Monday, March 12, 2012

Jayhawks add mammoth offensive lineman to 2012 recruiting class


Nearly six weeks after national signing day, the Kansas University football program continues to add prospects to its 2012 recruiting class.

KU officials announced Monday the addition of junior-college offensive lineman, Aslam Sterling, a 6-foot-5, 360-pound tackle from Nassau Community College in New York.

Sterling started every game of his two-year stint at NCC, helping lead the Lions to a 19-2 record and earning all-Northeast Football Conference honors during both seasons.

Sterling attended Bayside High in Queens, N.Y., before moving on to NCC. He earned all-Borough and all-City honors while playing both center and right guard at BHS. A native of Springfield Gardne, N.Y., Sterling chose KU over interest from West Virginia, Syracuse, Rutgers and Buffalo.

He is scheduled to graduate in May and will join the Jayhawks in June. He will be eligible to play during the 2012 season.

Head coach Charlie Weis’ latest addition brings KU’s total recruiting haul this offseason to 23. Three players — quarterbacks Dayne Crist and Jake Heaps and wide receiver Justin McCay — already are on campus and two of those three will count toward the numbers for KU’s 2011 class. That puts KU’s official number for the Class of 2012 at 21, leaving room for Weis to add a few more fifth-year transfers that he promised back on signing day in early February.


JayHok 6 years, 1 month ago

I met Slater at a Hollywood club a few years back. Not nearly as big as he looked on TV. 5'8", 165 tops. Believe me Weis doesn't need Slater

Alex Wishart 6 years, 1 month ago

i work at the Grove in LA where "AC" films Extra everyday. He's nowhere close to 5'8''. more like 5'5'' or shorter. i'm 5'9'' and i tower over the little fella

Tyler Fox 6 years, 1 month ago

"He earned all-Borough and all-City honors while playing both center and right guard at BHS"

That's a big dude, I was only ever to play one position at a time in High School

milehighhawk 6 years, 1 month ago

FYI - Rivals has him listed at 335, and quotes his coach saying he's 340.

Matt Tait 6 years, 1 month ago

KU's official release has him at 360... I went by that.

Tony Bandle 6 years, 1 month ago

Man oh man, would he make one hell of an inside defensive tackle!!!!

colbyhawk 6 years, 1 month ago

Maybe they move him. Maybe he has good feet and maybe not, but that would be one he'll of a body to put on the d line to occupy some territory!

manginodrh00lz 6 years, 1 month ago

Protect that blind side. Check this guy out on youtube. Amazing

gchawk 6 years, 1 month ago

6' 5" and 360 lbs ? Now that's what I call "full growd".

Kevin Crook 6 years, 1 month ago

Awesome! Any word on McCay eligibility for 2012?

Matt Tait 6 years, 1 month ago

Nothing yet... May not know anything until after spring ball.

Scott Wooten 6 years, 1 month ago

How is he only a two star according to rivals?!?! Watching his highlight videos on YouTube, he just manhandles the rush.

Mike Kendall 6 years, 1 month ago

Holy Toledo! This guy is massive. I would hate to see this guy at an "all-you-can-eat" buffet. If I was in line, there wouldn't be any food for me because he would have eaten it all---my goodness!

KGphoto 6 years, 1 month ago

Yeah, that would be a losing proposition for the restaurant. He probably just pulls up a chair.

Bob Forer 6 years, 1 month ago

Now that is one big boy. I am sure Dayne Crist is pleased as punch to have a guy of that size covering his back. Nice get.

Jeff Coffman 6 years, 1 month ago

I wonder if he will red-shirt to put on some weight, like most of our recruits?

Dirk Medema 6 years, 1 month ago

Some of the youtube spots are of him in the middle. Seems like more of a road grader than a match for the speed coming off the edge at the BCS D1 level. We've got a OG & OT position open if Marrongelli (?) slides from OG to OC vs. a RSF OC. Still wondering if CW brings in a 5th yr OC to anchor the front-center of the O while Dayne directs from behind.

Matt Kenton 6 years, 1 month ago

Assuming Tim Grunhard deserves credit for this one! I like where this is going. Gone are the days of lining up against Texas and OU, seeing their D line dwarf our O line, and their linebackers look like an even matchup.

Bville Hawk 6 years, 1 month ago

Matt, since he's a juco transfer won't he have 2 years of eligibility remaining?

Terry N Tom Denner 6 years, 1 month ago

He will graduate in May and be able to play this year ( 2012 ) and next. So the answer to your question is yes !!

Jeff Coffman 6 years, 1 month ago

Technically he has two years of playing elgibility, but also has a red-shirt year available. I don't think he will use the redshirt year, he just has it available.

You get 4 playing years plus one redshirt year. He has played two, leaving a redshirt and 2 playing years...but the redshirt year isn't required to be taken.

Terry N Tom Denner 6 years, 1 month ago

What a catch. To think he passed up on WVU and the other three to come to KU to play. AWESOME !!!

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