Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Five-star RB visits Kansas

Kansas University football recruiting.

Kansas University football recruiting.


Najee Harris, the 6-foot-2, 222-pound sophomore running back from Antioch, California, who is listed by as a five-star prospect, was at Kansas University’s football practice Monday on an unofficial visit.

Harris, a member of the Class of 2017 who has offers from several top-tier programs in the country, is being pursued by KU offensive coordinator Rob Likens and offensive-line coach Zach Yenser, who came to KU after a stint at Cal.

Harris previously visited KU in mid-March, and his trip to Lawrence marked what recruiting guru Jon Kirby called a visit from the highest-rated recruit to come to KU since at least 1998.

On both visits, Harris was accompanied by Mori Suesue, who is helping the standout running back with his visit. After the first visit, Suesue left Lawrence with a positive feel about the Jayhawks.

“The staff coach Beaty has put together is legit,” Suesue told Kirby in March. “It felt like home, it wasn’t scripted or fake. That’s how all of the visits should be.”


Dirk Medema 4 years, 8 months ago

6-foot-2, 222-pound as a sophomore RB. No wonder he's a 5*, and sweet that he's made 2 trips to KU in less than 4 months. Wasn't Mortensen from Antioch also, though I think he transferred to a Concord school to finish, or something like that?

Likens and Yenser may be a couple recruiting gems that weren't really talked about as much as others. Love the WC connections as well. Reclaim the locals while adding the walk-ons and continue to find quality TX players. It's the gems from FL/CA/OH/... that will make the difference.

Brian Wilson 4 years, 8 months ago

Kind of funny you bring up Mortensen. A friend of mine, and KU grad, Len S. kind of recruited him for KU. Mortensen was a 3 star player that was supposed to sign with Nebraska but somehow they forgot about him and failed to send him an offer letter. When Mortensen told my friend about it, he said "why don't you go to KU, it's great school and Lawrence is awesome. They also still have scholarships to give. Plus, paybacks are hell and you can take it to Nebraska everytime you play them." So he did! LOL If only recruiting players were so easy. But, I am pretty sure that Mortensen graduated out at KU.

Doug Cramer 4 years, 8 months ago

Nice - would love to see some top tier studs on both sides of the lines make some visits.

David Lara 4 years, 8 months ago

Unless they were to head to the league the next year you mean right?

Adam Evans 4 years, 8 months ago

Only problem with that idea is in football, you have to be three years removed from high school to enter the draft. Either finish your 3rd year in school (Jr or redshirt soph), or be 21.

David A. Smith 4 years, 8 months ago

I would imagine that if a "Johnny Football" came along and set the world on fire as freshman- then left....people would not regret his coming here. Interest begets interest....which is exactly why I have friends mill around my yard when I have a yard sale.

Len Shaffer 4 years, 8 months ago

Just the fact that a 5-star recruit would even visit KU says a lot about this coaching staff. If they can back up the positivity with some progress on the field, this could be the start of something tremendous.

Pete Hatcher 4 years, 8 months ago

A commitment from a 5 star recruit would do wonders for KU's recruiting in the short term-even if he doesn't pan out. The turnaround recruiting pitch will only work for a couple of years. After that, top recruits are going to need to see success on the field before they commit.

Chris Spangenburg 4 years, 8 months ago

Equally as important as Najee visiting twice is the fact Suesue is pitching the program like he is. He has access to some real studs out there that he has influence with. He's someone you want championing the program like he is ...

Severeno Woods 4 years, 8 months ago

I'm will crap bricks if this recruit commits to Kansas.

Dale Rogers 4 years, 8 months ago

There is real opportunity in a program like Kansas for kids like Najee who want playing time, instead of being buried among other top talent, and have the skills to earn it. And, despite KU having had some rough years of late, it's the Big 12. It will get national notice for a stud player who is putting up the numbers.

Jonathan Allison 4 years, 8 months ago

the first step is getting them to visit campus. I can't imagine this kid committing to KU, but he's made two unofficial visits already so that has to mean something.

the changes may be one in a million, but just like Lloyd Christmas said "so you're telling me there's a chance! Yes!"

Tom Keegan 4 years, 8 months ago

And we have a winner for post of the day. Mr. McCabe, take a bow.

Richard Duran 4 years, 8 months ago

How can a 15 year old possibly be a 5 star prospect? What happens if he blows out a knee his junior year?

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