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Friday, June 3, 2016

KU football lands commitment from second linebacker in 2017 class

Kansas University football recruiting

Kansas University football recruiting

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Late Friday night, in the moments following its first Friday Night Lights camp of the summer, the Kansas University football program picked up an oral commitment from a linebacker from Arlington, Texas.

Kyron Johnson, a 6-foot-1, 195-pound standout from Arlington's Lamar High attended KU's camp, ran a 4.39-second 40-yard dash and followed it up by accepting KU's scholarship offer, which came prior to Friday's camp.

“It was awesome,” Johnson told JayhawkSlant.com's Jon Kirby. “Being able to commit and choose a college is something I have always prayed about. I have no words to describe how blessed I am. Everyone came up and welcomed me. It blew my mind.”

Johnson also ran a 4.41 40 at a combine earlier this year.

His commitment continues the trend that the KU coaching staff has pursued from the day it landed in Lawrence — the search for speed, speed and more speed.

According to the Rivals.com data base, Johnson chose Kansas over interest from SMU, and KU defensive backs coach Kenny Perry was the lead recruiter who landed him.

“He has been great,” Johnson said of Perry. “He’s got a great sense of humor. He talks a lot of smack and I talk it right back with him. He has been recruiting me for a while.”

Johnson becomes the seventh player in KU's 2017 recruiting class to pledge his services to the Jayhawks, including Free State High linebacker Jay Dineen, younger brother of KU junior Joe Dineen.

Comments

Greg Ledom 3 years, 6 months ago

There is no substitute for speed. So impressed with what this staff is doing on the recruiting front in only their second full year. Still need time to completely tell, but I truly believe coach Beaty and his staff may turn out to be one of the better recruiting staffs we've had in some time and maybe ever. The sands of time will let us know.

Brett McCabe 3 years, 6 months ago

I also like that we already have 7 guys committed and summer school hasn't even started. I think we'll have half the class committed by summer's end - which puts us in a much stronger position when it comes to holding the class together.

Dirk Medema 3 years, 6 months ago

4.4 is WR speed, and crazy for a LB. Gotta love it. At 6-1, 195 he might be a bit undersized for a LB, but that doesn't mean he can't grow more.

With losing 2 seniors after this season, plus a bit young and spars in reserves, it is good to have at least these 2 on board. Now for some more meat in the trenches where you can never have enough.

Micky Baker 3 years, 6 months ago

4.4 40 for a linebacker! Gonna try to keep track of this guy's high school senior year. Lamar High School about 40 miles from me, might be going to some games over there under the Friday Night lights.

Aaron Paisley 3 years, 6 months ago

I wouldn't be surprised if this guy ends up a nickle or safety. Courtney Arnick came to KU as an LB and moved to nickle because of his speed.

Michael Maris 3 years, 6 months ago

According to JayhawkSlant website, it sounds like the Jayhawks have a legitimate shot at landing Denzell Evans from University of Arkansas.

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