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Friday, January 6, 2012

OU WR Justin McCay picks Kansas and will enroll for spring semester

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Former Bishop Miege High wide receiver Justin McCay, a former five-star prospect who spent the last two seasons at Oklahoma University, has joined the parade of impact recruits to commit to Charlie Weis and the Kansas University football team.

McCay announced today that he will transfer to KU and is expected to begin taking classes during the spring semester.

The 6-foot-2, 209-pound wideout who was ranked as the top player in Kansas in the Class of 2010, was in Lawrence on Wednesday night to take in the KU-K-State men’s basketball game.

Evidently, that was enough to convince him to choose KU over K-State, which was his other finalist.

“The visit was great,” McCay told Jon Kirby of JayhawkSlant.com. “And I think this is a great opportunity to build from the ground up.”

Technically a red-shirt freshman, McCay played in just three games this season because of injury. He has received a release from OU but his official eligibility status remains up in the air and could go a number of different ways. That should all be hammered out in the next few weeks.

According to Kirby’s report, McCay committed to Weis at the end of his visit.

“He is a great guy,” McCay said of Weis. “He is 100 percent straight-up and when he says he is going to do something he gets it done. I want to be a part of what he is building. He’s bringing in the tools to win.”

McCay originally chose OU over offers from Notre Dame, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Kansas State, Missouri, Oregon and Texas A&M.

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minnhawk84 2 years, 3 months ago

I was impressed with KSU's defensive backfield and defensive line last night against Arkansas -- I kinda thought the Hogs would blow them out even though I really wanted the Kitties to win. KSU really didn't take any crap off of Arkie's offense, and that offense was pretty amazing at putting up numbers this past season. Where did those players come from, and how many were four or five stars? I bet most were not, but had the benefit of some really great coaching/conditioning.

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Mark Lindrud 2 years, 3 months ago

I am certain this will not be a very exciting recruiting class because we only have 13 scholarships available. At least that is what I recall, but with the transfers we are getting and the fact we are going the juco route to help us out immediately we can at least prepare for the future a lot quicker.

As long as we get quality talent that can help us now then the future classes can be more suited for longevity. This is definitely an exciting time to be a jayhawk!

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JayHok 2 years, 3 months ago

Haha, Topeka Capital finally posts the article about Weis grabbing McCay about 10 min ago. Perfectly timed to be swept off their main page in about 30 minutes due to the finish of the Cotton bowl.

Also they made sure to include a nice mistake regarding the number of stars attached to McCay's name. Since the story will be buried forever in a half hour, I guess it doesn't matter.

Zenger seriously needs to swing by the Capital city tomorrow and have a talk with these folks.

There's nothing wrong with having TWO good football teams in the state! Just report it on time, without an agenda, and report the facts if possible.

Cmon Topeka Capital, you're better than that.

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VaJay 2 years, 3 months ago

Not sure Willie Martinez is such a good idea. He got canned as UGA's DC in 2009:

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=4707194

Also according to an OU sports blog, he might be getting pushed out to make room for Mike Stoops to come in:

http://blog.newsok.com/ou/2012/01/06/martinezs-name-popping-up-for-dc-jobs-whats-it-mean/

I say let Illinois have him, & lets find someone better.

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jhawk613 2 years, 3 months ago

Offensive players are drawn to Weis' pro-style offense. We're lacking those high-profile defensive recruits for multiple reasons:

  • Lack of a defensive coordinator
  • The embarrassment of 2011
  • Lack of positional coaches (aside from Buddy Wyatt)

Keep in mind we didn't have a ton of scholarships to play with for 2012. We can land some talented defensive players if we hire quality positional coaches and have a solid scheme in place.

I think, based on reports of Hudy working with the players, and our new S&C coach we won't get burned in the 3rd quarter anymore due to lack of conditioning, which could be the biggest difference in our team next season.

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Bangkok_Jayhawk 2 years, 3 months ago

Matt Tait...

Great work as always.

