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Monday, February 3, 2014

KU football picks up commitment from one of top prospects in Dallas

Kansas University football recruiting.

Kansas University football recruiting.

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A little more than 24 hours before the arrival of signing day, the Kansas University football program got some huge news when Dallas Carter High athlete Corey Avery orally committed to the Jayhawks on live television in his hometown.

Avery, a 5-foot-10, 170-pound three-star prospect who ranks as the 87th best player in Texas and the 43rd best “athlete” in the nation, chose Kansas via the hat ceremony live on a Dallas news station.

Avery, who played safety and running back in high school, had three hats on the table in front of him — Kansas, Nebraska and Texas.

After first eliminating Texas, he then picked up the KU hat and placed it on his head.

Avery, who is known by friends and teammates as “Superman,” wore Superman's signature look, with the red S against the gold and blue background, at the ceremony.

Avery originally had planned to announce his decision Tuesday night via Twitter but bumped up things when the opportunity to do it on live television became available. Avery is one of the top players in the Dallas area and his decision came at the end of a wild month in which he made four visits — Texas, Nebraska, SMU and Kansas — and ultimately chose KU because of the strength of the program's facilities and his strong bond with KU running backs coach Reggie Mitchell.

While it remains to be seen what position Avery will play at Kansas, slot receiver seems like the most likely option.

Avery becomes the 24th member of the Class of 2014 to commit to Kansas. He is the fourth member of Rivals.com's Texas Top 100 to commit to KU this offseason.

Of those 24 prospects, three (juco prospects Ronnie Davis, DB, Keyon Haughton, OL, and Fish Smithson, S) signed in December as mid-year transfers. Another, former Florida tight end Kent Taylor, joined the team in January. And Avery, along with the 19 other oral commitments in the class, is expected to make things official throughout the day Wednesday on national signing day.

Comments

John Fitzgerald 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Will Kent Taylor have to sit out a year? Or can he play right away?

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Ron Prichard 7 months, 2 weeks ago

I wondered the same thing since he was a redshirt this past year. I guess that doesn't effect the transfer rules.

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Suzi Marshall 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Good get Hawks...number 4 off the top 100 list is a great job.

Carter has long been a Texas powerhouse HS. They were the team that beat Permian for the TX 5A State Championship in 1988 and featured in the movie "Friday Night Lights", which starred Billy Bob Thornton. Every TX HS footbally player (and parents) have watched the movie and series about 100 time, it seems..

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Jack Jones 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Believe he was "the 4th member of the top 100" ~ not #4 on the top 100.

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Michael Maris 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Honestly, the Jayhawks do not have one commitment from the Rivals.com National Top 100 recruiting list. Tait mentions that Avery is the #87 top recruit in the State of Texas. But, he's the #43 recruit in the overall National "Athlete" category players list. In addition, Tait goes on to say ''He (Avery) is the fourth member of Rivals.com's Texas Top 100 to commit to KU this off season.''

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Dirk Medema 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Traevohn Wrench is the highest rated (Rivals) recruit, and he's not on an overall list for Rivals.

Watson and Bragg are both rated higher by ESPN - Top 300.

There are several very solid recruits after those 3.

And several more from 2013 that will see their first action.

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Michael Maris 7 months, 2 weeks ago

I wonder if there's any chance of getting Austin Chambers to flip his commitment from BYU to Jayhawks? Rivals has him down as a soft verbal to BYU right now. I feel that Chambers would be a great late pick up if he decided to stay closer to home.

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David Kemp 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Wow! Late. Recruiting effort outstanding. Now let's see some results. Go Hawks!

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Robert Brock 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Carter is not exactly a "powerhouse." It's just a large school.

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Jim Jackson 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Carter has made the state playoffs more times than any other school in the DFW area- 30. That is good for 5th all- time in class 5A TX football. I would call that a powerhouse.

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Mark Lindrud 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Dallas Carter is nationally recognized as a football school. Getting a player like this is a big get.

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Jason Keller 7 months, 2 weeks ago

http://sports.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/recruiting/teamrank/2014/all/all

We are officially out recruiting several Big 12 teams, including Kansas State. We're sitting at 7th in the conference but we're just a few spots behind WVU and TTU.

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Dirk Medema 7 months, 2 weeks ago

TCU must have gotten recruits today as well, and jumped us for 7th.

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Ethan Berger 7 months, 2 weeks ago

If you want to feel even better about this class, go to ESPN rankings. 4 of our guys, including the most recent one, are 4*. I think that's the most we have ever had according to ESPN.

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Kenneth Hillman 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Nice work Reggie and staff. This is turning out to be a pretty strong recruiting class and that is definitely where it starts. We need it to translate onto the field asap but getting good players is critical.

Welcome to Jayhawk Nation Corey, do us and yourself proud.

Rock Chalk

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Larry Jackson 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Another fine TX find. This class is looking much improved.

