Tuesday, August 16, 2011

KU football notebook: Washington, D.C., defensive end De’Jon Wilson commits to KU


Credit Kansas University basketball player Thomas Robinson with an assist.

Monday night, reported that De’Jon Wilson, a defensive end from Washington, D.C., had orally committed to the Kansas football program.

Wilson, 6-foot-3, 240 pounds, had the chance, this summer, to talk with Robinson about his experiences in Lawrence. Evidently, T-Rob’s words carried a little weight, as did those from KU coach Turner Gill and lead recruiter Reggie Mitchell.

“Coach Mitchell did an awesome job recruiting me,” Wilson said. “He’s an outstanding recruiter. Man, I thought he was a young guy with all the energy he had.”

Wilson picked the Jayhawks over offers from Buffalo, Illinois, Marshall, Michigan State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Temple and Toledo.

He becomes the sixth member of the Class of 2012 to commit to Kansas.

Roster update

A couple of tidbits from Monday’s practice... Gill said defensive tackle Patrick Dorsey would miss six to eight weeks of action after suffering a broken foot. Dorsey, a senior from Houston, started 11 of 12 games in 2010.

In addition, Gill said that sophomore Randall Dent, a former defensive lineman who was listed as a second-string offensive lineman on the depth chart, had moved back to the defensive side of the ball. Dent, who red-shirted in 2009, was a defensive lineman during his first two seasons at KU. He moved to the O-Line this spring.

Football 101 a hit

Gill turned 49 years old last Saturday, and to celebrate,, he enjoyed a heavy dose of football.

Beginning at 8:30 a.m. Gill hosted Football 101 With The Jayhawks, an interactive clinic designed for women interested in learning more about football. The clinic took place at the Anderson Family Football Complex, and all proceeds went to benefit Jayhawks For A Cure, which raises money to benefit the KU Cancer Center and Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

In all, the event drew nearly 50 women, who serenaded Gill with “Happy Birthday,” midway through the day.

The clinic, which wrapped with a luncheon hosted by the KU coaching staff and their wives, provided attendees the chance to experience a day in the life of a KU football player. Sandra Kay, of Lawrence, was one of them and she soaked up every second.

“I think Football 101 was an impressive event,” Kay said. “The coaches and their wives were very genuine in the way they shared the importance of Jayhawks For A Cure. And they were so thorough about what each position needed to work on in terms of training. I would encourage everyone who’s a KU fan to go to this event in the future.”

Included in the clinic were workshops on both offense and defense, along with a question-and-answer session with current KU players.

In addition, former KU linebacker Justin Springer made a special presentation on team equipment.

The women in attendance were not the only ones who enjoyed the experience.

“It was good to see all the women there and it was for a great cause,” Gill said. “It was a good turnout. They seemed to enjoy themselves. It was also good to have our fans get connected with us as coaches and also good for us to get connected with them.”

Gill’s birthday celebration continued later that night, with KU playing host to its second intra-squad scrimmage of preseason camp.

The modified game featured several highlights, including a 40-yard touchdown pass from senior Quinn Mecham to sophomore Christian Matthews. In addition, several message boards were filled with posts from those in attendance about the play of true freshman QB Michael Cummings.

The Jayhawks wrapped up their third session of two-a-day drills on Monday and will return to practice this afternoon in preparation for their season opener, Sept. 3 against McNeese State at Memorial Stadium.


waywardJay 6 years, 10 months ago

Blah blah blah 3 star defensive lineman... Blah blah blah.... Undersized... Blah blah..... Buffalo, Toledo, and Temple.....

Thomas Robinson helped bring us a player, which speaks about the relationship between Gill and Self..... No longer are these rivaling factions.

Andy Tweedy 6 years, 10 months ago

Love how you omitted Michigan State, Pitt and Illinois from that list.

Clarence Haynes 6 years, 10 months ago

You failed to mention Michigan State, Pitt, Illinois, and Rutgers. Wilson's high school and the league (DCIAA) that he plays in has consistently placed numerous players into the Big 10, ACC, Big East etc.

ahpersecoachingexperience 6 years, 10 months ago

I would of went with...

Anytime your defense has a linebacker and de that were good enough to be recruited by buffalo...!

waywardJay 6 years, 10 months ago

Round about what I thought you would say....

Clarence Haynes 6 years, 10 months ago

Who is thereally jack wagon here! Moreso a jerk!

waywardJay 6 years, 10 months ago

He's totally right. I was mocking him and his negative banter, in a playful way. I'm excited about this kid. I intentionally left off those schools because he would have intentionally left off those schools, knowing those schools have history of Football success....

Sounds like your the Jack Wagon, CS. At least he got the Joke.

Clarence Haynes 6 years, 10 months ago

Just want to make it clear to this young man that he is well thought of and welcomed at KU a place where he can thrive as both an athlete and a student. He played in a DC public school league which has a long standing tradition of high calibre athletes going back to Willie wood, Dave Bing, and more recent Byron Leftwich, Vernon Davis, and Arrelious Ben. Milt Newton ('88 KU Bball team) is a product of this league. Perhaps I have a chip on my shoulder because I participated in another sport this league and it gives me great pride that he has chosen KU!

Andy Tweedy 6 years, 10 months ago

Then it worked!!! You got the same sort of responses... Just goes to show you everybody gets on these football stories armed and ready for ahperse!

DerekR25 6 years, 10 months ago

The kid lives in the offensive backfield! 21 sacks and 33 takles for loss last year according to a Washington Post blog. His team has won 3 straight state titles and he's all-state selection.

Watched film on rivals and he leaves OTs in the dust. Very quick and moves well. Sounds like he's going to be OLB in the 3-4. It'll be interesting to see what happens. Welcome De' Jon!

