In the middle of the 2017 season, Pitt’s quarterback situation was a mess. Max Browne had gotten hurt versus Syracuse, Ben DiNucci was barely serviceable in replacing him, and Kenny Pickett had burned his redshirt on a single Hail Mary pass at the end of the Syracuse game.
It speaks volumes that Thomas Macvittie as a redshirt freshman did not get a shot considering those circumstances. It’s not clear why, because Macvittie was a fairly highly rated prospect, and some of the reviews of him out of practice were pretty positive. However, once Pickett seized the starting role after Virginia Tech, Macvittie joined Dinucci in looking for opportunities elsewhere.
Macvittie ended up at Mesa Community College, and the results weren’t bad. In 6 games played, he finished with 1064 yards, 20 combined touchdowns, and 8 interceptions. He’s rated the #1 pro style quarterback in the JUCO ranks by 247 as well.
Today, MacVittie announced he was committing to Kansas.
MacVittie heading to Kansas isn’t surprising either, because before he officially came to Pitt, there was a push by then LSU, now current Kansas coach Les Miles to flip from Pitt to LSU. MacVittie stayed with Pitt after it hired Matt Canada.
Pitt likely won’t face Kansas while MacVittie is there, but it’s always interesting to see where players that transfer out of Pitt end up later on in their careers.