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UVA football adds Mississippi State grad transfer QB Keytaon Thompson

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Posted at 3:23 PM, May 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-01 15:23:11-04

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia football program announced today (May 1) it has added a transfer, according to head coach Bronco Mendenhall. Quarterback Keytaon Thompson of Mississippi State has signed a grant-in-aid document and will enroll at UVA this summer. Thompson will have two years of eligibility for the Cavaliers and will be eligible right away as graduate transfer.

Thompson (New Orleans, La.) appeared in 20 career games for Mississippi State over the 2017, 2018 and 2019 seasons. Thompson appeared in only one game in 2019 and was able to redshirt. He was 2-0 as a starter in Starkville with 18 career touchdowns (10 rushing, eight passing). His first career start was in the 2017 Taxslayer Bowl where he led the Bulldogs to a 31-27 victory over the Lamar Jackson-led Louisville Cardinals, rushing for three scores and tying a MSU bowl record.

Thompson was recruited to Starkville by former MSU head coach Dan Mullen and saw quite a bit of action under Mullen as a true freshman. He played in 10 games in 2017, throwing for 388 yards and two touchdowns while also going for 446 yards and six scores on the ground. In nine games (one start) in 2018, Thompson threw for 458 yards and six touchdowns while rushing for 226 yards and four scores. Thompson owns three 100-yard rushing games and tallied 672 rushing yards, while averaging 6.8 yards per rush for his career. He also passed for 846 yards and eight touchdowns for his career.

A New Orleans, La., native, Thompson attended Landry-Walker High School where he combined for three state championships in football and basketball. He was a consensus four-star recruit out of Landry-Walker High School and became his high school’s first Louisiana Gatorade Player of the year following a senior season in 2016 where he was a finalist for the Gatorade National Player of the Year. Thompson notched 10,737 yards of total offense and accounted for 149 touchdowns during his prep career. He finished his senior season, completing 198-of-331 passes for 3,825 yards and 46 touchdowns while rushing 152 times for 1,434 yards and 26 touchdowns.

Keytaon Thompson (KEY-tahn)
6-4 • 225 • QB
New Orleans, La. • Landry-Walker HS/Mississippi State

PREVIOUS SCHOOL
A 2020 graduate from Mississippi State, earning a degree in kinesiology sport administration … appeared in 20 career games for Mississippi State over the 2017, 2018 and 2019 seasons … appeared in only one game in 2019 and was able to redshirt … went 2-0 as a starter in Starkville with 18 career touchdowns (10 rushing, eight passing) … first career start was in the 2017 Taxslayer Bowl where he led the Bulldogs to a 31-27 victory over the Lamar Jackson-led Louisville Cardinals, rushing for three scores and tying a MSU bowl record … recruited to Starkville by former MSU head coach Dan Mullen and saw quite a bit of action under Mullen as a true freshman … played in 10 games in 2017, throwing for 388 yards and two touchdowns while also going for 446 yards and six scores on the ground … threw for 458 yards and six touchdowns while rushing for 226 yards and four scores in nine games (one start) in 2018 … owns three 100-yard rushing games and tallied 672 rushing yards, while averaging 6.8 yards per rush for his career … passed for 846 yards and eight touchdowns for his career.

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL
Combined for three state championships in football and basketball … consensus four-star recruit out of Landry-Walker High School in New Orleans where he was coached by Emanuel Powell … No. 1 QB recruit in Louisiana according to 247Sports and a Parade All-American honorable mention … became the first player in Landry-Walker history to be named Louisiana Gatorade Player of the Year following an incredible senior season in 2016 … 2016 District 8-5A MVP and finalist for the Gatorade National Player of the Year … 2016 LSWA Class 5A Most Outstanding Offensive Player … racked up 10,737 yards of total offense and accounted for 149 touchdowns during his prep career … finished his senior season, completing 198-of-331 passes for 3,825 yards and 46 touchdowns while rushing 152 times for 1,434 yards and 26 TDs … amassed 5,259 yards of total offense in 2016 … accounted for 457 yards of total offense and six touchdowns in the 2016 Class 5A state championship game, leading the Charging Buccaneers to a 50-21 win over West Monroe to produce the school’s first state title … squad capped the year on a 13-game winning streak and in that stretch he accounted for 66 touchdowns … completed 16-of-27 passes for 303 yards with five touchdowns and carried 23 times for another 154 yards, dazzling fans in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in the state title game … in five playoff games as a senior, completed 81-of-119 passes for 1,485 yards with 17 touchdowns and two interceptions, while rushing for 534 yards and 11 scores … as a junior, directed the Charging Bucs to a 10-3 record, a share of the District 8-5A championship and an appearance in the 2015 Class 5A state quarterfinals … four-year starter at QB and a three-year starter in basketball … the two led Landry-Walker to back-to-back Class 4A state championships in 2014 and 2015 … a knack for making big plays, Thompson drained the game-winning bucket in the 2015 LHSAA Top 28 Class 4A championship game … nickname is “K.T.” … son of Naffateria and Kintay Thompson … has one sibling, Kayden … is an avid chess player.