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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Three-star defensive lineman D.J. Williams commits to KU

Two-star DT Lay'Trion Jones follows Williams with commitment late Thursday

Kansas University football recruiting.

Kansas University football recruiting.

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6:45 p.m. Update:

The Kansas football program picked up its second commitment from a Texas high school defensive lineman tonight, when Lay'Trion Jones, a 6-foot-3, 285-pound tackle from Garland (Texas) High orally committed to join the Jayhawks.

Jones picked Kansas over offers from New Mexico, New Mexico State, UTEP and late interest from Arizona State.

Jones, an avid musician who wants to major in music in college, visited KU the weekend of Jan. 17. During his trip to Lawrence, he met with the head of KU's music department and said everything went great on his visit.

"It was good hanging around all of the players," Jones told Jon Kirby of JayhawkSlant.com. "I absolutely love the coaching staff and can see myself playing there. I was thinking about committing. Kansas is my top school. Kansas is really on my mind."

The addition of Jones brings KU's list of commitments in the current class to 20, with five of them coming on the defensive line.

Original story:

The Kansas University football program picked up a late gem in its Class of 2014 recruiting efforts on Thursday, when Lufkin (Texas) High defensive lineman D.J. Williams orally committed to KU, according to a report from JayhawkSlant.com.

Williams, a 6-foot-3, 270-pound tackle with a three-star rating from Rivals.com, chose Kansas over offers from Houston, Miami (Fla.), Missouri, North Texas and Oklahoma, as well as interest from dozens of other programs.

Williams made an official visit to Kansas in October and was scheduled to take a visit to Missouri in the near future but is now expected to skip that due to his commitment to Kansas.

Following his visit, Williams told JayhawkSlant.com's Jon Kirby that he was impressed by every aspect of KU's program.

"I had a chance to talk to most all of the coaches," Williams told Kirby last October. "They were all real cool and I believe they can help me become a better player.... "My visit with Coach Weis was good. He told me he wants to come and be a difference maker. He met with me and my grandma and she liked that he talked about it is books first."

Recruiting coordinator Rob Ianello, defensive line coach Buddy Wyatt and Weis all played key roles in landing Williams, who is expected to make his commitment official on national signing day, Feb. 5.

On paper, Williams is definitely one of the biggest pick-ups in the current class, if not the biggest. He ranks as the 38th best defensive tackle in the nation, the fourth best defensive tackle in Texas and the 75th best player regardless of position in his home state.

He becomes the 19th player to commit to Kansas in the current class and the fourth defensive lineman, two from the prep ranks and two junior-college prospects.

Weis has said throughout the offseason that KU could take as many as 26 players in the Class of 2014 but the possibility certainly exists that they will not reach that number by signing day to save a spot or two for potential transfers down the road.

Comments

Ashwin Rao 8 months, 1 week ago

Wow! Great pick! Welcome D.J.!

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Joe Ross 8 months, 1 week ago

A three-star from Texas! Whoa mamba. Welcome aboard. Holsopple will have to add some weight to him and increase strength to account for the extra load, but great pickup!

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Aaron Paisley 8 months, 1 week ago

That's true for at least 95% of linemen (both sides of the ball) transitioning from high school to division 1 college football. A 17 or 18 year old linemen's body is not as physically mature as that of a 22 or 23 year old senior that has gone through 4 years of physical conditioning much more intense than anything in high school. This is why most linemen don't see the field until their third year on campus. DJ's offer list indicates the he was a fairly sought after player by some really good programs which means there's some pretty good potential for there. I just don't realistically expect to see him play significant snaps until at least his 3rd year on campus because it'll take that long to get his body ready to handle Big 12 offensive linemen.

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Andy Hess 8 months, 1 week ago

If this guy has offers from big programs like Oklahoma and Miami, I'm already excited about him. Welcome to Jayhawk Nation, D.J.!

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Eric Dawson 8 months, 1 week ago

Had offers from Miami, OU, Houston and mOO, and most people were thinking mOO had the edge. Sweet!

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Mark Lindrud 8 months, 1 week ago

So far a nice mix of juco and high school. We are definitely getting more high school kids to develop so that we won't just be stuck after the seniors are gone. Let's get a few more offensive lineman and I would say this is going to be a solid class coming in to build on.

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Suzi Marshall 8 months, 1 week ago

Ihave known Williams since his freshman year in HS. Until recently Lufkin when they were moved out of our district, Lufkin was our(The Woodlands) biggest rival by far. Both our schools are top programs in 5A, the largest schools. Williams is a player. I would not be a bit surprised if he earned considerable playing time next year, even though he is a bit undersized. The kid is a fierce competitior...I used to hate him.

It will be interesting to see how Patrick and Williams get along after being blood enemies for so long.

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Jason Keller 8 months, 1 week ago

Now we're talking. I don't mind taking a chance on some unknowns but you need a foundation of guys like this who many people agree on the kids ability to play the game.

We're getting there... it's going to come. The going is slow and the victories are small when you're starting from where this program is starting. Believe it though, good things are happening.

