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Originally published December 3, 2010 at 12:25p.m., updated December 4, 2010 at 12:00a.m.

Pair of K.C. preps to join Jayhawks in January

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Kansas University football coach Turner Gill turned an eye toward the future on Friday at a season-ending news conference at Mrkonic Auditorium in the Anderson Family Football Complex.

Who knew the future would be so immediate?

In addition to summing up his first season in charge of the Jayhawks, Gill announced the signing of two highly-coveted local prospects from the Class of 2011, who will join the Jayhawks in January.

Dylan Admire, a 6-foot-3, 264-pound offensive lineman from Blue Valley West High in Overland Park, will graduate high school early and enroll at Kansas for the spring semester.

A three-star lineman according to Rivals.com, Admire originally committed to Nebraska before changing his mind and electing to join the Jayhawks. In speaking about Admire for the first time since receiving his letter of intent, Gill said the freshman-to-be would have a chance to work his way into the offensive line rotation right away.

“He was one of the best guys we had on our board,” Gill said. “And we’re glad he decided to come here. He’s strong, he’s athletic and he’s explosive. He’s very passionate about the game and he’s a guy that’s very, very in tune with wanting to be the best. So he fits what we’re trying to do and I know he’s going to develop into a solid football player.”

Miller, a four-star running back from Blue Springs High in Missouri, also recently sent his letter to the KU coaching staff after a complicated recruitment that saw him commit to KU early, back out a few weeks later and ultimately settle on the Jayhawks again in late October.

Miller, 5-10, 181, who rushed for 2,226 yards and 30 TDs this season, set the Missouri big-class rushing record with more than 6,500 yards during his career.

Asked what Miller’s role with the Jayhawks would be, Gill was direct with his answer.

“Running back all the way,” he said. “There’s no hesitation on that one. He has tremendous speed, tremendous vision. Whenever the ball’s in his hands he’s able to take it to the end zone on any given play.”

Like Admire, Miller plans to enroll at KU in time for the spring semester. Both players will start classes in January and will be eligible to participate in spring practices.

Three players leaving team

Also on Friday, Gill announced that fullback Steven Foster, defensive back Ryan Murphy and defensive tackle Darius Parrish were no longer with the team.

Foster and Murphy — the former Free State High standout — are on pace to graduate at the end of the school year.

Parish, a sophomore from Wichita, who played in nine games this season, plans to transfer to a different school to continue his football career. Gill said he would grant Parish’s request for a release and wished all three players well in their future endeavors.

Pick happy as a receiver

Asked Friday about the status of quarterback-turned-receiver Kale Pick, a sophomore from Dodge City, Gill said his meeting with his former starting QB revealed a player pleased with his current situation.

“He’s on board at receiver, full-throttle, ready to go,” Gill said.

Asked if that meant Pick was done taking reps at quarterback, Gill said: “I’m never gonna say never, but, at this time, he’s a wide receiver.”

Spring football news

Three returning Jayhawks are expected to miss most of spring practice because of injury, Gill announced Friday.

Cornerback Isiah Barfield and offensive lineman Riley Spencer both recently had shoulder surgery and will miss all of spring drills. Running back Rell Lewis, who missed 2010 because of an ACL injury, will be available this spring but only on a limited basis while recovering from the injury.

Comments

100 10 years, 12 months ago

If you are a five star recruit considering Florida, Texas, Oklahoma, USC or Nebraska....

And you still have one trip remaining...

Come meet Coach Gill!!!!

As you'll notice on this board there are a lot of haters from other schools here fearful of the DYNASTY Gill is building here....

Come visit the best strength facilities in the nation & help Gill build this thing!!!

100 10 years, 12 months ago

As predicted check out HawkinHutch below....

The more haters the better...

Thanks Hutch!

rockchalk4442 10 years, 12 months ago

Bruce Weber has a pretty good team this year... get your panties out of a bunch and start supporting for a change

woodhawk 10 years, 12 months ago

You make me embarrassed to be from Hutch. With such a minute amount of patience, you must lead a very disappointing existence.

Rome was not built in a day. Mangino was 2-10 his first season. You've heard it before. If you're really a fan, be one! We're not asking you to follow blindly or refrain from criticism. We just ask that you go with us and give Gill a chance before you call for his head.

Self was 24-9 (12-4 B12) in his first season, by all standards below par for Kansas basketball. Were you calling for his head then? Get some perspective and come with some evidence for your complains, instead of baseless moaning and groaning.

