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Friday, June 27, 2014

KU football picks up commitments from Texas preps

Kansas University football recruiting.

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The Kansas University football team on Thursday added a couple of Texas players to its commitment list in the Class of 2015.

Defensive end Carl Thompson, a 6-foot-3, 260-pound Guyer High senior-to-be from Denton, and speedy running back Taylor Martin, 5-9, 187 from Dunbar High in Fort Worth, both confirmed their commitments to Jon Kirby of JayhawkSlant.com.

Martin, who was drawing interest from TCU, Illinois and Kansas State, had a special connection with KU assistant Dave Campo.

Thompson, a three-star prospect wooed by Campo and defensive-line coach Buddy Wyatt, committed during his official visit.

These additions bring KU’s total commitments in the Class of 2015 to nine.

Comments

Ashwin Rao 5 months, 3 weeks ago

Great job! Welcome aboard, Carl & Taylor!

Jay Beakum 5 months, 3 weeks ago

Carl Thompson must be a brain. He has offers from Air Force, Duke, Northwestern and Vandy.

Larry Jackson 5 months, 3 weeks ago

Again, Texas produces D-1 ready players. F-ball is taken seriously in TX on the high school level. TX high schools have started their summer conditioning programs. These H.S. kids honestly train more than KU's players, with better facilities. Send the entire KU f-ball program to N. TX (Dallas, Arlington, Ft. Worth, & Denton) for the summer. They'll be prepared for a productive fall campaign in the Big 12.

Jay Beakum 5 months, 3 weeks ago

I agree that Texas is a high grade football farm, but better facilities? I doubt it. Hell, I don’t think the Dallas Cowboys themselves have anything KU doesn’t have.

http://www.kuathletics.com/sports/2013/6/27/GEN_0627130038.aspx?id=192

Larry Jackson 5 months, 3 weeks ago

H.S. facilities in TX are top notch. For instance: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eagle_Stadium_(Allen,_Texas) The Cowboys have a stadium... Speaking of, I have seen many of the N. TX H.S. teams play there often, Guyer High is always a treat. KU's best defensive player Jacorey Sheperd (since Aqib Talib from Dallas) has played there. These TX kids grew up watching Campos win championships in Dallas.

Aaron Paisley 5 months, 3 weeks ago

The Allen HS stadium is an exception even in Texas. Not to mention it also was condemned a few months ago as structurally unsound. I played a typical 5A school in Houston. The stadium we played in was about 12,000, but was a district stadium shared by 7 other schools while I was there. We lifted and trained at our HS and our facilties were nothing special.

Texas kids are no more prepared than kids from other regions for D1 football, it's because of the sheer volume of Texas kids out there that means there's more chances to have an instant impact player.

Dirk Medema 5 months, 3 weeks ago

Carl Thompson is listed at DE in the article, but highlights at the Hudl (http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1369668/highlights/50461375) show him playing DT. Part of that could be the difference in size of teammates and opponents, but at 6-3, 260, it would seem that he could grow into a D1 DT as well in a couple years (Sr + RS?).

Dirk Medema 5 months, 3 weeks ago

Taylor's Hudl page (http://www.hudl.com/athlete/827969/highlights/69521398) lists him as having 4.4 speed, and it looks like it on a many of the runs. Sometimes those are a function of the competition, tho it should be good where he's plain'.

What impressed me more was when he trucked the DB on the 3rd run, and then a few of the shakes on the latter runs.

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