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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Charlie Weis goes far, wide to fill first KU recruiting class

Kansas football coach Charlie Weis talked to the media on Wednesday about his first recruiting class at KU.

Kansas football coach Charlie Weis talked to the media on Wednesday about his first recruiting class at KU.

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Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis has a simple philosophy when it comes to recruiting.

“I believe you have to have a foundation where people live a drivable distance from your campus,” Weis said Wednesday during his national signing day news conference. “I don’t know how long that ride is, but that’s where it starts. Kids want their families to come watch them play.”

Weis’ philosophy, shaped during his time at Notre Dame, is something he believes works year to year under normal circumstances. Of course, the situation he inherited at Kansas is anything but normal, and Weis already has adjusted his thinking to ensure that KU has as good a shot as possible to win this fall.

For Weis’ first recruiting class at KU, that meant pulling in players from as far away as California, Florida, Maryland and Washington. And that led him to land Tampa, Fla., prospect Schyler Miles, a three-star inside linebacker who just might be the headliner in this year’s class of 20 players.

Miles, a senior at Berkeley Prep, first met the KU coach when Weis was the offensive coordinator at Florida, and their relationship continued after Weis left for Kansas. Weis’ interest in Miles wasn’t the first time the 6-foot-2, 220-pound linebacker had heard from Kansas. In fact, KU was the first school to send Miles a recruiting letter during his sophomore year of high school.

“I was real surprised,” Miles recalled of receiving the letter. “I was just real hyped up, and since I had never got a letter before, I was just real excited.”

With that in the back of his mind and his newfound friendship with Weis at the forefront, Miles passed up an offer from in-state perennial powerhouse Florida and chose Kansas.

“There were people down there in Florida who were dead-certain he was signing with Florida,” said Jon Kirby, who has covered KU recruiting for 13 years. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen KU go against a program with that much tradition and success and beat them out for a kid in their own state like that. I think it speaks volumes about what coach Weis can do as a recruiter.”

Weis, who had the rare luxury of making two in-home visits with Miles — one as an assistant at Florida and another as the head coach at Kansas — said his ability to develop a solid bond with Miles helped seal the deal.

“I talked to him all year long, so Schyler’s here,” Weis said. “It really comes down to who you feel most comfortable with.”

Of course, when it comes to putting together the best football team you can, the elements on the field factor in quite a bit, as well. That’s not a problem either. Ranked by Rivals as the 27th-best linebacker in the nation and the 69th-best prospect in Florida, Miles finished his senior season with 123 tackles and earned multiple all-state and all-county honors.

“You put on a tape, he makes 20 tackles,” Weis said. “It doesn’t make any difference what game it is, it doesn’t make a difference who it’s against, he’s gonna go make 20 tackles. I really like the kid. I like his family, I like his coach, I like his school, and I’m glad to be able to get him out of Florida to have him come and join us.”

Never one to pass up an opportunity to send a message or set the tone, Weis referred back to the personal connections when he was asked if beating out Florida and West Virginia for Miles made a statement to future KU recruits.

“It tells you that if you have relationships with kids in any part of the country, regardless of who you’re going against, you can get him,” Weis said. “That’s what it tells you. I’m just happy to get him because I think the kid can play.”

Miles is hardly the only potential impact player Weis landed in the 20-man class. In fact, because of what Weis referred to as “glaring holes” throughout the KU roster, several of the newcomers could be in position to play immediately. That’s part of the reason this year’s class was so diverse. It included nine high school prospects, eight junior-college transfers and three four-year transfers. Eleven of the 20 newcomers are offensive players; the other nine are defensive.

In addition to Miles, the players Weis seemed most excited about were: juco defensive tackle Jordan Tavai, 6-3, 290 (“people were still trying to steal him at 20 after 11, last night,” Weis said); juco defensive tackle Ty McKinney, 6-3, 310, (“the big body that sometimes you’re missing”); and juco wide receiver Josh Ford, 6-4, 190, (“he just looks like what you’re looking for. The quarterbacks were real excited when they saw him on his visit, and they weren’t alone.”)