DevilHawk 10 years, 12 months ago

Please don't compare the Self hire to the Gill hire. They are nothing alike with the one possible exception being how they recruit.

LAJayhawk 10 years, 12 months ago

24-9 and 12-4 in conference is a very good year in college basketball, especially in a first year at a new program. You are taking for granted and have become accustomed to the astoundingly excellent consistant 30 win seasons under Self. Don't forget, Self is the winningest coach in ALL of the NCAA since he took over KU in 2003. Out of 300+ teams he has the HIGHEST win percentage... almost 83% which is ludicrous.

24-9 is not below par. It is very good. 12-4 in conference -- especially one of the best college basketball conferences in the country -- is excellent.

ahpersecoachingexperience 10 years, 12 months ago

I would of loved for these kids to stay their final semester so they could work with there high school coaches to learn more football and get in better condition before our clowns get their hands on them.

100 10 years, 12 months ago

Relatively light on the hate today, I expected more....

For the record Coach Gill has already signed more 3 & 4 recruits in this class than any other coach in the history of Kansas football.

What are you scared of?

We all liked Mangino too...

But he's not here anymore!

Now we actually have a shot at multiple 4 stars & even a five star here & there...

In case any Jayhawk fan didnt understand how it worked before... You outrecruit other schools, you win titles.

It's Gill vs. Stoops...

Gill vs. Pelini....

Gill vs. Mack Brown...

Gill vs. Check Writer Synder isn't even the game anymore in the next few years, Gill already won that in state recruiting battle without a hitch this year...

It's Gill vs Texas...

Gill vs Nebraska...

Gill vs USC....

That's where college football games are won.

The sooner we all realize 2007 season was amazing and what Mangino did with an average group of recruits was flat out unheard of at Kansas, the sooner we move on and realize recruiting is the way to go undefeated....

Two & three stars are OK and all programs need some of these Talib type superstars...

But in the end it's Gill challenging the USC's & the Nebraskas that will get us back to the BCS games.

Because like you I loved what Mangino did here with next to nothing.

But you also must realize.... A Todd Reesing (a healthy one) only comes along every so often....

The dice rolled well for Mangino that year...

Now it's time for Gill to control the game by not "lucking into" a great recruit, but controlling and dominating recruiting.

This is one man against another. It's really that simple. If Nebraska leaning recruits meet Coach Gill & see our facilities, guess what?

They tend to come here.

In fact Gill has been 100% so far in that recruiting head to head battle against Pelini. Last count it was:

Gill 3 Pelini 0

With Pelini's players going up to play in the Ohio State football league next year, that recruiting battle between Pelini & Gill is looking to get a lot uglier for your Nebraska Cormhuskers...

Did I forget to mention where Gill is from originally?

Texas.

Did I forget to mention where half of Nebraskas stud recruits used to come out of

Texas.

Good luck holding onto those recruits Pelini!!!!

Dirk Medema 10 years, 12 months ago

You must have missed the news on Bubba Starling committing to NU.

jrizzjhawk 10 years, 12 months ago

Starling's going to be a top 10 pick in the MLB draft and won't ever sniff Lincoln. Unless he plays minor league ball in Omaha, he'll sniff it if the wind blows the right direction.

mandomax 10 years, 12 months ago

just ignore azalum and maybe he'll quit posting. all this attention you give him makes him want to post all the more.

Coyotehawk 10 years, 12 months ago

100

Seriously

Put down the whacky weed.

100 10 years, 12 months ago

With supporters like you in Coach Gill's practice facility who needs a jock strap!!!!!!

Bring on USC's recruits!!!!

Bring 'em in to Gill's practice facility!!

Look there's a free bent out of shape supporter over there you can wear during practices here you don't even have to pay for!!!!

Gary Wirsig 10 years, 12 months ago

Hawknhutch, if you care about the program, why not give the coach that our university hired another year or two (with his own recruits) to build his program?

Yeah, you could make all sorts of arguments about what you feel his qualifications were or were not and what Lou Perkins' motivations were for hiring him, but the fact is, Coach Gill will probably be here for at least two years anyway, regardless of what you or I say on this board. Why not make the best of it?

You clearly care about the Hawks, even though you seem pretty bitter - channel that energy. Reduce your stress, improve your life!

Coyotehawk 10 years, 12 months ago

So everyone who does not approve of Gill should pretend that we do and just keep out mouths shut.

