Monday, January 24, 2011

Prep defensive ends Michael Reynolds, Javonte Daniel commit to KU


Kansas University’s football program received oral commitments from a pair of defensive ends Sunday, bringing the Jayhawks’ total haul from the Class of 2011 to 25.

Michael Reynolds, a three-star defensive end from Wichita’s Kapaun-Mt. Carmel High, elected to join the Jayhawks Sunday morning, and, a few hours later, Javonte Daniel, a three-star defensive end from LaGrange (Ga.) High of nearly identical size, revealed his intention to play for KU coach Turner Gill next season as well.

Both players are among the most highly sought-after recruits in KU’s most recent class. Reynolds, 6-foot-4, 220 pounds, chose Kansas over TCU, Kansas State, Oklahoma State and Indiana, among others. Daniel, 6-4, 215, tapped KU over SEC schools Arkansas, Kentucky and Mississippi State.

Both players were in Lawrence this weekend and, between touring the facilities, meeting the players and coaches and attending the basketball game between KU and Texas, both saw enough to commit.

“I really liked all of the coaches and the atmosphere,” Reynolds told Sunday afternoon. “I was at the basketball (game), and that crowd was (like) nothing I have ever seen. They are building the program, and I want to be a part of that.”

Added Daniel: “Everyone was respectful. They were the kind of guys you would want to have as teammates.”


Dirk Medema 7 years, 4 months ago

Now if we can just get a DT or 2, and maybe a P, this class would really be complete. Glad the 3 early entries can count against last year's class, though not certain where we stand on the 85 total.

KCHawk81 7 years, 4 months ago

I might be wrong, but I believe the new NCAA rules say you can award only 25 scholarships per year. You can sign up to 28 with a NLOI (in anticipation of ineligibility, etc.) but 25 is the yearly scholarship max, no matter where a team is in terms of total scholarships. And early enrollees count against previous classes only if they're transferring from a 2-year college. Our three early enrollees are part of our 2011 total.

All of which means that if this class holds together until next Wednesday, it is one hell of a good class for the Jayhawks. But we're all full. Rumors, though, that JUCO transfer OLB Tunde Bakare is considering Kansas intrigue me...

texashawk10 7 years, 4 months ago

KU's class is up to 31 at the moment on Rivals. I'm glad to see a lot of DLine recruits filling up the back end of this class as 3 of the last four. DLine was the one area of this class that had been lacking, but Gill and co. have now gone out and brought in multiple players at positions of need. WR seems to be the only position that wasn't heavily focused on this year, but that is also one of the few positions where KU has some depth because that seemed to be the one position where Mangino's staff really excelled at recuiting. Chris Omigie has great size at 6'5", Erick McGriff showed some good potential at the end of the year, DJ Beshears is the best playmaker, Jimmay Mundine has been raved about, and who knows what could happen with Kale Pick with Beaty back to coach him. I do think there could end up being a couple of players that aren't currently listed as WR's that end up being moved there, specifically Michael Cummings and Anthony Pierson.

Gill and staff should be commended for putting together a very solid recruiting class with players that can be the building blocks of getting KU back to being a competitive program. Berglund has the makings of being a very good QB, KU is loaded at RB and based on what James Starks has done this postseason for Green Bay, elite RB's should seriously consider coming to KU because Gill and Long have turned out some pretty good RB's in their coaching careers. There are a couple of behemoth OLinemen that have the size to be the anchors at both tackles along with some quickness for interior linemen. Julius Green has the makings of being an impact player from day 1. There is good quickness among the LB's in the class, and a lot of speed in the secondary.

DevilHawk 7 years, 4 months ago

Just to be clear: the last time that KU was consistently competitive in conference play (as noted by a winning conference record) was in the 1960s.

KSseahawk 7 years, 4 months ago

They also turned the Hawks' leading rusher into a good defensive player.

kansas22 7 years, 4 months ago

Don't look now, but Gill and staff are bringing in a heck of a recruiting class, especially considering the 3-9 season the team just had. Rivals currently ranks our class 6th in the Big 12 (above KSU and Mizzou, and 1st out of all Big 12 North schools. Not that the divisions really matter anymore in the new conference alignment). And, as txhawk already posted, ranked 31st in the nation.

