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T.J. Millweard commits to Kansas

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, August 22, 2013, at 5 p.m.

— It didn’t take long.

One day after taking an unofficial visit to Kansas, former UCLA quarterback T.J. Millweard became the latest transfer to say yes to KU coach Charlie Weis.

Millweard, who told Rivals.com of his commitment on Thursday morning, spent last season as a redshirt in the UCLA program and will have three years of eligibility remaining after sitting out this season.

“I’m already starting the process of applying,” Millweard told Rivals.com, “and I hope to be back and start school (at KU) on Monday.”

Millweard, a native of Coleyville, Texas, was the 23rd rated pro-style quarterback in the country in the class of 2012, according to Rivals.com. He chose UCLA over Arizona State and Arkansas but soon found himself desiring a return closer to home.

“I grew up in the Midwest and the South,” Millweard told the Los Angeles Times earlier this week. “UCLA is a great school, but it is a different fit for who I am.”

Weis has collected transfer quarterbacks during his first two years at Kansas, recruiting former top recruits Dayne Crist (Notre Dame) and Jake Heaps (BYU). But for Millweard, KU was more than just a place where he could work under Weis. He spent a large chunk of his childhood growing up in the Kansas City area, watching the KU basketball and football programs up close.

On Wednesday, Millweard and his mother Cynthia spent the day touring KU’s facilities and meeting with the Jayhawks’ coaching staff. And given the timing, Millweard had an incentive to commit fast. If he didn’t transfer this fall, he risked having to sit out two years instead of just one.

“I was raised watching KU basketball and football,” Millweard told Rivals. “I was blown away with the visit. It is a beautiful campus. It was a great experience watching practice. Coach Weis is a phenomenal coach. He has the NFL experience.”

The Jayhawks have five quarterbacks on scholarship, including Blake Jablonski, a former walk-on from Collegiate who was recently awarded a scholarship for this senior season. KU also features Heaps, a junior who will start this season, backup Michael Cummings, a redshirt sophomore, and freshmen Montell Cozart and Jordan Darling.

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