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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Offensive tackle commits to Jayhawks

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Kansas University football coach Turner Gill may have just won his biggest recruiting battle to date.

Bryan Peters, a 6-foot-5, 305-pound offensive tackle from La Miranda (Calif.) High, orally committed to Gill’s Jayhawks on Friday, choosing Kansas over a handful of other schools, including Florida State.

Once again, it was KU’s coaching staff that made a powerful impression.

Peters, Rivals.com’s 57th-ranked offensive tackle in the nation, told the website on Friday that KU’s coaches, specifically offensive coordinator Chuck Long, offensive line coach J.B. Grimes and Gill, impressed him from Day One.

“They have an awesome staff,” Peters told Rivals. “They have been coaching at a lot of great schools before they got to Kansas. They are from winning programs. I loved the town of Lawrence. It is a college town. The campus is nice and everything was unbelievable. I loved the atmosphere.”

Several of Peters’ high school teammates already have orally committed to major programs, including Alabama, Nebraska and Nevada.

Peters earned a three-star ranking from the Rivals network, largely because of his ability to play all three positions on the offensive line.

In addition to his prowess in the trenches, Peters has impressed in the classroom as well.

He’s a 4.0 student and hasn’t missed a day of practice.

Peters’ high school coach, Mike Moschetti, a former quarterback at Colorado, told Rivals that if Peters had waited to commit until the end of his senior season, he would’ve had at least 20-25 offers. Instead, the senior-to-be, chose Kansas and canceled all other visits.

Peters joins running back Dreamius Smith, offensive lineman Travis Bodenstein, quarterback Michael Cummings, linebacker Jake Love and defensive backs Alex Matlock, Chris Robinson and Victor Simmons on KU’s 2011 commitment list so far.

Comments

100 4 years, 2 months ago

KU fans:

We have a very strong staff here with superior facilities. These coaches can bring in the big guns. This will be the first BiG time recruit, of many.

Get ready for a whole new way for KU football.

It was encouraging to see Steele's predictions for next year. Even with all that's happened with coaching changes, we are looked at as a #2 team in the North, second only to Nebraska. Steele gives Gill and his new coaching staff great marks.

We as a fanbase need to really support these guys. We've seen how fickle a conference can be. If we get this "dynasty" thing rolling now, we are set. Or anywhere close to a "dynasty", we are set.

But now is the time to be real fans.

We have to show up at the pep rallies. We have to be classy fans. And fill the stadium.

And stay all game!!!!!!!!!!

College football is so much better than the NFL when the fans are really into it. Now is the time for us, this is a huge crucial turn in a sports history KU football is about to take.

But we must all be there, pulling for Gill's boys and pulling for the free state and all that's right about the land of the free...

The Kansas Jayhawks.

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jhox 4 years, 2 months ago

I agree with 100. We need to really support this football program. We're going to get the best bunch of recruits from this staff that this program has ever had. If the team performs on the field, and the fans get behind them, we can better position ourselves for the next Big 12 implosion. I don't want us to be on the outside looking in when the next major round of conference reallignment begins. Only a big time football program can prevent that from happening again.

It's pretty clear that there are only 4 or 5 teams solidly behind the new Big 12. This is a temporary solution until Texas can negotiate a better deal for themselves with another conference.

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Steve Brown 4 years, 2 months ago

very temporary until UT cleans out the cookie jar.

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rockchalknation 4 years, 2 months ago

100, you are right on. Expect higher rated and deeper recruiting classes; this is a great group of coaches who can recruit and also coach the players. The total concept being implemented with the team is second to none. Our facilities compete with anyone in the country and we have outstanding academics and student support. It is time to fill the stadium for 60 minutes and show tremendous support for the football program. KU is one of a handful of schools that should be dominant in both football and basketball. Let's kick it up a notch as we support the universtiy!

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troutsee 4 years, 2 months ago

Could not agree more with the above comments. We are going to be better this year than many have predicted. We need to support this team and Gill. Hopefully we will have an 8 win season and even have a better recruiting class next year.

I agree that the Big 12 is shakey. I still think MU will bolt if given the opportunity. Beebe has been asleep at the switch although I will give him credit for his 11th hour heroics. However, much of the credit probably goes to the ADs of the "other five."

If we beat GT and SMU, look out.

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doolindalton 4 years, 2 months ago

Nebraska and Nevada are major programs? I thought I read something about Nebraska leaving the Big 12 because they were tired of competing with the major programs.

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gchawk 4 years, 2 months ago

In the immortal words of Tommy Boy: "This is AWESOME"!! Congrats to the recruiting staff on a great job of recruiting, especially in light of the obstacles they seem to have overcome.