Also, this will be tied with the 2009 recruiting class for the highest nationally ranked recruiting class we've had in the last 10 years. Assuming we don't add anymore 3-4 star recruits of course. Impressive.

hawk316 7 years, 4 months ago

"They are building the program, and I want to be a part of that.”


KU_Alumn_2000 7 years, 4 months ago

YES !!! FINALLY got some defensive linemen coming. This is huge !!! Gill and company putting together a fantastic class.

Stephen Johnson 7 years, 4 months ago

Impressive. HCTG and staff deserve a lot of credit for the hard work they put in. I was afraid we might lose several recruits after our receivers coach left for Texas, but Coach Gill and staff have kept everyone on board so far. Great Job!

ahpersecoachingexperience 7 years, 4 months ago

For a church going man, taking them to a basketball game and leading them to believe the atmosphere is the same?!?! Kind of shady.

And seriously! Can we stop with the "building something special" takes. Are we not a few years removed from a bcs win? Seems to me like things were built until last season.

(anyone that calls mangino losing 7 straight in his last season without referencing the close games or shenanigans pulled by lue is kidding themselves)

Brak 7 years, 4 months ago

We all know you are upset because Mangino was the only guy who could give you a run for your money in demolishing an all you can eat buffet and now he is gone, but get over it.

Also it seems to me like things were built for Mangino's system and he still could do anything with them last year and 4 of the main guys who kept that rolling left last year.

Also you forgot to make a comment talking down to the other schools that offered to make it seem like he had no choice. I mean who would want to go to TCU, Kstate, OkieState or Arkansas.

GridironHawk 7 years, 4 months ago

ahperse.... is it okay to reference Mangino's overall Big 12 record though:

23–41 4-20 vs the South (3 of those in 2007)

Could you imagine what Mangino's record would be if he had to face all the South every year?

In case you forgot, this was an article on recruiting and I'd say Gill is doing okay in that area. For him to possibly assemble the best on paper recruiting KU has ever seen in his first year (after a 3-9 record) is impressive. No matter how much you hate Gill or the firing of Mangino (though I have a feeling you used to hate him as well...) Gill deserves some props...

Looking at the above records, I'd say we still have some "building" to do before we have anything special...

ahpersecoachingexperience 7 years, 4 months ago

(fortune cookie style) wise man once said that when defending coach gill one must not use the overall record defense.

your luck numbers 3-9 1-7 23-39

GridironHawk 7 years, 4 months ago

I don't know many "wise" men who have to refer to themselves as such... Again, this was an article about recruiting and you wanted to twist it into an Anti-Gill rant. However, if you dig into the overall records it still favor's Gill. Gill's over all record includes 2 "first" years (not to mention one of those being at a dead end program that was 10-69 in the 7 years before Gill took over so I would say a 20-30 record in 4 years at Buffalo was pretty damn good). That might skew the #s a little. But go ahead and keep hating cause I know you won't stop. It doesn't matter who is coaching, you will find something negative to post. It must be tough going through life with such a negative view...

Patrick Leiker 7 years, 4 months ago

Mangino had built something special and then something went terribly wrong. Not even in terms of wins and losses. If you had built something special, your players don't lead a revolt against you and get you fired. That isn't very special. Sure maybe a lot of the problems had to do with some specific players, but Mangino recruited and gave his approval to bring said players on campus. What Mangino had built was special at one time, but not at the point when he was canned.

I'm sure the special Gill is referring to is the kind of special that doesn't end in a coup d'etat.

Jay Willis 7 years, 4 months ago

We can stop with the "building something special" when you stop with the nonsensical rant about names on jerseys. Never once have I seen any evidence that there is a correlation between the success of a coach and program and having names on jerseys. So while it is upsetting to you that others are fulfilling the promise that Gill made, it is at least a real and very measurable statement. The more I read your posts, the more it comes across as thinly veiled racism.

Jay Willis 7 years, 4 months ago

this last post was for apers. and all the others that continue to find any reason (none of which are legitimate to date) to dislike Gill

ahpersecoachingexperience 7 years, 4 months ago

the race card?

