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Kansas Football Lands Former Four-Star Minnesota RB Ky Thomas

Kansas football continues to have great success in the transfer portal.

On Saturday night, running back Ky Thomas announced his commitment to the Jayhawks. According to 247Sports, Thomas is KU’s highest-rated transfer, and there have now been six committed to the Jayhawks this offseason, including multiple players from the Big Ten.

Here was his announcement on Twitter.


It’s a homecoming of sorts for Thomas who played high school ball in Topeka, Kansas, where he was a four-star prospect coming out of Topeka high.

He led Minnesota in rushing during the 2021 season. He finished the season with 824 rushing yards on 166 carries (5 yards per carry), along with six touchdowns. He also caught six passes for 44 yards. In Minnesota’s bowl game, Some Big 12 fans might be familiar with Thomas, as he was named the Guaranteed Rate Bowl MVP after he rushed for 144 yards and a touchdown against the West Virginia Mountaineers.

Thomas didn’t see any action during the 2020 season as a redshirt, so he still has three years of eligibility with the Jayhawks.

Thomas will enroll in classes this week and be a part of the KU program during the spring. 

The Jayhawks are coming off a 2-10 season in Lance Leipold’s first year in Lawrence, with wins over South Dakota State and Texas, but they played several close games down the stretch against Oklahoma, TCU and West Virginia, while also being the least-penalized team in the Big 12.

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