Wednesday, July 3, 2013

KU football adds offensive lineman for 2013 season


With the 2013 season just two months away, the Kansas University football program is still adding bodies to its 2013 recruiting class.

Late Wednesday, KU announced the addition of El Camino Community College offensive lineman Pearce Slater, a 6-foot-8, 340-pound tackle who chose KU over offers from Arizona State, Texas Tech and Utah.

Many expected the athletic big man to be a December graduate and enroll at the college of his choice in January in time for spring ball prior to the 2014 season. However, Slater fast-tracked his junior-college graduation and will report to KU in August in time for most of fall camp. He will have three years of eligibility remaining.

KU was one of the first schools to offer Slater a scholarship, and the early interest along with continued energy from assistant coaches Jeff Blasko and Tim Grunhard and head coach Charlie Weis made quite an impression.

"I am very excited to get to Kansas and compete," Slater told Jon Kirby of "The coaches told me I could help right away but I know I have to get in there and work. I have to see what it is like to adjust. Coming from junior college to Division I, there will be an adjustment but I am ready for it."

According to Kirby, who has covered KU football recruiting for more than a decade, Slater would have been one of the top junior college offensive line prospects in the country in the Class of 2014. Now, he'll enter the fall competing for playing time on a Big 12 offensive line.

Slater is a three-star prospect according to both and He is the 55th-rated junior college prospect according to, including ranking as the 10th best offensive tackle and the 16th best prospect in the state of California.

He becomes the fifth offensive lineman and 21st junior-college pick-up in KU's 2013 class.


kef104 6 years, 11 months ago

I wonder how long it will take existing advertisers to flee once they figure out fewer people are using ljworld now. The obnoxious google questions make reading an article an arduous task.

TheBoHawk 6 years, 11 months ago

Arduous???...really.... do you realize the meaning of this word?.. I hardly think answering 1 question using the numbers one through five involves strenuous effort or is difficult..but then again, I may be expecting to much out of the intellect that brandishes such a posit.

tdub 6 years, 11 months ago


Suggestion: when insulting someone's intellect, make sure to use correct grammar/proofread your statement...

TheBoHawk 6 years, 11 months ago

Ask any psychologist and they'll tell you the greatest measurement of intelligence, outside of results from an IQ exam, is to test one's vocabulary... not their grammatical prowess/errors...besides I wrote it at 1 in the morning and was imbibed..... up-vote that.

Lee Henry 6 years, 11 months ago

Have to agree with's a nusense....just one more thing to go around to get to where you want to get to...what next...

Joe Joseph 6 years, 11 months ago

The good news is that you can still read the comments without having to take the survey.

Steve Hilker 6 years, 11 months ago

That is a large man! Hopefully he can play. What I like, is we seem to be getting guys that the ASU's, TTU's etc... are after. Rather than Wyoming, Tulsa and Colorado States.

gchawk 6 years, 11 months ago

You're right, looks like he's another guy who falls under the category "full growd". If he has any speed and agility at all, he'll definitely be a force to be reckoned with. Nice pick and welcome to KU, Pearce.

Pitthawk34 6 years, 11 months ago

6'8 340...Hope he has good footwork. As for the google big deal just hit whatever button possible...LJW needs to make a buck just like the rest of us.

BayPark 6 years, 11 months ago

Fewer eyes means fewer bucks. I'll get my KU sports news elsewhere--or just read the comments to get the gist of the story. (A cut and paste of the article would be greatly appreciated.)

Bville Hawk 6 years, 11 months ago

Soooo, YOU want one of us to cut and paste the article to save YOU the trouble of checking a box or two? You need to get over yourself...

BayPark 6 years, 11 months ago

My apologies, I definitely didn't mean it that way. It's not that it's so troublesome to get by the survey, it's more the idea of it I don't care for. If enough readers take a stand, perhaps they'll reverse the policy.

Bville Hawk 6 years, 11 months ago

Apology accepted. I don't view it as that big of a deal. It looks like it just requires one survey per day. The alternative eventually will be having to pay for content if we aren't willing to "pay" by answering a couple questions.

Kind of reminds me of the early days of the big TV satellite dishes. Everything was free, no scrambled signals. You could watch for free anything that was transmitted via satellite.

Marc Frey 6 years, 11 months ago

I watched an ESPN show that listed the best NFL linemen. One thing they all had in common was great footwork and balance. Even at their size, they still had "grace". It is not all size.

