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Friday, February 10, 2012

KU football still working on ’12 class

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Saturday marks the first of a handful of “junior days” for Kansas University’s football program this offseason.

However, as the program’s recruiting attention starts to turn toward the Class of 2013, there remains some work to be done in the Class of 2012, most of which officially signed with the Jayhawks on Feb. 1.

One KU target who remains unsigned is Tevin Shaw, a senior running back from Piscataway (N.J.) High, who will make his official visit to KU’s campus this weekend.

The Jayhawks began recruiting Shaw, 5-foot-11, 190 pounds, in mid-January and appeared to lose out on him as Shaw had planned to sign with Iowa on signing day. However, when the Hawkeyes ran out of room in their current class, that opened the door for KU coach Charlie Weis and company to step in, and, as of now, it appears that KU is the favorite for Shaw.

Both Weis and KU recruiting coordinator Rob Ianello have led the charge in recruiting Shaw, who ran for 1,600 yards and 24 TDs as a senior last fall and is billed by some who have seen him as a stellar athlete.

Shaw, also a standout wrestler, will be joined on his official visit by members of his family, several juniors from the Class of 2013 and East Los Angeles College cornerback Nas Moore, who signed with KU on Feb. 1 but just now is taking his official visit.

KU pro day set

KU’s annual pro timing day will take place at 9:30 a.m. on March 14. That’s the day scouts from around the NFL will come to Lawrence to watch several of KU’s outgoing seniors — along with a handful of former Jayhawks — run through a variety of drills that test their timing, agility and strength in anticipation of the April NFL Draft.

KU has a few players who figure to draw interest from the NFL. Included among them are: linebacker Steven Johnson, tight end Tim Biere, offensive linemen Jeremiah Hatch and Jeff Spikes and cornerback Isiah Barfield, whose speed could earn him a look.

The event will take place in the Anderson Family Football Complex and Memorial Stadium and will not be open to the public.

Martin worked with Weis

Last weekend, former New England Patriots running back Curtis Martin was one of six players selected for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012.

For his career, the tailback from Pitt finished fourth on the NFL’s all-time rushing list with 14,101 yards. He also ranks third in rushing attempts (3,518) and 12th in rushing touchdowns (90). Not bad for a guy who began his 11-year pro career under the tutelage of a man known for developing quarterbacks.

A lot has said and written about Weis being known as a quarterback guru. But, when Martin broke into the league in 1995, he ran for 1,487 yards and earned offensive rookie of the year honors under Weis, who at that time was the Patriots’ running-backs coach.

This, of course, was before Weis went on to become a successful NFL offensive coordinator, first with the New York Jets and later with the New England Patriots.

So enamored was Weis with the running back that after spending one season in New York without him, he influenced the Jets to trade for Martin before the 1998 season. During his two seasons with Weis in New York, Martin ran for 1,287 and 1,464 yards and scored 13 touchdowns. He also caught 88 passes for 624 yards and one more touchdown.

At the induction ceremony in August, Martin will join Jack Butler, Dermontti Dawson, Chris Doleman, Cortez Kennedy and Willie Roaf as the latest NFL greats to make it to Canton, Ohio.

Rivera to stay with Patriots

Former KU linebacker Mike Rivera, who spent the second half of the 2011 season on the New England Patriots’ practice squad, has agreed to a contract to stay with the club in 2012.

Rivera, who has been on five teams during his first three years in the NFL, was one of five practice-squad players the Patriots signed to futures contracts just days after losing Super Bowl XLVI to the New York Giants.

Comments

Bangkok_Jayhawk 2 years, 8 months ago

Thank goodness! I NEEDED a football article! I was starting to shake, get headaches, and become moody.

Congrats to Rivera... Great guy!

RISEABOVEHATE 2 years, 8 months ago

I think all of us will be more relived when the Big 12 conference releases the Big 12 schedule. I was supposed to be February 1st but since that West Virginia is in that lawsuit against there own conference they had no choice but to postponed the release till West Virginia lawsuit gets taken care of. When that does then the Big 12 will release the Big 12 schedule

till then...I am done reading articles about the same thing in 8 different articles.

This is the 3rd Mike Rivera article in the last 3 days about the same thing that we already read once.

Kansas still working on there big 12 class. What is this like the 50th article about the same thing

Come on Matt Tait...Do you have anything else to write about. because the same boring stuff we read like on Monday

Matt Tait...I will give you something you can write about...maybe then it will put you over the top

Why dont you talk about the 2012 Kansas Jayhawks season schedule and give us your bold predictions on how well they will do. Then tell us who the Kansas Jayhawks MVP and POY will be

Then you can talk about the 2013 class and who the Kansas Jayhawks should go after

GET R DONE....This will put you over the top if you talk about this Matt Tait. I am surprised you haven't even talked about all of this yet.

This will build up your reputation on being a Kansas Jayhawks beat writer.

Ron Prichard 2 years, 8 months ago

Wow....a lot of hate from someone named riseabovehate.

