Friday, July 9, 2010

Miege lineman picks Kansas


After receiving commitments from four offensive linemen in a six-day stretch last month, the Kansas University football program had to wait nine whole days for its next.

That came Thursday, when Roeland Park Bishop Miege High’s Phil Ford became the sixth lineman in the Class of 2011 to orally commit to KU.

Ford, 6-foot-6, 342 pounds, told last week that he would make his decision on July 26, his birthday. But a couple of recent visits to campus fast-tracked the decision.

Ford has made no secret about his desire to head to Kansas all along. Now that he’s committed, his plan is to get as many of his football-playing friends to come with him.

“I’m going to try and get all the other players I know to come to KU,” Ford told Rivals on Thursday.

According to Ford, that idea was just fine with KU coach Turner Gill.

“He was pretty excited, and he told me they want to get all of the good local players and contend for a Big 12 title,” Ford told Rivals.

The two-star lineman becomes the 12th member of KU’s Class of 2011. He chose KU over Minnesota, a school that, at one point, was the leader for his services. He joins Damon Martin (6-5, 265), Nick Johnson (6-3, 290), Bryan Peters (6-5, 305), Travis Bodenstein (6-5, 295) and Luke Luhrsen (6-5, 275) as the latest member of KU’s 2011 crop of offensive lineman, the biggest such class at that position since 2003, when former KU coach Mark Mangino signed six offensive linemen.

“It feels good,” Ford said. “It was getting kind of crazy going to sleep and thinking about the two schools. I always dreamed about making a big play for KU on the video game to win at the end. I know a lot of people from my school that are going to KU. A lot of them will be happy that’s where I’m going.”


jaybate 3 years, 9 months ago

I don't see how anyone can do better than Gill is doing on such short notice.

Think of what he's going to drag in when he lays the pipeline, and starts really valving them into Larryland!


KGphoto 3 years, 9 months ago

The sheer volume of recruits (numbers and pounds) will produce at least a few great linemen, and a rock-solid bench.

I can't believe the activity TG has brought to his position. Coaching recruits. Lineman recruits. RB recruits. He's got recruits recruiting recruits.

Pretty exciting.


DevilHawk 3 years, 9 months ago

Now that all of these o-linemen have committed, I wonder if we might yet see one more OL coming to KU.

Ryker Mathews is a 4-star OL from Utah with offers from BYU, Utah, Utah State, and KU:


azalum 3 years, 9 months ago

follow my math. this kid is ranked 14th in the state of kansas. if you followed the ranking progression state by state then we just got the 700th best player in the country. yipee!

as for espn not having enough info on him to rank. . . the kid lives in kc, not siberia. so having no info is supposed to make me feel better about landing him?

somebody watched him play against louisburg and he dominated. hahahaha. louisburg!?!?!


100 3 years, 9 months ago


342 pounds????

Wow Coach Gill and staff are working!!!!

The protection is outrageous, let's start bringing in those 4 and 5 star speedy specialties who need protection, open lanes and a dynasty before the NFL!!!

Keep 'em comin' coach Gill!!!!


stravinsky 3 years, 9 months ago

Azalum, I'm actually not going to argue with you at this point, you've already heard everything I have to say about this sort of topic. When somebody with that kind of body is rated that low, yeah, I'll admit you have a point.

I'm stoked to get the kid though. He'll be a project for sure, but he has the type of body that could develop to be really something. Let's hope that's how it goes.


Mike Kendall 3 years, 9 months ago

Wow! 6-6 and 345 lbs.? I feel sorry for the parents that have to feed him. If I worked at a "all you eat buffet, I would be worried if Phil came into the restaurant--all the food would be gone!!!!!!


Mike Nicco 3 years, 9 months ago

Just curious....Does anybody know if we recruited the 3 star linemen from Abilene and Stillwater that agreed to Indiana and K-State?


rgale29 3 years, 9 months ago

This kid is the real deal. Watch his team play Louisburg last year, and he was amazingly active and quick for his size, constantly downfield. Impressed me much more than their 4 star back/receiver that signed with the Okies. Barring injury and if he's got the work ethic he'll play on Sundays.


305jhawk 3 years, 9 months ago

real talk, my brother got a text yesterday morning that read

"hey coach gil,I know you can't text me back but I love it at ku coach and being with dex all day was great! Ilove you and all the coaches at ku and I'm proud to be a jayhawk! And you will get the BEST of me in 2011 and on :) have a good day coach!"

obviously he's not coach gil so he did text back curious to see who it might be...but never got a response. it all makes sense now.

p.s. no worries, we'll be sure to keep ya updated on any new recruiting news we come across.


Carter Patterson 3 years, 9 months ago

Wow....6'6" and 345? That's phenomenal.

