LAWRENCE — Kansas football has again looked to the junior college ranks to fix its decade-long quarterback conundrum.
The Jayhawks on Tuesday picked up an oral commitment from Thomas MacVittie, a 6-foot-5, 225-pound signal caller out of Mesa (Ariz.) Community College. A former Pittsburgh transfer considered a pro-style quarterback, MacVittie threw for 1,064 yards, 16 touchdowns and 8 interceptions in his lone junior college season, according to NJCAA.org.
“Coach Les Miles, (offensive coordinator) Chip Lindsey and the staff at Kansas,” MacVittie tweeted, “I am ready to join the Kansas family and win a Big 12 title.”
Having redshirted in his first of two seasons at Pittsburgh, MacVittie will be an incoming junior at KU, which over the last two offseasons has brought in quarterbacks Peyton Bender and Miles Kendrick from the junior college level. Bender threw for 1,894 yards, 13 touchdowns and 3 interceptions this season as a senior, while the sophomore Kendrick appeared sparingly but ultimately redshirted.
MacVittie, Kendrick and soon-to-be senior Carter Stanley are expected to be the first-year offensive coordinator Lindsey’s on-hand options at quarterback.
“We just got better,” Lindsey tweeted Tuesday shortly after MacVittie’s commitment.
KU has cycled through option after option at quarterback since Todd Reesing’s 3,616-passing yard, 22-touchdown effort in 2009. Bender last season produced team-highs in the post-Reesing era, but the offense’s 192.7 passing yards per contest was the lowest mark of departed head coach and offensive coordinator David Beaty’s four-year tenure.
MacVittie’s oral commitment is nonbinding. His first opportunity to sign with KU will come during the early signing period of Dec. 19-21.