Saturday, March 2, 2013

Celebrated RB Traevohn Wrench commits to Kansas

Gardner-Edgerton running back Traevohn Wrench (20) battled turf toe early in the season, but he has rushed for 1,277 yards in the past four games.

Gardner-Edgerton running back Traevohn Wrench (20) battled turf toe early in the season, but he has rushed for 1,277 yards in the past four games.


Fresh off its successful run in recruiting the Class of 2013, the Kansas University football program kicked off its efforts in the Class of 2014 on an impressive note Saturday.

Four-star running back Traevohn Wrench, a junior at nearby Gardner-Edgerton High, became the first player in the class to make an official commitment to the Jayhawks.

One Kansas high school coach who faced the 6-foot, 191-pound tailback with speed in the range of 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash, called him the best back in the Kansas City area since former Olathe North and Kansas State standout and current NFL player Darren Sproles, and several college coaches appear to agree. Wrench chose Kansas over offers from Iowa, Kansas State, Missouri and Nebraska.

Wrench committed to KU coach Charlie Weis on Saturday morning and then took in KU’s men’s basketball victory over West Virginia at Allen Fieldhouse. Although he won’t be in town until the 2014 season, his addition figures to be perfect timing for a KU program that has done well running the football during recent years, as both James Sims and Taylor Cox will be graduating at the time Wrench is set to move to town.

KU assistant Reggie Mitchell, who has a reputation as a running-backs guru and already has enticed Brandon Bourbon, Tony Pierson, Darrian Miller and Colin Spencer to come to KU, played a big role in landing Wrench, as well. So, too, did the campus’ proximity to his hometown.

In the last two seasons at GEHS, Wrench pushed the 5,000-yard mark, rushing for 2,500 as a sophomore and another 2,268 last season, including a 50-carry, 328-yard, three-touchdown night in a loss to Lawrence High in the first round of the state playoffs.

GEHS coach Marvin Diener, who won six 5A state championships in 19 seasons at Salina Central, coached three backs to 3,000-yard seasons during his days in Salina — Donnie Anders, Parker Wallace and Jake Sharp.

“Trae doesn’t take a back seat to any of those players,” Diener told the Journal-World last fall. “And (he) has a lot of the same qualities.”


okiedave 5 years ago

Welcome Treavhon. Being a Jayhawk will be 4 of the best years of your life. Enjoy them.

Phoggy_Notion 5 years ago

Great sign, Chuck! Must establish some recruiting cred in-state.

jhox 5 years ago

Great pick-up! The program is definitely on the rise.

MinnesotaJay 5 years ago

"...1,277 yards in the past four games." What??? Wow!

Welcome aboard, Traevohn!

jcphawk 5 years ago

I watched this kid play against Lawrence High this year and he is a talent. Great pickup for the Jayhawks.

panalytic 5 years ago

Wow that is great news. A four star player with an offer from Nebraska and other schools and a local guy. Awesome!!

Welcome to KU and Lawrence Traevohn.

jhawkjunkie 5 years ago

Great job Coach Weis in not only picking up a highly ranked RB, but one from Kansas and getting him from Kansas State. Way to go.

troutsee 5 years ago

This was a great great get. Not only will this kid produce at the next level, his committment will act as a magnet for other recruits to fill the class of 2014 with a lot of talent. Congratulations, Trevohn, now be a recruiter for your class of 2014. You are a star for being the first one to commit.

kay_you 5 years ago

I like it. Welcome to Jayhawk Nation Trae.

April13 5 years ago

A new nickname for our offense: Ground Chuck

Andy Tweedy 5 years ago

LOVE THIS. Can't let local kids get away!!!

pbouldenv 5 years ago

Huge get! Super excited for Wrench. Saw him play in the playoffs and he looked really good.

Let's lock up some more local talent.

Bob Bailey 5 years ago

So far, there sems to be no one on the staff that can teach tackling.

Watch how many top recruits will abandon ship before sign up time -- if we wind up with another 1 -- 11!

Ken Tomberlin 5 years ago

Wow! Not even spring practice yet and you're already bagging on the team. Great to fans like you!

David Lara 5 years ago

Yeah, that Ben Heeney can't tackle worth a damn, huh?

Dirk Medema 5 years ago

Watch how many top recruits will get onboard the ship before signing day when we completely turn around the 1-11 record from LAST year.

One thing that won't change is losers will still come onboard to complain.

Randy Bombardier 5 years ago

Great news, players recruit other players. Hope he makes a lot of top camps where he can work on other targets.

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