By the numbers

Even though KU’s class — which Dayne Crist, Jake Heaps and Justin McCay did not count toward in the rankings — did not crack the Rivals.com Top 50, the Jayhawks were represented in some of the position rankings. KU’s tight-end haul of junior-college transfer Charles Brooks and Waco, Texas, freshman Jordan Smith, ranked 22nd in the nation; KU’s two linebackers (Miles and Courtney Arnick) ranked the Jayhawks 31st; and KU’s defensive-tackle pick-ups (Tavai, McKinney, Keon Stowers and Tyler Holmes) ranked 32nd. In addition, the Jayhawks ranked eighth of the nine Big 12 schools eligible, with an average of 2.82 stars per player. Iowa State was ninth and Kansas State was seventh.

More help coming

Without getting into specifics, Weis continued to point to the fact that there are more fifth-year transfers on the way. The most likely scenario is that they’re coming from Notre Dame or Florida, but they won’t become official members of the team until they graduate in May.

“There’s multiple guys that fall into that category,” Weis said. “Several of those holes are already filled, it’s just with names that I can’t give you at this time.”

Back in time

Because last year’s class was not full and because they arrived at semester, two of the three newcomers already on campus (Crist, Heaps and McCay) will count toward the Class of 2011.

“Of the three guys we brought in at mid-year, it didn’t make any difference which two, we can count two of them backwards so the maximum number we would be able to sign in this year’s class would be a total of 27 (instead of the norm of 25),” Weis said. “We’re well on our way to being very tight with our numbers.”

‘A good start’

Although Weis emphasized that coaches never get everything they want on signing day, he seemed genuinely pleased by the class he put together in a little more than a month and pointed to a couple of key positions for the reason why.

“When you bring in multiple defensive linemen, obviously you think there is a hole at the position,” Weis said. “When you bring in three quarterbacks in one year, you obviously believe there is a major problem at that position. ... I don’t have enough fingers to put in the dike. There’s plenty of holes yet to fill, but I think we made a good start. I really feel confident that we filled several (areas of need).”

Comments

kusportsdotcom 2 years, 5 months ago

"I don't have enough fingers to put in the dike." Charlie, why would you even want to?

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Joseph Kuebel 2 years, 5 months ago

Depends if she is a stripped at your friends bachelor party tho.

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Michael Pannacciulli 2 years, 5 months ago

Awesome news...being a Jersey guy and knowing Weis is I was waiting for news of at least one Jersey dude heading to KU. Thanks for sharing.

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Kevin Long 2 years, 5 months ago

Man it sounds like that kid got a raw deal! I'm glad Weis snagged this guy up though. He looks to be a good athlete. We need all we can get!

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2 years, 5 months ago

A little more info on Shaw and his situation:

http://footballrecruiting.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1324993

An interesting line from the article:

“He needs to be in a pro-style offense as he's not a burner, but he's a guy who gets stronger running the ball as the game wears on.”

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KGphoto 2 years, 5 months ago

They say he's not a burner but 4.42 is nothing to sneeze at. Can't wait to see what Reggie does with these latest two backs.

Also love the fact that he's a champion wrestler. His balance and quickness should be elite. Welcome Tevin!

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Cmill1221 2 years, 5 months ago

I can't remember who said it on here but the phrase "I would take a chip on the shoulder over a blue chip any day" seems very appropriate for this kid!

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sevenyearhawk 2 years, 5 months ago

"Without getting into specifics, Weis continued to point to the fact that there are more fifth-year transfers on the way. The most likely scenario is that they’re coming from Notre Dame or Florida, but they won’t become official members of the team until they graduate in May."

Somebody pinch me ... uh, wow.

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yates33333 2 years, 5 months ago

Boy I hope you know something.

