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Saturday, January 7, 2012

Local WR Justin McCay to transfer to KU

Kansas wide receiver Justin McCay

Kansas wide receiver Justin McCay

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A couple of weeks ago, Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis delivered what many were calling the biggest recruiting day in program history when he landed former Notre Dame quarterback Dayne Crist and Jake Heaps, a QB who is transferring to KU from BYU.

Now those quarterbacks have a receiver to go with them.

Friday afternoon, former Bishop Miege High wide receiver Justin McCay, a former five-star prospect who spent the last two seasons at Oklahoma University, joined the parade of impact recruits to commit to Weis by announcing he would transfer to Kansas at semester.

While there’s still work to be done - both off the field and on it - McCay joins Crist and Heaps as one of the most highly touted recruits to come to Kansas.

“I watched him very closely because he was right in the area of a lot of kids I follow,” said Jon Kirby, of JayhawkSlant.com, who has been covering KU football recruiting for 13 years. “He was extremely talented. He was tall, athletic, had a great body, was real fluid, had great body control. He was a heck of a talent. I think a lot of times like this, people want to question a kid’s talent and whether he can make it or not, but I’ve seen him play. He wouldn’t have been in the Army All-American game if he didn’t have talent.”

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 for the KU-K-State men’s basketball game. Evidently, that was enough to convince him to choose KU over K-State, which reportedly was his other finalist.

“The visit was great,” McCay told Kirby. “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 and decided to transfer from OU a couple of weeks ago. OU coach Bob Stoops granted the release, and McCay landed at KU, where he’ll be reunited with former Miege head coach Tim Grunhard, who was hired in December to coach KU’s offensive line. Kirby said he believed coming to Lawrence could be big for both the player and the program.

“I think a fresh start, a pro-style offense, Charlie Weis and he’s got Rob Ianello now as his wide receivers coach,” Kirby said. “Throw all that together and you never know what this kid could turn into.”

As for McCay’s decision to join the Jayhawks making a positive impact on the program, that, too, could wind up being huge, Kirby said.

“If he were to have any type of success here, I think it would show local kids that, maybe instead of going away to some bigger-name program outside of the area, they’ll realize they can play and compete and win at the local in-state school,” Kirby said. “It gives the Kansas coaches the ability to go recruit in-state kids and say, ‘Look, this kid went away and came back. Why don’t you just start your career here?’”

When asked where McCay ranked in terms of wide receivers that KU had brought in during the past decade, Kirby didn’t hesitate to answer.

“In terms of raw talent and on paper and from a recruiting standpoint, he may have to be at the top,” Kirby said. “He is probably one of the most highly regarded kids, along with these quarterbacks, that I’ve ever seen come to Kansas.”

McCay’s eligibility status remains up in the air and could go a number of different directions in the next few weeks. One thing that’s not cloudy, though, is how the former OU wide receiver feels about his new coach.

“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.”

D.C.’s Crawley plans visit

Washington D.C. cornerback Kenneth Crawley, a four-star prospect out of H.D. Woodson High, who recently backed out of his committment to Tennessee, has announced on Twitter that he will visit KU sometime next week.

Crawley, 6-1, 170, is teammates with former KU commitment De’Jon Wilson, who had pledged to join the Jayhawks but backed out after the firing of Turner Gill and now is orally committed to Colorado.

According to Rivals.com, Crawley is the No. 2 ranked cornerback in Maryland and the 21st ranked player at his position overall.

With his recruitment back open, Crawley also plans to visit Michigan State and Maryland, and he has offers from 22 other BCS schools, including Oklahoma State and Texas Tech of the Big 12.

Beaty to A&M?

It appears that former KU wide receivers coach David Beaty, who worked at KU two separate times, under both Mark Mangino and Turner Gill, will join Kevin Sumlin’s staff at Texas A&M.

Beaty, a Texas native who spent time coaching at Rice between stints at Kansas, has become known for his ability to recruit his native state, specifically the Dallas area.

Several reports from Aggieland have indicated that Sumlin’s staff is now complete and his assistants will hit the road to recruit next week.

Sumlin was hired by A&M after a successful run at Houston and will lead the Aggies into the SEC next season.

Weis to attend tonight’s Sunflower Showdown

Having already made an appearance at a KU men’s basketball game - he was there on Dec. 10, when the Jayhawks topped second-ranked Ohio State - Weis now has plans to throw his support behind the KU women’s team.

After a whirlwind few weeks that included being hired by KU, having hip-replacement surgery and hitting the recruiting trail, Weis will attend his first women’s game at 7 tonight, when the Jayhawks (12-1 overall, 1-0 in Big 12 play) play host to in-state rival Kansas State (10-3, 1-0).

Comments

danno1313 2 years, 3 months ago

My friends at SC say that Butler is going to San Diego ST. We ll see what happens. I m an SC fan and hate to see him go. To much talent in front of him. Rock Chalk

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JayHok 2 years, 3 months ago

Tait,

If you get a chance could we hear more about Weis' chances of getting Brice Butler from USC?