If you have the right to praise him, we have the right to bash him.

I'm going to venture to say that if Gills second season turns out like his first season, theres not going to be a third year. Many seem to think there will be, I would have to disagree.

I'm not afraid to admit that I did see some improvement in some aspects of the team toward the end of the season. I just dont have faith in Gill to make this a great program that we all hope for.

Gary Wirsig 10 years, 12 months ago

Not at all - anyone has the right to say anything they want. I don't just praise Coach Gill all the time either, and was very disappointed in the season. If we have two more like it, I'll maybe be looking for another coach too, but it's early yet.

You may be right about the third season though. Part of me also doubts that we'll see a dramatic turnaround here at KU, given our history. But I'm going to give Gill a chance. I love the fact that he wants to build character in his players, and think he's succeeding, but I also get that he's paid to win games.

Hopefully we'll all enjoy 2011 more than 2010, and the flashes of improvement become the norm.

Dan Pawlowski 10 years, 12 months ago

If you were disappointed by a coach in his first year at a Div 1 University then you don't know football. It's your own fault you were disappointed.

DevilHawk 10 years, 12 months ago

I think that many of us agree that the third is not going to be automatic.

However, I think that it should be automatic, so that his second recruiting class isn't always wondering "Is Gill going to be here next year or is he going to get fired?"

The big thing is that we need to see progress next year - and a solid QB is a major aspect of that.

honk_for_hawks 10 years, 12 months ago

I try to support Gill so take whatever I say with that in mind. That being said, There is no way Gill isn't getting at least 3 years. In case you people didn't know it, Gill does not have a buyout in his contract. They only way he leaves before his contract is up is if the University pays the remainder of his contract or they find a breech of contract to fire him on. Considering we already lost money in the ticket scandal, had to pay for Mangino's buyout, and the economy is still in the crapper, I'm going to go ahead and say we probably aren't goint to pay 6 million fo get rid of him after next year. I personally don't think KU even would want to pay 4 mil after the 3rd year even if he is doing awful. Gill got a very favorable contract and like it or not, he will be here for most likely 4 or even 5 full years. (and if for some reason you think that isn't that much money for KU, don't forget that that is in ADDITION to the money they would be paying the new coach who based on the Gill basher's wish lists, would probably be demanding even more than Gill is making)

Doug Merrill 10 years, 12 months ago

it's not about the "right" to bash him. At some point the usual suspects say the same things in that bashing - it is kneejerk, filled with terms like "clowns" and completely without anything to add that could help the program. All it does is provide negative material for recruits to read. Hopefully they also recognize you as hopeless pessimists, who frankly have done it for so long that we can now assume that is how you normally roll - and it wouldn't have mattered who we got for a coach. This coach had a record and play on the field that was predictable in view of the previous coach's recruiting failures. He and his team will get better, or they won't stay. Why not wait, hope for the best, and be open to improvement without stupid remarks like that one? I remember: its because you don't do that.

Dyrk Dugan 10 years, 12 months ago

100 I love it! keep up the good work, and positive vibes....i've posted several times...i am so sick of Gill bashers, and the sky is falling crowd and on and on. You have to be practical...and we WILL get better.

Parrish? never really did anything....i do remember him on the punt team this year...that's about it. never got going....of course, we have had four d line coaches in four years. Murphy and Foster? had their moments, but never consistent either.

It's very good news that Admire and Miller will be here at semester...that's why it would be great to nail down Stoudt..and get him at semester as well. then we could see some things coming in the spring game.

100 10 years, 12 months ago

Who da man?

You da man!

Who are our recruits?

Nebraska's recruits are OUR recruits,

Dats who!!!!!!!

Andy Tweedy 10 years, 12 months ago

Sometimes, I read 100's posts and I, too, am like "dude, chill" but the reality of it is I feel like he has to be this optimistic to counteract some of the hate posts I see on this site. While a Gill supporter (as of now), I can't say I'm as positive this will work out as 100, but I say keep it coming! I do know this...what some have said is right, Gill isn't going anywhere right now, so I'm going to give him a chance.

troutsee 10 years, 12 months ago

100--good work. I love optimists. Yes, we optimists can be a little over the top, a little unrealistic at times..."homerish"....okay...guilty of all of that. But, I certainly respect the glass is half full crowd more than the glass is half empty crowd. I can't see where perpetual belly aching does any good for any program any time, Yes, we all have a right to post what we want, but are the negative posts really helping the program?