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sevenyearhawk 2 years, 5 months ago

"Without getting into specifics, Weis continued to point to the fact that there are more fifth-year transfers on the way. The most likely scenario is that they’re coming from Notre Dame or Florida, but they won’t become official members of the team until they graduate in May."

Somebody pinch me ... uh, wow.

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sevenyearhawk 2 years, 5 months ago

"Without getting into specifics, Weis continued to point to the fact that there are more fifth-year transfers on the way. The most likely scenario is that they’re coming from Notre Dame or Florida, but they won’t become official members of the team until they graduate in May."

Somebody pinch me ... uh, wow.

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ahpersecoachingexperience 2 years, 5 months ago

Whoa, triple post from sevencupsofcoffeejayhawk!

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hammr25 2 years, 5 months ago

Weis never had a problem recruiting at Notre Dame and still got bad results due to his coaching methods. Hopefully he's learned a thing or two since his last head coaching job.

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Cmill1221 2 years, 5 months ago

If he did as "BAD" of a job coaching here as he did at ND he would be the best coach in our history.

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FSUJHAWK 2 years, 5 months ago

One of the reasons KU was able to snatch Miles from UFFF is because they wanted him to switch position whereas KU wants him at LB. Regardless, great catch!Welcome to Miles and all the new Jayhawks everywhere!

RCJHGKU!!!

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KGphoto 2 years, 5 months ago

Kind of like Toben Opurum. There are differences though. One is that Schyler actually played LB and RB in H.S. so he really wasn't being asked to change positions, whereas Toben was being asked to go from feature back to fullback. Secondly is that he pulled Miles out of his home state, and brought him 1,000 miles into the midwest. That part stands out to me.

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FSUJHAWK 2 years, 5 months ago

You're right, not many Florida ballers leave the SEC/ACC region.

RE Miles, I stand corrected on the "change in position" terminology. My understanding is that he really wanted to ball at the LB position and that UFFF wouldnt have given him that fair opportunity.

RCJHGKU!!!

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sfbevo 2 years, 5 months ago

What is interesting about Florida's recruitment of Miles is they did in fact change their offer two weeks ago to a LB offer. They finally recognized too late, KU was a serious player in Miles' recruitment. As I understand it, his final decision was between KU and WVU.

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yates33333 2 years, 5 months ago

If Miles is a three star recruit I'd hate to play against a five star. Watch the clips they have of his high school game. He reads and gets to the ball faster than any inside linebacker I have ever seen. If they can't influence and fool him he is a one man defensive unit against the run. He's fast, he has great technique, he is strong, he appears smart, and he plays very, very hard. Miles is a five star recruit, period..... If KU could afford the luxury of playing him as an outside linebacker the opponents would never, never run to his side. He gets to the ball as fast as the running back. He also plays the pass decently. I don't know why or how, but then that's what great players do. I love KU BB, but hurry up September. Just maybe this coach can make us the Notre Dame of the Big 12 (or 10, or 9, or whatever).

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hawk316 2 years, 5 months ago

That's why we should probably take the star rating with a grain of salt, at least in many cases. Coaches usually have a good eye for talent and will follow their own gut over some rating system. It's not that unusual for a so-called three-star player to outperform a five-star.

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SkullHawk 2 years, 5 months ago

This is AWESOME, Coach Weis was the answer we needed to get things moving in the right direction for KU Football. Imagine competing for a National Title in Basketball every season (given) and playing in BCS Bowl games. Remember 2007, how great it was to beat down Nebraska, how fun will it be to load up for Austin and giving Bevo a beat down Jayhawk style!! This is a dream come true! Go Jayhawks. It's Feb. and I spent half of yesterday morning watching highlight tape you all so kindly posted of kids coming to play for the Hawks. Tip when watching, turn off the sound.

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NebraskaJayhawk 2 years, 5 months ago

+1

I will never forget that Nebraska game. That was incredible.

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danmoore 2 years, 5 months ago

I wish Mangino had not taken his foot off the gas because we would have scored 100. The black skirts were powerless to stop us.

