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Friday, December 20, 2013

KU football lands commitment from 3-star prep cornerback Matthew Boateng

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Another day brought another defensive back commitment for the Kansas University football program, which learned Friday that Matthew Boateng, a 6-foot, 180-pound cornerback from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., had orally committed to KU.

Boateng, a three-star prospect originally from Canada, made the news public via Twitter, saying simply, “Just committed to the University of Kansas.”

KU recruiting coordinator Rob Ianello was one of the first coaches to discover Boateng and that early interest appears to have paid off for the Jayhawks. Boateng chose Kansas over offers from Indiana, Marshall, Villanova and Wake Forest. He said as recently as November, following his official visit to Kansas during the weekend of KU’s victory over West Virginia, that Baylor, Florida State, Mississippi and Toledo also were showing serious interest.

As KU coach Charlie Weis has touted often, the layout of KU’s dorms, workout facility, training table and academic support offices was a hit with Boateng.

“One of my favorite things about the campus was how close and convenient everything was,” Boateng told JayhawkSlant.com’s Jon Kirby in November. “I like how the training facilities are close to the academic facilities. Another thing that I love was the dorms. They were more like apartments and living conditions were really comfortable. They were nice.”

Boateng also told Kirby he liked the way KU’s cornerbacks played.

“The way they use their cornerbacks matches my preferred style of play,” he said. “I like that style, which is press man, allowing me to get physical with the receiver.”

Boateng becomes the 14th member of KU’s current recruiting class, which Weis said on Thursday could include up to 26 signees. Boateng will be eligible to sign a letter of intent on Feb. 5. He is the fourth defensive back in the class, joining Ronnie Davis and Anthony Smithson, who signed this week as mid-year transfers, and Free State High product Joe Dineen.

Heeney, Sims honored

College football analyst Phil Steele honored a pair of Jayhawks on his all-Big 12 teams this week. Junior linebacker Ben Heeney earned a first-team nod and senior running back James Sims landed on Steele’s second-team.

Heeney, tapped as an All-Big 12 Second Team selection by the Associated Press, the conference coaches, Athlon, San Antonio Express-News and Waco Tribune-Herald, was fourth in the conference with 8.7 tackles per game and ranked fifth with 1.15 tackles-for-loss per game. He reached double figures in tackles in six of 10 games, including four Big 12 contests.

Sims was the Big 12’s leading rusher in conference games at 92.1 yards per contest and finished the 2013 campaign with a league-best 1,110 rushing yards. That mark made Sims the first player in Kansas history to rush for more than 1,000 yards in back-to-back seasons. Sims rushed for at least 70 yards in nine of 12 games this season, including a career-best 211 yards and three touchdowns in KU’s win over West Virginia.

Comments

Brett McCabe 7 months ago

Good pickup for KU. Exciting to know that we could have at least 26 signees this year and that the secondary is going to be a strength.

On another note, how does the leading rusher in the conference, who happens to play for the worst team in the conference, get 2nd team all-conference? Use it as motivation Mr. Sims. See you on Sundays next year!

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Brett McCabe 7 months ago

It's a little lonely in here but I wanted to add a quick comment....

When Wiggins announced KU as his choice, and Canadian ESPN announced that they would carry every Kansas game this year, I commented that our athletic department and the university needed to brainstorm on how to capitalize.

This kid will go home over Christmas and tell people that he's going to Kansas and they'll be excited. I'm hoping that other coaches are using this to their advantage.

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Erich Hartmann 7 months ago

Can-Kan connection...(Wiggins-the-Younger to KU, Wiggins-the-Older to WSU, Boateng to KU...)

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Terry N Tom Denner 7 months ago

It is great that KU is picking up a lot of talent on Defense but if the Offense can not burn time off the clock and score more than 17 points a game the Defense will tire out and it will be the same old $hit next season !!

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