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Sunday, January 20, 2013

KU football misses out on recruits

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It was a rough weekend for Kansas University’s football program, which lost an assistant coach to TCU and then watched a couple of its top remaining recruiting targets commit elsewhere.

Just days after learning that linebackers coach DeMontie Cross was leaving to take the same job with the Horned Frogs, a pair of highly sought offensive linemen said no to the Jayhawks and yes to other BCS-conference programs.

Honolulu offensive lineman Reeve Koehler, a four-star guard from St. Louis High who was at or near the top of KU’s remaining wish list in the Class of 2013, committed to Arkansas over the weekend.

Koehler, who took an official visit to Arkansas this weekend, said last week that he would weigh his options after returning home from the visit. Arkansas and Kansas were his finalists, but evidently Koehler saw enough from new Razorbacks coach Bret Bielema and the rest of the program on his visit to commit orally while on the trip.

Koehler, 6-foot-3, 280 pounds, told Danny West of HawgSports.com that there were multiple things about the visit that he liked. One of the biggest factors was the team’s bond.

“The highlight of the visit probably was seeing how tight the players are,” Koehler told West. “I like that kind of brotherhood. I knew this was the place I wanted to be.”

Not long after learning of Koehler’s decision, the Jayhawks also lost out on another offensive lineman when College of DuPage tackle Matt Finnin, a three-star prospect who had listed KU among his five finalists, orally committed to Nebraska.

The 6-8, 330-pound juco standout told Mike Matya of HuskerOnline.com he was wowed by his visit with the Cornhuskers and did not see any reason to wait.

“I loved everything about it,” Finnin told Matya. “I don’t see myself playing anywhere else next year.”

KU coach Charlie Weis still has two spots remaining in the Class of 2013, which can include up to 27 players because two of the midyear transfers can be counted backward to last year’s class. Eleven of the 25 commitments in the class officially signed with KU in December. Many of them — mostly junior-college transfers — are in town already and will begin their lives as Jayhawks on Tuesday when the spring semester begins.

In addition, those players will be eligible to participate in spring practice, which begins March 5 and wraps with the annual spring game on April 13.

National signing day for the rest of the class is set for Feb. 6, which gives Weis and company a few more weeks to fill the remaining spots should they choose to do so. Weis has said consistently since taking over at KU that he would not sign guys simply to bring in bodies, so the possibility exists that the class is complete as is. There are a few uncommitted targets still out there, but Koehler and Finnin certainly were at the top of KU’s wish list.

Comments

SUNGOD 1 year, 2 months ago

There's a very talented running back out of Washington,DC,named Greg Bryan;H.D Woodson High: still keeping the door open till the last sec,....Kansas should hurry and pick that gem up.Track Speed,tenacious at the point of attack,tough and is very versatile(good hands) and a solid kid,that works hard.University of Kansas...what are you waiting for...there's not much time left.

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Jackster 1 year, 2 months ago

Arkansas has a great story to sell....SEC, new coaching staff and a $30MM investment upgrade in their football facilities on top of what is already one of the best in the US. They get huge $ from Walmart and the fan support is 2nd to none (No NFL teams to follow in Ark). At the end of the day, the Big 12, in general, comes late to the recruiting party. The SEC offers the top prospects scholarships in their Junior year of high school and the Big 12 doesn't show up until weeks before signing day. Aside from OU and Nebraska, the rest of the Big 12 is way behind relative to recruiting.

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Doug Cramer 1 year, 2 months ago

Whats up with Baty's mom ? Is she hot ?

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Kovo12 1 year, 2 months ago

Is there anyway we can get an update on JUCO commit Isaiah Johnson? Word on the street is he is visiting Texas Tech and is close with one of the coaches and a player on the team. I read it in an article, but now I can't seem to find it. Any information on the subject would be nice.

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BCS_BOUND_KU 1 year, 2 months ago

Hey Matt, Any news on New NIKE UNIFORM's coming?

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Mark Lindrud 1 year, 2 months ago

We lost out on one player, I wouldn't call that a rough weekend on recruiting. If we lost out on 3 or more then maybe. Assistant coaches leave all the time so that's no big deal. Our recruiting class is pretty good and if this was all we got for this year I think it was a good haul.

We have more depth on both lines, improved the secondary and receivers and have players ready to play now. It's been a good offseason for football.

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Reuben_J_Cogburn 1 year, 2 months ago

Fantastic week....

Three magnificent blunders by this program, staff and players alike:

  1. The Koehler recruitment screw up

  2. Losing Turner Baty

  3. Mr. Heeney's Wild Ride

Stay tuned for more to come....

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55jayhawk 1 year, 2 months ago

I wish Mr. Koehler a great career with Arkansas but as I stated in my Post last week about him, I was not impressed with his play in the H.S. all star game for being a 4 star player. This has been a good year recruiting for KU and Coach will pull a couple of rabbits out of his hat if he needs to. I agree with Raydude, there may be some good players who have fallen through the cracks or colleges who have overcommitted their programs. We are not going to be able to fix everything at once but it will happen over time with each year getting better and better! Semper Fi

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Raydude 1 year, 2 months ago

Sometimes it is good to keep a couple of slots available. HC Mark Mangino, would pick up someone that has fallen through the cracks. Look at A&M's overcommitment, and one would anticipate someone becoming available.

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jayhawkintx1973 1 year, 2 months ago

Even with losing a couple of these guys, Rivals has KU as the highest riser in the recruiting class from 2012's, up 39 I believe from a year ago from 74. Of course, it isn't like we didn't fill positions we didn't need, but filled the ones we needed the most.

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dallashawk05 1 year, 2 months ago

Can't get them all... would have been nice to get an O-line stud though to fill out the class. I was losing hope with Koehler when he was going to visit Arkansas.

Hey Matt, what does our potential starting O-line look like next year?

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hawkdds 1 year, 2 months ago

There is always some talented but overlooked kids out there eager to prove themselves(think Todd Reesing) lets go hunting.RCJH

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Matt Kenton 1 year, 2 months ago

And speaking of Rivals, they say we have signed 9 (all JC) and have 15 unsigned commits (7 JC, 8 HS). That's 24 total.

This article says we have 25 total with 11 signed.

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Dyrk Dugan 1 year, 2 months ago

rough weekend for sure.....Koehler was really coveted. i figured it was almost a sure thing since his teammate was coming.

well, who's left to get? unless there is a superstar out there who at the last minute will decommit and then come to us, i think we're done. it was a good class.....the key is to keep building on it, in the next few classes.

that is what has happened to KU football in the last six, seven years....and historically frankly: we get a few quality guys, and maybe one pretty good overall class, but then it's never built on. we fail to recruit in the following years...and the program goes to stuff. let's stop that trend.

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Matt Kenton 1 year, 2 months ago

Does the departure of Turner Baty free up another scholarship, or is that included in the 2 remaining?

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Jason Keller 1 year, 2 months ago

Koehler committed to Arkansas a long time ago... It's called Rivals, you guys should try it.

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milwaukeeJAYHAWK 1 year, 2 months ago

Bummer...but losing recruits to Arkansas and Nebraska sure beats losing them to some no-name teams I suppose. I remember the days we'd constantly lose recruits to random schools like Northwestern and Memphis...ugh.

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