"you know that 'stuff' gets no play in my ride" -boyz in the hood

Ryan Gerstner 7 years, 4 months ago

KU's rolling in a sweet recruiting class. Up to #30 now in Rivals and 5th in the Big XII. What's better is K-State's class is down in the bottom 2 in the Big XII and the rankings don't go down far enough to see where they're at. KU's doing a good job at bringing in the type of players that can dig us out of the hole Mangino put us in.

Chris Bruning 7 years, 4 months ago

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KU_FanSince75 7 years, 4 months ago

Finally, some defensive recruits. It's about time. Both prospects sound really good. Nice going, Coach Gill.

Dirk Medema 7 years, 4 months ago

DL help you mean. There are quite a few LB's and DB's already in the class.

It is crazy looking at the film for Reynolds running down RB's from 10 yds behind. Granted, the RB may not have D1 speed, but it is nice to have WR speed in a DE. After a year of seasoning in the weightroom/practice squad, he could end up being a D-freak.

Yide 7 years, 4 months ago

What does everyone think about our defensive secondary for next year? All of these D-lineman commits are great and maybe we will have a pass rush next year and that will certainly help. But...

I just seem to remember our secondary getting lit up last year and I don't know if our current and incoming players are up to the task of a (B12-2) schedule.

Do you think an improved pass rush will make our secondary look better?


bayareajhawk 7 years, 4 months ago

An good pass rush always makes things easier for the secondary, and our secondary might turn out to be pretty good.

The safeties should be a strength. McDougald might be great after he practices at that position for awhile and gets some more experience. He made some great plays against Mizzou after having played and practiced at wide receiver all year. Terry is also an exciting player with a lot of upside. Like McDougald, Terry is a former wide receiver with good hands. He is fast and is a playmaker with the ball. Then you have Prinz Kande, who was a 4-Star recruit and next year will be a redshirt sophomore. He was highly touted and I'd like to see what he can do on the field. So maybe Kande at SS and McDougald at FS? I'm OK with taking that combo into the Big XII for the next two years.

Cornerback is a different story. Patmon made some great plays as a freshman. He also got burned a few times but, well, he was a freshman. We can probably sum him up as "promising." He will likely fill one of the CB spots. Who will fill the other one? Our corners were definitely not a strength last year. Whoever plays will have to improve on those levels.

texashawk10 7 years, 4 months ago

The biggest reason why the secondary got burned a lot last year was because KU had little to no pass rush in most games last year. Even if KU had a secondary full of Patrick Peterson's, they wouldn't look good having to cover receivers for 7 or 8 seconds because of no pass rush. Having a good pash rush can cover up a lot of deficiencies in the secondary by forcing a QB to make poor throws and create lots of turnover opportunities.

David Lara 7 years, 4 months ago

A big +1 here. Balance has to be the most important element a defense can have. Even if you have a great secondary, the worse the pass rush is, the worse the secondary will be exposed, exponentially. Once the offense gets a few passes completed, lack of confidence sets in even with the best secondary and they start second guessing themselves causing even more problems.

On the other hand, even a decent pass rush can help get some confidence back there and that can make a huge difference in the growth and development of a great secondary. We need help in both areas, but shoring up one of them will only help the other in a huge way.

741hawk 7 years, 4 months ago

Hard to imagine Gill knows what he's doing when we know that nine games into the season the team had NEVER practiced a surprise onside kick. Talent cannot trump coaching expertise and preparation.

GridironHawk 7 years, 4 months ago

The key word is "surprise" onside kick but I guess that slipped by you. Most teams don't practice surprise onside kicks. Especially ones that are still trying to teach a new offense and defense. I questioned a lot of the coaching decisions Gill made (easy to do in hindsight) but for you to hang on to the "NEVER practiced a surprise onside kick" is beyond me. However, I imagine there is nothing Gill can do to impress you.... Maybe you should be coaching the team.

Brandon Avey 7 years, 4 months ago

This not practicing a "surprise onside kick" argument is getting terribly old. KU recovered the onside kick and won the game with the biggest come back in school history. Get over it!

Bill Kackley 7 years, 4 months ago

Really getting tired of all the negativeness. Mangino did a great job and I don't really believe it was a flash in the pan situation. Lew screwed him. We brought in a young mostly untested coach, whom I had my concerns about but this recruiting season has improved my viewpoint. Mangino is gone. He's not coming back. I wish him all the sucess in the world unless he happens to coach against us but we have turned the page and if you are a real KU football fan you will get on board and let our positive vibes encourage the upcoming football teams to sucess under Coach Gil.

meremy 7 years, 4 months ago

Thank you. I think there's a large "silent majority" of Jayhawks who think exactly like you. I'm a little tired of BOTH the Gill Haters AND the Mangino Revisionists.