Also, there are many prospects out there worthy of a story. How about one about Dorial Green-Beckham?

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danmoore 2 years, 3 months ago

I need another story to feed my KU football addiction. Come on LJW, make one up if you have to.

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timtation 2 years, 3 months ago

I just can't believe this is happening with KU football. I teared up when KU won the Orange bowl cause I never thought that would ever happen let alone 3 five star players. Way to go Z and CW! Everyone who helped pay off TG's contract (that he should not have gotten) I owe a big THANK YOU!

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JayHok 2 years, 3 months ago

Anyone see who won the FCS championship?

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danmoore 2 years, 3 months ago

Looks like the Chiefs are going to hire Crennel. If he was on your wish list you can cross him off.

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Dan Pawlowski 2 years, 3 months ago

Let me toss this out. Build a team and they will come.

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bville_hawk 2 years, 3 months ago

I don't know that I am at all on board with all of you who want to overhaul the stadium, but...

Let me toss this out, though. Since a new location is needed for Track and Field would it be feasible and more economical for KU to just buy Haskell's stadium and put an all-weather track around it? As I recall that stadium seats around 7000 (I'm thinking LHS used to play their games there back before Free State). I don't know if Haskell even uses the stadium any longer, don't know what condition it's in, etc. It just seems that it is about the right size and might fit the bill.

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Dan Pawlowski 2 years, 3 months ago

Hey its all good news but it wont be instant success. If we go 5-6 next year don't be surprised. It takes time for a team to gel with a new staff and for the staff to gel with each other. It is what it is.

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JayHok 2 years, 3 months ago

From Tom Lemming----

  1. ••••• WR Dorial Green-Beckham 6-6, 220, 4.4 Springfield-Hillcrest, MO It’s taken 17 years but I’ve finally found a WR who is as good as Randy Moss. For years I’ve said Randy Moss was the best high school player I have seen, and Mr. Beckham has similar skills. He has great size, long arms, a true F.A.T. 100 meter time of 10.5, and superior production. The nation’s #1 player, he appears to have no weaknesses. He will be the most celebrated prep football player in the country.
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Steve Brown 2 years, 3 months ago

dorial-green-beckham.

Matt, any chance Chuckie W can get this kid to visit. He can catch it and we have some QB to sling it.

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JayHok 2 years, 3 months ago

Three five stars in three weeks for Weis, only one five star behind 'Bama right now. Previous record for Kansas---zero five stars in 120 years.

*Paging Dorian Green-Beckman*

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LAJayhawk 2 years, 3 months ago

Recruiting update:

Weis visited Schyler Miles, an Inside LB out of Tampa. He's a 3-star, but he has offers from both Florida and Notre Dame. Weis apparently told him he's number 1 on the board, and it looks like the kid may take a visit (he said he's taking a visit on the 13th to either us or West Virginia).

Also, Matt mentioned De'Jon Wilson above when talking about Crawley. I read the other day that we may still be in the mix for Wilson as well. If Crawley's showing interest, the two might end up committing together. You never know.

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Randy Maxwell 2 years, 3 months ago

On Rivals Justin sounded like he thinks he'll be playing this fall and evidently so do the coaches because he's rooming with Crist to learn the offense ASAP

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number1jayhawker 2 years, 3 months ago

Matt FYI, Justin told Brian Hanni on RCST that he is now 6'3" 220 lbs.

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okiedave 2 years, 3 months ago

How about the "Kansas Hawk-Cat fight'?

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jhawkrulz 2 years, 3 months ago

Can we get a marketing team to improve the name of the sunflower showdown? I feel like we are going to a dance or something.

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90sHawk 2 years, 3 months ago

I'd like the stadium to look respectable to, with a packed house and loud fans at every home game.....but I get what you're saying.

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Bangkok_Jayhawk 2 years, 3 months ago

Matt Tait...

Great work as always.

Can you possibly comment on any of the rumors surrounding Memorial Stadium being renovated? Is it true there is a big fund raising project going on? Would love to see the stadium look respectable.

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Bangkok_Jayhawk 2 years, 3 months ago

I am realistic guy and understand football teams take awhile to turn around. That being said, the pieces are possibly in place for a dramatic turnaround at KU next year.

  1. We have a lot of returning players which always helps.
  2. Our coaching staff is upgraded.
  3. Our 2 biggest positions of need, QB and DL, have been upgraded with people ready to play next year.
  4. If McCay is eligible, icing on the cake.

Dramatic turnarounds don't happen often and to win 6-8 games next year would still be a massive achievement. That being said, I don't think 6-8 wins would be a complete shock at this point.

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jhox 2 years, 3 months ago

He should have a minimum of 3 years, if I'm not mistaken. The biggest question is how soon he'll be eligible.

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Ferd Magellan 2 years, 3 months ago

Let's see if the Big 12 actually shows some heart and approves his waiver so he'll have at least of couple years of eligibility left. It would be out of character for most of our officials to cut a current/future KU student-athlete a break, but there's always time to change.

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