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Thursday, May 26, 2011

KU football adds Florida cornerback Daniel Gray

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The recruiting haul for the Kansas University football program in the Class of 2012 officially is in motion.

Jon Kirby, of Rivals.com, reported Wednesday that Daniel Gray, a 6-foot, 165-pound cornerback from Boyd Anderson High in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., orally committed to the Jayhawks Wednesday evening via a telephone call to head coach Turner Gill.

Gray, a senior-to-be, has been timed as fast as 4.3 seconds in the 40-yard dash and consistently runs in the 4.4 range. He chose KU over offers from Texas Tech and Florida International. Nearby programs Miami and Florida State also showed serious interest in the physical defensive back.

At the end of the day, KU’s early interest, kicked off by Florida guru and KU safeties coach, Robert Wimberly, paid off. The Jayhawks’ persistence didn’t hurt either.

“I always felt that Kansas was loyal to me,” Gray told Rivals. “Coach Gill was really cool ... I really like coach Wimberly. He’s very honest and I liked how he was trustworthy. I hope to go up to Kansas and start a new tradition.”

The addition of Gray marks the second straight year the Jayhawks have landed a cornerback from the Sunshine State. Chris Robinson, 5-9, 170, of Lake Mary, Fla., was one of 27 members of KU’s 2011 class. Robinson will report to campus in June.

This year, KU has about half as many scholarships available to give (13), which has encouraged the coaching staff to alter its approach on the recruiting trail.

“When you don’t have as many scholarships available, you have to be really selective with the pool of players that you’re going after,” said KU recruiting coordinator and running backs coach Reggie Mitchell. “This year, we’re going to be a little more selective with the positions that we’re going to take.”

One position that KU continues to deem important is cornerback. And there’s a specific reason for that.

“We’re going after speed,” Mitchell said.

Comments

Raymond Wright 2 years, 11 months ago

Champ Bailey = 6'0" 192lb Jabari Greer = 5'11" 180lb Asante Samuel = 5'10 185lb Antoine Winfield = 5'9" 180lb Devin McCourty = 5'11" 193lb Darrelle Revis = 5'11" 198lb Charles Woodson = 6'1" 202lb Tramon Williams = 5'11" 191lb

All those guys are top rated corners that are playing in the league. apherse probably should stick to basketball cause you know sheet about football. I'm not saying this kid can play in the league. This is just in response to that idiot ahperse, who obviously knows nothing about football

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LAJayhawk 2 years, 11 months ago

Question: Does anyone know what Talib's size was when he was in high school? ESPN has him currently listed at 6'1" and 205, but certainly he must have been smaller than that when recruited. Plus, he was just a 3 star guy, if I'm not mistaken.

Just curious. I'm sure I could find it out with some search engine time, but I don't particularly feel like exerting the energy. Plus, I'm guessing someone on here knows it off the top of his (or her) head.

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phog1004 2 years, 11 months ago

Here are a few more blurbs about the kid (from various Florida Newspapers, recruiting sights, and Camp reports that he has been to)

"Gray just started playing football as a junior and he quickly developed into one of the top corners in the area. With outstanding speed, Gray has a nice combo of that and height. He has long arms and can be very physical at the line of scrimmage. His best days are ahead of him and he'll likely be one of south Florida's most heavily recruited cornerbacks for 2012."

"Very exciting pickup, because I know our guys in Florida expected his recruitment to absolutely blow up this year. He's a freak athlete with great speed."

"One of the most talented cornerback prospects in south Florida for 2012, Gray has only been playing football for one season. He finished 2010 with two picks and three caused fumbles."

Here's the SI writeup on him from the South Florida Express camp, which is really a 2 day tryout for an elite 7-on-7 spring game made up of the top skill players from the Miami (both Dade and Broward Counties) area, back in February.