I know we talk about the stadium being renovated a lot. There are always rumors of a big donation, a fund raising project or something else. Would you please comment on what you know about a possible stadium upgrade?

Thanks!

PS: I apologize if you have made comments on it before that I have missed.

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jhwkfan162515 2 years, 3 months ago

It's great that Weis is making headlines with all these recruits he's bringing in since taking the KU job; but is anyone else concerned that he doesn't have any big-time defensive recruits coming to Lawrence, and, so far as I know, still doesn't have a defensive coordinator in place?

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Mark Lindrud 2 years, 3 months ago

Too early to call it "Charlie and the Football Factory?" LOL

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gorilla10 2 years, 3 months ago

uhhh, common coaching sense tells me something is up.......Why would you release a 5 star player who was making a decision between two schools in the same conference???

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JayHok 2 years, 3 months ago

**Paging Dorian Green-Beckham*

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jayhawkintx1973 2 years, 3 months ago

Auburn has released the MVP of the BCS title game of 2011. Dyer. I wonder...

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jayhawkintx1973 2 years, 3 months ago

This is potentially a HUGE DEAL.

I will tell with Crist's quick release and how he just doesn't hold on to the ball long, and adding McCay out wide with the other two speedsters who were injured often in 2010, or maybe just underutilized by an incompetent coaching staff (good luck with them Liberty), it could be huge.

Especially getting Pierson lined up in the slot, with Matthews and Pick. This a huge pick up to solidify that position and the leader that the team desperately needed. Beshears is returning also. We can run fresh guys in all night against tired defenses.

I also like the Defensive Lineman pick up. He played here in the DFW area and I watched some highlights. He's quick, has a good size that shows he's in condition, and most of that270 lbs. is muscle. There are a couple of DE's that have Kansas listed at Rivals.com as well. The Linebacker we picked up has got speed as well.

I am chomping at the bit to find out who the DC is, LEAVITT! I Hope!

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James Minor 2 years, 3 months ago

He's leaving OU because he will get to play. Remember KU had receivers that were very good at dropping passes. Charlie is getting guys that want to play and not brag about how many passes they dropped but how many were caught.

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jumpinjayhawk 2 years, 3 months ago

Any five-star lineman out there that aren't happy? We could use you to block for our five-star qb and wr. I ll accept a collect call.

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jhawkrulz 2 years, 3 months ago

HCCW has more 5-Star recruits than Gill had 4-star recruits (so much for Gill being good at recruiting).

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danmoore 2 years, 3 months ago

What do you know. I was putting away the Christmas decorations and found an unopened gift under the tree.

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ksbball1 2 years, 3 months ago

The Capital Journal has always been a ksu paper.

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Bob Forer 2 years, 3 months ago

More proof positive that "big name" coaches are worth their hefty salaries. KU Football has never had a "name" coach before Weis. I don't think it's for lack of trying, but rather, because nobody big was interested. Charlie was the exception. He said "yes," and we all need to embrace that choice and stand behind him, not that I am suggesting we aren't. My only worry is that he bolts after a few years. Let's hope not, as this could be the part of an historic transformation of KU football. And why not? Look how Snyder turned over the worst football program in Division I history.

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shelleysue 2 years, 3 months ago

Welcome to Jayhawk nation Justin! Well be there every Saturday supporting you and the Hawks. Lets get this turned around! Rock Chalk Jayhawk!!!

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Pitthawk34 2 years, 3 months ago

Anyone one if we are hot on any Defensive backs. Lord knows we need a upgrade in that area.

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blackhawkjayhawk 2 years, 3 months ago

By the way.....why is he leaving OU?

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JayHok 2 years, 3 months ago

Topeka Capital Journal up to their old tricks. Weis gets a commitment from another 5 star and the Journal doesn't even report it, haha! When a local team lands a five star that was being recruited by the other in state BCS school, it should be reported. Regardless of that, it should definitely be reported by the capital city newspaper so proud of their sports section 25 miles down the road.

