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Monday, December 12, 2016

Juco defensive lineman de-commits from Kansas

Kansas University football recruiting

Kansas University football recruiting

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A trip back to the place where his college football journey began inspired one-time Kansas commitment Jamie Tago to reconsider his football future with the Jayhawks.

Tago, a 6-foot-3, 245-pound defensive end who played this past season at Garden City Community College, on Monday took to Twitter to announce he no longer plans to sign with KU.

A member of the University of Hawaii football program in 2014 (as a redshirt) and 2015, Tago transferred to GCCC to play his sophomore season, before committing to Kansas.

According to a message the recruiting target posted on his Twitter account, a return to Hawaii this past weekend inspired him to say “aloha” to the Jayhawks — but not in the greeting fashion — just two days ahead of Wednesday’s mid-year transfer signing day.

“I took an official visit to Hawaii,” Tago wrote in his note. “I had the opportunity to connect with my former teammates, family and friends. I miss my family, being close to home and the aloha spirit. This was not a easy decision and after further discussion with my family, I’ve decided to decommit from KU. I appreciate all the love from head coach David Beaty, coaching staff and fans. God bless and all the best to the KU program.”

The defensive lineman indicated on Twitter his intentions to sign, again, with Hawaii.

Rated a three-star juco defensive end by Rivals, Tago became the sixth Class of 2017 recruit to de-commit from Kansas, leaving head coach David Beaty and his staff with three openings remaining for a 16-scholarship class.

KU’s 2017 recruiting class, as it stands Monday afternoon:

QB Peyton Bender

DB Hasan Defense

LB Jay Dineen

OL Joey Gilbertson

DT J.J. Holmes

LB Kyron Johnson

K Liam Jones

WR/Ath. Travis Jordan

DL KeyShaun Simmons

WR Kenyon Tabor

DB Robert Topps

RB Dominic Williams

WR Takulve Williams

Comments

Danny Hernandez 2 years, 11 months ago

Can't blame the young man for wanting to go home, especially when it's Hawaii. RockChalk

Brett McCabe 2 years, 11 months ago

It's part of the battle of building back up. It would be interesting to know how many de-commits the average team encounters each season. While six seems like a lot for KU, we never know the full story on all of them. Were offers withdrawn? Were there academic issues? Did another commitment at a position motivate someone to drop?

It's unfortunate that it happened so late, and just before JUCO signing day, leaving us little time to refill, if we desired. Part of the game, though.

With three scholarships to give, we are still in good shape, I think.

Jonathan Briles 2 years, 11 months ago

This was a long time coming and nothing to worry about. He was supposed to be a mid year guy and turned out not to be. There is a reason we started recruiting so many other juco DE's recently. This was a mutual decision and will benefit both sides. We have very few spots and any juco guys we get need to be mid years. We are still in on several great targets. Tago is a great kid and I would have been happy to have him, but I'm not worried about this.

Dirk Medema 2 years, 11 months ago

Haven't all the JC's been mid-year enrollees?

That has been the really encouraging part of Coach Beaty's recruiting. Even if he's taking a JC, he's still getting them for at least 2.5 years. No one's coming late for camp or anything like that.

David Kemp 2 years, 11 months ago

On top of everything not really jumping up and down on extension and pay raise for Beatty. Seems a bit of irrational exuberance

Glen Miller 2 years, 11 months ago

This kid went with his heart and he will have less regret in doing so. He's human and he felt best back home. Good luck at Hawaii!

Look.... Losing these kids is never fun as a fan, but look at the decommits. Most just moved up the recruiting ranks and went to a better team. That means we are finding talent. Now we have to do what it takes to make them stay. Win games, create excitement and have continuity. Losing this one to a location disadvantage is what it is. It's obvious we are recruiting better and that is a good thing!

Kit Duncan 2 years, 11 months ago

Peyton Bender (QB) moved up the recruiting ranks (Georgia has reportedly been heavily recruiting him) and is apparently staying faithful to his KU commitment. Good news!

Randy Bombardier 2 years, 11 months ago

Good decision. We cannot afford indefinite guys, who are not.sure they want to be here. Dont waste scholies on guys like that.

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