SeaJHawk 7 years, 4 months ago

Here, here to the 'silent MAJORITY'. +10

Welcome to KU peeps!!

Rock Chalk!!

kureader 7 years, 4 months ago

Well stated. Whatever Mangino did or didn't do is ancient history. I wish him well too. But, it's time to think about the 2011 season and hope that Gill, his staff, and our guys can deliver a better performance this year. I think they will.

Mike Ardis 7 years, 4 months ago

This year’s class is good but there are a lot of people just not sold on Gill. As good as KU’s class is (31st), Tommy Tuberville, who KU apparently wouldn’t give the time of day to, has the 14th ranked class coming in. And Tuberville, after taking TTU to a bowl game, just got Gill money, going from $1.5 to $2 million a year!

Maybe Gill will turn out okay but is it any surprise that some fans are waiting to jump on the bandwagon after seeing KU not talking to the best available coaches, signing an coach with limited experience to an exorbitant guaranteed contract (Lew’s way of saying FU KU) and seeing the coach looking lost going 3-9?

Omari Miller 7 years, 4 months ago

Yeah, and Texas Tech is... in Texas. You just can't turn your nose up to this sort of recruiting success when it's your coach's first true class and you're recruiting kids away from home and the teams they grew up watching.

GridironHawk 7 years, 4 months ago

Good post. I think your second point was the main one for KU. Tuberville was looking for a job, not a place to call home. Those same people who wanted Tuberville also wanted Harbough. I'm pretty sure we all know how that one would have turned out. As for anyone who truly believes the 3rd point, I'm pretty sure Lew could have found far less qualified coaches if he really wanted to "stick it" to KU. You would have to be a pretty big conspiracy theorist to believe that one.

Mike Ardis 7 years, 4 months ago

People are misreading my comments. I didn’t mean Lew tried to hire a bad coach to hurt KU, I’m saying Lew’s ego led him to pick his favorite, regardless of whether he was the best coach. And to top it off Lew basically guaranteed a neophyte $10 million no matter how good or bad he was, forcing the next AD to keep him even if he was bad, or pay a fortune to get rid of him. To me that’s sticking it to KU!

johnnyphoton 7 years, 4 months ago

Boo freaking hoo. This university can use a lot of what Turner Gill offers. Enjoy the ride while he's here. P.S. Coach, please win.

Stephen Johnson 7 years, 4 months ago

Mangino was not bringing in the type of players to ensure long term success. The class that Coach Gill is bring in, is better than any Mangino had. The only thing I miss about Mangino are the "our coach can eat your coach" T-shirts.

BigBlue4KU 7 years, 4 months ago

Well said, Kack! These prima donna's won't probably pay any attention, but 'well said'.

slowplay 7 years, 4 months ago

220 is a little light for a DE. I'm sure another 20-25 lbs will be added in the weight room but it looks like Coach Gill is going for speed not bulk. I would love for him to switch to a 3-4 base defense. All you have to do is look at the Super Bowl teams this year to understand how successful that can be. Most times, the Packers only went with 2 down lineman (sometimes just 1), 4 LB's and 5 DB's.

rolo2383 7 years, 4 months ago

The problem with the 3 - 4 is you have to have a dominant DT and we don't have that right now.

DevilHawk 7 years, 4 months ago

You can't teach speed, but you can add weight during a redshirt year and throughout the rest of the player's time at school.

Dirk Medema 7 years, 4 months ago

Just ask Julius Greene what a year, or even just a semester, of committment to the weightroom can do to a 6-6ish frame. I'm still expecting him to add another 20-40 lbs and be the DT freak next to Reynolds or another DE speed freak. Toben will be the shrimp on the DL in another year.

