Jordan Kitna decided to remain in the Lone Star State. Rather than attend Michigan State, the former Waxahachie quarterback will enroll at TCU as an invited walk on.
“It’s nothing against Michigan State,” he told the Waxahachie Daily Light. “I loved the coach and the campus, but I felt like I have a better chance here and I’m closer to my family.”
The son of former Dallas Cowboys backup quarterback Jon Kitna played only one season for the Indians. His father moved to Waxahachie in 2015 Lincoln High School in Tacoma, Washington, to assume the head football coaching duties.
Last year, Kitna threw for 1,906 yards and 20 touchdowns, connecting on 116-of-195 attempts with only three interceptions. The signal caller would have produced greater numbers, but he missed four weeks due to a broken collarbone. Yahoo Sports Rivals ranks him as the fifth-best dual-threat, four-star quarterback in the country.
“They (TCU) run an air-raid defense like we do in Waxahachie,” Kitna commented to the Daily Light. “I have a preferred walk-on status at TCU versus only a (regular) walk-on at there (Michigan State.)”
If the former Indian quarterback earns a football scholarship at TCU, it brings a small financial windfall. According to the college’s financial aid office website, annual tuition falls between $42,580 and $55,630.
Michigan State’s out-of-state tuition, on the other hand, ranges between $36,360 and $48,798. However, Kitna has no guarantee of making the Spartans football team outright and obtaining scholarship status.
Kitna will compete for the starting position with Texas A&M transfer Kenny Hill, San Angelo Central’s Brennen Wooten, and Fort Worth All Saints product Foster Sawyer. Former Denton Guyer quarterback and DeSoto transfer Shawn Robinson has committed to the Horned Frogs for the Class of 2017.
In the final analysis, Kitna based his decision on location. Playing an hour’s drive from one’s hometown in front of family and friends carries great weight.
“I want to have my family in the stands cheering for me when I play,” he stated in the Daily Light. “It’s an entirely different situation when you don’t have that support there for you when you need it.”