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Cmill1221 2 years, 5 months ago

There was a rumor tha Callahan had been patched through to manginos head set and said that he would run the ball and run tclicking out and asked him to do the same. Just a rumor I heard 4 years ago but still funny if it's true.

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Chris1955 2 years, 5 months ago

Nothing like a burning desire for a shot at redemption to serve as a catalyst for motivation! It seems like many of his assistant coaches fall into the same category.

There is no bigger high than achieving what conventional wisdom says is impossible; which would be turning the KU football program into a consistant national power.

Go Charlie go!

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NebraskaJayhawk 2 years, 5 months ago

Wonder if he will be playing outside linebacker or running back... I'm guessing linebacker.

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KGphoto 2 years, 5 months ago

Definitely LB. It's probably one of the reasons we got him. He might even nudge his way into the MLB spot if he adds another 10-15 pounds. I could see this kid being all-conference by his junior year at MLB weighing in at around 240, and going on to be one of the few Asian NFL players, a la Dat Nguyen.

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NebraskaJayhawk 2 years, 5 months ago

I think we're talking about two different people. I was referring to Tevin Shaw.

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KGphoto 2 years, 5 months ago

Ah, yes. Don't know. I like his wrestling background as a linebacker, but it seems like Weis likes bigger guys there, even though he said there was a premium on speed.

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NebraskaJayhawk 2 years, 5 months ago

Schyler has huge potential at MLB..I agree.

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Dirk Medema 2 years, 5 months ago

We don't have a freshman RB, so Tevin would fit the slot from the program perspective. It is also worthwhile to realize that his coach says he needs to go to a pro-style O.

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quigley 2 years, 5 months ago

Does anyone have enough of a knowledge of Florida/Notre Dame rosters to guess who might be a 5th year transfer?

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KGphoto 2 years, 5 months ago

also http://www.gatorzone.com/football/bios.php?order_by=number

look for the RJR. Red shirt Junior. There are several that could be available.

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april28 2 years, 5 months ago

Really an excellent strategy for KU over the next few years. Find a top-ranked school that runs similar systems as us, pick up their 2nd and 3rd teamers and fill gaping holes. Is there any question that a 3rd-string guy at Alabama couldn't help us in certain positions?

You can't build a program on it, but KU is going to have to be a master at unique strategies, picking up spare parts here and there and putting it all together to form a bowl team. 3 years in a row of bowl games, and we can consistently land in the top 50 in recruiting.

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Dirk Medema 2 years, 5 months ago

We need an experience OC. ND has an option, but it seems like he isn't going to pan out for us, tho maybe Charlie has some magic. Another option might be:

50 Sam Robey, C, 6' 3", 297

CAREER: Redshirt senior offensive lineman that has seen action in 32 games for the Gators during his tenure at Florida.

2011: Appeared in 9 games on the year for Florida, seeing time on the offensive line against FAU, UAB, Kentucky, Alabama, LSU, Auburn, Georgia and Vanderbilt…Member of the Gators’ field goal unit…Additionally saw action in the Gators 24-17 victory over Ohio State in the 2012 TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl.

2010: Dressed in all of Florida’s games and played in 10 (all but Miami University, Georgia and South Carolina)…Saw time at center in Florida’s wins over Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Appalachian State and Florida State…Played on special teams in the goal-line package and field-goal team in Florida’s victory over Tennessee…Saw his first action of the season in Florida’s victory over USF.

2009: Played in a total of 13 games for the Gators his redshirt freshman season, only missing the Tennessee game…Saw snaps in the 2009 SEC Championship Game, as well as the 2010 Allstate Sugar Bowl versus Cincinnati.

2008: Dressed for Florida’s contests against Alabama in the 2008 SEC Championship Game and Oklahoma in the FedEx BCS National Championship Game, but did not see action for the Gators during the season due to an injured left knee…Took a medical redshirt.

