Thursday, April 16, 2009

WR commits to KU


Ricki Herod Jr., a Class of 2010 wide receiver, told on Wednesday he made a non-binding verbal commitment to attend Kansas on a football scholarship.

Herod, a 6-foot-2, 175-pound resident of Mesquite, Texas, attends the same high school where Kansas cornerback Daymond Patterson played football.

In the past, Herod had listed Texas, Texas Tech, UCLA and Florida as other schools recruiting him.

“I’m a Jayhawk now,” Herod told Rivals. “I won’t even talk about those other schools.”


actorman 10 years, 9 months ago

It's still unreal to me that we're beating out teams like Texas and Florida for prospects. I don't know if I'll ever truly believe it, after all the years of not even having a prayer against those programs.

Robert Brock 10 years, 9 months ago

KU (and everybody else) is getting Texas leftovers. UT gets what they want out of their state and it is going to stay that way for awhile.

Michael Pannacciulli 10 years, 9 months ago

Brock...I doubt this kid is a leftover...especially if this schools are recruiting him. Manginos crew finds talent and recruits like he'll to get what they want. Well done.

Cody Stumma 10 years, 9 months ago

Fine... we'll take their leftovers... until they realize that some of those "leftovers" are better than the prospects that they picked themselves.

Andy Hess 10 years, 9 months ago

we're the first school to offer him, so we really didn't beat anyone out.

jayhawker85 10 years, 9 months ago

so Brock, you saying that even Oklahoma, who often pulls the top recruits like Adrian Peterson from Texas is getting leftovers? Go back and look at some of those top recruits. A lot didn't even go to Texas. LSU, Michigan, Georgia (Matthew Stafford ring a bell).

justanotherfan 10 years, 9 months ago


Adrian Peterson I will grant you, but note this about Texas. They passed on Matt Stafford because they had some guy named Colt McCoy already enrolled. Texas really does get pretty much whoever they want out of the state of Texas.

Let's look at Texas receivers in the 2010 class.

There's a kid named Darius White from Mesquite, Tx. He's rated the #3 player in the class of 2010. 6-4, 200 lbs. Averaged 26 yards per catch last year. Scored 16 TDs. Top receiver in the class, for the reasons I cite above. Considering Texas (UT is in the lead in fact), among others.

Another kid, Chris Jones from Daingerfield, Tx, averaged 25 yards a catch and had 12 scores last year. He's the #70 player and a Texas commit.

DeAndrew White, from Galena Park, Tx, averaged 27 yards a catch last year. He's the #78 ranked player, considering Texas, among others.

Mike Davis, from Dallas, averaged 20 yards a catch. He's ranked #126 and committed to LSU.

John Harris, from Garland, Tx had 45 catches for 584 yards and 7 scores last year. He's #159. He's a Texas commit.

Ross Apo, from Arlington, Tx had 764 yards receiving and 11 TDs last year. He's #204 and a Texas commit.

That means that out of the top 250 players in the country, 6 are receivers from Texas. Three of those guys are already SIGNED to PLAY for Texas. One has signed elsewhere, the other two are considering Texas, including the top receiver in the class, who has Texas in the lead. They have also signed another guy, Darrius Terrell from Desoto, Tx, who isn't ranked in the top 250. How many in-state receivers can UT really sign?

Last season, as a junior, Herod had 15 catches for 215 yards and 3 TDs, but he's had some big camps of late. I trust Mangino and Co. on this one. I think this is a good signing. It's nice to get another receiver with both size and speed. But let's be real about it. We are the only school to offer him a scholarship so far. Not sure we can say that we beat out Texas for him, when they have already signed four other receivers, three of whom are ranked in the top 250 in the class, and are in the running for the #1 receiver in the class.

Jim Jackson 10 years, 9 months ago

It is true that for the most part Texas will get commits from the top tier players in the state. Be that as it may there are so many good players in the state, they can't get everyone. Recruiting is not a precise science so they also pass on players they wished they hadn't (Talib). Just FYI people Texas did not pass on Stafford, he passed on them.

