On the same day Wisconsin lost their offensive coordinator, they lost out on an opportunity for an experienced replacement at quarterback as well.
In a posting made to his Twitter feed, Dayne Crist announced that “[a]fter a long & difficult decision making process, I’m incredibly excited to join the Kansas football team.” Crist punctuated the tweet with a “Rock Chalk Jayhawk!”
It had previously been reported that Crist had whittled his choices down to the Jayhawks and Badgers. Crist visited both schools — along with Delaware — last week, and was personally visited in South Bend by new KU head coach Charlie Weis.
It was likely that preexisting relationship with Weis that swung the decision in favor of the school in Lawrence. Crist was recruited by Notre Dame when Weis was the Irish head coach and was a member of the coach’s next-to-last recruiting class.
Earlier this month, Irish head coach Brian Kelly confirmed that Crist had asked for and been granted a release from his ND scholarship in order to transfer and use his final season of eligibility at another football program. Crist, who suffered season-ending injuries each of the previous two seasons, will graduate in December, meaning he will be eligible to play during the 2012 season.
For his Irish career, Crist threw for just over 2,300 yards, 16 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Crist was a five-star member of the Irish’s 2008 recruiting class and the No. 2 pro-style QB in the country according to Rivals.com.
KU might not be done free-agent QB shopping, either; Jake Heaps, who is transferring from BYU, visited the Jayhawks over the weekend and it’s believed KU is the front-runner for his services. Crist’s presence should have little or no impact on Heaps’ decision as the former will be one-and-done with the Jayhawks while the latter will have to sit out a year to satisfy NCAA transfer rules.