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Monday, January 30, 2012

Jayhawks land two recruits, lose one

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The final recruiting weekend for the Class of 2012 produced some mixed results for the Kansas University football team, as KU coach Charlie Weis picked up two commitments and may have lost another.

Dallas linebacker Courtney Arnick orally committed to KU in Weis’ office at the end of his weekend visit; El Camino Community College defensive tackle Jordan Tavai committed to KU late Sunday night; and Butler County CC defensive lineman Chaquil Reed appears to have switched his commitment from KU to Kansas State. Reed visited Manhattan over the weekend.

The addition of Arnick helps Kansas more than the loss of Reed hurts. For starters, Reed has not officially committed to KSU yet — though that’s expected to happen Tuesday — and, with the addition of Tavai, 6-foot-3, 280 pounds, KU now has five other defensive linemen committed in this class. So far, Arnick is the only linebacker committed in KU’s 13-man class.

New KU recruiting coordinator Rob Ianello was the lead recruiter for Tavai, who chose KU over Texas Tech.

Arnick, 6-2, 200 pounds, hails from Dallas’ Carter High, where he was a first team all-district selection last season. He chose KU over offers from Boise State, Houston and Memphis, among others, and he visited all three in the past week. His decision to choose Kansas came down to the positive vibe he got from KU’s coaches, players and facilities.

KU assistant Clint Bowen was the lead recruiter for the three-star linebacker, but it’s clear the addition of defensive coordinator Dave Campo played a part as well.

“He was a real nice guy and welcomed me into the program,” Arnick said of Campo in an interview with Jon Kirby of JayhawkSlant.com. “He told me they needed speed on defense and I could help them out. I know he can make me a better player.”

Campo, who was hired a little more than two weeks ago, has been active on the recruiting trail since arriving at Kansas, and Kirby said the former Dallas Cowboys coach’s name has done wonders to help sell KU.

“It absolutely has,” Kirby said. “I’ve talked to several kids who have met with (Campo) and had in-home visits with him, and they all love him. The one thing that almost every recruit I’ve talked to has said about him is how much they like his enthusiasm.”

A couple of other developments from the weekend include:

• Tyree Williams, a 6-foot, 190-pound athlete from Dulles High in Sugar Land, Texas, has narrowed his list to KU and SMU and appears to be leaning toward Kansas. Williams also visited Kansas over the weekend.

• Cleveland cornerback Sean Draper, who was scheduled to visit KU last weekend but wound up not making it, seems to have eliminated KU from his list. No word on Draper’s Glenville teammate, V’Angelo Bentley, who was able to make it to Lawrence over the weekend.

• City College of San Francisco quarterback Turner Baty spent the past couple of days Tweeting about the Jayhawks. Baty, who also recently visited KU, says he has not committed anywhere yet.

Comments

JayhawkGrad05 2 years, 2 months ago

Just picked up a commit from CB Tyree Williams, too. Only a 2 star on Rivals, though.

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bville_hawk 2 years, 2 months ago

Thanks, Matt, for the football fix.

Re: Bill Snyder. The guy apparently wasn't happy in retirement the first time. In interviews and his sideline demeanor he doesn't appear to me to have changed at all over the years. Compared to Pappa Joe in recent years and Bobby Bowden to a lesser extent, Bill Snyder in no way appears to be losing his grip or resembles a "tired old man."

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JayHok 2 years, 2 months ago

Bill Snyder is a legend, no doubt, but he's also 72. There's been speculation Snyder will not make any retirement announcement until after he's signed this class. Curious if Snyder be coaching next year. Surely his doctor would be concerned about him going another full season as a D1 football coach.

Also when he retires, wouldn't it make more sense to have a transition mid-season so he doesn't lose recruits in the summer to transfer?

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KU_Alumn_2000 2 years, 2 months ago

Our defensive line is not shored by any stretch. We need all the help on the line that we can get. Picking up a line-backer while losing Reed doesn't soften the blow. Hopefully Reed decides to commit to KU come Tuesday.

Regarding Dorial Beckam...I have ties into Hillcrest High School. From what I'm hearing...he's keeping his decision locked in until signing day. Most folks around Springfield think he's going to Arkansas...while there is also chatter of him going to Oklahoma. Have heard nothing thus far of any of the KU coaching staff being in town as of late.

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Keith Hummel 2 years, 2 months ago

It's gonna be exciting between now and Wednesday. I really like how we are shoring up that defense. Bring 'em in Coach.

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Steve Brown 2 years, 2 months ago

Matt, when is our fall schedule published? What if BEast is legally able to keep WV tied up, what does Chuckie N say about fill ins?

If WV pays BEast to escape early is it more or less than MU paid B12 and is it a fee to WV or do we "B12" assume the fees?

Seems like enough smoke here for a story to explain options and legalities. In it review the exit fees of Buffs and Huskers.

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Dyrk Dugan 2 years, 2 months ago

Rivals still has Reed as a soft verbal to KU. he might come down to signing day...and whatever school gets the fax from him, that's where he'll go. It does appear we have shored up our defensive line....woefully lacking in quality and depth the last couple of years.

We probably need the JUCO QB to commit as well....despite our run of highly recruited QBs, right now our #2 for 2012 is Michael Cummings....a spread system, run first QB who will learn an entire new, pro style offense this spring.....i don't like that depth there at all. Not that he can't do it, but experience says otherwise.

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Chad Burroughs 2 years, 2 months ago

Any word on the huge 6-8 360 lbs. Juco lineman from cali?

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gardenjay 2 years, 2 months ago

Well, it's in the right direction....doesn't look like 'mixed results' to me, more like you don't win them all. Some kids are going to look at the program and decide they no longer get playing time, for example.

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