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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Denzell Evans and Mike Lee added to KU football roster

Kansas University football recruiting

Kansas University football recruiting

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While every member of the Kansas football team reported to campus Wednesday for the first day of the Jayhawks’ preseason camp, two players in particular stood out as welcome arrivals.

Not listed prior to Day 1 of camp, junior running back Denzell Evans and freshman defensive back Mike Lee now appear on KU’s official roster.

Evans, a graduate transfer running back from Arkansas, confirmed to the Journal-World earlier this week that he had made it to Lawrence.

Lee, a Class of 2017 recruit from New Orleans, showing up qualified was even bigger news for second-year Kansas coach David Beaty and his staff. The 5-foot-10 cornerback from Landry-Walker High received a four-star rating from Rivals.com and graduated early in order to join the Jayhawks a full year ahead of schedule.

Both Evans, who completed his undergraduate degree this summer, and Lee are expected to gain immediate eligibility this season — though a KU spokesperson couldn’t confirm that Wednesday.

“I had been (at Arkansas) awhile and I just felt that getting close to graduating it would be time for me to step out and go somewhere else where I could get some more (playing time) and get some more carries,” Evans told the J-W earlier this summer.

A 5-foot-11, 215-pound Houston native, who will wear No. 23, Evans joins a KU backfield that includes senior Ke’aun Kinner, sophomore Taylor Martin, sophomore Ryan Schadler and freshman Khalil Herbert, among others.

Lee, a 176-pound corner who had offers from Cal, Georgia, Missouri, Texas, Texas A & M, Wisconsin and other programs, will wear No. 11.

Cornerbacks on the Kansas roster include senior Brandon Stewart, junior Derrick Neal, senior Marnez Ogletree and freshman Kyle Mayberry.

KU’s first preseason practice will begin Thursday evening.

Comments

Matt Tait 3 years, 4 months ago

Yep. He's been here since June. Good lookin' young man with TONS of potential.

Michael Maris 3 years, 4 months ago

With Mr. Lee moving up to the '16 class (now). Will this move affect the total scholarship count for the '17 class?

Matt Tait 3 years, 4 months ago

It has to. The way I understand it is he'll essentially be a blue shirt. But this is one of those you don't complain about because it gets a talented player who you would've taken in next year's class on campus and working a year early. We don't (and likely won't) know a final tally, but I'm guessing there'll be about 5 or so blue shirts who join the team, which would cap the 2017 signing day class at 20 (or 25 minus whatever the final number is).

Kent Gaylor 3 years, 4 months ago

Matt -

Good news. How do these 2 figure into this years scholarship limit that I thought we had meet last Feb when everyone signed?

Dirk Medema 3 years, 4 months ago

Matt - Do you know what our scholarship total is for this year? With 5 blue shirts will we reach 70?

David A. Smith 3 years, 4 months ago

Wow, it's crazy to think that we could end up with freshmen book ends at corner.

Kevin Robert Fest 3 years, 4 months ago

Great great news. I was afraid someone was going to poach Lee before he was able to sign in Feb17. Hopefully Lee and Mayberry can be our lock down corners for years to come. Hope now Smithson won't have to do everything back there. This is great news.

Dirk Medema 3 years, 4 months ago

Don't know that there's a position that needs reinforcements more than RB & CB. We've heard rumors for a while, so nice to see both here to make a difference now. We still need a JC and at least one more HS recruit in the next class at both positions.

Jim Stauffer 3 years, 4 months ago

Matt, Is Stephan Robinson still on the roster?

Kevin Robert Fest 3 years, 4 months ago

Where are the people on this message board who say that we only need wins to get kids to come play for Kansas football. We just got a 4-star recruit who enrolled a year early to play for the team and a couple of other recruits who picked other top 5 power 5 programs to come play for Kansas. I think now it's more about the relationships the players feel they have with their coaches. Kansas is all of a sudden got an influx of recruits from New Orleans or Louisiana area and it's because they have a coach from that area that they feel comfortable with so let's stop with the let's play the easiest schedule so we can get wins because that means if we have wins players will want to come play for us what happened the last couple days has certainly proved that that's not the case. We had basically would amounted to one of the worst football seasons in division 1 history we were at the bottom or near the bottom in every statistical category offense and defense but yet a 4-star player and a transfer from a power 5 program and wanted to come play for us this year. Hopefully this is the start that the team that coach is looking for to rebuild the program.

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