Brian Leiker 10 years, 9 months ago

All I know is that DP's father said he is head and shoulders above any other receiver in the Dallas/Ft.Worth metroplex. That is plenty good for me. On another note. UT might not have room for him anyway. They already have 17 4* recruits for 2010 and 4 of them are WR.

Jaminrawk 10 years, 9 months ago

Texas can get everyone they want. If you look at their program and the elite recruits they pull every year, they should have a lot more Big XII Championships and more National Titles. When it comes to Texas kids, playing at Texas is the big dream. Still, as we have seen with lots of Texas athletes who go elsewhere, there are plenty of good kids that get away from them. They probably could have used Aqib Talib a few years ago; to cite just one of many examples.

Fred Davis 10 years, 9 months ago

I'm with Brock - KU Football isn't beating out Texas and Florida for recruits... Having lived in Texas, most kids growing up there dream of playing for UT, and 2 out of 10 actually have the skill to do so... The rest go to other big schools and we get kids like Aqib Talib, Anthony Collins and this Herod kid who other schools pass over and they make a name for themselves at KU... Nothing wrong with that at all... Because let's be real - most leftovers from Texas are better than entrees in just about any other state...

OCJHAWK 10 years, 9 months ago

I am a huge KU fan but Texas has a lock on the premier Texas players. They have already signed 21 of which 17 are rivals 4 stars. Oklahoma has 7 commits with 4 of them 4 stars. Even USC only has 3 signed, all 4 stars.

I love what Mangino has done for KU and we should consistantly land a 20-30 ranked class but we are light years from landing a top 5 class.

Jonathan Andrews 10 years, 9 months ago

Let me make this clear:


You can name a million "other" reasons that he picked us: UT was too crowded with elite '09 WRs or our system (and the "touches" available in '10) drew him here, for example. But the fact is, they HAD to want him, and he still picked us. He won MVP of WRs last week's combine.

Tribehawk 10 years, 9 months ago

We're not going to beat Texas or Florida for most recruits, but there are some that we can and do win head to head. Look at Opurum and McDougald (Ok, he wasn't TX or FL, but other big-name programs wanted him). We win them not because our program is more prestigious than TX or FL, but because our program is now prestigious enough that we can at least get an audience with these kids and offer them things that TX and FL aren't willing to offer: immediate playing time and often the offer to play them at the position they choose. Program prestige is not winning these kids to KU--it's just that lack of prestige is no longer a bar stopping these kids from considering us.

grantmvb 10 years, 9 months ago

Schools like Texas and OU target talent very early. Texas already has somewhere around 15 commits. What do those commits have in common? A scheme that showcases their talent.

Ricki's situation was different. He was a receiver that didn't get the touches and yards most of these other guys get. Big time programs were starting to take a look, it's just that our interest early on made the difference.

truefan 10 years, 9 months ago

I will concede the fact that Texas gets whomever they want out of the state of Texas, but what benefits teams like ours is the fact that Texas generally gets early commitments from kids that did well their junior year. They usually miss out on kids who are "late bloomers" and explode for big numbers during their senior seasons. Also, they only recruit kids who are cut from the NFL cloth and pass on kids like Todd Reesing because of their height even though their numbers are outstanding. I don't have any doubt that Colt McCoy is a great quarterback, but Texas is still landing better recruits than Kansas and thus he has a better offensive line to protect him and some of the best wide receivers in the nation to pass to. I'm just glad they pass on guys like Briscoe and Reesing so we can have some fun up here too. If we keep winning, maybe we'll start to battle for those guaranteed blue chippers, but for now I am perfectly happy with Texas' "left-overs" because they are winning games here in Kansas.

Kenneth Hillman 10 years, 9 months ago

Ricki - I hope you stay committed to the Jayhawks and we look forward to you seeing you in our uniform. You will be a great addition to the team. Stay healthy and work hard.

