After passing for 2,372 yards and 17 touchdowns his senior season at Stephenville High School, two-year starter Kade Renfro generated a good deal of interest at the next level. Still, a year after signing with Ole Miss, the former Jacket quarterback is transferring to Arkansas.
Despite being the only quarterback the Rebels had in their 2020 class, Arkansas elected to move Renfro to wide receiver, where he did not play a down this past season.
Renfro started his junior season at Stephenville as the second-team quarterback behind Cole Stanley, who suffered a midseason leg injury. Renfro took over the reins of the offense and never let go.
The quarterback’s success behind the Jackets’ line led to an invitation to the Elite 11 camp in Houston, where he earned MVP status and a three-star ranking among college recruiters.
While Renfro initially committed to North Texas, he later rescinded that commitment, and his recruitment process was filled with faces familiar with Erath County football. Florida State and former Stephenville QB and state champion Kendal Briles tried to get Renfro to be part of the Seminoles program.
Jeff Lebby (Art Briles’ son-in-law) played for his father Mike Lebby in Dublin and was hot in Renfro’s trail for UCF, but the quarterback elected to sign in the end with Ole Miss where things didn’t go as planned.
Committed to playing quarterback, Renfro’s venture will be as a walk-on, and it appears Arkansas has a wide-open competition at quarterback. The Razorbacks finished 2020 with a 3-7 record, and John Stephen Jones (Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’ grandson) is the only returning scholarship player. The Hawgs also true freshman Malik Hornsby and redshirt freshman K.J. Jefferson on their roster.
A total of eight quarterbacks will be competing for the starting job, with the Hawgs signing two additional freshmen and two other walk-ons.
Renfro didn’t stay in the NCAA’s transfer portal long after entering it in December, and he is already enrolled for spring classes.