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daverinoku 4 years, 2 months ago

Versatile and Smart. This kid will be in the NFL one day, with a little luck.

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Otownhawker 4 years, 2 months ago

Azalum, my goodness, I am glad you said something. I have no idea why everyone is splooging over this kid.

Daverinoku- With a little luck I could be in the NFL one day. Anybody can say that about anybody.

I hope he does well, but lets wait before we blow our loads early.

This site is so stupid.

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gchawk 4 years, 2 months ago

Hmmmmmmmmm, and you're on it?

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KCHawk81 4 years, 2 months ago

Azalum isn't very smart--publicly agreeing with him makes you look bad.

As for his comment, rated 57th nationally at a position every team starts two of is awful--just look at who's taking #56 (Texas), #65 (Jim Harbaugh's Stanford), and #68 (Oklahoma). Clearly, we're in miserable, bottom-half company.

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DevilHawk 4 years, 2 months ago

This is is nothing special. However, we are off to a good start in recruiting so far compared to previous years.

Our program has been based mostly on 3-star recruits, including all of the key players from the Orange Bowl season - except Talib who was a 2-star recruit from Texas.

Currently, we have six 3-star recruits, 2 unrated recruits from Texas, and 1 unrated recruit from Florida - so we are in decent shape to at least maintain a reasonable level of success.

Considering that Gill is unproven as a head coach in the BCS, this is a very good sign that they are taking a chance to come to KU and are speaking highly of the staff and environment in Lawrence. I expect that things will improve as we get into the season, but we need to support Gill and the team, because guys want to play in a full stadium.

Also, let's stop embarrassing the school and get rid of the "rip his f-ing head off" scream.

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Randy Bombardier 4 years, 2 months ago

Started reading the comments and thought, this is too positive. Where is the alum from the univ of az? Sure, enough he can't wait to dump all over this.

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Randy Bombardier 4 years, 2 months ago

Sure glad, the kids don't say similar things when they visit Lawrence and KU to what is being said about them: "Don't know why some recruits would be jazzed about coming here. Looks typical, nothing special about Lawrence. Coaches? Well, they say about what you you'd expect. Everything looks old. Hear half the stadium leaves at half-time. Zero fan support. Basketball-school. I can do better...much better." Hey, dumb bunnies, be grateful they chose KU or shut up! You are undermining what the coaches are doing.

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Kevin Studer 4 years, 2 months ago

While it may be early to overstate one way or the other (being overly positive or negative about mid-level recruits), I think you are putting a little too much self-importance in fan posts here to say the "dumb bunnies" are "undermining what the coaches are doing." I seriously doubt this little message board has any impact on anything. Relax.

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temjay 4 years, 2 months ago

I hate to inform you of this, Matt, but there is no La Miranda High School in California.

There was a Sam Miranda who was an assistant coach for KU basketball ..... There are Miranda Rights, which had nothing to do with his coaching style at practice, I'm sure ..... And there is Miranda Cosgrove, who for some reason is one of the highest paid child stars on television.

But, there is no La Miranda HS.

Sorry.

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DevilHawk 4 years, 2 months ago

M-i-r-a-d-a - not: M-i-r-a-n-d-a.

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Randy Bombardier 4 years, 2 months ago

Cuz, I hold a different opinion about that. In light on Terrence Jones and his reaction to fan posts I think there is good evidence to believe that recruits do read these things. Wish it wasn't so.

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Kevin Studer 4 years, 2 months ago

True enough. But to be fair, Terrence Jones has proven to be an incredibly insecure D-bag. I like to think most college-bound athletes are not as flaky.

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Mark Lindrud 4 years, 2 months ago

The class is looking solid so far. With some success this year our class can be really good. I do agree that so far we do look a middle of the road class and we need four star players in order to step up to the new big 12/10 conference. It is nice to get some early commits because it shows a true commitment to recruiting.

Besides being 3 or 4 star recruits I also look at who has been recruiting our guys and most of them have been recruited by some pretty good schools which is encouraging. Now we need to get some big fish for our program to really make people take notice.

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Bear86 4 years, 2 months ago

Good for Coach Gill and staff. It's nice to see the Hawks pick up an O-lineman vs a 3/4 star skill position player who we have been able to recruit do to they spread. The staff HCG has assembled is impressive but until he has success against a couple of the Big Boys (Tx, OU) I'm skeptical on how the Hawks will do this year. The Big 12 (I mean the Big 2 & Little 8) is a much bigger animal than coaching at Buffalo.

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sevenyearhawk 4 years, 2 months ago

How about success against any BCS school ... let alone UT or OU?

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