741hawk 6 years, 11 months ago

Phat Man could evaluate offensive lineman. I remember him saying that when he looked at film, he looked at how fast a prospect was able to get back up after getting knocked down, i.e. agility, flexibility, footwork. (He took a tight end, told him if he'd switch to tackle, he'd play in the NFL . . . which he is!)

Randy Bombardier 6 years, 11 months ago

Looks like we got a steal. If he is the 55th overall prospect he must be in the top 5 for his position.

ahpersecoachingexperience 6 years, 11 months ago

You guys are right! I'll get my jayhawk football news elsewhere. Take this story for example, it obviously going to be the lead story on sportscenter and main headline on Why would I ever return to this sure again when so many more/better options exist for football insider info?

Oh, and...

Charlie don't play

Nick Cole 6 years, 11 months ago

for some reason, the KC Star ( gives me a pop up when I click on every article that says I need to be a member and pay for a membership to read the article. Maybe instead of making your readers pay you, they should take a note form the and have google pay them instead.

ahpersecoachingexperience 6 years, 11 months ago

Can't so the star. Scrolling through the MU and KSU trolls in the comment section is just too much for me

lv_jhwk 6 years, 11 months ago

After a limited amount of article views, the Star will restrict your reading as well. Difference being that you don't have any option of reading the entire article unless you pay (or read one line at a time under the pop-up).

Nice try though.

drum1984 6 years, 11 months ago

I wish I could find whatever individual came up with this new online ad strategy so I could punch them in the face.

tulhawk 6 years, 11 months ago

Those annoying ads don't get in the way when I'm using my iPad.

CrystalJones 6 years, 11 months ago

Yes, we do! Things are changing fast for KU football.

actorman 6 years, 11 months ago

Love the size! Nice get this close to the season.

bigboypants 6 years, 11 months ago

These google questionnaires are BS. While I can tolerate, barely, the ads surrounding a story on the sceen having to click-thru an irrelevant, unrelated, inane survey (toasters, really...???) to finish reading about an offensive lineman is ridiculous!

Cody Riedy 6 years, 11 months ago

Jeez, just because LJWorld is basically pimping its viewers to advertisers everyone is getting all upset. In seriousness though, if you didn't know already, most webpages are already loaded with trackers that gather your web-use info and then sell it off to advertisers. There are software programs that can block those trackers, for example, one I use is ghostery. I'm not a fan of this kind of tracking, but I'm sure some futurist on here will extol the wonders of technology and how it is being harnessed to better sell us junk we don't want or need.

Steve Reigle 6 years, 11 months ago

6-8, 340. As my wife just said when I read that to her... that's not a person, that's a wall!

Looking forward to this year's football season. Keep adding guys like this and the others added this season!

David Leathers 6 years, 11 months ago

Whoops, sorry kufan. My comment was supposed to go elsewhere. Not here.

David Leathers 6 years, 11 months ago

Stupid comment. Why would you want to screw this up for LJW? I know that advertisements piss most people off, but if you love this website so much, why would you not want them to make a little extra dough? Is it really that much of a waste of time? No. So, please stop being a pansy.

Danny Hernandez 6 years, 11 months ago

complain, complain, complain. I'm beginning to think that is most of the posters middle names here. The questions don't faze me in the least. just answer the fricking questions and move forward. Gee, not like they're asking for your first born though if they complain like a lot of you, they too won't want them.

Enjoy your fourth of July wherever you are

Lonnie Snow 6 years, 11 months ago

I love the size yes he still must play but it's better than the 250 kids we had to beef up to play now it's like we hv to train them rather than trying to make them fit. PS I live in Florida I have a young man who is very close to my family especially my son who is 15 years old 317lbs only played 1 year of football about to start soph. Year has had several coaches from almost every sec team meet him. Do any of you know who I can text to put him on KU radar. Signed a floridian Jayhawk !

kugrad93 6 years, 11 months ago

If you hadn't noticed, newspapers are dying. Some have stopped being daily. Some have gone to online only. Some have gone out of business. The Sun Times recently laid off its entire photo department. You guys are crying about an ad that goes away in one click. This is a FREE web site that is supported by ADS. By all means, let's get rid of the ads and make it a subscription service instead. Cause you would all pay for it, right?

Lonnie Snow 6 years, 11 months ago

Thanks Kingfisher for the help, I'm on it. His name is Julian Santos FYI.

Dirk Medema 6 years, 11 months ago

This sounds a lot like the CB/DB? from Pierce that was supposed to be coming, though I can't find him listed anywhere any more, and getting Darrian after the fact. Weren't there also some other late additions to the recruiting class?

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