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Friday, July 22, 2016

Former KU commitment and 3-star DB Akayleb Evans picks Tulsa

Kansas University football recruiting

Kansas University football recruiting

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The Kansas football program’s strong recruiting stretch took a small hit this week, when three-star Texas defensive back Akayleb Evans announced he was de-committing.

Evans, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound safety from McKinney, Texas, who picked Kansas over offers or strong interest from Iowa, Iowa State, SMU, TCU and Tulsa back on his birthday in late June, declared his intentions on Twitter earlier this week, saying simply, “I am officially de-committing from the University of Kansas and reopening my recruitment.”

Late Thursday night, Evans orally committed to Tulsa.

The move leaves Kansas coach David Beaty with 11 commitments in the 2017 recruiting class and, in some ways, seems to be a slight step in the right direction. During the past several years, with Kansas struggling and in rebuilding mode year after year, the Jayhawks consistently have been in competition with the Tulsas of the world for high school prospects, losing players to those schools as often as they signed them.

This move, however, seemed to be the reverse, with Evans jumping on the Jayhawks early only to back out possibly because of a surplus of talented defensive backs committing to KU in the same class.

With four-star Louisiana prospect Mike Lee already on board, three-star Chicago talent Robert Topps committed to Kansas one hour after Evans on June 22, giving KU three defensive backs with a three-star rating or higher.

As it stands today, Kansas has six three-star commitments and one four-star commitment in its 11-man class. By comparison, Evans became the third three-star prospect to commit to Tulsa, which currently has a nine-man class for 2017. Evans also is the only defensive back among the nine Tulsa commitments.

Comments

Jeff Coffman 3 years, 4 months ago

This is a pleasantly informative article. I like the additional insight on comparisons to losing a solid 3 star recruit. It also puts into perspective the thought this player might have been thinking about.

As you slightly allude to, it might shift in the forefront that KU was getting best available and accepting any recruits early on. With solid recruiting, it might appear from your article that we could become slightly more picky or that with an abundance of people at a single position early on, might lead to some of these decommitments.

I also am concerned that some of the early signees might actually get additional follow-up from more seasoned or programs in a different position that are P5, and steal some away, those are the ones that will make me disappointed.

Thanks for the article and a little extra insight, that may not have always been included.

Dyrk Dugan 3 years, 4 months ago

Yes, losing commits to Tulsa is fine; losing commits to Okie St. or TTech, ISU or KSU is not.

Chris DeWeese 3 years, 4 months ago

He probably made the right choice for him.

Waylon Cook 3 years, 4 months ago

Tulsa fans will tell you with one more good year their coach will bolt anyway.

Doug Cramer 3 years, 4 months ago

Sounds like the guy didn't want to work hard and compete. Don't know if this will be much of a hit.

Chris Bailey 3 years, 4 months ago

TULSA???? WOW. Well I'm guessing he wouldn't have played here if that's the case or at least would've gotten pummeled in the Big12.

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