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. (

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


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,’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.


Terry N Tom Denner 4 months, 1 week 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.


Bryan Mohr 4 months, 1 week 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.


Dirk Medema 4 months, 1 week ago

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


Jim Jackson 4 months, 1 week ago

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


Erich Hartmann 4 months, 1 week ago

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


Erich Hartmann 4 months, 1 week 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...


Terry N Tom Denner 4 months, 2 weeks ago

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


Doug Cramer 4 months, 2 weeks 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.


Jim Jackson 4 months, 2 weeks 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.


Brandon Mahon 4 months, 2 weeks 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


Terry Lee 4 months, 2 weeks ago

There is also another O-lineman at this JUCO who is 6'8 355 and is being recruited by top programs nationally....go get him too!


Eliott Reeder 4 months, 2 weeks 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!


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