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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Wichita linebacker commits to Kansas

Kansas University football recruiting

Kansas University football recruiting

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The two-word David Beaty hashtag that Kansas football fans long to see struck again Tuesday night.

The KU head coach, as Beaty has been known to do, tweeted out the simple phrase “#NeatDeal” — signaling the Jayhawks landing a new commitment.

The latest addition to the program turned out to be an in-state prospect, linebacker Cooper Root, from Wichita Collegiate.

Listed at 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds, the high school senior also hopped on Twitter for the occasion, sharing: “Excited to have received and accepted an offer to the University of Kansas! Thanks to everyone for the support!”

Root spoke with John Kirby of Jayhawk Slant about his decision.

"It feels really good and it relieves a lot of stress and anxiety,” Root said. “I’m just really excited to be a Jayhawk and that Coach Beaty has given me the opportunity to play the game that I love."

This past spring, Root attended the Rivals camp in Kansas City, and was named the most valuable linebacker.

Rivals has not assessed any stars to Root’s recruiting rating, but the Wichita native reportedly had interest from Kansas State, Northern Colorado and Colgate, as well as KU.

In his final season at Collegiate, Root led the team with 77 total tackles.

None by Cooper Root

Comments

Dirk Medema 4 months ago

So are we over committing, or planning on 1 of the commits agreeing to just show up in the summer and accept a 2018 scholarship (blueshift)?

Either way, if Root was the top LB at a Rivals camp, then very much welcome aboard. Especially as a LB; our thinnest position IIRC.

Micky Baker 4 months ago

It appears that Beaty is trying to deepen the defensive side of the ball at key positions. We have plenty of WRs on the roster including the Alabama transfer for this coming season. We got a real good running back who has verbally committed and then two or three QBs in addition to Stanley, Cozart, and Willis who will all be eligible to play in 2017. That includes the scout team QB for this season whose red shirt has expired.

Karen Mansfield-Stewart 4 months ago

Congrats! Welcome Cooper. LB is definitely an area of need. Good to have some more worthy Kansas kids on the roster.

Michael Maris 4 months ago

Sounds like a good walk-on candidate, with a chance to warn a scholarship after red-shirting for a season.

Michael Maris 4 months ago

Earn not warn.

I believe his older brother walked on at K-State and is listed as a Saftey.

Jay Scott 4 months ago

Glen Campbell is waiting for a tackle or a guard from this area to be recruited.......

Chris DeWeese 4 months ago

Always nice to get those recruits also sought by K-state!

Lance Cheney 4 months ago

Banks Floodman. Nick Reid. If this guy turns out like those Wichita LBs, that'll be just fine with me.

Randy Bombardier 4 months ago

Good deal. We've lost some really good players from Wichita in the past. I hate to see high profile Kansas kids go out of state.

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