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Friday, January 17, 2014

Big recruiting weekend looms for Kansas University football

Kansas University football recruiting.

Kansas University football recruiting.

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After a monthlong dead period, college football coaches hit the road recruiting again Thursday.

Kansas University coach Charlie Weis sent assistants to various parts of the country, but they all figure to be back in time for this weekend’s home basketball game between 15th-ranked KU and No. 9 Oklahoma State, slated for 3 p.m. Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse.

Around 12 football recruits will be in town for official visits this weekend, when the showdown between the Jayhawks and Cowboys will be a focal point for the visits.

Weis has said in the past that he believes Allen Fieldhouse is one of the best recruiting advantages KU has because it allows athletes to experience the love and support KU students and the community have for Kansas athletics.

A handful of the players in town this weekend already have committed to Kansas (Joe Dineen, Tyler Patrick, Kent Taylor, Apa Visinia, Traevohn Wrench) and are simply taking their official visits to get one more look at their future home. But the others remain undecided. With KU still having around a dozen open spots in the Class of 2014, these next couple of weekends will be big for Kansas football.

Here’s a quick look at some of the players expected in this weekend:

l WR Darious Crawley, 5-11, 191, Cypress Ridge High, Houston. Three-star prospect seems to be locked in on Kansas, Michigan State and TCU as his finalists. Has been used all over the field but is being recruited by Kansas as a wide receiver. He’ll make the trip by himself.

l LB Josh Ehambe, 6-3, 230, Prime Prep Academy, Arlington, Texas. The versatile two-star prospect also has offers from Colorado State, Louisiana Tech, New Mexico, SMU and Washington State.

l DE Kapil Fletcher, 6-4, 255, Hartnell C.C. Two-star prospect drawing interest from Colorado, Hawaii, Mississippi State, New Mexico and others, has just two years of football experience but finished 2013 with 45 tackles, six sacks and 7.5 tackles for loss.

l DT Lay’Trion Jones, 6-3, 285, Garland (Texas) High. The Jayhawks began recruiting Jones in December and quickly liked what they saw. KU is by far the biggest name on his offer list.

l RB De’Andre Mann, 5-10, 205, Hartnell C.C. Three-star juco All-American is seeking the best fit in terms of system, teammates and coaching staff. Also has offers from Colorado State, Georgia State, Hawaii, Purdue and others.

l WR Derrick Neal, 5-10, 155, Lincoln High, Dallas. Three-star prospect who originally committed to play football at Texas Tech but then changed and committed to play basketball at UT-Arlington is back in football mode, with KU and New Mexico as his leaders. Baylor and TCU also may be in the picture.

D-end picks Kansas

Daniel Wise, a 6-foot-2, 244-pound defensive end from Hebron High in Lewisville, Texas, gave an oral commitment to KU on Thursday.

Wise, a two-star prospect who made an official visit to KU last fall, had offers from Colorado, Louisiana Tech, Missouri and Texas Tech. According to Jon Kirby of JayhawkSlant.com, Wise committed to Kansas on Thursday night and canceled an upcoming recruiting visit to Missouri.

Wise is the 14th commitment in the current class, leaving KU with room to add up to 12 more.

Comments

Michael Maris 10 months, 1 week ago

Sorry Matt, but I've never seen any mention of a football player by the name of Kent Taylor verbally commit to play football for the Kansas Jayhawks. Not or Rivals, 24/7, Scout, etc......

Can you fill us in on who Kent Taylor is?

Blake Lehning 10 months, 1 week ago

He is a tight end who is transferring from University of Florida to Kansas. This happened back in December.

Michael Maris 10 months, 1 week ago

Yep, I forgot about that article. Thanks for reminding me.

By the way, if people don't like the ranking of players on Rivals.com. Perhaps, they should start looking at Kansas 24/7 site. After all, the people who run 24/7 started Rivals.com site. The originals pretty much all left around the time that Yahoo purchased Rivals.com site. Bill King was the last defectee to leave and taking his Rivals Radio show to 24/7 on Sirius. Daniel Wise is a 3 Star Player at 24/7.

Brett McCabe 10 months, 1 week ago

With 11 schollies left, we need at least six 3-star guys. Right now, we are next to last in recruiting in the conference. It seriously needs to pick up.

David Harrison 10 months, 1 week ago

Where are the O-Line recruits? We need some big nastys that can come in and play immediately to give Heaps time!

Aaron Paisley 10 months, 1 week ago

Offensive line players are rarely ready to play out of high school. They usually need 2-3 years to physically develop to even be strong enough to compete at the Big 12 level.

Jordan Gumm 10 months, 1 week ago

What follows is my interpretation of the recruiting reports on some of KU's current o-line commits.

Jacob Bragg is in my mind the top recruit we've landed so far. His power and athleticism are off the charts compared to all other centers in this class. http://espn.go.com/college-sports/football/recruiting/player/_/id/157991/jacob-bragg

Apa Visinia has a huge upside, but will definitely take a couple of years to get into prime BCS shape. http://espn.go.com/college-sports/football/recruiting/player/_/id/184528/apa-visinia

Keyon Haughton needs some work with his technique, but he has good bulk that he leverages well. He should compete from day one. http://insider.espn.go.com/college-sports/football/recruiting/player/evaluation/_/id/190194/keyon-haughton

Devon Williams needs work with both body composition and technique. However, he is gigantic. While he most likely won't contribute much until his senior year he should provide a good body to throw in if needed. http://insider.espn.go.com/college-sports/football/recruiting/player/evaluation/_/id/189412/devon-williams

David Kemp 10 months, 1 week ago

Look out! Derrick Neal commits. Could start next year. Good receiver with great hands.

Brandon Mahon 10 months, 1 week ago

Just got a reciever that was getting looks from Tech, Oregon State, Nebraska.. Plenty of time this class might just round out decent

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