PRIOR TO FLORIDA: Versatile athlete along the line who projects to play either center or guard collegiately…Three-time AP first-team all-state honoree as a three year starting offensive tackle…Helped lead Trinity to three consecutive state titles…Anchored a line for an offense that averaged over 40 points and over 450 years of offense as a senior. Also was a two-year starting defensive end collecting seven tackles in an overtime victory in the Class 6A state final over St. Xavier as a senior…Honored as a co-winner of the Paul Hornung Award, sponsored by the Louisville Quarterback Club, presented to the state’s top high school player…Two-time Kentucky High School first-team all state selection…Rivals.com three star recruit and No. 8 in the Kentucky Top 10…Three star prospect by Scout.com….Coached by Bob Beatty.

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Dirk Medema 2 years, 5 months ago

TE is also an area of need, so maybe:

82 Omarius Hines, TE, 6' 2", 220 lbs.

CAREER: Has appeared in 37 career games with eight total starts…Has 41 career receptions for 559 yards and two touchdowns...Has 164 rushing yards on 13 carries (12.6 avg.) and 2 touchdowns.

2011: Appeared in all but one game on the season, missing the season opener against FAU…Tallied his ninth career start against Alabama….Totaled seven receptions on the year for 106 total yards…Against Kentucky, had one rush for 12 yards and one reception for 11 yards to total 23 yards of total offense…Had one catch for 39 yards against Vanderbilt for a game-long catch…Recorded three catches against in-state foe FSU for 15 yards...In Florida’s 24-17 victory over Ohio State, led the team in receiving yards for the second time on the season (Vanderbilt) when he recorded two catches for 40 yards in the 2012 TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl

2010: Appeared in all 13 games and started seven…Sixth on the team with 20 receptions, good for 281 yards and a 14.1-yard average.

2009: Finished sixth on the team in receptions (14) and receiving yards (172) 2008: Dressed in four contests for the Gators, but did not see any game action...Earned a redshirt.

PRIOR TO FLORIDA: Honorable mention Texas Class 4A all-state selection…Compiled over 1,000 all-purpose yards rushing and receiving as a senior…Registered 824 yards on 38 receptions, averaging over 21 yards per catch, and had 13 touchdowns…Also rushed for 330 yards and six touchdowns…Caught 62 passes for 1,280 yards and 23 touchdowns as a junior…Earned first-team all-state and first-team all-district honors as a junior…Four-star prospect by Rivals.com…Ranked the No. 21 wideout in the country according to Rivals.com…Also played basketball and ran cross-country for Coriscana…Coached by Dave Henigan.

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Dirk Medema 2 years, 5 months ago

As a member of the UF track team, he's probably less likely to leave, but sure would be nice to have that kind of speed.

85 Frankie Hammond, Jr., WR, 6' 1", 184 lbs.

CAREER: Redshirt Senior (?) Junior wide receiver who has appeared in 35 games while starting 11…Has 41 catches for 514 yards and three touchdowns…Also competes with the UF track team during the spring season as a high jumper.

2011: Appeared in all 13 games while starting four (Kentucky, Auburn, Georgia, South Carolina)…Caught 15 passes for 181 yards…Had 10 10-plus yard receptions…10 of his 14 receptions resulted in a first down…Contributed 10 special teams tackles on the season…Snagged two passes for 27 yards and returned two punts for five yards in the season opener vs. FAU…Caught three passes for a season-best 42 yards at Kentucky…Pulled in a season-best four receptions 40 yards at Auburn…Tallied 32 yards on two catches in a win over Vanderbilt…Caught one pass for eight yards in the victory over OSU in the Gator Bowl.

2010: Appeared in 11 games…Fifth on the team with 22 catches for 276 yards (12.5 avg.) and two touchdowns…Named to the 2010 SEC Academic Honor Roll…Had 16 catches over the final six games for 241 yards.

