Former USC quarterback Jaxson Dart visits BYU

The former Corner Canyon standout is the third-highest rated quarterback in the transfer portal this cycle, per 247Sports.

Southern California quarterback Jaxson Dart throws a pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Washington State, Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021, in Pullman, Wash. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)

Former USC quarterback Jaxson Dart visited BYU on Wednesday.

The sophomore, who entered the transfer portal on Jan. 10, has been making visits to several schools over the last couple weeks, including to Oklahoma and Ole Miss.

The news of Dart’s arrival in Provo was first reported by 247Sports, and later confirmed by The Salt Lake Tribune.

Dart is a former four-star quarterback, according to 247Sports. He’s rated the third-highest quarterback nationally in the transfer portal this cycle.

Dart played in six games at USC last season as a true freshman. He started the final three games of the year after junior Kendon Slovis went out with a leg injury. He tallied 1,353 passing yards, nine touchdowns and five interceptions.

When USC hired former Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley in late November, Dart’s future at the program came into question. It was unclear if Riley would bring former Oklahoma quarterback Caleb Williams with him. Williams entered the transfer portal in early January and remains uncommitted.

It has been widely reported for the last several weeks that Dart would look at Power Five schools.

However, Dart has Utah ties and a relationship with the BYU coaching staff. Dart played high school football at Corner Canyon in Draper, becoming Utah’s Gatorade Player of the Year. BYU was the first high-major school to offer Dart back in 2020. When he eventually committed to USC, Dart listed BYU as one of four schools he was considering — including Arizona State and UCLA.

His father, Brandon Dart, played safety at the University of Utah.

BYU will return its starting quarterback from 2021, Jaren Hall. Hall threw for 2,583 yards, 20 touchdowns and five interceptions in BYU’s 10-3 campaign. Oklahoma and Ole Miss both will need quarterbacks in 2022.

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