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Originally published July 31, 2014 at 08:51p.m., updated July 31, 2014 at 11:06p.m.

KU football lands former UT offensive-line commit for 2015

Kansas University football recruiting.

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Aaron Garza, a three-star offensive lineman in Rivals.com’s Class of 2015, orally committed to the Kansas University football program Thursday night.

Garza, whom Rivals ranked 98th in its Texas 100 list, made his announcement on a live TV broadcast in Sherman, Texas.

The 6-foot-3, 287-pound lineman initially had committed to Texas but backed out in January following the departure of former UT coach Mack Brown. Garza held offers from Arizona State, Auburn, USC, Baylor, Oklahoma State and several others.

“I feel the same way about Kansas as I felt about Texas until the situation changed on me,” Garza told Jon Kirby of JayhawkSlant.com, noting his relationship with KU assistant Dave Campo played a role in his decision. “I think Kansas is a sure-footed program and can be turned around in the next five years.”

Garza becomes the 12th member of the Class of 2015.

Jenkins-Moore picks UND

Just a week after announcing his departure from the KU football program, linebacker Marcus Jenkins-Moore has landed at the University of North Dakota.

“I figured it would be the best place for me,” Jenkins-Moore confirmed to the Journal-World on Thursday.

Jenkins-Moore, a former junior-college transfer who came to KU from Pierce College in Los Angeles, never played an official down as a Jayhawk because of a knee injury he suffered on the first day of 2013 summer workouts.

Jenkins-Moore rehabbed and was moved to KU’s hybrid Buck position this spring, but he still appeared to be a ways off from challenging for playing time. An issue with paperwork left Jenkins-Moore requesting his release, which KU granted without hesitation.

Jenkins-Moore said he planned to head to North Dakota, a member of the Big Sky Conference, sometime next week and added that he’s “ready to play right now.”

The former Jayhawk said he received a full scholarship and was eligible to play immediately because of UND’s status as a Football Championship Division (FCS) program.

Corinth Square kickoff

The annual KU kickoff at Corinth Square in Prairie Village is set for 6 p.m. on Aug. 22.

The event, which will feature appearances by KU football coach Charlie Weis and women’s basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson, has been the initial pep rally of the season for the past nine years.

This year’s event will feature inflatable games and fun for children, food, drinks and KU giveaways. In addition, the band Coversmith will perform live music from 8-10 p.m.

Dates to remember

After reporting to campus Thursday, the Jayhawks will open fall camp on Aug. 8, with their first official practice of the 2014 season. Per NCAA rules, the Jayhawks will run through drills without pads for the first few days. KU’s first full-pads practice will take place Aug. 12.

Aug. 16 will be fan-appreciation day, when the 1:30 p.m. practice will be open to the public, who will be welcomed free of charge and are encouraged to stay for autographs following the practice. While most of the rest of the college football world will open its season on Aug. 30, KU will have an opening-week bye for the second consecutive season. The Jayhawks will kick off the season against Southeast Missouri State, Sept. 6 at Memorial Stadium.

Comments

Andy Tweedy 4 months, 2 weeks ago

I really wish there was an early signing period. I've been so jaded the last few years that it's hard not to expect this guy to change his mind again. Somebody tell me to be more optimistic!

Dirk Medema 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Have we had any players commit and then not sign in the last 4 or 5 years? We have way to many sign and then leave without ever playing, but at least they've signed.

Optimism should come from a UT commit switching to KU. He's a top 50 OG. That's huge! It's a lot like Kyron Watson, Jacob Bragg, Corey Avery, D.J. Williams, and Darious Crawley signing last year. Not sure that any of these guys will see the field this year, but that's okay too. They'll be adding quality 1's & 2's in the next couple years.

Garza is a really nice commit for us.

Brandon Mahon 4 months, 2 weeks ago

I think there is a chance for quite a few of these new guys coming in to get some playing time. I am excited to see what new FR and JUCOs push the starters in fall camp. And we already have 12 commits and the season has not started. They are doing something right and the commits we do have is not a bad list right now

Brandon Mahon 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Andy be more optimistic.... We really have not had guys flip or switch on us since Weis has gotten here, they only leave because of off the field or they transfer because they "aren't making the cut". Weis and Campo have done a GREAT job of getting guys with offers, it seems like we just need to get them on campus and then Lawrence and the Anderson complex does the rest

Curtis Stutz 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Am I the only one frustrated by these wasted bye weeks to begin the season?
I mean if anybody doesn't like the Duke scheduling, this is on a higher plane of bad scheduling. It can't all be the conferences fault, Weis could still play the first game before taking a bye week anyway right? Obviously I'd much rather see it in the middle of a rough conference schedule but at least after the first couple games.

