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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.

Comments

Keith Hummel 2 years, 11 months ago

Wow! Just awesome news. Welcome home Justin.

okiedave 2 years, 11 months ago

Another Kansan returning to his home turf. The OU program has lost several players and there appears to be a general dissatisfaction in the program. OU's attitude seems to reflect that OU can use and abuse you as a player and if you don't like it, there is a 4 or 5 star player coming in next year to replace you. Justin made a wise move.

jayhwkr77 2 years, 11 months ago

stop it

this is great news about getting McCay, don't get me wrong

don't profile OU football as a whole (Use and Abuse) because he is coming to KU. Stoops is one of the best in the business. Don't bring ridiculous talk to this website

kujayhox 2 years, 11 months ago

+1

stoops is a class act. just because he didnt work out at ou doesnt mean stoops threw him away

Steve Tramba 2 years, 11 months ago

Wise move, but please about Stoops. He lets any player who wants out to have out without question - the announcers on the Insight game even noted it as such. You earn your keep at a program like OU (who saw star RB Whaley coming on this year from a walk-on?), & McCay saw he wasn't going to get the PT at WR to benefit his future interests, so he made a choice.

Mat Davis 2 years, 11 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.

LAJayhawk 2 years, 11 months ago

It may also have something to do with his four Super Bowl rings, having tutored Tom Brady and the fact about half the NFL teams run his offense. Just a little bit anyway... ;-)

hawksfan08 2 years, 11 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.

Bangkok_Jayhawk 2 years, 11 months ago

ROCK CHALK!!! (Now how about we land some defensive guys?!)

ccarp 2 years, 11 months ago

Awesome! Welcome, Justin! Rock Chalk!

Steve Yeakel 2 years, 11 months ago

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

Scott Oswalt 2 years, 11 months ago

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

master16 2 years, 11 months ago

more like heaps to mccay, he has to sit out under the transfer guidelines for next season when crist is QB.

Ben Kliewer 2 years, 11 months ago

Not necessarily, he may get a special status from the NCAA because of injury/family issues. Note the "number of different ways" his eligibility could go. It's possible he could play next year, but I'm not holding my breath. Either way, he'll be a Jayhawk, so that's all that matters right now :)

Ben Kane 2 years, 11 months ago

actually he will definitely miss next year. the only question is how many years of eligibility will he have left after that.

Ben Kane 2 years, 11 months ago

at least, that's my take on it. I don't see how he can transfer and not miss a year unless their are extenuating circumstances like what happened with the baylor basketball team a few years ago.

Andy Tweedy 2 years, 11 months ago

I tend to agree with you, but kusports said he may be eligible right away (that was last week), so who knows

Steven Mathew 2 years, 11 months ago

There are certain circumstances. For one, there is Dayne Crist, who transferred and is eligible to play right away (although his reason for immediate eligibility is different). There is also a Tennessee WR that's transferring to Michigan St. and I believe he is eligible to play right away.

Alex Berger 2 years, 11 months ago

He had a family member die recently (dad?) and can get a special transfer waiver since he is moving closer to home.

Cmill1221 2 years, 11 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!!

JayHok 2 years, 11 months ago

Dieter was a 3 star with great hands in high school but nowhere near as fast and explosive as McCay. Dieter must have known he wouldn't be getting much playing time. In retrospect a really smart decision by Dieter if he wants to play in college.

On the other hand, McCay's decision to play for Weis is a very smart decision if he wants to play in the NFL someday.

Brennan Keller 2 years, 11 months ago

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

hbjayhawk 2 years, 11 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 . . .

SeaJHawk 2 years, 11 months ago

I love your optimism, but despite having a good amount of 'potential' talent coming in, we definitely won't have the deepest offense...unless Uncle Charles keeps the same pace for the next year and a half. RCJH.

drnater 2 years, 11 months ago

What do you mean? We have 3 rb's that are gonna be sophomores that all played this year. A whole offensive line that are gonna be rs freshmen. 3 or 4 receivers that are gonna be sophomores. Our O will be set for the next 3 years minimum. Thats not even mentioning the recruits that are going to come in. Its not offense you should worry about, its the defense! The way things are looking though, he's starting with the d-line specifically dt, and working that angle most. If we can get depth at DT then the rest of the d will be fine. That was our major problem last year.

