Kansas University commitment Dylan Admire, an offensive lineman in the Class of 2011, told Rivals.com he plans to graduate early from Blue Valley West High in order to get to KU more quickly.
Admire, a 6-foot-3, 264-pound guard who originally had committed to Nebraska, changed his mind earlier this summer and orally committed to Turner Gill and the Jayhawks.
Admire wanted to stay closer to home and says he believes in what Gill is trying to do at Kansas.
His reason for applying for early graduation, which will allow him to enroll at KU in January, is even more to the point.
“I can start working out right away with strength and conditioning coach John Williams,” Admire told Rivals. “I will get bigger, stronger, and faster and be useful to the team. It is a great opportunity. I can go up and live with the players and get acclimated to college life. There is a big difference between the high school level and the college level, and I (want) to close that gap.”
Admire, a three-star prospect, is the second-rated offensive lineman in Kansas and the 26th-rated guard in the country. He is one of six O-line prospects in his class to commit to Kansas, joining Damon Martin, 6-5, 265; Bryan Peters, 6-5, 305; Travis Bodenstein, 6-5, 295; Phil Ford, 6-6, 325; and Luke Luhrsen, 6-5, 275.
Patterson gets love
KU junior Daymond Patterson, a receiver-turned-cornerback-turned-receiver-again, received some ink in the Sept. 6 edition of ESPN The Magazine for his potential as a breakout player in 2010.
In a feature called “Game-Changers” by LaRue Cook, Patterson is one of four players highlighted for his potential to impact his team in a major way after switching positions in the offseason.
Of Patterson, LaRue writes: “Mangino’s gone. New coach Turner Gill wants Patterson’s explosion at wideout. So Patterson spent the spring snagging 100 balls a day.”
Patterson is listed as one of three starting receivers on KU’s most recent depth chart and also likely will be used in the kick-return game.