100 10 years, 12 months ago

Put a little more simply:

A five star recruit & his mom from Texas after meeting both Coach Pelini & Coach Gill & seeing both facilities & meeting their staffs have a choice to make.

Upon the parents doing some homework on the gum chewing coach, having a couple yelling matches at his players, the mom asks Coach how it's really like on the practice field or at halftime. What is the message? Is it beneficial for everybody? Will this message benefit my son in the future or will it just benefit your immediate need? Is he learning to self drive himself for the humanistic desire to do his best? Or is he being treated like a piece of chewing gum?

The five star's mom is a little perplexed, this is the biggest decision of her family's life....

"OK Coach Pelini.... Do you have any in the moment video tape to show me how you interact with student athletes? Because I know my son is going to the NFL & I know he will win a conference championship & maybe national championship before he leaves college. But what I want to know is.... Who are you? What type of footprint will you leave on my son's life? Will you turn him into a better man & a self driver who wins for his teammates & hone his God given desire to be his best no matter what his future holds & never give up no matter the situation? Or will your footprint on my son leave a scarred human who wins because he is scared & never really learned to communicate with his peer group?"

"Oh... You have no tape of halftime messages, they're private... I see... Well if you have no tape Mr. Pelini, do you know of any college coaches who have footage of what it's really like with your coaching staff? I know how winning teams are created, sir. You win by having the best players in college. What I want is evidence of who you are. Because my son is going NFL with or without you."

hawkalumN2011 10 years, 12 months ago

Now I'm starting to wonder....is 100 a KU supporter or just a NU hater??

babyjay1 10 years, 12 months ago

Gotta love that the supporters outweight the "haters" on this one! I love thinking about the possibilities of next year! If all you do is complain and act the pessimist, then you never enjoy the possibilities. As a Chiefs and Royals fan, you have to look forward not wallow in negativity. Not paying off as a Royals fan at this point... however, for everyone who hated Cassel, Bowe, and Coach Haley, look what has happened! I have to give Gill that chance, too! Rock Chalk!!!!

milehighhawk 10 years, 12 months ago

Funny how it's the same three or four people who manage to derail every football article with an anti-Gill tirade.

We get it.

But take a deep breath, realize that he has two great assistant coaches with him (you aren't really arguing with that are you?), and give the guy at least another season or two before you call for his head. I'm sure you'll have a lot more fans on your side if there aren't signs of a clear upward trend by then.

Think of Todd Haley. Last year people said the exact. same. thing. "He's in over his head, doesn't know how to run a team, etc." This year, players bought in and all of a sudden Haley is seen as one of the top "up and coming" coaches in the game.

Not to switch sports on you either, but hell, think of Bill Self! There were people on here after the Killer B's who didn't want Self at the helm. And in North Carolina back in the day, people hung Dean Smith in effigy on campus...back before the trophies rolled in.

The point is...you don't have to wander into every article with the same, tired gameplan of Gill-bashing. It takes awhile to build a program, and it doesn't seem like you're giving the guy a fair shake.

Roy Scherff 10 years, 12 months ago

Coach Gill is a definite keeper. 2012 is the fans payday for staying the course now.

duanep5ku 10 years, 12 months ago

I have to agree with babyjay's post on here because last year The Kansas City Chiefs coach Todd Haley looked horrible, now not so bad maybe, So who knows what Turner might be able to do if giving the chance. I mean C,mon we all know that if you have the right talent in the right spots on the field,wins happen and you can make bad coaches look great. So I'll wish for the best for Turner Gill and his staff and I will wait to see what happens. Good Luck!

Marc Frey 10 years, 12 months ago

Good to see what some players are coming in early. This should help. I understand the Kansas Football is an oxymoron some years, but I still have faith that HCTG will improve this program. He did not have much to work with this past year.

Andrew Moore 10 years, 12 months ago

I'm not ready to say we'll go to a bowl game or anything like that, but we will be much better next season. The addition of Darrian Miller and Dylan Admire alone makes us a lot better. Now, if we could shore up that D!!!! Man that defense needs a lot of work!

I'm confident that next season will be better though, just gotta wait and see

Mark Lindrud 10 years, 12 months ago

People need to get over the fact this year didn't go like we all wanted. I hoped for 5-6 wins, but it didn't happen. Next year will be tough since we have 9 conference games. We have McNeese State, Northern Illinois, UTEP and Georgia Tech next year. We have to drop one and I would like it to be Georgia Tech, but that is me wanting a better chance for wins.