Phil, you were given the size to be an NFL football player someday. If you put your heart and soul into the S&C program there may be a very large payday for you in about 4 years.


rockchalknation 3 years, 9 months ago

Now We're Rock Chalkin'!

Another great addition to this recruitnig class!! Coach Grimes has some great material to work with and develop; chisel these lineman in the weight room and teach them technique and toughness! Let's continue to round out this class with more skill guys and the defensive side of the ball; we should feel very good about this class and the direction the program is headed.

Rock Chalk


FSUJHAWK 3 years, 9 months ago

I know there has been much skepticism about HCTG's recruiting approach and the recent prospects verbally committing to KU.

The skeptics need to remember that when it comes to football our beloved KU is no OU or Texas. In order to have top recruits, including the ones from Kansas, commit to a place like KU they need to be confident that: (1) they have a decent chance of success (winning at the college level and/or getting drafted); (2) they will be on TV and; (3) there is much love in the joint, ie, KU Football = FAMILY. Having said that, what better way to win than by getting good character guys who are not flashy or highly rated but tough and smart? What better way to show love than by recruiting in-state and getting players who actually want to be at KU, not just for the free ride but for the crimson and blue? What better way to demonstrate that it’s all about family than by taking guys who no one believes in and giving them a fair shot in life and backing them up? HCTG will by taking a bunch of rough around the edges guys and take every team to task, and actually win some – even on TV, whenever they get a chance. Top recruits will start noticing that there is something special brewing at KU. Then it will only be a matter of time before the tide changes.

I think HCTG is taking the right approach, a place like KU can only take baby steps when it comes to success in football. However, this incremental approach will eventually build a program and not provide a flash in the pan a la Mark Mangino. Some days it will be good and some days it will be bad and even terrible. Let's all celebrate our freedom of speech but at the same time let's give our new HC and his staff the opportunity he deserves to prove he is the right guy for Ole KU.



Stephen Johnson 3 years, 9 months ago

Signing the best local talent is key to KU's future football success. It was obvious that Minnesota also saw something good in Ford. I am excited about the players that Coach Gill and staff have brought in and there is more to come.


jakzhumans 3 years, 9 months ago

az - Aqib Talib was a 2-star recruit and turned into a first round draft pick. James Holt was a 2-star recruit and he's on an NFL roster too. Same for Anthony Collins. And Derek Fine. And Charles Gordon. We've had a string of other 2-star recruits who made various All-Big 12 teams, like Joe Mortensen and Charlton Keith and Jermail Ashley and Ryan Cantrell and Joe Vaughn and Chris Harris and Jake Laptad and Jon Cornish and Travis Dambach and Kevin Kane.

So why are you so down on Ford before he's even signed an LOI? Can't he even get through his first 24 hours as a Jayhawk without some schmuck complaining about his rating?


bayareajhawk 3 years, 9 months ago

Welcome to the program, Phil! Great to see a local kid who loves the Jayhawks get a chance to suit up for the hometown heroes.

az, why are you always so negative about these new players and the new staff? Can't you at least let them screw up before you start blasting them? I don't know if you're a Mangino loyalist or not, but Gill and Co. had nothing to do with it. Take that up with Perkins.

Seriously, unless you are Mangino's Godson or a Mizzou troll why would you spend so much time on here being negative about people who haven't played or coached a game yet?


jhwkswn 3 years, 9 months ago

Take a nap, az. You sound grumpy.


azalum 3 years, 9 months ago

phil don't read these comments. we are just a bunch of guys with either really good jobs, or no jobs, that allows us to post on hawks athletics all day. you get your butt to class and to the weight room and do your thing. that being said. . .

let's get the ball roll'n. another 2 star recruit that i'm supposed to get all amped up about. he graded out at a 45 on espn's scoring system. but i'm supposed to get all amped up about. rivals has him at a 5.4. but i'm supposed to get all amped up about it. he is the 14th best player in a state not known for football talent. but i'm supposed to get all amped up about it.

hey, i'm in az so can someone run over to the football offices and let them know that we might want to also snag a d-line player. unless tg has some super secret ball control offense


TopCityHawk 3 years, 9 months ago

Rock Chalk!

Good luck, Phil, on your future athletic and academic endeavors...

Signing the best local talent will serve as solid ground to lay the foundation Coach Gill and company are currently constructing...

I am no Nostradamus, however, I am starting to get some pretty good vibes about the potential of Mr. Ford luring a couple of his mates to Kansas... Keep 'em coming!!!


jaybate 3 years, 9 months ago

Good lord! Lew is going to have put deep pilings under the football field to support the weight of all these enormous linemen that Gill is hauling in.


jhwkswn 3 years, 9 months ago

Rock chalk Big Phil! Looking forward to seeing you play. Make us proud!


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