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Originally published December 3, 2013 at 08:25a.m., updated December 3, 2013 at 11:57p.m.

Georgia Military offensive tackle Devon Williams picks Kansas

Georgia Military offensive linemen Keyon Haughton (left) and Devon Williams (right) orally committed to play football at Kansas University next season. (Rivals.com)

Georgia Military offensive linemen Keyon Haughton (left) and Devon Williams (right) orally committed to play football at Kansas University next season. (Rivals.com)

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Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis has completed the Georgia Military sweep.

Not long after reporting that Keyon Haughton, a 6-foot-2, 300-pound offensive lineman from the junior college had committed to Kansas, JayhawkSlant.com’s Jon Kirby got in touch with Haughton’s teammate, Devon Williams, and learned that he, too, had given an oral commitment to join the Jayhawks.

Like Haughton, Williams, a 6-5, 335-pound left tackle, met with Weis and running backs coach Reggie Mitchell on Monday morning and basically committed on the spot.

The two visited KU last weekend for the Kansas State game and Williams said they talked about playing together at Kansas on the plane ride home.

According to Kirby’s report, KU captain Keon Stowers, a former Georgia Military player himself, played a key role in landing both players.

“He really helped me on the visit and we clicked right away,” Williams told Kirby. “Since he is from Georgia Military, he knew where I was coming from. He told me it would be a great place for us. I could tell he and the other players really want to win.”

Despite KU transitioning from former offensive line coach Tim Grunhard to its next O-line coach — Rice’s John Reagan, sources have told the Journal-World — Williams said he felt a lot of love from the existing KU coaches and was not worried about his future position coach.

Williams, who chose KU over offers from Florida A&M, South Alabama, Troy and Tulane and had interest from Auburn and Kentucky, will graduate in May. Haughton is scheduled to graduate in December and be eligible to report to campus in January.

They became the fourth and fifth offensive linemen in the Class of 2014 to commit to KU and the 10th and 11th players in the class overall.

Weis and the KU coaching staff will remain on the road recruiting until Dec. 14.

Ianello up for job?

According to a recent report from Wayne Nelson of the Grand Forks Herald, KU wide receivers coach Rob Ianello, who also serves as the program’s recruiting coordinator, has thrown his name into the hat for the vacant head coaching job at the University of North Dakota.

Ianello coached under Weis at Notre Dame and briefly became the Fighting Irish’s interim head coach after Weis was fired. He then spent two seasons as the head coach at Akron (2010-11) before being relieved of his duties there and landing at Kansas.

Weis said following KU’s season-ending loss to Kansas State last weekend that if he were to make other changes to his coaching staff, it would be after the December recruiting period.

According to the report, UND has received 24 applications for the position and the deadline to apply is Dec. 10. Nelson also wrote that UND athletic director Brian Faison said he would like to fill the job as soon as possible.

Comments

Eliott Reeder 1 year ago

Nice. You never know when we'll find a diamond in the rough with these Juco guys. I am certainly beyond thinking anyone is a guaranteed solid contributor, even if they are "the #1 Juco player in the universe". As KU football fans, we just have to keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best. Rock chalk!

Brett McCabe 1 year ago

Yes, you hope that Weis and company are good at identifying talent because the rankings of these guys aren't exactly overwhelming. If we get too far behind in the talent race, we'll be going backwards - if that is actually possible - fast.

Any new coach should get pretty much a full waiver on their first recruiting class, but their second and third classes are all theirs. By the start of the season, roughly half of the roster will be Weis guys (maybe KU Athletics should do a marketing take on "Weis Guys").

We needed four wins this year, and we are now behind the sticks. Four wins next year is not enough. It's time to start making a move.

Brandon Mahon 1 year ago

It would be cool if we could talk Oregron as coming in as an assistant... that will never happen just a thought. But these recruits had some big name universities starting to look at them so this could be a good pick up

Bryce Landon 1 year ago

As an assistant? He'd be a better head coach.

Jim Jackson 1 year ago

Agreed. If you look at Williams' HS profile, he was looked at by some big time programs in HS, I bet it was the grades.