2009: Finished his redshirt freshman campaign with four catches for 57 yards (14.2 avg.) and one touchdown while also returning three punts for 23 yards and one kickoff for 16 yards. Made his first appearance for the Gators in the win over Charleston Southern, tallying one reception for 13 yards, while also seeing action on punt return.

2008: Dressed in five contests for the Gators but did not see any game action…Earned a redshirt

PRIOR TO FLORIDA: Third-team Class 4A all-state selection as a senior…Ended his senior season with 47 receptions for 898 yards and 10 touchdowns…Averaged almost 20 yards per catch (19.1)…Returned two punts for touchdowns…Hauled in seven catches for 95 yards during his junior year…Also was a long-jumper for the Hallandale track and field team with a personal-best jump of 6-10…Competed at the fifth IAAF World Youth Championships in Ostrava, Czech Republic in July and entered at the AAU Junior Olympics in Knoxville, Tenn…Jumped 2.08 meters in the high jump to claim top honors at the AAU Junior Olympics…Four-star prospect by Rivals.com…Rated the 26th-best wideout on Rivals.com…Three-star recruit on Scout.com…Coached by Dameon Jones.

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Dirk Medema 2 years, 5 months ago

And where we could really use help:

99 Omar Hunter, DT, 6' 1", 305 lbs.

CAREER: Has seen action in 43 games during his career as a Gator, starting 18 of those contests…Collected 71 tackles, 35 solo and 36 assisted, 7.0 tackles for loss, a sack, a pass breakup, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a blocked field goal.

HONORS: Named to the 2009 SEC All-Freshman team (DL) by vote of the league’s head coaches…Also a 2009 CollegeFootballNews.com Second-Team Freshman All-American.

2011: Played in all 13 games of 2011, making one start…Totaled 31 tackles, 2.5 for loss, a sack, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery…Made his first start of the season against Ohio State in the Gator Bowl, recorded five tackles and forcing his first career fumble.

2010: Appeared in 13 games, starting six (Miami University, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Florida State and Penn State)…Had 23 tackles on the season…Also contributed to Florida’s special teams on the punt and kick return units.

2009: Played in all 14 games for Florida his redshirt freshman campaign and started all but three games (11)…Recorded his first statistics as a Gator, with 17 total tackles (eight solo, nine assisted) and two tackles for loss. Played in UF’s game against Charleston Southern and secured one of the starting defensive tackle positions, the first of his career donning the Orange and Blue.

2008: Dressed for eight of UF’s games during the season and saw action in three, against Hawaii, Miami and Ole Miss, but did not record any statistics…Earned a redshirt.

PRIOR TO FLORIDA: Parade All-American…EA Sports All-American…First-team Class AA all-state selection as a senior…Played in the Under Armour High School All-American Game…Ranked as the strongest player in the Under Armour All-Star Awards…Helped lead Buford to an undefeated season and a state title his senior year…Georgia Sports Writers’ Association Class AA choice….Registered 93 tackles and seven sacks as a senior…Had 85 tackles, six sacks, a fumble recovery and 13 tackles for a loss as a junior…No. 37 in the ESPN 150 and ranked as the No. 2 defensive tackle in the position rankings…Rivals.com five-star recruit and No. 2 defensive tackle nationally…Received five-star billing and rated the second-best defensive tackle in the nation by Scout.com…Teammate of Florida recruit T.J. Pridemore at Buford…Coached by Jess Simpson.

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hammerhawk 2 years, 5 months ago

I was doing my usual walking yesterday when low and behold good ole 610 radio was airing Coach Weis and his press conference. Thank you, thank you, 610 for spending an hour of time on this significant topic in the lives of Jayhawks everywhere. I was astounded to listen to an extremely astute person/coach talk about his players and the great place we all know the Universityof Kansas is. I am so impressed with Coach Weis and his staff. This man and his staff are certainly light years ahead of the guy we had before (who was he??!!). There is no question in my mind that we will win next year in a big time way. And there Coach Weis was last night at the BB game. Fortunately, I was there too and enjoyed watching him enjoy the game. I am so ready for next Fall. Go Jayhawks!!!