Mike Barnhart 2 years, 11 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!

blackhawkjayhawk 2 years, 11 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.....

Jayhawk1116 2 years, 11 months ago

Good point about Leavitt. I just hope we get a coordinator (whether it's offense or defense) that wants to take over when Charlie leaves. If we bring in all of these stud coaches and they bolt for the first NFL job we're not going to have much stability.

Kevin Long 2 years, 11 months ago

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

master16 2 years, 11 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!

Kenneth Hillman 2 years, 11 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!

Matt Tait 2 years, 11 months ago

I think there's an outside shot he could... Hard to understand right now, though, so don't count on that.

Could be anything from next year to losing two and everything in between... Either way, great pick up for the program. A move that should open some eyes of other recruits considering KU.

ltownatrain 2 years, 11 months ago

Who knows, But i would assume that the two years could be because he could technically qualify for a medical redshirt year if he was injured this year. Possibly meaning that if his request was approved he would sit out get another freshman year and sit out 1 leaving 3 years of eligibility. But if it is denied he would be a sophmore next year and wouldn't be available till Jr. year and would effectively have missed 2 years. I'm not sure if I'm right here but perhaps Matt can shine some light on this in a bit.

ohjayhawk 2 years, 11 months ago

KG - He could lose two years because, typically when you transfer from one Big 12 school to another, you have to sit an additional year on top of the year the NCAA requires most transfers to sit.

Alfred_W 2 years, 11 months ago

I don't think he would sit out two years, I think he would sit out one year (2012) and then be eligible the following year as a Junior instead of a Sophomore.

omari1911 2 years, 11 months ago

Without the special hardship waiver, he could lose one year by having to sit out due to transferring, and another year by transferring within the conference.

LAJayhawk 2 years, 11 months ago

Big 12 still has to approve OU's release for him not to lose 2 years for transferring within the conference. Ridiculous, but it's not just up to the school as to whether or not he must sit out 2 years.

jhawk613 2 years, 11 months ago

It sounded like OU approved the in-conference transfer.

kinda ridiculous the conference can assess penalties when both schools are in agreement.

LAJayhawk 2 years, 11 months ago

OU did, but the conference has the right to overrule it... if you can believe that.

David Meredith 2 years, 11 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.

Roadkill_Rob 2 years, 11 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.

Brennan Keller 2 years, 11 months ago

Dont count on any stadium renovations happening in the next couple years. The KU football program is not in the best state and either is the KU athletic budget. We need to win a few consecutive bowl games to really sell out all the seating in Memorial Stadium as is. I think if Weis wants to finish out his career at Kansas and he is able to find success in the post season then and only then will the athletic program think about renovating the stadium. Just because Baylor and Kansas State are doing renovations to theirs doesnt mean that we should try to outdo them anytime soon. Im more worried about the product we put out on the field than the product of our stadium at this given time.

shelleysue 2 years, 11 months ago

I think that would be a good solution. Even without a track, the stadiums I've seen don't seem to have fans any closer.

JayHawkFanToo 2 years, 11 months ago

I have been saying that for a long time. There is a great tool called Google Earth; you can zoom in on the aerial photo for any college stadium in the country and you can see that the seats on most stadiums are not any closer than the seats at Memorial Stadium; track notwithstanding. I do not personally have a problem with the track, and I don't have a problem with covering it with AstroTurf for games either.

wannabe 2 years, 11 months ago

Just because you say it for a long time doesn't make it true. Most modern stadiums and most major college stadiums have the fans much much closer to the field. Check out this link http://www.collegecharlie.com/stadiums.html

Of these 18 biggest stadiums only Auburn has the fans anywhere close to the distance away that KU does and even then, only on the sidelines EVERY other one of these big name teams plays in a field with the fans right on top of the field.

thesandman 2 years, 11 months ago

i know ksu just announced a 75 million dollar renovation to that crap stadium over there

jgkojak 2 years, 11 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.

NoteToSelf 2 years, 11 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?

