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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

KU football adds another 3-star commitment

Kansas University football recruiting

Kansas University football recruiting

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The Kansas football program picked up another three-star commitment on Wednesday, marking a big day for both the player and the program.

For the program, the addition of Akayleb Evans, a 3-star safety out of McKinney, Texas, marked the fourth such player to commit to the Jayhawks, who now have commitments from nine players in the 2017 recruiting class, five of which are 3-star prospects or better.

For the player, the decision to orally commit to Kansas made his birthday an extra special day.

"I'd like to celebrate my birthday today by announcing my verbal commitment to continue my academic and football career at the University of Kansas," Evans wrote on Twitter. "Thank you to my family and friends, MHS coaches and teammates, my trainer, mentor and everyone who supported me getting to this point. Thank you to the Kansas coaches for inviting me to be a part of something great."

The 6-foot-2, 180-pound Evans picked Kansas over offers or strong interest from Iowa, Iowa State, SMU, TCU and Tulsa.

Rivals.com listed first-year linebackers coach Todd Bradford as the lead recruiter for Evans, who joins 4-star Louisiana native Mike Lee as the first two defensive backs to commit to KU in the 2017 class.

Evans told Jon Kirby of JayhawkSlant.com that he and his parents were blown away by KU's facilities, campus and the way they were treated during their visit to Lawrence this spring.

“They loved the visit a lot more than they thought they would," Evans told Kirby. "We were all surprised when we got there because it was more than we expected."

There remains a long way to go until the 2017 classes are finalized in February, but, so far, KU coach David Beaty and his staff — most of which is in its first year at Kansas — is off to a strong start. Several recruiting sites have KU's 2017 class ranking in the Top 7 in the Big 12, a far cry from the more familiar 9th or 10th-place slots the Jayhawks have been used to during the past six seasons.

The Jayhawks likely will have to endure a second consecutive signing class that falls short of the 25-player maximum allowed by NCAA rules because of transfers and other players who KU counted forward to get on campus sooner.

But Beaty and company should be able to add around a dozen more players in this class and if they continue to commit with the accolades and pedigree of those who have already, the Jayhawks should have no problem holding onto that Top 7 status and could, perhaps, move up a spot or two.

Comments

Brett McCabe 3 years, 5 months ago

Fantastic news! Welcome Akayleb - way to make your birthday really special!

I continue to be impressed by the KU staff, we seem to be lightyears ahead of the previous regimes.

Congrats all around!

For all of you fans who can't attend games, get those Coaches Corner tickets, get 'em framed and begin telling all your friends how you were bought in from the outset. It'll be the best $150 you spend this summer.

Micky Baker 3 years, 5 months ago

Given the state of the program, and such a leap from last year's dismal recruiting to this year's says a lot of the staff that Beaty has surrounded himself with. The guys are working their butts off. I know it isn't signing day yet and these guys can change their minds, but this is a far better trend that we had last year, and these aren't other guys with troubled pasts transferring here.

Micky Baker 3 years, 5 months ago

Question for Matt:

If Kansas get's the full 25 each year for the next 2 years, will this bring them up to the maximum number of scholarship players allowed on the roster? I'm talking 2017 and 2018 classes. I think it's probably too late for the class of 2016 save for some possible late transfers if we got any room.

Aaron Paisley 3 years, 5 months ago

KU's not going to have a full 2017 class. They have 9 now and Matt said about a dozen nore this year which means somewhere in the low 20's this year.

Dirk Medema 3 years, 5 months ago

From my estimate, we have 19 Sr's that will be graduating (out), so if we get 25 new players (including transfers etc.), then it is a net gain of 6. That might get us close to 70, but still far short of 85, though I have not heard how much ground we made up after the low 60's number last year. I don't think it was much do to the transfer factor prior to the season and 60's comment.

From my estimate, we also have 15 Jr's that will be graduating in 2 yrs, so if we get 25 new players in 2 yrs, it is a net gain of 10. That might get us close to 80, but still not 85.

Maybe in 3 yrs.

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