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Dirk Medema 7 months, 2 weeks ago

While not quite another flattop, TX high and tight feels like a good omen.

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Brandon Mahon 7 months, 2 weeks ago

When Weis was at ND he was known for his recruiting but it didn't translate to the field. Here at Kansas he has gone away from what he did at ND. He is handing the offense over and isn't trying to do everything himself. He has some quality assistants (reggie, campo, bowen, hosopple) and he can focus on recruiting and making sure that everyone does their job.

These last few recruits we grabbed are big and could really help... and some of these freshman could step in and play so we will see.

We still have 3 spots remaining if I am correct so maybe we grab one or two more or a couple transfers.

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Matt Tait 7 months, 2 weeks ago

I think the idea is to always save a spot or two in case transfers become a possibility down the road. Worked out well last year with Harwell and keeps options open.

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Brandon Mahon 7 months, 2 weeks ago

I agree 100% have you heard of any rumors of prospects that might be a signing day surprise kinda like Miles was, or any rumor of possible transfers

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Len Shaffer 7 months, 2 weeks ago

We also got Joe Mortensen that way, when Nebraska reneged at the last minute and we still had a few scholarships available.

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Dirk Medema 7 months, 2 weeks ago

We started strong also - Watson, Wrench, & Bragg. The lull in the middle had some people worried. Taylor in the middle as a transfer doesn't count in a class, but hopefully can be a strong contributor, and one more quality recruit would be nice.

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Scott Morgan 7 months, 2 weeks ago

am I wrong, or is KU picking up either overweight for height or undersized players? The trend on the 2010s is large tall dbacks, and physical (see Mizzu) receivers.

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Matt Tait 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Don't get caught up in the numbers. Most of these guys look pretty good and will only get bigger and more cut. A few of them clearly need some time to develop and they'll likely be the ones who red-shirt.

Overall, this is a pretty good looking group with a handful of ready-made contributors.

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John Randall 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Not all parents use the same brand of HGH, or start at the same time.

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Dirk Medema 7 months, 2 weeks ago

We currently have a d-backfield that is full of 6-footers. Fortunately, not every quality player is over 6-foot, so the current crop has a chance.

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Kevin Randell 7 months, 2 weeks ago

This is an awesome pick up! But hey...who didn't see this coming? Superman SHOULD be in Kansas...lol. Hey Matt, is there a possibility that we may get a youtube link of the broadcast where he picks KU?

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John Randall 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Where did you get the idea that hyping their own announcement has any positive effect? Same place you learned to spell your name? :-)

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Kevin Randell 7 months, 2 weeks ago

I don't know John, maybe it was part of the Master's Degree I received at KU that covered Sports Psychology and covered what the perception and motivation of the mind can do. Oh, and as far as the spelling of my name? You will have to take that up with my ancestors who migrated over here in the 1500's. But be sure to take it up with the others who spell their last name Randle as well. :)

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Matt Tait 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Been trying to find it. I'll keep working on it and, if I can track it down, it'll be in the signing day blog tomorrow that will get going bright and early at 6 a.m. Who's ready?!?!?

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John Myers 7 months, 2 weeks ago

I'm definitely ready! As I get to work at 6:00, I'll be starting when you do.

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David A. Smith 7 months, 2 weeks ago

I'm hyped- and I can't wait for a surprise or two.....the good kind!

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Brett McCabe 7 months, 2 weeks ago

The recruiting had me worried for a long time but lots of credit goes to the staff for putting together a solid class. Of course, we need all of LOI's to actually show up and the last couple of open spots are critical. Football is a numbers game and every single scholarship counts.

Keep up the good work and Charlie and Company!

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Sam Brockert 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Am I the only one that thinks this is a HUGE deal? I mean, I looked at his recruiting page and I saw all of the schools that offered him, he had offers from Texas, K-State, West Virginia, Nebraska...and he chooses KU. KU beat ALL of those school out for this recruit.

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David A. Smith 7 months, 2 weeks ago

....LSU, Ohio State, Texas Tech, TCU....you're not the only one, man. This is a major get! Welcome aboard Mr. Avery!

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Dirk Medema 7 months, 2 weeks ago

And the 4th best recruit in the class according to both Rivals and ESPN, though behind different players in each. Nice to see this class filling in so well.

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Robert Brown 7 months, 2 weeks ago

It still comes down to coaching. Really, most of us when a recruit is signed, go to a recruiting site and see what other schools gave offers. If we beat out UT or another Big 12 power, we laud the puck. If we beat out schools com Conference USA we pan the pick. The question is whether our coaching staff can coaches them up. Bill Snyder never wins the recruiting battles but seems to always field a competitive team. This coaching staff has a spotty record in coaching up players to full potential. Look at the performance of our last two five star QBs.

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Dale Kroening 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Great addition to the class!! Well done !!! Up to the 49th ranked class according to Rivals. Its not top 25, but considering we are a BB school 49th isnt all bad imo.

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