Sunday, May 24, 2015

Texas high school safety chooses Jayhawks

Kansas University football recruiting.

Kansas University football recruiting.


Kansas University football coach David Beaty was back on Twitter on Saturday, using his #neatdeal approach to tip his hand that the Jayhawks might have landed another commitment in the Class of 2016.

Turns out they did.

According to, Michael Clark, a two-star safety from Cedar Hill (Texas) High, orally pledged his services to Kansas on Saturday.

Clark, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound athlete known for his physical play and coverage skills, had long been on the radar of co-defensive coordinator Kenny Perry, who spearheaded the movement to land Clark, most recently by making two visits to Cedar Hill this spring.

Clark told JayhawkSlant’s Jon Kirby that his connection with Perry and the history of Cedar Hill players (specifically Greg Brown, Dezmon Briscoe and Marcus Herford) enjoying their time at KU helped him make up his mind.

“I talked to some of them,” Clark told Kirby. “They loved their time at Kansas, and I wanted to join the family.”

Clark, who had received heavy interest of late from Kansas State, Houston, Utah State and Nevada, becomes the fifth player to commit to KU in the 2016 class, joining offensive linemen Antione Frazier and Joe Malanga, linebacker Jayd Kirby and wide receiver Braylon Royal.

Nearly all of KU’s coaching staff has spent most of May on the road recruiting and continuing to hand out scholarship offers to athletes in both the 2016 and 2017 classes.


Jim Stauffer 4 years, 6 months ago

I just don't see athletic bodies being a problem for this staff over the long haul. They know where the diamonds are found and their connections in that state are just terrific.

Humpy Helsel 4 years, 6 months ago

KU football has a dark, deep hole to dig out of, but I must say, I really like the vibe and feel of this head coach and his staff. They seem to be going about this the right way, which is building from the ground up. But the truth is, fans are going to have to be disciplined to support this team and coaches through the thick and thin, and there won't be much thick for awhile. A point in reference is if this were a basketball signing, there would be 25 posts by now. We have two. Better days are ahead, but KU fans can't just sit back and wait for a bandwagon to come by to jump on. Let's support this team and this coaching staff. It is the only football team we have and they need our support.

Gerry Butler 4 years, 6 months ago

very very true Humpy. they are going to be VERY disciplined for sure. there is to many that want that quick fix.There is no way you can twist this, and t turn out to be a quick fix. We have to have patience, I also like the approach and it seems we have drawn at least some looks from better quality players, we at least are getting some heads turned, maybe starting to get into some doors where as before we couldn't even get on the side walk. PATIENCE, PATIENCE this is not a 1 year turn around probably not a yer, but the thing to look for is steady improvement and be competitive, and wait a little longer, we have waited this long, so a little longer we can wait. this year chances are not going to be pretty, but just hold fast, there is a break in the clouds on the horizon, ROCK CHALK ALL DAY LONG BABY

Clarence Haynes 4 years, 6 months ago

Wouldn't surprise me if this staff gets more out of the existing talent and there will be marked improvement in KU's won loss record this year, perhaps not 50/50 but close!

J.L. Forge 4 years, 6 months ago

Totally agree that we must exercise patience for the next several years while this young and talented coaching staff goes to work putting the program back on track. With the strong recruiters we have, they will scour the countryside for what many consider "lesser" talent but are in fact diamonds in the rough as well as more blue chip rated talent....all who will be big contributors. I am extremely optimistic and excited about the future of the program and will be chomping at the bit to see the progress and cheer on the gridiron Hawks! Stay the course!

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