Monday, April 16, 2012

KU football lands oral commitment from St. Louis-area linebacker


A few days ago, the Kansas University football program addressed the present by adding fifth-year senior linebacker Anthony McDonald from Notre Dame.

Monday, the Jayhawks again began to look to the future when Kellen Ash, a 6-foot-3, 194-pound linebacker from Parkway South High in Ballwin, Mo., outside of St. Louis, orally committed to Kansas.

As a junior, Ash finished with 87 tackles, including 20 for loss, and was named all-conference, all-metro and all-state.


2013 KU football commitment, Kellen Ash, of Parkway South High near St. Louis, Mo.

KU linebackers coach DeMontie Cross played a big role in landing Ash, who also drew interest from Ball State, Cincinnati, Illinois, Kansas State and Missouri. Head coach Charlie Weis and defensive coordinator Dave Campo helped seal the deal a couple of weeks ago when Ash and his family made an unofficial visit. Ash told Jon Kirby of that the early attention he received from KU made the Jayhawks the favorite from the beginning.

“They were the first to offer so I paid a lot of attention to them,” Ash told Kirby. “I like how they take care of their players. I feel like they can help me improve. I feel like all my hard work has paid off. I’m not going to slow down now. I have to keep getting better for the next level.”

Ash becomes the third member of the Class of 2013 to commit to KU, joining Basehor-Linwood tight end Ben Johnson and Bishop Miege quarterback Montell Cozart.


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KUWorldTraveler 2 years ago

Exactly what I was thinking. It sounds like he might Be pretty speedy, so I think that looks like a great frame for safety if he can deliver a hit.


Mark Lindrud 2 years ago

Sounds like he could end up a safety for us. Undersized for a linebacker and I can't see him bulking up enough for a big 12 linebacker.


Jim Jackson 2 years ago

I'm expecting 7 wins this year


rockchalker52 2 years ago

Wha', those shiny new tiger uni's didn't sway him to the SEC? Nice addition. Spring game on the 28th. That's also a good time to trial run your tailgating for the fall.


syceda 2 years ago

I trust coach, who knows what he will play but I bet this kid will play.


Doug Cramer 2 years ago

We need some four star big nasty talented D-linemen. Let's get this defense going !


Ralster Jayhawk 2 years ago

Awesome welcome to this young man!


Chris1955 2 years ago

Good news on the recruting front is always welcomed. Congratulations to Weis and the rest of the coaching staff.


Alex Berger 2 years ago

Rivals says this kid had 37 TFL and 19 sacks last year. Man, I hope rivals is right.


ahpersecoachingexperience 2 years ago

Meh...Until he finishes this season, red shirts, shirts his freshman year, plays special teams and a little junk time as a sophomore, all along eating and lifting until he is a 6'3" 235lb monster his junior year.

More Kool aide please!


Cmill1221 2 years ago

Nice. Good to see us getting a kid from the STL area.


Pitthawk34 2 years ago

Bring em on! This year I just want to be competative no more 40 point blowouts. I just want to see progress plain and simple. Respect thats all i am asking for year 1 and 2...year 3 a bowl game.


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