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Randy Bombardier 2 years, 5 months ago

I like seeing the HCCW at the bball games. Man, he is bright. Since so many of KU's games are televised he gets good exposure and every televised game he attends gets the media talking about KU football and Charlie Weis. The nationally televised games are now commercials for KU football as well as showcasing our bball brand. Gotta love that. Hope he keeps that up.

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april28 2 years, 5 months ago

You are right. Smart marketing by Charlie.

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Michael Maris 2 years, 5 months ago

Weis is showing up for those games, so that his wife and daughter can see him as well as all of the potential football recruits.

Keep it up Coach Weis and Staff. I'm already excited to see what kind of recruiting job that his staff will do for the 2013 recruiting year.

RCJH.

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april28 2 years, 5 months ago

According to Soren and Steven on 810, the SEC is down, so it's a good time for Mizzou to make the change. I'll go on record: one of the stupidest decisions ever made by a major school athletic department. Welcome to Irrelevantville, MU.

Also, welcome to KU - Kansas City-area recruits.

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JayHok 2 years, 5 months ago

Two major things MU didn't plan for were Pinkel's Brass Monkey mugshot and Kansas saying no thanks to continuing to play games in KC. They also weren't planning on having to compete in the KC recruiting market against Weis, Grunhard and Campo. This will be high entertainment to watch over the next few years.

Did MU administration think KU administration didn't keep up with the two biggest reasons MU was even invited to the SEC? St. Louis and KC.

Amazing how many 3 and 4 stars MU lost after Pinkel's arrest. Is a little extra guaranteed money really worth the hell that will be Missouri athletics over the foreseeable future.

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quigley 2 years, 5 months ago

Thanks KGphoto, awesome article.

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KGphoto 2 years, 5 months ago

So do we really still have some of these guys on the radar?

http://kansas.scout.com/a.z?s=172&p=9&c=4&yr=2012

It's showing offers and lists remaining schools but I've heard nothing of them.

Robert Gregory: QB 6'2" 185, Chicago Jordan Armstrong: WR 5'10" 175, Miami Lamontiez Ivy: RB 6'3" 220, E. St. Louis Jamar Wimberly: CB 6'0"/190/4.41, Grand Rapids

Many, many others who have yet to commit that list KU as a possibility but have no offer. Interesting that we are not offering a guy like Bennett Moore a 2 star MLB from Wichita.

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Dirk Medema 2 years, 5 months ago

Ivy was the QB for Tony Pierson's EStLouis team, and has been all over the place as far as position is concerned. The QB position is looking pretty full at the moment, and it appears that CW might be able to pull in some pretty major recruits at that position in the near future.

Armstrong and Wimberly look intriguing, and we need DB/CB's.

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troutsee 2 years, 5 months ago

I love college FB. I am a college FB addict. I always look forward to the fall. This year I will be even more eager to see Sept come around. We have a coaching staff and a QBs with chips on their shoulders and something to prove. That, my friends, leaves this optimistic Jayhawk even more optimistic. Believe me, this staff will get the job done. In my long Jayhawk life, I have only witnessed this much enthusiasm for Jayhawk FB on rare occasions.

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Keith Hummel 2 years, 5 months ago

"Once we get 'em here, the University sells itself" - Coach Weis

Love that quote from yesterday. This is something everyone innately knows that has ever stepped foot on the KU Campus. And it is why there is absolutely no logical reason why The University of Kansas cannot have one of the premier football programs in the country.

Given the incredibly limited time he had, I couldn't be more impressed with the 2012 recruiting class. I don't know what our record is going to be this year, but it's clear Coach Weis is doing all the right things to make this program better. We will see a vastly improved team on the field this year, But maybe more importantly, we will also see a vastly improved coaching staff on the sidelines. I have no expectation of a bowl game this year, but it wouldn't surprise me if we did go. The sky's the limit now.