Matt Tait 2 years, 11 months ago

Don't know much about him. Just hearing what you guys have heard.... Got some calls out to find out more.

Micah Mandy Haase 2 years, 11 months ago

Jayhawkslant just tweeted that Willie Martinez will not be coming to lawrence and is probably going to end up in the B1G

Kit Duncan 2 years, 11 months ago

Matt, here's a blog saying Martinez may be heading to KU as DC, not D-backs coach. That would really be a shot from left field!

http://www.crimsonandcreammachine.com/2012/1/6/2687090/ou-defensive-backs-coach-willie-martinez-to-the-jayhawks

drnater 2 years, 11 months ago

That article was written at 10:17 am, Jayhawkslant tweeted he wont be around 2. I'd take Jayhawkslants word over that website.

jay381 2 years, 11 months ago

That does not excite me at all. Despite the reputation of the OU defense (justified over the years) the secondary has been by far the weak link in the OU defense the past two years (Martinez is in his second year). I read a report from one of the Daily Oklahoman writers there may have been a suggestion he look elsewhere and then Mike Stoops will come back and coach the secondary. There are some others on that staff I would sure like to see before the secondary coach.

CoachKinGA 2 years, 11 months ago

He is former DC at Georgia,..Richt caught heat for keeping him around as Georgia posted dismal defensive performances with superior talent. It was tough to watch a flock of four/five star recruits getting mopped and out-schemed down here. Now he is at OU, and Stoops has done him a solid to have him looking for a job as Big Brother Mike needs a place to land now. Keep looking elsewhere I say,,,

Jason Keller 2 years, 11 months ago

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

Phoghorn 2 years, 11 months ago

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

FSUJHAWK 2 years, 11 months ago

Guys that have been through the system and are more mature (ie transfers) dont see the track as a deterrent; however, i've argued that elite recruits coming straight out of high school do. Hopefully i am proven wrong.

On another note, RE Mangino and Gabe Toomey, this is a real chill article from Rivals http://kansas.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1314735

RCJHGKU!!!

David Lara 2 years, 11 months ago

Damn I loved Gabe Toomey! I have been confused about his story ever since he suddenly wasn't around anymore. As much as I love what he did for us, I'm glad we got rid of the fatty. I'm sick of hearing about crap like this. Unbelievable.

Larry Smith 2 years, 11 months ago

So it was Lew's fault that Mangino followed up at 7-6, then 5-7?

Kit Duncan 2 years, 11 months ago

So you're blaming Lew for the 13-12 (8-5 & 5-7) record in Mangino's last two years? By the way it's been FOUR years since Kansas went 12-1.

Actually three Kansas teams have gone undefeated. They were quite a long time ago (twice in the 1890's and once in the early 1900's).

JayHawkFanToo 2 years, 11 months ago

Lew Perkins handled the firing of Mangino extremely poorly and saddled KU with Turner Gill. Having said that, he was also responsible for doubling KU's athletic budget, upgrading the football facilities so they are on a par with the best in the conference and led the upgrade of AFH. He was also the key component for KU going to the Orange Bowl; without him and his contacts, MU would have gone instead of KU. Lew Perking had some other issues (tickets), but taking all factors into consideration, he was one of the more if not the most successful AD at KU. I hated the firing/hiring of Mangino/Turner and it ended up costing KU a pretty penny in both cases;.but, when looking at his tenure in context, you have to give the man a lot of credit.

Calijhawk 2 years, 11 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.

JayHawkFanToo 2 years, 11 months ago

Nicely summarized. I have been saying the same thing for a long time.

Calijhawk 2 years, 11 months ago

Very good points...I had not heard about the spring, nor thought about the Rock Chalk extending to the bottom of the hill as well.

texashawk10 2 years, 11 months ago

There is a much simpler and cheaper way to add capacity (temporary or permanent) to Memorial Stadium than lowering the field. Tear up the track, move the playing field deeper into the bowl, and put up bleachers in the south end of the stadium to close it off. You can't really see anything from the hill now anyway because of the new video board they put in a couple of years ago so there is no point in trying to preserve that part of tradition since it's dead anyway. The new bleachers could be temporary or permanent depending on how KU wants to deal with it, but that is a much cheaper to add capacity and could be done in a relatively short period of time like from the end of the regular season to the beginning of spring practice.

