Wednesday, March 11, 2009

KU football adds linebacker commit


Apparently, February's National Signing Day didn't mark the end of the Kansas University football coaching staff's recruiting work.

A month after securing it's top-rated recruiting class of the Mark Mangino era, the Jayhawks this week earned a late commitment from linebacker Jon Watts, a recent graduate of Oroville Butte Community College in California, according to A 6-foot-3, 225-pound Gainesville, Fla., native, Watts was recruited by new Kansas linebackers coach/co-defensive coordinator Bill Miller, who has served as an assistant at both Florida University and Miami University during his 31-year coaching career and was familiar with Watts from his prep days at Gainesville's Eastside High.

"I know coach Miller has coached a lot of good players in his career," Watts, who also garnered offers from Hawaii, Nevada and Iowa State, told Rivals. "He knew me from when I was in high school in Gainesville. He has been looking at me and knew he was interested. He made me feel like they wanted me and that was important."

Watts twice earned all-Nor-Cal honors, and as a sophomore in 2008, recorded 75 tackles, 10 sacks and 15 tackles for loss. Assuming he signs with the Jayhawks, Watts will mark the 25th commitment for the program in the Class of 2009. He will also provide depth to a linebacking unit that loses three starters — James Holt, Mike Rivera and Joe Mortensen — from last season's 8-5 team.

"I'm done with school," Watts told the Web site. "I have graduated and I am back at Butte just working hard. I hope I can help Kansas and if everything goes right I can get there the first week of June. I know I will have to come in and work hard and show I can play."


Jonathan Andrews 10 years, 10 months ago

Sounds like another good "get". Nice job, Mangino and Co.

Dirk Medema 10 years, 10 months ago

Watts (#41) comes from a winning program, which is always nice.

It's too bad he couldn't be here for the spring since he has his degree already. At least he'll be able to check in with the coaching/training staff and be able to do some focused workouts to prep for summer and camp.

Jerry Cross 10 years, 10 months ago

I like the tenacity of the coaching staff, including coach Miller. Keep it up!

lance1jhawk 10 years, 10 months ago

Great "get"... We really need some instant help at the LB position, and this could be just what we were looking for.

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