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Doug Cramer 8 months, 1 week ago

Kellerman - No doubt we need D-linemen in a BAD way. And this guy's pedigree sounds great for what we need. But lets not get too excited about the "good things are happening" stuff.

This recruiting class ranks next to last in the Big 12 so far.

Recruiting is supposed to be a strength of Charlie...but you've seen what we've brought in so far and it's not so good.

I hope you're right about the "good things are happening". But I think thats being a bit optimistic given what has occurred thus far in Charlie's tenure.

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Dirk Medema 8 months, 1 week ago

Agreed Keller. The Cramers of our world seem to forget that a significant chunk of the last class redshirted, in other words we have not seen what we've brought in so far. Even what we have seen was an improvement on D. If the O can catch up, ...

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Dyrk Dugan 8 months, 1 week ago

awesome! welcome D.J.! a big time HS DLineman...this is great news! we haven't had a lineman like this, since James McClinton...and he was only one of the best d lineman ever to play at Kansas. these are the kinds of guys, that we have NOT been getting.
our defense will be pretty good next year...i mean, how can it not? we have most everybody back, plus Bolton, Jenkins Moore, and Short will be added to the mix. But Mr. Williams should benefit us for several years..again welcome!

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Brett McCabe 8 months, 1 week ago

Good get. Still a long way to go on this class. Tied for last in the league, which means an uphill battle for wins from the very beginning. The coaching staff needs to step it up.

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Dirk Medema 8 months, 1 week ago

The good news is there are still quite a few offers to guys as good or even better than DJ that are waiting to decide. Bring us home Charlie.

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Jim Stauffer 8 months, 1 week ago

To all those who say we are tied for last in the league, remember what some of those KU classes that were last or near last in the league have done in the past.

How good this class is will be decided 2 or 3 years from now.

Cramer doubts Charlie and his staff can recruit. Well how well do you think Stoops would be recruiting right now if OU had the same record over the last 5 years as we have?

You have to have some perspective. Now should we be ranked higher? Probably not much at least, but is it possible that Charlie and this staff can not only recruit but can evaluate? Yes, it is very possible.

Just remember all the great classes Texas had during Mack's final years. A lot of 4 and 5 stars who were less on the field than many 2 and 3's.

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Brett McCabe 8 months, 1 week ago

Jim, other than Bill Snyder two years ago and Art Briles last year, every Big 12 champion in football for the past nine years had either the number one or two combined rating classes to fill out their respective rosters.

I don't expect Weis to recruit to that level but the way to start getting better is to start recruiting better than your position. In his third year, Weis should be landing recruiting classes in the 6 or 7 range to start climbing up out of the hole.

This is his third recruiting class. He owns it. No excuses. It needs to get better.

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David Kemp 8 months, 1 week ago

We are now 8 in conference, 52 nationally. With 12 days left we could get there.

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Brandon Mahon 8 months, 1 week ago

I know people are not very happy where with this class has landed. We can take 6 or 7 more guys and we still have 20 days until signing day, and some good prospects still on the board. There is a chance this class could turn out well, and right now we sit in the middle of the pack at 55 in the nation in class ranks and 9 in the Big 12... We have sometime just lets sit back and relax and see what happens, there is a good chance we land a couple more studs

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Matt Tait 8 months, 1 week ago

Brandon - Your points are solid but your math is off... Signing day is Feb. 5, which is now just 12 days away. Crazy how fast it gets here!

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Brandon Mahon 8 months, 1 week ago

Holy Cow... that is terrible haha my bad on the terrible math I didnt even look at it

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Brandon Mahon 8 months, 1 week ago

holy.... yeah that was terrible my bad for the math, I didnt even look haha just typed

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Kenneth Hillman 8 months, 1 week ago

Great news on the recruiting front! Welcome to Jayhawk Nation DJ and Lay'Trion. Keep em coming coaching staff and hopefully some of the committed recruits can do some recruiting of their own.

Looking forward to next season!

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Michael Maris 8 months, 1 week ago

For those of you who don't like the rankings that are displayed on Rivals.com site. Try visiting the KU 27/7Sports page (The Shiver) or Scouts.com site. Their ranking of these KU already signed or committed players are better (overall) than Rivals.com.

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Jim Jackson 8 months, 1 week ago

Lay'trion is now a 3 star per rivals. Kid will be a stud. Both of them are studs.

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David Kemp 8 months, 1 week ago

Another 3 star signs yesterday, Darious Crowley, wr form Houston. Had offers from I own state, michigan state, and Houston. Solid recruit.

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Randy Bombardier 8 months, 1 week ago

Good get. We need Braden Smith right beside him. Noticed that Beaty is recruiting him to A&M. Sure miss him. Our receivers actually knew what they were doing when he was here.

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Larry Jackson 8 months, 1 week ago

Another excellent Texas get, Charlie! The "Star Ratings" mean nothing in TX. ALL Texas H.S. players are D-1 ready. Any KU player of significance in the last 10 years more than likely came from Texas. The winning Big 12 teams have more Texans, including TX A&M, & Rice.

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Brandon Mahon 8 months, 1 week ago

If you have seen Crawleys highlights, kid is a stud he might be able to come in and compete right away... And he played a lil qb, but looks like he can catch too

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