Didn't think I would ever say this a few months ago, but I cannot wait for football season to get here.

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Dirk Medema 2 years, 5 months ago

Just a quality QB would have gotten us 3 more W's this year (=5). Without GT, and an extra non-con game, 6 is very doable. If we get eligible, I can't imagine a bowl not wanting to bring in Mr Marketing himself.

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ahpersecoachingexperience 2 years, 5 months ago

Mark Golic Jr down as one of those guys to come in after graduation. In addition to a few more o-line players and a linebacker.

I know people that know people.

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ahpersecoachingexperience 2 years, 5 months ago

  • noun 1. visible sign 2. object aimed at 3. rating; grade 4. lasting effect - verb (used with object) 5. to be a feature of 6. to put a mark on, as a grade or price 7. to pay attention to

I'm no professor of the English language...but damn, son!

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NJHAWK 2 years, 5 months ago

Not trying to correct your english, sir. Just wanted to make sure that you know the right people who know people who know Mike....err Mark.

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Dirk Medema 2 years, 5 months ago

Mark or Mike?

Do you really know them?

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Dirk Medema 2 years, 5 months ago

Sorry NJ. Your comment was off my screen.

You know Charlie really, really wants a veteran OC that knows his O.

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ahpersecoachingexperience 2 years, 5 months ago

Love your Mizzou math skills! You finished 12 out of 14 teams in your new conference and 30something overall. If it wasn't for ODB or whatever that guys name is (some of you kids may have to google that to get the joke) you might have finished dead last.

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Benjamin Piehler 2 years, 5 months ago

Sorry to disagree, but one 4 star and one 5 star isn't going to cut it in that league. Also the 5 star was from Springfield, Mo... So I wouldnt be too surprised by the decision.

If you were a Big XII team, you'd have a great recruiting class. As it stands now, you were out recruited by everyone except Kentucky and Ole Miss in the SEC. (Check my link above.) Going to be a long season for u guys.

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Jason Renfrow 2 years, 5 months ago

"excepted"!?!?.....AWESOME!!....Just like an MU fan to end their trash-talk with something so idiotic! I love it!

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Dirk Medema 2 years, 5 months ago

You'll still be middle of the pack wannabes in FB, and get pummeled by the Big Blue in BB. You'll just have to travel farther for your whuppin'.

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troutsee 2 years, 5 months ago

Be excepting, I guess you also accepted, Einstein. And you know what they say about bad rubbish.

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cconner79 2 years, 5 months ago

I think that the press confrence was great, and Weis did a good job in a short time recruiting. I think that I am still going to temper my excitment do get me wrong I am excited. I cant wait to see these prospects on campus. Rock Chalk Jayhawk!!!!!!

As it goes for Missouricat good luck in the SEC you are going to need more than one 5 star recruit to survive in SEC. Just remember Alabama Auburn Florida South Carolina Tennesse those teams recruit 7 and 8 5 star recruits on a yearly basis. I would say Pinkel will need to start drinking again after they get run over in the SEC. Have fun with those 5 and 7 records and all you missouri fans will be trying to jump off every bridge in the great state of Missouri

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Benjamin Piehler 2 years, 5 months ago

Even Bama only has 3 five stars this year....

But I'll put it this way; between Tenesee, Georgia and Florida there are 5 five stars to Mizzou's one and 27 four stars to Mizzou's......one. Ouch.

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Jrb09g 2 years, 5 months ago

Oh, I'm sure he went wide...

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Benjamin Piehler 2 years, 5 months ago

That's actually not proving your point at all, and I believe we recruited two more 5 star "nobodys" than the Tigers managed (Xfers). I am also suspicious of you claiming to speak for the rest of the Big XII after leaving the conference....

The SEC is #1 at football, very true.... But the Mizzou Tigers have nothing to do with that. Your addition had more to do with TV markets and having a nice even number for a conference championship than athletics, I'm afraid.

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