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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

KU football offers Bishop Miege wide receiver

Kansas University football recruiting

Kansas University football recruiting

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According to JayhawkSlant.com, the Kansas University football program officially has offered a scholarship to Bishop Miege standout Jafar Armstrong.

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound wide receiver has long been considered one of the top Kansans in the 2017 recruiting class and, according to Miege head coach Jon Holmes, KU’s offer provides more proof that second-year head coach David Beaty’s staff is serious about its pursuit of the top talent in the state.

“It shows they want to do well with kids in Kansas,” Holmes told JayhawkSlant’s Jon Kirby. “I know the rankings just came out and he is in the top five. To me it shows they are sticking to their word and recruiting local players.”

In addition to Kansas, Armstrong now owns offers from Illinois, New Mexico, Northern Illinois and Wyoming and is receiving interest from Iowa, Missouri, North Carolina State and others.

KU currently has four commitments in the 2017 class, Texas offensive linemen Jared Hocker and Grant Polley, Dallas running back Dom Williams and Louisiana athlete Travis Jordan. Because past recruiting practices continue to limit KU’s number of available scholarships, the Jayhawks figure to be able to add around 15 more before next February.

Armstrong certainly appears to be one player who will give the Jayhawks a long look, not only because of the opportunity playing in the Big 12 presents but also because of KU’s recent connection to his school. Montell Cozart, Ryan Willis, Tre’ Parmalee, Justin McCay and even former offensive line coach Tim Grunhard all spent time at Miege before coming to Kansas.

“It’s exciting because they’re the hometown school,” Armstrong told Kirby of KU. “I’m ecstatic to get the offer.”

Comments

Don Everett 3 years, 7 months ago

Come be a part of a new beginning at KU!! Congrats on the offer!!

Austin Lopez 3 years, 7 months ago

I respect the effort but effort only goes so far, until Beaty starts landing a decent amount of Kansas kids In my eyes his Kansas blast is bs, I wanna be proven wrong but so far Beaty Kansas blast hasn't landed nothing... Btw Kansas is 0/4 in the 2017 class on Kansas kids...
Djimon Colbert - Bishop Miege CB - Iowa Wyatt Hubert - Shawnee Heights DE - Kansas State Trevor Knight - Pittsburgh TE - Northwestern Angel Dominguez - Saint Thomas Aquinas DE - Iowa State

Brett McCabe 3 years, 7 months ago

On the list of the 10 most important things that Dave Beaty does to turn around this program, successfully recruiting Kansas isn't on the list. It may make us all feel better to get Kansas kids, but it's irrelevant to the success of the program.

Ironically, though, we'll be able to somewhat measure the success of the program when Kansas kids do start committing, because they want to be part of something big.

The only kid on your list that bothers me is the ISU commit. That one is a head-scratcher.

Glen Miller 3 years, 7 months ago

Brett - I understand where you are going with that and to a certain extent you are semi right. However, if we cannot land the better recruits in our own state.... we will not be landing top recruits in others. How do you think recruits feel about a school that can't land talent from a state that pails in comparison to the other states we are recruiting out of. Let's face it, the state of Kansas lags behind in top talent and we always will. If we can't convince that talent to come to our school..... well. Sooner or later, we're going to have to get some players out of another state than Texas. Starting to recruit our own state better will help with that.

Brett McCabe 3 years, 7 months ago

Glen - I think that Beaty is doing just about everything right on the recruiting front right now. He has four 3-star commitments, three kids in the Texas top-100 and he's building a recruiting base in the Houston area - an area he knows and is connected to.

He's also starting the long, slow process of building credibility in-state. Because Kansas kids always hear how bad KU is in football, it will actually be harder to turn this state around than any other. The Kansas football blast will be good for recruiting over time, it's good for donor relations now and it could be good for ticket sales in the fall.

We were 0-12 last year, and we weren't as good as our record showed. It's absolutely amazing to me - and I use that word purposefully - that Beaty already has the commitments he has. Very impressive, in my opinion.

Greg Ledom 3 years, 7 months ago

Beaty's second full recruiting class following an 0-12 campaign and your already railing on the man. Jesus, give the guy a chance to build some relationships and recruit when his team starts to see some success. This isn't a sprint and I'm one Jayhawk fan willing to give coach a couple more recruiting classes (not including this one) and some opportunity for success on the field before hanging him out to dry. Put some water in that glass AL because it's not half full or half empty.....it's bone dry! RCJH!!

Jim Stauffer 3 years, 7 months ago

There is a stink on our FB program from Lew Perkins through Gill and Weis that must be removed before local kids will come here in any big numbers. We will get kids from other areas who do not have local people in their ears telling them not to go to KU and rebuild it with them and then the Kansas kids will come.

Austin Lopez 3 years, 7 months ago

I know Kansas doesn't have a lot of high end talent like Texas, Florida, California and many more but it should always be a coaches priority to recruit his own backyard. Recruiting the state of Kansas is just important as recruiting Texas, look at Kansas State, they did it with Juco and Kansas kids and there by far a better Football program than us. Our football team would be in far better shape if we landed the big name kids in Kansas. I know we all hate Charlie Weis but he recruited the heck out of Kansas kids, He got us some key Kansas guys for the future in Willis and Joe, so Kansas guys can contribute now Beaty need to put just as much effort he does in recruiting Texas and put some of that same effort in recruiting some Kansas kids.... Recruiting Kansas might not lead us to getting 4 and 5 star guys but it should would give the program a lot of heart, Joe was a unranked too two star prospect coming out of hs and look where he is now....

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