NORMAN — Kendal Thompson isn’t wasting any time with his search for a new college football home.
The former Oklahoma quarterback is visiting Utah this weekend, and plans to visit four more schools before choosing his next school, according to a source close to Thompson.
The source said 42 NCAA Division I schools have expressed interest in Thompson, who plans to graduate this May and transfer.
Per NCAA rules, as long as Thompson enrolls in a graduate degree program that Oklahoma doesn’t offer, he would be immediately eligible next fall with two seasons to play.
Thompson competed with Trevor Knight and Blake Bell to become Oklahoma’s starting quarterback last spring, but suffered a foot injury on the first day of fall camp. Knight initially won the job, but Bell took over after two games and started eight.
Thompson saw brief fourth-quarter action in the Sooners’ Nov. 16 win over Iowa State, completing a 44-yard pass to Lacoltan Bester and tossing a touchdown pass three plays later.
The redshirt sophomore was the Sooners’ second option in the Bedlam game, and started the third quarter after Knight left with a shoulder injury late in the first half.
Thompson threw an interception on the first play from scrimmage after halftime against Oklahoma State, and played most of the third quarter before OU coaches turned to Bell, who led the Sooners on a game-winning touchdown drive.
Knight started the Sooners’ 45-31 Sugar Bowl upset of Alabama and was excellent, making him the obvious starter entering next season. Bell opted to change positions to tight end rather than transfer.
Thompson became a high-school star at Southmoore, and committed to the Sooners in November 2009. He is the son of former OU quarterback Charles Thompson.