It seems more common to find OL in the NFL that went to small schools so hopefully these guys are a steal.

Wonder how Kelby Johnson liked us, he also visited on 11/29.

Doug Cramer 1 year ago

Still having flash backs to last year when the supposed " dream team " was coming to town. Recommendation to all...keep your hopes in check.

We need some D-linemen in a bad way still.

Brandon Mahon 1 year ago

Too bad two of them never played a down and half the recruiting class ended up RS because of injury or eligibility.

Dirk Medema 1 year ago

Though that does provide extra promise for next year.

Terry N Tom Denner 1 year ago

Now that is what KU needs. Monster size tackles to protect the QB !! Welcome to KU Keyon & Devon.

Erich Hartmann 1 year ago

2 Offensive linemen off the same juco national-champ contender team? Boy, that's like getting some automatic chemistry...recall the problems this season of miscommunication amongst the O-linemen, leaving gaps you could make Jake-into-a-heap way too quickly...

Erich Hartmann 1 year ago

Would still like to know the "issue" Marquel Combs had, and why exactly he left?

Brett McCabe 1 year ago

It may have been competition. I checked his stats at the FCS school and they weren't overly impressive. McKinney has not stood out, either, so I am wondering about the accuracy of recruit rankings at the JUCO level.

Jim Jackson 1 year ago

McKinney doesn't look good but Stowers and Tedarian really helped the rush defense this year.

Aaron Paisley 1 year ago

There were a few people saying that he wasn't putting in the effort to get better and earn playing time and that he expected to just show up and be handed the job.

Lucas Town 1 year ago

Can you blame him, he looked at how the QB situation was handled the last two seasons and thought, what the heck if I go to KU I will start.

Erich Hartmann 1 year ago

So he looked at our "pile of crap" (roster), and he came. But unfortunately, he came, he saw, and he got conquered...

Jim Jackson 1 year ago

We really need help recruiting Texas; hopefully Reagan can help as losing David Beaty has hurt us down there.

Dirk Medema 1 year ago

Interesting that Ianello is applying for HC. Is Beaty available?

Aaron Paisley 1 year ago

Doubt Beaty is leaving A&M for anything less than an OC or potentially a HC job now that Sumlin is staying in College Station for a little while longer. There's other good WR coaches out there at the non-BCS level that I bet would like to get their foot in the door at a BCS school even if it is Kansas. I would be more hopeful that Ian elle applying for a HC job means that Charlie has told him to prepare looking for another job starting in about 2 weeks.

Brett McCabe 1 year ago

Yes, that is pretty much a must-do. For two years, the receiving corps has been the weakest link on the team - battling with the kickers for the title - so something must be done.

It would be great to get a real technician at this position - someone who can really teach and improve players.

Bryan Mohr 1 year ago

Chose KU over Florida A&M, South Alabama, Troy and Tulane. That's nice news if KU is joining the C-USA.

I don't think a lot of KU fans follow the recruiting of our Big-12 competition. KU might be improving in recruiting, but KU - even with Weis - is not out-recruiting the other Big-12 schools. So how is KU going to win games? Must out coach, out discipline, and out work the opponents. That hasn't been happening since Mangino, but maybe Reagan will make a big improvement.

Lucas Town 1 year ago

I try to peek every so often at who K-State and Iowa State are recruiting. Those being the 2 schools that we were with in the old Big 8 and Big 12. Coaching is the biggest difference between KU vs KSU & ISU. I don't read into the number of stars a kid has. Snyder takes walk ons and 2 and 3 star guys and makes them play like 4 and 5 star guys by the time they are seniors. How many walk ons contributed for KU this year or last? Can someone tell me?

Terry N Tom Denner 1 year ago

I remember on some article that some one was giving Turner Gill more credit than Charlie with his coaching accomplishments with Liberty. That person said that Liberty was a member of the Sun Belt Conference. NOT !!! Liberty is a Division II or III college. That more up his alley on coaching. Regardless I wish him luck.

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