Roadkill_Rob 2 years, 11 months ago

Holy cr@p! I never even thought about moving the field deeper into the bowl.

That gives me hope that it can actually be a reality!

Good call, Texashawk!

Mike Barnhart 2 years, 11 months ago

Keep brainstorming but this one has flaws.

B E C A U S E this stadium was designed to accommodate track & field, there are already two sections of seating south of the end zone. Moving the playing surface to the North would render the southern most sections worthless.

BTW blasting the "rock chalk" from under the field is not really expensive but it might damage the existing structure.

JayHawkFanToo 2 years, 11 months ago

"BTW blasting the "rock chalk" from under the field is not really expensive but it might damage the existing structure."

Blasting rocks in the middle of nowhere, such as a quarry, is not expensive, relatively speaking. Blasting rock in the middle of a stadium located in the middle of a city is a highly specialized job, very dangerous and very, very expensive...and yes, I am a civil/geotechnical engineer.

blackhawkjayhawk 2 years, 11 months ago

A few laws.....the stadium doesn't move, the view is already too blocked, and anyone who mentions any changes needs to document a a $200 donation when they post. We have the greatest stadium location in the country, why the hexx would you want to move it?

Ron Prichard 2 years, 11 months ago

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

Goosebumps!!

ja3hawk 2 years, 11 months ago

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

Mike Kendall 2 years, 11 months ago

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

blackhawkjayhawk 2 years, 11 months ago

Agreed with the concerns about D...remember that a good offense helps the D quite a bit. 3-and-outs highlight a weak D.

El Jay 2 years, 11 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?

bbj 2 years, 11 months ago

Welcome to the Family young fella! Rock Chalk!

FLJHK 2 years, 11 months ago

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

blackhawkjayhawk 2 years, 11 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.

Andrew Washington 2 years, 11 months ago

lol..what would you do if we actually got DGB?!

Lawkan 2 years, 11 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.

Kevin Randell 2 years, 11 months ago

Yes, this Holmes kid has a 77 rating on ESPN's recruiting nation...not to shabby!

texashawk10 2 years, 11 months ago

The Holmes kid who committed to KU does not have a profile on ESPN is would most likely be classified as a two star.

jgrobb 2 years, 11 months ago

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bbj 2 years, 11 months ago

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

truefan 2 years, 11 months ago

Sounds like he's going to end up at SDSU, but nothing is final. I want that kid at KU pretty bad, but it's not looking good right now.

JayHok 2 years, 11 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?

blackhawkjayhawk 2 years, 11 months ago

What's up is that they should print in purple ink.

Duane Rice 2 years, 11 months ago

There is no sense lowering yourself to that other schools level. They have little man syndrome and need constant pumping up, so somebody notices them.

Gary Denning 2 years, 11 months ago

This is my only question. If he thought he would start for OU would he be leaving? After OU's superstar receiver went down this year, the rest of their receivers were not THAT good. And McKay did not see the field very much. That being said I hope he turns into the next Briscoe or Meyer.

Pitthawk34 2 years, 11 months ago

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

jhawk613 2 years, 11 months ago

Crawley decommitted from Tennessee and is looking at KU. He's a 4-star CB.

JayHok 2 years, 11 months ago

More good news on that. Crawley just scheduled a visit to meet with Weis and see campus.

shelleysue 2 years, 11 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!!!

Bob Forer 2 years, 11 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.

Michael Thorp 2 years, 11 months ago

The Capital Journal has always been a ksu paper.

JayHok 2 years, 11 months ago

Understand that. But this is news worthy of a quick blurb. Even the KC star gave a story about this.

If they don't print anything about it tomorrow Zenger needs to drive over there and knock on some doors.

danmoore 2 years, 11 months ago

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

jhawkrulz 2 years, 11 months ago

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

jhawk613 2 years, 11 months ago

Gill brought in Reggie Mitchell who brought or helped bring in...

Tony Pierson Darrian Miller Brandon Bourbon Keeston Terry

You can be glad that Gill is gone, but don't be an idiot. If you want to call Gill a horrible recruiter then don't boast about our stable of running backs. We only have that stable of running backs because of Gill.