This should be immediately reported material, even if it's just a quick blurb. The KC Star reported not only the five star, but also reported about Weis' new D lineman.

What's up Topeka Capital Journal?

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bbj 2 years, 3 months ago

******By the way, any word on Brice Butler transfering from USC. Would love to see him on the field for KU.*********

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jgrobb 2 years, 3 months ago

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Lawkan 2 years, 3 months ago

DT Steve Holmes verbally committed too. Although he wasn't offered by any other BCS teams. Kenneth Crawley the #21 ranked cornerback decommitted from Tennessee and KU is believed to be his new leader.

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ahpersecoachingexperience 2 years, 3 months ago

I just peed (a lot this time) in my pants!

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blackhawkjayhawk 2 years, 3 months ago

Two biggest pet peeves with the NCAA:

No 16-team tournament

Punishing kids for transferring. Coaches? Switch schools and cash in my friend! Player? Screw you, you should have known better.

Though this rule may be targeted at preventing coaches from poaching each other's players, I have two simple rules.

Transfer after your sophomore year to any team with a sub .500 record over the previous two seasons - no punishment, in conference or not.

This would help create a little more parity in football - which seems to work pretty well in the NFL.

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FLJHK 2 years, 3 months ago

Admittedly a long shot, but the best possibble DC would be Raheem Morris.

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bbj 2 years, 3 months ago

Welcome to the Family young fella! Rock Chalk!

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El Jay 2 years, 3 months ago

Wow! What a job Coach Weiss has done thus far. The future is looking really bright. Hopefully all this new talent translates on the field but either way Coach Weiss is doing a great job. I just read that Auburn just let one of their highly touted RBs out of his scholly. Any chance Weiss is able to nab him too?

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Mike Kendall 2 years, 3 months ago

This makes us dangerous on offense, right? Now, if the defense could be half-way decent. . . . .

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ja3hawk 2 years, 3 months ago

This... is.... Huge!! On to the next one!

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Ron Prichard 2 years, 3 months ago

Wow...just wow!! I may spontaneously combust for quoting @apherse, but:

Goosebumps!!

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Calijhawk 2 years, 3 months ago

Just a few thoughts, wholly premature, but optimistic...

Alums who spent 4-5 years busting their a-- to walk down that hill don't want to give up the view. It is one of the most beautiful views of any stadium in the country. Also, that would add about 15-20,000 seats, on TOP of those we create by tearing the track out

Do we have any projections as to the seating capacity were we to take the track out and lower the field? Maybe we could take the dirt from the football stadium and transport it across campus to where the old FB practice field was, and build berm bleachers for an Olympic sports stadium...just a thought...

Then, maybe the Athletic Department would consider moving the KU Band back to between the 40 and 50 yard lines.

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Terran Woolley 2 years, 3 months ago

Can we all now tar and feather Lew for making us take three years off after finishing 12-1 (the best record ever for any team in Kansas BTW) by firing Mangro and bringing in the Derp? Does he have the audacity to still live in Lawrence?

Good pick up, and hopefully NOW we can capture some of that momentum from 2008 under the 2nd coach (a real one).

RCJHKU!

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Phoghorn 2 years, 3 months ago

But...but...but...I thought the track was preventing us from landing these guys.

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Jason Keller 2 years, 3 months ago

I've gotta go to the bathroom and take care of something.

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Ryan Sullivan 2 years, 3 months ago

Nnn tss nnn tss nnn tss nnn tss......

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NoteToSelf 2 years, 3 months ago

GREAT news about McCay picking KU. I was skeptical about HCCW in the beginning, but you can't argue about his success with getting (3) five star recruits in the first month on the job. Rumor has it that Willie Martinez - OU Defensive Backs Coach is headed to KU. Any news on that front Matt?

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jgkojak 2 years, 3 months ago

Dang, if we got Romeo, even for 1 year, our D would be set at least enough to allow us to compete and rack up pts.

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Roadkill_Rob 2 years, 3 months ago

Awesome news! Welcome to KU guys!