KGphoto 7 years, 4 months ago

T.O. may be the shrimp, but I bet he'll be the best pass rusher. He flashed a little of what the NFL covets during his opening defensive campaign. Short enough to get under the OTs pads, fast enough to track down the ball in the backfield, strong enough to finish the tackle.

midhawktx 7 years, 4 months ago

I give major props to the staff on recruiting this year. I have been tough on Gill all year, but this is impressive. I would not expect us to achieve recruiting success, especially against SEC programs, after the season we had. Great work.

Here is my question: Is Gill oversigning players with the goal of not inviting some scholarship players back? I know it is something that is done at major programs, just haven't seen it here.

slowplay 7 years, 4 months ago

I'm not certain, but I don't think you can do that. The scholarship stays whether their on the team or not.

TxJyHwk 7 years, 4 months ago

Actually, scholarships are for one year. Most coaches don't take a player off scholarship because it sets a bad precedent and would make players leery of committing to them, but there is nothing that disallows it.

Ben Kane 7 years, 4 months ago

I believe a scholarship can be rescinded at the start of every year.

slowplay 7 years, 4 months ago

Upon further review, I find you are both correct. Thanks.

rolo2383 7 years, 4 months ago

I've heard Daniel is a candidate to greyshirt and then get on scholarship next year if we end up signing too many.

Dirk Medema 7 years, 4 months ago

There is a response above saying that early HS recruits can't count towards the previous season, but one of the lead writers for (GREAT website!) says they can. I believe the associated comments there also were that while we could conceivably sign 28 (25+3 early), they will limit the signings to 26. My guess is that some of it may depend on who is the last possible signee. Last I saw we were still being considered by a 4 DE (Brandon Alexander), and I find it hard to believe the staff will turn away a 4 if he decides late that he wants to come to KU.

cmm889 7 years, 4 months ago

I'll admit that I was skeptical that Gill was going to be able to recruit after all of that information came out about his rules on player conduct. I wondered why college recruits would WANT to come here when it'd be difficult to live the life of a real college kid... ( even though they mainly come for the athletics )

but I think i've figured it out... he's not recruiting the kids, he's recruiting the parents!

I really dont' care so long as it works,

good job gill.

Andy Tweedy 7 years, 4 months ago

He wouldn't be the first coach to figure that out! Some pretty smart coaches have said the key to a commitment is to recruit the mom! Look no further than McLemore's recruitment right now. It sounds like if the mom were on board, he'd already be a Jayhawk...

Andy Tweedy 7 years, 4 months ago

Somebody asked about the secondary, and the response was right on about a pass rush. I would love to get the ear of someone who broke down tape of our secondary this year. Patmon made some great plays late in the season, but I remember how awful he was at times early. The same could be said of some of the other defensive backs. I'd love to get a feel for just how good or bad the secondary really was when graded on their own merits. Either way, this recruiting class is nothing short of incredible, considering how terribly wrong the season went last year. I agree that our head coach has some growing to do to prove he belongs in D1, but I'm willing to give him some time. The assistants have all been around the block a few times, and I'm more than confident this staff will get it together. From reading about this class, there is speed to burn!!!

Andy Tweedy 7 years, 4 months ago

I should say to prove he belongs at a BCS school. His time at Buffalo already proves he belongs at D1.

GridironHawk 7 years, 4 months ago

Congrats. You win the worst post award. At least try and think of "clever" ways to bash Gill like ahperse does. Between you bashing the football team, men's basketball, and women's basketball teams, I'm starting to wonder if you are even a Jayhawk fan at all. I think you and ahperse just battle to see who can be the most negative. It's actually kind of funny and sad all in one.

Andy Tweedy 7 years, 4 months ago

I agree 100%. Ahperse is funny at time, even when being annoying. nebr just likes to complain!

Ludwig Supraphonic 7 years, 4 months ago

I'm not aware of any coaching vacancies at KU, but you could use your sentient KUsports posts to incite the English department into a swivet.

ahpersecoachingexperience 7 years, 4 months ago

and before we pop champagne thinking we won a battle against osu and some sec schools you might want to take a look at those schools current rosters and incoming recruits. all of the schools mentioned have 1-3 de's coming in that are ranked way above what we have coming in and some that are ranked on the same level but our guys are giving up 12-20lbs.

midhawktx 7 years, 4 months ago

I don't think its worth popping champagne and its definitely not as bad as popping the champagne of beers. But you have to admit this recruiting class is better than anyone would have thought after last season and all of Gill's rules.

ahpersecoachingexperience 7 years, 4 months ago

no you're right, this is a far better class then i expected. now we have to go out and shock some people on the field. gill and staff will have a hard time explaining to recruits how we are building something special with 6 wins in two seasons.

midhawktx 7 years, 4 months ago

Very true. Six wins in two seasons makes my head hurt just thinking of it.

midhawktx 7 years, 4 months ago

And more so because it is very possible.

