The NCAA quarterback carousel continued to turn Friday, with former Oklahoma quarterback Austin Kendall confirming he will play at West Virginia.
As a graduate transfer, he can play immediately and will have two years of eligibility. The Mountaineers are losing quarterback Will Grier to graduation.
“Thank you Sooner nation for an amazing three years. I will never forget the connections and opportunities at OU,” Kendall posted on Twitter. “I am excited for this next step in my life and opportunity at West Virginia University. #HailWV”
Thank you Sooner nation for an amazing three years. I will never forget the connections and opportunities at OU.
There’s only ☝🏻. I am excited for this next step in my life and opportunity at West Virginia University. #HailWV pic.twitter.com/Jr5ut7h4YQ
— Austin Kendall (@A_Kendall11) January 18, 2019
Kendall, a North Carolina native, was a four-star recruit and the No. 9-ranked pro-style quarterback in the Class of 2016, according to the 247Sports composite.
But as the backup quarterback to two Heisman Trophy winners — Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray — his opportunities were limited.
He played briefly in just two games in 2016, redshirted the 2017 season and appeared in four games in 2018. In all, he completed 28 passes for 265 yards and three touchdowns.
His announcement ends a flurry of activity at Oklahoma this week. Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts transferred to the program, and it was reported that Oklahoma would not grant permission to Kendall to play immediately at fellow Big 12 member West Virginia. Amid a backlash, the Sooners relented.