We will be better next year. The team knows the expectations, the offensive line should be healthier so that makes it better. Most of the players are in the positions that the staff wants them to be now.

Players leave and that happens a lot when a new regime takes over. I would have liked to keep Parrish, but he doesn't fit here for whatever reason so we need to move on. We have a big recruiting class coming in that will create competition and we need that. This team will be better and that is the first step. I do believe it will count in the win-loss column and the future will be brighter. Will we get to a bowl game? I don't know, but I will cheer this team on next year, even if I do critique positively or negatively and keep believing we will get better and be a team on the rise in the near future.

This team needs our support and positivity next year. If we keep breaking them down and attacking them like some of us do it will not help. Be apart of the solution, not the problem.

blackhawkjayhawk 10 years, 12 months ago

If you are evaluating Gill in a fair manner, you have to look at the loss to NDSU (how could that possibly happen?) and the blowouts during the season. It was terrible. But that is past.

The next part of his job is to recruit better players and develop the ones he has. His off-season work on both fronts is critical. Fail in either, and he won't see the first game of his third season at KU.

kranny 10 years, 12 months ago

So far the recruits look decent. More speed was definitely needed. I fear that if we don't get that homerun Quarterback soon though, we will be hurting. If our line shores up next year, Mecham will do for one more year. Honestly, KU is going to have difficulty winning 3 games next year. McNeese State and possibly KSU and Iowa State. No. Illinois, don't know much about except they were ranked 25th before losing to Miami of Ohio last night. G Tech will be tough down there and the rest of the schedule is what's left of the Big 12. In all, out of the 12 games next year possibly 8 of those teams will go bowling this year and Texas will reload next year. It's going to be tough next year. The defense needs some serious speed and the D line needs to help the secondary. We'll have to be patient next year. From here on out football is going to be tough because now we play everybody left from the Big 12- Texas, Tex A&M, Oklahoma, Ok State, T Tech, and now an upstart Baylor, every year now-not every other year. I don't envy Gill trying to build a team with this schedule. At least Mangino could count on 2-3 patsies and avoiding Texas and OU, and T. Tech every other year. Even Snyder can't duck a tough schedule by scheduling 3-4 non conf patsies like he's done in the past.

babyjay1 10 years, 12 months ago

Just got a text from Rivals saying we landed Collin Garrett, all state linebacker from... where??? TEXAS :) Has had over 300 tackles in his high school career... Sounds pretty good.

troutsee 10 years, 12 months ago

This kid looks like the real deal. A great pick up. Besides playing linebacker, he also runs the dashes in track. Way to go coaches.

Mark Lindrud 10 years, 12 months ago

He is an undersized LB that we will probably move to safety. Good lateral speed and can be a nice addition for us in a year or two when gets bigger. A nice pick up.

JAYHAWK999 10 years, 12 months ago

2011 6-6 = bowl game 2012 WIN Big XII 2013 NATIONAL CHAMPS!! Gill best coach in history of KU!!

Dirk Medema 10 years, 12 months ago

Matt - Any chance you could put together an article that looks at the big picture of our roster/recruiting? We lost several players at the transition to the Gill Era, but also gained several transfers. Our last class was also short of the NCAA quota, but aren't we able to count some recruits against last year?

Tim Orel 10 years, 12 months ago

What's the deal about the two who are leaving early but are on schedule to graduate next Spring? What obligations do they have once the season is over? I would think their principle obligation would be to finish their academics strong so that KU's GPA is strong. They aren't going to have Spring Practice obligations, or are they still required to attend meetings, help people like these new students figure out college, going to school, academics, etc?

It just seems odd to me that someone who is through with their obligations should leave and then be responsible for paying their own tuition. Can anyone help explain this?

Doug Merrill 10 years, 12 months ago

it is possible that they need the schollies for some great incoming recruits, and these guys said they would be happy to give them up for the team.

justanotherfan 10 years, 12 months ago

I think they "left the team" because they still have eligibility left, although their academics are on pace to graduate Spring 2011. In other words, they could have stayed on the team and been eligible to play Fall 2011, but by leaving the team now, they aren't obligated to practice Spring 2011 and free up scholarships Fall 2011 for incoming players.

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