DevilHawk 7 years, 4 months ago

We recruited a solid class. One that fills most holes (DT is definitely missing) and seems to upgrade our speed.

It's not a class that should be considered "amazing," but it is a good sign considering the season that we just had.

topeka52 7 years, 4 months ago

Ahperse, You may want to look up OSU's recruits before you start saying how much better their class is. Taking Nebraska out of the list and OSU is number 4 and Kansas is number 5 out of the Big 12. They have 2 Four Star recruits and 22 Three Star, Kansas has 2 Four Star recruits and 20 Three Star.

This does not include Tunde Bakaire who just commited today.

justanotherfan 7 years, 4 months ago

I just watched some film on Bakaire. That kid hits like a ton. And if he can really come in and play LB (one of our thinnest spots last season), that addition along with a healthy Tharp could really change the defense.

jaycard 7 years, 4 months ago

Bakare (sp) is an outside linebacker, listed at 6'0", 200lbs. Caught a 5 minute highlight segment on Rock Talk for Kansas, and he looks a little undersized, but quick and a ferocious hitter. Only East Carolina was after him. Still, an immediate enrollee, he might a diamond in the rough after packing on a few pounds. Gotta love the entire 2011 class. Any scholarships left?

John Beck 7 years, 4 months ago

Tunde narrowed it to KU and ECU since they are close to home (Virginia). He had other good offers. Love the class also!

vmwskywalk 7 years, 4 months ago

Scout has him listed as 5'11", 215 lb. and ran a 4.37 40. That's WR speed at OLB. WOW!

Dirk Medema 7 years, 4 months ago

215 lbs and a 4.37 40 in an LB that hits like a ton of bricks has me very excited. He may actually make a DE running a 4.5ish 40 look slow, which is even more exciting.

texashawk10 7 years, 4 months ago

Bakare isn't someone that's getting me excited although he does add immediate depth to a position that needs it. His other offers besides KU and ECU were Minnesota, Gardner-Webb, and Tennessee St. Iowa St., Oregon St., and Wyoming were also recruiting him and Boise St. started looking at him late. He's a JuCo kid so he should be able to play immediately to give some depth at a position that needs it which is what JuCo kids are good for, but this isn't a signing that's going to get me excited.

Jay Willis 7 years, 4 months ago

Every day there is good news. It just keeps getting better. I don't ever remember it being like this before. Amazing.

Dirk Medema 7 years, 4 months ago

June 2010 was like this too! How easily we forget.

Pass the koolaid please.

Jay Willis 7 years, 4 months ago

I trust your knowledge and in no way am challenging yours...but I don't remember what happened in 06/10 that was as encouraging....

DevilHawk 7 years, 4 months ago

We had seven commitments in June - 4x OL; 1x QB; 2x DB.

100 7 years, 4 months ago

Great job Coach Gill!!!!!!

Three studs in one day.... All blazing fast.... One of them, running a 40 just a couple hairs slower than the fastest digitally timed pro prospect ever ran after his last day at Auburn, Bo Jackson...

And to top it off... Another day, another one of Coach Gill's players goes to the superbowl... As a starter...

Playing a position coach Gill shifted him to....

Great job Starks!!!

Great job Green Bay line!!!!

And great job Coach Gill for helping that young man have a better life, not only in the NFL, but in life in general, as a man of character, who knows his place in society is much more than just earning an NFL paycheck....

That said.... It appears we have 25 + 3 early commits.... The legal amount, with room for possibly one more....

Brandon Alexander!!!!!!!!!!

C'mon down!!!!!!

We'd love to have you in Lawrence!!!!!!

Come help Coach Gill build this D.Y.N.A.S.T.Y!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Andy Hess 7 years, 4 months ago

today Michael Reynolds' facebook says "I think I got alot to still think about... its not official." analyze as you wish.

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