Aaron Paisley 4 months, 2 weeks ago

KU does have a bye in the middle of Big 12 play this season. I do agree that I'd rather play the FCS team first and then a bye week to work on issues that occur during that first game.

Andy Tweedy 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Speaking of scheduling, I was thinking about the SEC last night and was wondering about the impact of their yearly scheduling of a directional school in the latter part of the year. I don't have any numbers in front of me, but it seems like that's a scheduling practice at some southern schools, and I wonder sometimes why more schools don't practice it. Why have all of your easy games at the front of the schedule? Just thinking out loud.

Glen Miller 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Because most teams don't hit the ground running and the easy early games give them a chance to work on things without having to worry about a loss.... or so they hope. Starting off with a tough opponent can also have damaging effects on the mental psyche of the players if they get beat down a few times to start the season. You want to get a win or two under your belt typically.

Curtis Stutz 4 months, 2 weeks ago

It works for them because they play fewer conference games, not much opportunity to do so with the current Big12 schedule. It definitely hurt A&M a couple years ago when Johnny FB had his first ever collegiate game against UF (in the swamp I think), otherwise A&M probably wins the NC that year.

Jim Stauffer 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Wow! I am not sure what to say. Most of the guesses I had heard were other potential recruits we had all heard a lot about. This guy is solid and comes out of the blue.

I am here to say this staff has certain strengths and recruiting is definitely one of them. Our roster is as good as it was with MM and we have not done diddly on the field yet.

We win some games this year and watch how this class closes out and what happens with the '16 class.

Doug Cramer 4 months, 2 weeks ago

lol - I must admit Jim...you are a glass half full kind of guy. Thats a great quality to have in many aspects of life.

I can't get there yet with Weis's recruiting. The fact is, we just lost Travohn Wrench (our only 4 star), which means our 2014 class is dead last in the conference according to Rivals.

The 2015 class is ranked 8 out of 10 in the Big 12. At least it's not last...and I guess thats where that "glass half full" thing comes into affect.

Ethan Berger 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Depends on where you look. Rivals yes but ESPN Bragg and Watson are both 4 stars and ranked higher. We had a good recruiting year last year that hit a hickup with Wrench going JuCo

Micky Baker 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Doug,

Kansas didn't lose Wrench. Wrench wasn't going to be eligible to play this year. That's not KU's fault. He's going to Juco, not K-State or some other school that offered him.

Also, Kansas is way ahead of last year in recruiting so far. KU is 30 some spots ahead of last year's ranking at the same point in the year and ahead of KU. The OL addition will put Kansas ahead of Texas Tech and Oklahoma State for 6th. Rivals has not updated that list yet.

Micky Baker 4 months, 2 weeks ago

I meant to write that KU is ahead of K-State in recruiting, and not by just a little this year. Iowa State is further behind. Once Rivals updates the list, KU will move past Oklahoma State and within a couple of spots of Oklahoma and Texas Tech which are only 4 to 6 spots behind Baylor.

Sure, there is a long way to go yet. Kansas has at least 13 spots left to fill. It may be a few more than that due to the departure of at least 3 scholarship players this year, so they could have a class of 28 for 2015. We know two of them aren't coming back and Wrench might if he gets his academics in order down in El Dorado.

David A. Smith 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Yes, but watch the magical transformation of recruiting class and recruit ranking when KU starts winning. That will wave a wand over the rankings, and put us where we always land when we are doing well- in the middle of Big 12 recruiting class rankings. Once you get past the 4 and 5 star guys, the waters get murky- and rankings get subjective. People believe in everything you do when you're winning.

Doug Roberts 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Call me an a$$, but I think the KU football kickoff event deserves a better setting than a strip mall parking lot. C'mon KU.

Joe Ross 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Agreed. Am I wrong or did they used to hold this event at Memorial Stadium (minus the inflatable playgrounds)? Nevertheless Ill make it over, and if CW is available Ill thank him for his efforts.

Brandon Mahon 4 months, 2 weeks ago

We just snagged a JUCO recruit from Kentucky who will be in town for spring ball after this season... 2 years of eligibility

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