I hope this is the beginning of a new era of KU football, but I still think we need to make some improvements to the atmosphere, particularly the stadium.

I know it's been mentioned numerous times, but we need to get rid of the track and get the fans closer to the action among other things. I'd like to see the bowl closed out on the north rim to provide more seating as well but I'd be happy to start with the track.

Does anybody know what the cost of getting rid of the track and any other limitations? I think I read some poster mention that a fund raiser to get rid of the track is already under way.

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dallashawk05 2 years, 3 months ago

Wow, offers from Florida, Florida State, and Georgia? For a Kansas kid? Pretty cool he is now a Jayhawk... hope those 5 stars can translate to the field.

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Kenneth Hillman 2 years, 3 months ago

Tait - What are the different ways his eligibility can play out? Could he potentially play next year or is that completely off the table and we are just concerned with how many years of eligibility remain?

Nice work HCCW! Let's focus a little bit on the D now and we're ready to ball!

Remove the track, upgrade the stadium, and watch what happens...it will be beautiful!

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master16 2 years, 3 months ago

looks like our offense is coming together. now we just need some serious work on the D line. first things first... defensive coordinator!

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Kevin Long 2 years, 3 months ago

We are back! We are baaack! And were the three best friends that anyone could have!

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blackhawkjayhawk 2 years, 3 months ago

Somebody pinch me.

My latest brainstorm on the delay in announcing a DC......Weis has a deal with Romeo. If Romeo does not get he HC job for the Chiefs, then he is coming to KU. If Romeo does get the Chiefs job, then Weis has a deal with someone else. How's that for a far-fetched scenario?

I've asked this before: If it's Leavitt (that would be great news), I would think that they could announce it. Doesn't seem like it would be a big distraction for a linebacker coach in the NFL to announce that he's leaving at the end of the playoffs. Maybe I'm wrong.....

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Mike Barnhart 2 years, 3 months ago

Three F O R M E R five-star recruits!

Thanks for bringing your skills to KU, boys! This is your second chance to prove you're worth the ratings. Now, bust your tails and make it happen!

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hbjayhawk 2 years, 3 months ago

Sheahan Zenger deserves some credit here. Weis' moves and recruits are adding up fast. This is going to be the most highly anticipated year of KU football since 2008 and maybe even more so because they are highly touted guys signing. Our offense for 2012 and beyond is shaping up incredibly. We had that magical season in 2007, however with the young backs we have and the QBs and WRs (pray we get Brice Butler!!), we will have the most talented and deep offense in the Big 12 come 2013. Defense wins football games and I am counting down to Weis' huge press conference next week . . .

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Brennan Keller 2 years, 3 months ago

Great news for the KU football team! Weis is doing a great job early on! Rock Chalk!

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Cmill1221 2 years, 3 months ago

This is WAY better than that Dieter chump. (Still don't know why everyone was so high on that guy). Keep it goin CW!!

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Scott Oswalt 2 years, 3 months ago

I have a feeling there will be a lot of Crist to McCay action! 5 stars everywhere!

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Steve Yeakel 2 years, 3 months ago

Wow, now a 5 star receiver to go with two 5 star QBs. Welcome Justin! Way to go Charlie!

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ccarp 2 years, 3 months ago

Awesome! Welcome, Justin! Rock Chalk!

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hawksfan08 2 years, 3 months ago

This is awesome.

The fact that 2 years ago we weren't even on his list and then despite sucking for 2 years he picked us anyway shows you the impact of Weis maybe even more than Crist and Heaps.

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rcjallday 2 years, 3 months ago

It's wild to see the dominoes of KU football falling in such a positive way. Usually it takes some time to get recruits of this magnitude. What's Weis been in office, 15 minutes? Impressive. Being on TV every week at Notre Dame has opened doors for KU football, due to his national persona. It's always exciting to see football articles in the heart of basketball season. Well done CW.

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Keith Hummel 2 years, 3 months ago

Wow! Just awesome news. Welcome home Justin.

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