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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Early ink: WR Chase Harrell signs early with KU football program

Kansas University football recruiting.

Kansas University football recruiting.

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Wednesday is supposed to be the day with all of the signing day football buzz, but Kansas University got its portion of that started a day early when Huffman, Texas, wide receiver Chase Harrell signed with the Jayhawks early.

Harrell, a two-star prospect from Hargrave High, graduated high school early and signed in time to enroll for the spring semester. Doing so will allow the 6-foot-4, 205-pound wideout to participate in spring practices and get a jump start on learning KU's new offense.

"I am so happy to be able to get to Kansas this spring," Harrell said in a press release. "I want to be able to contribute immediately this fall and being here for spring practice will definitely help prepare me for that. Having the opportunity to learn the offense and get acclimated to school will give me a huge advantage."

Harrell was a standout wide receiver at Hargrave under head coach Mike McEachern. He earned four letters at HHS, taking home Offensive Most Valuable Player honors in Class 4A District 10 after helping lead the Falcons to a 9-2 mark. The rangy wideout who committed to KU in December over offers from Houston and Kentucky recorded 103 receptions for 1,741 yards and 19 touchdowns as a senior, on his way to being named Class 4A honorable mention all-state by the Associated Press.

Harrell also recorded 47 catches for 873 yards and 17 touchdowns as a sophomore in 2012 and missed his junior season because of an injury. KU's newest wide receiver also lettered in basketball and track at Hargrave HS.

Harrell's addition brings KU's list of signed players in the Class of 2015 up to nine. He joins the eight mid-year transfers who signed with the program back in December.

Starting bright and early Wednesday morning, 15 more prospects who have committed to KU are expected to make those commitments official by signing and sending their national letters of intent to the KU football offices.

As always, we'll be up with them every step of the way so, for the latest on all of KU's signing day activity, be sure to log on to the Tale of the Tait blog, which will be cranking well before 7 a.m. on Wednesday morning.

One in, one out

It sounds like juco cornerback M.J. Mathis may not wind up at KU after all. Despite having signed back in December, Mathis appears to have become an academic casualty and is no longer a part of KU’s recruiting class.

His absence left the Jayhawks with one open spot, which was quickly filled Tuesday afternoon when offensive lineman Cam Durley committed to KU.

Durley, a 6-foot-6, 275-pound tackle from Houston Christian High chose Kansas over offers from McNeese State, San Diego State, TCU and Temple. He also was receiving interest from Texas Tech.

The addition of Durley brings KU’s class back to 24, which, this year, is full capacity because of the blue-shirt rule the program used to get Nigel King, who left early to declare for the NFL Draft.

Comments

Jonathan Briles 4 years, 10 months ago

That is awesome news. Getting him on campus for spring practice will be a huge advantage. He has some serious stats. Over 100 receptions and 1700 yards with nearly 20 TD's. Regardless of competition thats impressive. Hopefully we don't get any bad surprises tomorrow and manage to sign everyone we are supposed to.

Matt Tait 4 years, 10 months ago

Academics, I believe. Doesn't look good.

Ron Prichard 4 years, 10 months ago

You're right. This is completely obvious and a totally stupid question. But if you find out can you tell me, too? ;-)

Dirk Medema 4 years, 10 months ago

It is good to have a big WR.

The fact that he missed his Jr yr with an injury is a common reason for a player being undervalued on the recruiting boards. Him being on campus early provides all the more opportunity to prove the outsiders wrong. LOTS of opp with the current state of the WR roster, and tall WR's in particular..

Aaron Paisley 4 years, 10 months ago

Texas added a 6A classification this season which moved a lot of schools up a classification. 4A football in Texas doesn't have the same level of competition it did as recently as last year so keep that in mind when looking at his stats. We're talking high schools that have a lot of 2 way players out of necessity because most programs have 50 or so kids on the team.

That said, the Houston area is somewhere KU can have a lot of success finding players and should be easy to get in the door because of Beaty's past at Texas A&M which is as little as an hour away from the NW side of Houston, and his tenure at Rice which is a few miles south of downtown Houston.

Micky Baker 4 years, 10 months ago

Aaron, Class 4a in Texas is equivalent to enrollment sizes of three classes in Class 5a in Kansas, or just about equivalent. Additionally, there are 64 class 4a teams, and that has been split into two divisions in Kansas now so there are 32 teams in each division with separate state playoffs for each division. In Texas,there are 186 class 4a schools up to 1059 students. The smallest 4a school in Texas has 465 students, and that's bigger than the smallest Class 4a division I school in Kansas with all division II smaller than that. Those 4a teams in Kansas have more than 50 kids on the team on average. Some of those players do go both ways, but that's the talent pool, not the available players on the team.

Dyrk Dugan 4 years, 10 months ago

Thanks for the update Matt. Looking forward to your blog tomorrow. :)

Jack Joiner 4 years, 10 months ago

I'm pumped..........but then I just got back from KU after watching the KU/Iowa St game. I'm pumped about our recruiting class. Got lots of players who had other good offers. Those who think we should have 4-5 kids to be successful need to remember this: No 5 high school graduates played in this years super bowl. And who made the game winning stop, a Jr College kid who finished up at Western Alabama(where is that). Rock Chalk! I'm feeling good about our recruiting class

Aaron Paisley 4 years, 10 months ago

KU's not trying to win a Super Bowl. KU is trying to win the Big 12 and make the CFP Playoff and that takes kids that are good from the age of 18-23, not late bloomers who become good at 22 and up. This is not a good recruiting class no matter how you look at it. A class that is 2/3 2 star players is going to struggle to even make bowl games in a major conference.

Jack Joiner 4 years, 10 months ago

Get pumped guys, looks better than the past several classes. ESPN called it 22 3star. I'll always be optimistic until proven wrong. Give these new coaches a chance.

Mark Lindrud 4 years, 10 months ago

Too bad this guy is only a 2 star recruit. As many of you have said numerous times, they just aren't good. We should not get excited about him. Back to my cheese and wine. That is all for now.

Jory Collins 4 years, 10 months ago

Did you happen to see the article about this years Super Bowl starters and their high school ranking coming out? 0 - 5 star, 8 -4 star, the 36 other guys were 3 star or less!

When we got better under Mangino it was with this kind of group. Hopefully there is a Taliban talent in there somewhere!

Mark Lindrud 4 years, 10 months ago

I was being sarcastic and making fun of those who do not like 2 star players lol. I know that stars are not everything. There is more to them because often times the lesser known guys do well because they are underdogs and work harder to achieve than some of the more heralded guys that get a big head because of the accolades that maybe are not as deserving as people thought. Taliban talent sir, very catchy sir and good article by the way.

Jonathan Allison 4 years, 10 months ago

I prefer to think of it more as Aqiban talent than a Taliban talent. It makes them sound less likely to support Al-Qaeda

Jory Collins 4 years, 10 months ago

Oops, missed the sarcasm and the Talib auto correct:)

Larry Jackson 4 years, 10 months ago

Recruits coming out of FL, and TX are more apt to be D-1 ready. H.S. coaches like Perry did the necessary prep work. It appears this staff has done a good job in it's initial recruiting class. I'm optimistic for the future. Rock Chalk!

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