Jayhawk1116 2 years, 8 months ago

+1 Maybe he should change his name to ElevateToSpellCheck.

John Randall 2 years, 8 months ago

You use the word 'hate' wrongly, just because it is a cheap way to raise a stink.

This two month interval with actually meaningful banter about the oblate spheroid in the middle of round-ball season has whetted many appetites and is bound to give rise to frustration in slow weeks.

I have it on reliable authority that football stories will surge during April and become a prevailing trend by mid-August, lasting to late November with an unlikely spike on into December.

Meantime, can we focus on a kitty-whupping tomorrow night?

FSUJHAWK 2 years, 8 months ago

Congrats to Rivera!

+1 on the shakes Bankok.

Cant wait to see the schedule when it's release later today.

RCJHGKU!!!

Bangkok_Jayhawk 2 years, 8 months ago

RISEABOVEHATE...

Tait is a football writer so this is the type of stuff he is supposed to write about. It is the off season as well so there are not always ground breaking things to write about.

LogicMan 2 years, 8 months ago

The latest expansion rumors:

$20 million WVU exit fee, $9 million to be paid by the Big 12. Today so that schedule can be released.

Big 12 to get serious about expansion again after settling. Louisville on tap, and very likely going back to 12.

Andy Tweedy 2 years, 8 months ago

I've heard the same stuff about L'ville and one other. I hope it's true!

Vernon Riggs 2 years, 8 months ago

Heard L'ville and BYU soon. Then heard those two teams on hold because of the Clemson, FSU and other ACC teams looking to jump to a more Football-centered league rumor. Hard to know what is fact and what is hopeful thinking from a Blog writer in West Virginia.

Micky Baker 2 years, 8 months ago

It's being confirmed by ESPN right now. West Virginia and the Big East are ending the litigation.

I'm not so sure why the Big East fought so hard with Boise State and some others at least committing to be members in football.

jhawk613 2 years, 8 months ago

The litigation ended the same day Memphis agreed to come to the Big East.

The Big East was holding WVU hostage until they could solidify their own conference, which is the same thing the Big 12 did to A&M/Missouri until they got TCU/WVU.

brooksmd 2 years, 8 months ago

With Louisville key in getting Memphis to the BEAST, I doubt they will jump to the Big 12 now. I do like the Clemson/FSU rumors. Let's face it, ACC is not much of a football conference.

John Randall 2 years, 8 months ago

Louisville may be less eager since Memphis' move to BEast restores a rivalry they have sorely missed. Actually, both of them (instead of reaching both east and west) makes geographic sense, but I wonder about the academic implications.

jhox 2 years, 8 months ago

Bummer that the weather will stink this weekend for the recruiting visit. It figures we'll have some of the coldest weather all winter.

JayDocMD 2 years, 8 months ago

Wish it was warmer too. Although if Shaw was going to Iowa then KS weather shouldn't scare him off.

Dirk Medema 2 years, 8 months ago

and he's coming from NJ, which is no tropical paradise. Besides, it just makes the AFFC look all the sweeter, and he should get to see KU fans heat up the Phog.

Love the fact that Shaw is a champion wrestler from an elite HS program. They produce a ton of D1 players, which could really pay off in recruiting relationships down the road.

John Randall 2 years, 8 months ago

Wrestling is about the best experience in terms of staying on your feet and using your own strength to best advantage.

Dirk Medema 2 years, 8 months ago

DZ is the other wrestler and was dominating the OL. Tait's pick for top O player in 2012.

kujayhawk 2 years, 8 months ago

Not sure he has any other BCS offers at this point.

John Randall 2 years, 8 months ago

Don't need to be so uppity – there are places around the country KU still being BCS-worthy is in question. With some patience, we can put that kind of talk to rest, but hoisting our noses won't make it happen any quicker.

bradh 2 years, 8 months ago

Matt had a question and answer session yesterday, 12/9. Anyone have the link? I haven't been able to find it.

I hadn't seen anything about it, but had a little time after 4:00 yesterday and saw the first 3-4 questions in the session before I needed to leave. I was hoping to read the rest of the session. It wasn't advertised very well, which was somewhat surprising as past sessions have drawn a lot of interest.

bville_hawk 2 years, 8 months ago

Don't know what happened to that link, it was up yesterday. They must have taken it down for some reason. The most interesting comment on it was Matt saying that he felt that Chuck Long was in 'over his head' in his last gig.

Micky Baker 2 years, 8 months ago

It is up on the right side bar of the page.

Terry N Tom Denner 2 years, 8 months ago

Bring on FSU, Clemson & ND along with Louisville !!

Bangkok_Jayhawk 2 years, 8 months ago

How about we add Tulsa and Tulane and put them both in the North to run up our record! Joking... Kind of...

Here is my unpopular and borderline cowardly opinion... I know it would be good for the conference to add Clemson and Florida State, but I don't like the idea of having to go through a gauntlet like that to get to a bowl game.

utahjayhawk 2 years, 8 months ago

I like the joke, bangkok but some on here actually think Tulane should receive a Big XII bid................unbelieveable.

texashawk10 2 years, 8 months ago

Don't joke about that, you'll incur the "wrath" of someone who thinks Tulane is actually a good idea for the Big 12.

