Austin Stevens, a 6-4, 245-pound defensive end from Montclair (N.J.) High orally committed to KU on Thursday, according to JayhawkSlant.com.
Stevens, a two-star prospect, chose KU over offers from Boston College, Buffalo, UMass, Rutgers and Temple.
Stevens and Montclair teammate Darius Slade — a 6-5, 237-pound three-star defensive end — have said throughout the recruiting process that they like the idea of playing college ball together, so this could be a good development for the Jayhawks. Slade currently has a top five of Kansas, Michigan State, Pitt, Rutgers, and West Virginia. There is no known timetable for his decision.
Stevens becomes the eighth player in the Class of 2014 to commit to Kansas, joining offensive linemen Jacob Bragg and Apa Visinia, Free State High safety Joe Dineen, defensive back Andre Maloney, wide receiver Tyler Patrick, linebacker Kyron Watson and running back Traevohn Wrench.