Micky Baker 2 years, 11 months ago

Keeston Terry wasn't recruited by Gill's staff. I'm not sure Bourbon was either, and I think he was a redshirt freshman last season.

Gill also did not recruit Operum, McDougald, and there is one that didn't play. Was it McGriff?

I'm not sure what Gill was thinking his first two seasons. Maybe it was because he wasn't thinking.

jhawk613 2 years, 11 months ago

Bourbon was most certainly recruited by Gill's staff. He was a late de-commit and KU recruit.

Keeston Terry was initially recruited by Mangino, but Gill's staff kept him at KU.

Brandon Meek 2 years, 11 months ago

I went to high school with Keeston Terry's Dad who also played football at KU, as well. I am pretty sure KU had Keeston regardless of who was coaching / recruiting.

jumpinjayhawk 2 years, 11 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.

James Minor 2 years, 11 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.

Micky Baker 2 years, 11 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!

John Myers 2 years, 11 months ago

Except it's highly unlikely that he'll be able to play with Crist. Not impossible according to some information, but very doubtful. But I'll be fine with Heaps throwing to him instead!

Micky Baker 2 years, 11 months ago

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

gorilla10 2 years, 11 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???

gorilla10 2 years, 11 months ago

Sounds like the kid might not be too big of a factor. If Stoops thought he could turn out to be a big time player there is no way a coach would release a player, especially when he will transfer to another shcool IN CONFERENCE.....

Mark Lindrud 2 years, 11 months ago

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

Krohnutz 2 years, 11 months ago

Oh man, that is awesome.

+1,000 for it including a sweets reference with Coach Weis.

But seriously, what is going on with KU football? I pick fun at Weis but I am stoked in JANUARY!

Mark Lindrud 2 years, 11 months ago

We do have juco defensive linemen so he's trying. I'm sure more are coming

Bangkok_Jayhawk 2 years, 11 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.

jhawk613 2 years, 11 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.

VaJay 2 years, 11 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.

JayHok 2 years, 11 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.

Mark Lindrud 2 years, 11 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!

Eric Dawson 2 years, 11 months ago

KU is at 13 with McCay, and all indications are Weis & Co. are still hunting.

There has been talk from the beginning, starting with Weis himself, that expectations are for 10-12 guys from last year's squad to transfer with the firing of the old and hiring of the new. That would bring us up to 23-25 open schollys if it happens.

Has anyone heard anything other than unsubstantiated rumor about anyone not wanting to play for Weis?

Rumor was Miller was going, but that doesn't seem to be happening (never made sense to me, either). I think Terry was another rumor? But again, I've read/heard nothing so far.

If if doesn't happen, can we expect lower level scholarship players to be told "Sorry" by Charlie, i.e., their year-by-year scholarship will not be renewed for 2012? Maybe some guys have told Charlie they would stay as walk-ons?

Regardless, Weis has also said he would rather overrecruit and end up not being able to offer than to underrecruit and have openings for talent left unused.

jayhawkfanatic11 2 years, 11 months ago

So transfers count towards the recruiting class for 2012? I saw that there was a 4 star DB who decommitted from Tennessee and is visting KU next week. I hope we get him but if our class is full then what a big blow for us.

minnhawk84 2 years, 11 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.

manginodrh00lz 2 years, 11 months ago

Not only did you get the wrong message board you got the wrong website.

Ken Schmidt 2 years, 11 months ago

Nah, I think minn's thought pattern was right on target, rather he didn't finish his point. Snyder was talking about mistakes he made the first time around, one of which being that when their program grew and got better, they shifted recruiting focus to players they normally wouldn't go after. Snyder said this time around he was going back to what worked in the past. I believe the point minn was making was it can be done with lesser skilled players who are committed to the program and team with a specific intellectual capacity to absorb teaching and not shun it for dreams of the NFL. It is my hope that HCCW too has learned from the past and while recruiting stars, also remains focused upon players who have the potential to grow to be the same type of player with training.

Steve Brown 2 years, 11 months ago

I was impressed how young coach looked given he is 82 and about to retire.

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