christiansen, told the Salt Lake Tribune on Wednesday that the Utes’ starting quarterback won’t be decided until the fall.
Christiansen said Thompson was familiar with the offense he plans to run.
Utah hasn’t had much stability at quarterback over the past six years. The last Utah starter to make it all the way through the year was during the undefeated season in 2008, when Brian Johnson started every game.
Thompson is the second Sooners quarterback in recent years to transfer to Utah.
In 2005, Tommy Grady transferred to Utah after losing the quarterback battle to Jason White before the 2004 season.
After sitting out the 2005 season due to transfer rules, Grady played in 13 games over two seasons with the Utes. He started three games in 2007 after Johnson was injured.
Unlike Grady, though, Thompson will be eligible to play immediate thanks to the graduate transfer rule.
Thompson will have to enroll in a graduate program that is not offered at Oklahoma.
Thompson was a high school star at Southmoore, throwing for more than 4,000 yards despite missing much of his senior season due to injury.
He was an UnderArmour All-American and was rated as the No. 14 quarterback nationally by Rivals.com.