Micky Baker 2 years, 8 months ago

That wouldn't make me afraid. Let's think about it.

Iowa State, Kansas, TCU, Clemson, West Virginia, Kansas State Big 12

Sure, that's a tough schedule, but this isn't Gill's team any more.

Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Baylor, and Florida State

Of course that is if Louisville and BYU don't come. But even then, what would be the real difference from going to Utah vs. Colorado had they stayed? About 1000 feet lower in elevation.

That would expand the Big 12's recruiting area immensely, particularly for football. Which ever two teams after TCU and West Virginia come to the Big 12, the conference will be stronger than it was before, particularly in Football and remember, Colorado still didn't beat Kansas Football under Gill. I remember that. My phone alerted me repeatedly with that 35 - 0 fourth quarter. It was burning up.

Now translate that to the star power that Kansas has now with a good offensive head coach and a proven Defensive Coordinator.

6 wins this coming season is not out of the question, but I can be very positive Kansas won't be losing 59-3 or 69-14 or anything like that this coming season. I can see a top 20 Recruiting Class next season, and the stars are aligning in Basketball with the 2 recruits that have to sit out this year plus the incoming from next year. Women's basketball is on the rise. I like KU's baseball team, highly competitive. KU Golf and the track and field isn't bad at all.

Kansas will be fine my friends, and it is an awesome campus with historical relevance.

Phoggin_Loud 2 years, 8 months ago

Good post 1973, I agree with Clemson & FSU rather than than BYU & Louisville.

However, the Big XII will have a difficult time splitting TCU from the other Texas teams. I could envision FSU & TCU switching on your list.

I guess the Big XII could add them all and be the first league to 16 teams. How ironic would that be? LOL.

jhawkrulz 2 years, 8 months ago

Although this is a fun dream.

Flip FSU and TCU. TCU would stay in the south with rest of the TX teams and FSU and Clemson would be in the same group.

John Randall 2 years, 8 months ago

Get real, folks.

Clemson and FSU may have 'division' questions when Pitt and 'Cuse join up, but the answers to those questions will be 'Coastal' or 'Atlantic'.

Neither of them would want to give up the easier road to good bowl games.

Bangkok_Jayhawk 2 years, 8 months ago

KU fans should be hoping that Louisville gets into the Big 12. They are a decent football program but they wouldn't be a "probable loss" most years like Oklahoma and Texas are. The basketball side of having them in the Big 12 would be AWEOSME! The added competition in basketball would be a LOT of fun.

utahjayhawk 2 years, 8 months ago

Agreed, Louisville would be a great addition.

Jim Jackson 2 years, 8 months ago

100% agree on Louisville, I'm assuming (never safe to assume on this subject) that FSU, Clemson is a lot of talk and so I would take BYU also. If we have to work around their schedule, let's do it because not only do they have good sports programs, they bring the academic pedigree as well.

LSHawk 2 years, 8 months ago

Agree 28, Louisville and BYU would make great additions for both football and basketball plus it would make the big 12 solid again.

AirCapJay 2 years, 8 months ago

BYU is too far west and would stretch the conference too wide. Traveling would be hard for a WVU-BYU game don't you think?

shelleysue 2 years, 8 months ago

I too would like to see a schedule. I couldn't wait any longer to set a date for a trip with friends for the fall. I am going to be really disappointed if I'm gone for a home game!

Andy Tweedy 2 years, 8 months ago

Whenever BYU comes up, I usually hear football only. Maybe we bring in BYU for football and find someone else to make 12 in the other sports. Just thinking out loud.

Steve Brown 2 years, 8 months ago

K.State I want the date. Im going to manhattan and wear the most obnoxious crimson and blue I can find and even if we win or lose it is the start of a new day, our gauntlet is down, it's a new day, State owns the past, we dominate the future of football in KANSAS!

can't wait. game on!

JhawkalumJB 2 years, 8 months ago

I love your attitude lighthawk!! You lead the charge!!!

Steve Brown 2 years, 8 months ago

LJW update our junior day please- any word on Tevin Shaw?

Tom Pritchard 2 years, 8 months ago

@JayhawkSlant: Breaking: Confirmed Tevin Shaw is a Jayhawk. Great pick-up. All-state NJ RB could be steal of class

JhawkalumJB 2 years, 8 months ago

Glad we got Shaw. Wonder what side of the ball he'll play? His stats on Rivals list defensive and offensive stats. Sounds like an athletic kid.

KjayhawkprideU 2 years, 8 months ago

Great stories Matt!!! I am really pumped and ready for next season to start but one thing I would like you to post on (if you don't mind) is how the workouts are going. I want to hear from the players and how they feel this next season is going to go. Would you mind doing some research and posting something about what they are going through right now and where they feel they are heading?

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