Thursday, April 10, 2008

Tony Sands’ son commits to KU


Kansas University's football team received a oral commitment from Deshaun Sands, a 5-foot-9 running back out of Coconut Creek, Fla.

Sands is the youngest son of former KU running back Tony Sands, one of the Jayhawks' most decorated running backs ever. Deshaun spent the first few years of his life in Lawrence and stayed a KU fan ever since - even watching Monday's national-championship basketball game betwen Kansas and Memphis.

"He was screaming through the whole house," Tony Sands said with a laugh.

Deshaun Sands has enjoyed a decorated prep career at Monarch High to this point, but always told his friends that his "dream offer" would be Kansas. He received it and quickly committed, becoming the Jayhawks' first commitment in the 2009 class.

"He's very excited," Tony Sands said. "It's been a dream for him that he was looking for all his life."

Deshaun Sands plans to graduate from high school early and enroll at KU in time for spring football in 2009.

For more on Sands' commitment, check back to or read Friday's Journal-World.


Toto_the_great 13 years, 5 months ago

If he is anything like his dad... look out.

halvhawk 13 years, 5 months ago

hes a good commit, i saw some film on him earlier in the day, and looks like hes legit...good start for MM

Lance Hobson 13 years, 5 months ago

What a great story!! We need guys like this - totally dedicated to the program. It reminds me of Wayne Simeon signing with KU at the first opportunity. Tony Sands was a great back with a ton of heart, he helped turn our program around during the dark days. The younger Sands is taller than his dad, hopefully his heart is as big - it seems to be so far.

jhawk4life1976 13 years, 5 months ago

Maybe he'll follow daddy's lead and run for 400 yards against Misery.

BigTamale 13 years, 5 months ago

Now if Xavier Henry's dad can do the same for the B-ball team that would be good in continuing family tradition

Thomas Michaud 13 years, 5 months ago

I now feel old ... I remember seeing this kid run when I was in school, and now his (youngest) son is going to KU ... where has the time gone!!But good to seeI agree BigTamale - hope Henry's son follows suit

Matt Gauntt 13 years, 5 months ago

Wow, I'm kind of confused too. Says Deshaun is the "youngest" son of Sands? Sands was at KU between 1988 - 1991. That was only 17 years ago. His YOUNGEST son is committing? I guess he was busy with more than just football while he was at KU.That said, Tony Sands was a monster while he was here. Very excited to see his son continue the tradition.

jayhawkinATL 13 years, 5 months ago

Wonder if he'll continue his dad's tradition of wearing a tux after games???

esque 13 years, 5 months ago

I think Tony Sands was married with kids while attending KU....

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