Dyrk Dugan 6 years, 10 months ago

you ain't lyin....we're thin. piece of paper thin. that's why Dent is back on the d-line. John Williams, Richard Johnson and Kevin Young can't get hurt....or else we're in big trouble.

we really need to run the football on offense this year....long drives....7, 8 or 9 1st downs in a row.....our defense is still too young and we don't have the depth to send out there every two minutes.

Jeff Coffman 6 years, 10 months ago

The best news yet, that Cummings is appearing to capture eyes with his abilities. i hope that he can get the starting job. As much as I like to hear about Webb's improvement and/or Meacham's abilities, I watched a lot of football last year and neither one of them were there last year. If one of these freshman come in and get the job, to me that is a good sign for the season. That means at least to me that we have upgraded one of the most important positions, which unforunately was lacking last year.

The hype has been a more solidified OL and maybe some DE that can rush the QB. With an improvement in QB, we might actually have some hope for the season.

If we continue with the past options, it could be a long season.

Let's hope!!

KU 6 years, 10 months ago

Horrible news about Dorsey! If you're going to play 3-4 base defense, you better have 3 seriously immoveable studs up front to stop the run. Even WITH Dorsey, it was debatable if we had 3 Big 12 quality DL.

vd 6 years, 10 months ago

Have any of the Freshmen OL switched to the DL?

Kenneth Hillman 6 years, 10 months ago

Welcome to Jayhawk Nation De'Jon. Sounds like a good and needed get.

Sad news about Dorsey. We really can't afford to have ANY injuries this season, especially on the D line. Somebody will really need to step up with this opportunity. Stay healthy boys.

Rock Chalk

squawkhawk 6 years, 10 months ago

I think Gill found his real niche, coaching women.

justinryman 6 years, 10 months ago

The idea came from NU when Osborne was a coach here. Get your wife to watch the game and understand it and then you get to watch more games and at some point she may even want to go to a few and eventually tailgate. Then she gets her friends involved and they get their husbands to go with them and now you have more drinking buddies than you did last season.

Plus the more fans KU can get and how they do it shouldn't be a bad thing.

waywardJay 6 years, 10 months ago

Logic has a name and thy name be Justin.

The Raven's do this in the Pros, or have done this in the past, it's increased ticket sales in a city that's declining in population. The equation is as simple as Justin States it.

More fans = More Dollars. More Dollars means More Terrell Pryor. Oh wait.....

ahpersecoachingexperience 6 years, 10 months ago


Done! You're done! Close your account. Shut your laptop and never post on these boards again. Walk off style.

KGphoto 6 years, 10 months ago

Persey you should know the new roster pics are out.

I think you'll like Brock's. Seems somewhat... I don't know... Big!

Also Pat Lewandowski not only switched positions many times during the spring and fall, but he is also sporting a new skin tone. I barely recognized him.

ahpersecoachingexperience 6 years, 10 months ago

Haha I wonder if my main man then turned to his left for a side profile pic?

justanotherfan 6 years, 10 months ago

If we are really committing to the 3-4, this kid will be a nice standup end or LB.

The more impressive thing for me is that he is athletic enough to knock down passes even when he's not getting to the QB. That shows a good understanding for what his job is. He also seemed to take very good routes to ball carriers (granted, its a highlight video, but he wasn't just using his speed, he used good routes, too).

He plays a little high, but that can be corrected. The athleticism will definitely play in a D1 defense.

I also like that he plays some special teams, because that will allow him to contribute even if he's not a starting LB initially.

jayhawkfanatic11 6 years, 10 months ago

Awesome video. So glad he chose KU. Wow that guys a beast in the back field. Hopefully he sticks with KU. Rivals has him listed as a soft verbal

KGphoto 6 years, 10 months ago

Thanks for the vid. The best part is listening to the announcers at the end, talking about how dominant he is.

But I have to disagree with him being a 3-4 pass rushing linebacker. By the time he gets to KU I bet he's upwards of 250. And he'll gain even more with some spring conditioning. If he redshirts, ad another 10 to 15 without trying. At the very smallest he would ever play at KU, he would probably look like Justin Houston who the Chiefs just drafted purely to rush the passer. But I expect him to go over 275 and with a little effort get into that 300 range. You can see in his pictures, he's built like a lineman.

He tackles like a defensive lineman right now. Big old bear tackler. Lots of force after contact, and throwing the guy around. Personally I think Turner Gill just recruited the position that some have been begging him to fill. Defensive Line. And not a hybrid 3-4 guy, but a full-time, serious inside presence.

KGphoto 6 years, 10 months ago

Okay here's another vid. and a little article.

What kills me about his stats are that he only had 41 tackles on the year, and that 26 (33 if you read what another poster quotes) of them were for a loss! 21 were outright sacks! With only 41 tackles you have to believe the opposition is avoiding him like the plague.

And another reason I don't believe he'll be a 3-4 linebacker, is because in all that video, never once did I see him drop into coverage. He had a hand down on every play. I would think TG and staff saw much of the same film, and want him with doing the same thing at KU.

He recruits for speed, and pushes them up to the next bigger position.

Randy Bombardier 6 years, 10 months ago

He will be a dominant DE. He brings a ton of energy. He is bobbing up and down after every play like he can't get enough of it. He will be a bull. Looking forward to this.

nuleafjhawk 6 years, 10 months ago

I'm glad I read this article. Reminds me to run to the store and get mustard.

troutsee 6 years, 10 months ago

This is a great pick up. And mostly because he is from the east coast, an area where we seldom get a player. It shows that Gill and staff are recruiting the entire country. I like that.

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