"Upside is also the key word when describing Daniel Gray of Boyd Anderson. Gray has good size at 6-0/170, and he has phenomenal speed. He was possibly the fastest player in a very fast camp with 10.4 personal best in the 100 and a third place finish in the state championships in the 100. That speed and size has earned him interest from Florida, Miami and Cincinnati among others.

But Gray is raw. His backpedal and change of direction are well behind his pure speed and athleticism. With development over the next year, though, Gray could be a quick riser on the recruiting trail."

Florida Gators Scout page.

"If speed kills, then Daniel Gray is an assassin. The free safety from Lauderdale Lakes Boyd Anderson was the fastest prospect on the field at the South Florida Express tryouts Saturday and was impressive in what he did when in game action. Having played only one year of organized football, Gray is behind a lot of guys in terms of recruiting, but he is catching up fast."

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Dickless Head 2 years, 11 months ago

No way this guy runs this fast. Misreported numbers, no doubt.

Gill's class isn't terrible. Not bad for a black guy, anyway.

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milehighhawk 2 years, 11 months ago

ahperse - you've become like a car alarm. No one takes you seriously when you go off anymore.

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ahpersecoachingexperience 2 years, 11 months ago

I wasn't aware that Gill inherited a herd of turtles for a football team.

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jhawkrulz 2 years, 11 months ago

ESPN has him listed as 5'10" 160.

That does seem small, but we all know that there is a lot of beef added to players between their Senior year and after their redshirt year.

I'm hoping that he has grown a couple of inches.

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Dyrk Dugan 2 years, 11 months ago

sounds like he has speed to burn.....welcome Mr. Gray! remember folks, Rome wasn't built in a day. Allow the head coach to build the program with his kids, his way...and then we'll see what happens.

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ahpersecoachingexperience 2 years, 11 months ago

You guys should read the Florida International (tee-hee-hee) boards. Their fans (ha-ha-ha) are putting all kinds of pressure on the coaching staff for letting this one get away (baa-haaaaaaa-ha-ha).

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Kevin Studer 2 years, 11 months ago

Defensive tackle....Defensive tackle....only 12 scholarships left....

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KGphoto 2 years, 11 months ago

"Coach Gill was really cool..."

Sorry ahperse, but your theory of kids not wanting to come play for TG because of "stupid" or conservative rules is leaking badly.

Just admit that you've never met Gill, and so you don't know jack about him. And once again, I'd like to hear what your alternative selection was.

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kranny 2 years, 11 months ago

The kid runs a 10.39 100 meter. That's smokin' for a 16/17 year old kid. Hope the speed translates to effectiveness on the field. Scout site guys seem to think he's legit. Hopefully he can add 15 pounds between now and next June.

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ardy682 2 years, 11 months ago

Are any of these kids (fball recruits) tall enough to play as a forward or center for our basketball team? we need a little help there.

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jayhawkfanatic11 2 years, 11 months ago

Great pick up Coach Gill. Hopefully we can get several 4 star players

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Michael Pannacciulli 2 years, 11 months ago

Really hope that Gill and his staff do well this year. I love their passion and enthusiasm. Would be great to get back to '08 form also!

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minnhawk84 2 years, 11 months ago

Turner Gill has taken a page from Dr. Osborne's recruiting book. In the late 80s and early 90s, Nebraska was getting to the National Championship game and then getting toasted by one of the Florida Schools -- the Huskers just didn't have the speed to compete with the Gator, Seminole, and Hurricane wide outs. Once Nebraska made it a priority to get their own Florida DBs, the national championships started. Good job to the coaching staff to successfully land these genetic speed freaks from the Sunshine State.

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Jeremy Bolinger 2 years, 11 months ago

I LOVE this pickup! Gray will be a player here. Great job Gill and Co.

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actorman 2 years, 11 months ago

I tell you one thing: regardless of how the team does in terms of wins and losses, the more speed they continue to add, the more exciting the team should be to watch. I can't wait to see how all of these speedy recruits turn out a few years down the road.

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