With regard to the recruiting conversation...typically (not always), TX and OU get the highest RATED recruits out of the state of Texas. This doesn't mean they get the BEST recruits out of the state of Texas. A lot goes into a rating and that doesn't always translate into a good college player.


beenahawk 10 years, 9 months ago

63 years ago we (via WW II) landed a "Bevo" transfer named Fambrough. he liked the school and City so much he stayed!

douggiejug 10 years, 9 months ago

Ya thats why we get killed by both Oklahoma and Texas Kenhil......... I don't really think patterson and co. could even walk on to texas

Brian Leiker 10 years, 9 months ago

Briscoe would be receiver #1 at every program in the nation.

Jaminrawk 10 years, 9 months ago

Enough of the Texas talk. I don't even know why the Texas fans are even bothering. They need to be more concerned with losing the South to OU.

The fact is, this kid looks to be another Mangino find. He had been recruited, perhaps not offered yet, by other D-1 schools and liked KU so much he committed. GREAT! KU's offense is perfect for any talented wideout to shine in.

Mangino has increased the skill level of recruits every year. Let the elite programs turn a blind eye and see what happens when KU eventually knocks one of them off. KU is a team. Players willing to work hard, be versatile, and be coachable will come in and thrive. Mangino turned Texas "leftovers" like Talib and Collins into solid NFL players. Meier, Briscoe, Stuckey, Hatch, Spikes and more are all likely headed to the league. KU is on the map and getting better every year.

mariofan11 10 years, 9 months ago

Briscoe and Julio Jones are the two best WR's in the nation.

Jaminrawk 10 years, 9 months ago

The other "plus" to this commitment is that typically the first committment starts other players committing too. I think there is a stigma tied to being the first guy to commit to your class.

Max Ledom 10 years, 9 months ago

EVERYONE LISTEN. How is this getting a Texas leftover? They recruited him. So they wanted him you tards. I swear you guys never think logically.

David Hall 10 years, 9 months ago

texas longhorns have 21 commit in 2010 there will be good this year

David Hall 10 years, 9 months ago

ku get a aver commit from jeremiah edwards 6-1. 270 d-tackle from garland, texas

Don Everett 10 years, 9 months ago

Who cares, he committed to KU. texas gets the glitz, KU gets the players. 1 of the shorthorns recruits will make the NFL.

Rivethead 10 years, 9 months ago

Man, some of you guys need to learn the difference between a commitment and a signing. Texas hasn't signed ANYONE yet for 2010. Neither have the Jayhawks. Can't do that (for HS kids anyway) until February 2010. Right now all were talking about is a non-binding oral commitment from a 16-17 year old kid who will likely change his mind 100 times between now and signing day.

David Hall 10 years, 9 months ago

if u say so about that this is 2009 and next year is 2010

David Hall 10 years, 9 months ago

the kids that are jr can give a verbalcommitment so they will not have to do it win they are sr in highschool

David Hall 10 years, 9 months ago

rivethead go to and see the commitment that texas longhorns for 2010

troutsee 10 years, 9 months ago

Really...this is about the time of year when verbals usually start coming in. Last year most of our verbals stayed committed. Talent is half the story. Coaching and desire and attitude make up the other half. Also, rating services are right only a little over half the time. That's why Kansas and Missouri and Utah and Boise can sneek up on teams. They also have a lot of talent.

troutsee 10 years, 9 months ago

Also, LJW, keep the FB articles coming. Let's get everyone pumped for what should be a hell of a year for our Jayhawks.

Michael Bratisax 10 years, 9 months ago

Texas leftovers are better than most state's prime entrees. Todd Reesing is one of those 'leftovers'. Besides..this coaching staff has ALREADY proven that it can evaluate potential players other schools might have missed.

manginospersonaltrainer 10 years, 9 months ago

Most Texas kids want to play for UT? Mr. February won his only championship with a Wide Receiver at QB. Also, it's funny how A&M is never mentioned anymore as a premier program. It's only the biggest school in the state enrollment-wise with a rabid fan base.

LSU and OU recruit Texas hard as well. I guess KU is now beating them out for the "second tier" UT cast offs?

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