Sunday, November 13, 2016

Three-star DT Zach McKinney commits to Kansas

Kansas University football recruiting

Kansas University football recruiting


Although the Kansas football team suffered its ninth consecutive loss on the field Saturday at Memorial Stadium, head coach David Beaty and his staff received some positive news Sunday when recruiting target Zach McKinney verbally committed to the program.

As reported by, McKinney, rated a three-star defensive tackle by Rivals, delivered the news in person to Beaty and recruiting coordinator Kenny Perry during an unofficial visit to Lawrence.

A 6-foot-5 high school lineman (Class of 2017) from Weatherford, Texas, McKinney watched KU’s 31-24 loss to Iowa State in person, but wasn’t deterred by the outcome.

“You can’t just look at wins and losses,” McKinney, long recruited by KU, told Jayhawk Slant. “Sometimes you have to look past that and where a program is at. Winning doesn’t always show everything. I see the Kansas program is going in the right direction. Just like yesterday against Iowa State, if they make a play or eliminate a mistake they would have won that game.”

Listed at 280 pounds, McKinney also received offers from Houston, Oklahoma State, SMU and other programs.

“It felt like home,” McKinney said of KU. ”That’s the main thing when I was there it felt like home. I liked all of the coaches and I see the steps they are making. I think the program is going in the right direction and they will start to win.”

McKinney joins what projects as KU’s strongest unit for 2017, the defensive line, which will feature key returning Jayhawks Dorance Armstrong Jr., Daniel Wise, DeeIsaac Davis and Isaiah Bean.

First-year Kansas defensive line coach Michael Slater, Perry and Beaty all contributed to recruiting the newest addition to the D-line.

Rivals ranks McKinney as the 40th-best defensive tackle in the nation.


Brett McCabe 4 years, 5 months ago

Great job by the staff and congrats to the young man.

Beaty has one chance to save his job: get rid of his ego, get an O.C. and spend the rest of the season recruiting.

Also, if Zenger is wise, he's having meetings with all of the assistants right now to make sure that they stay. Another year of high turnover, and the KU faithful will become faithless.

Andy Tweedy 4 years, 5 months ago

I definitely agree with you about the OC job. I just don't understand take over duties because you can't score still can't score enough and do nothing. It doesn't make sense to me.

Dirk Medema 4 years, 5 months ago

And do nothing?

They're not doing enough to score, but they're hardly doing nothing.

They're also still playing on O with a bunch of freshmen and walk-ons, so when those guys mature and add 20 more players to the roster it will be reasonable to expect much better play - just like we've see this year with the D.

Brett McCabe 4 years, 5 months ago

Scoring is important, and they are last in the conference, by more than a field goal to the 9th ranked team. They are young, but are they better than last year? Because they should be.

Dirk Medema 4 years, 5 months ago

Is the question rhetorical? I'm definitely not the person to answer if it's not. Not sure if I'm just succeeding at blocking out the bad history that is last year, or just the fact that I don't get to watch enough of our games to have strong opinions of comparison.

Either way, it's a far cry from the complaint of Beatty doing nothing.

Dale Rogers 4 years, 5 months ago

Welcome, Zach!

What impresses me about this young man is the depth of his comments. This kid is not concerned with just "me." He can see what's going on and wants to be a part of it. Impressive, in my opinion.

Jim Stauffer 4 years, 5 months ago

Great job recruiting. Kids like this are the reason Beaty was hired. When the roster is filled out and Coach has earned some stripes as a HC, we will see results that most on here and other boards just did not believe possible.

Brett McCabe 4 years, 5 months ago

2015 recruiting class: 10th in the conference. 2016 recruiting class 9th in the conference. 2017 early rankings: 8th in the conference - due only to the fact that Baylor decided to self-implode - which will definitely benefit us. This is especially painful when you see a first year coach at ISU putting together the number-5 class in the conference.

Beaty's classes are getting a bit better, but I wouldn't consider him a wunderkind when it comes to recruiting just yet.

While the non-believers are focused on facts that are in front of us like massive coaching turnover, horrible QB management, bizarre staff changes and game-costing game-day decisions, I do respect that you have unlimited faith. Based on what, I'm not sure, because you never specify anything real, but congrats in your faith.

Though it will probably anger you to know, we all want Beaty to succeed, we just keep looking for reasons to think that he will.

Dirk Medema 4 years, 5 months ago

Rivals actually has us at 9, tho KState is ahead b/c they have 4 more recruits, tho lower average quality. No coach should be rated on the class they assemble the year they are hired.

ISU's class is rated so well because it's mostly full, where other teams still have half a class to add to their totals. ISU will come back to the pack in January in particular when all the rest of the commit lists are completed.

Even if the classes aren't even middle of the pack, the most crucial factor is continuing to rebuild the roster. We're still an entire class short of a full program, so in my opinion Coach is pretty much playing with house money until he gets closer to a full roster.

I do agree with you that there have been more than a couple head scratcher decisions, but at this point the important factor is letting Coach learn while rebuilding the roster. If he hasn't learned in a couple years when we're around 80 players and can afford losing a few with a coaching change, then there would be a basis for changing coaches. To change now would be like shooting ourselves in the hand - because the gunshots to our feet haven't healed yet.

Karen Mansfield-Stewart 4 years, 5 months ago

This is welcome news! I've been on a cruise for the last week and get back to see the bball team lost to Indiana and lost out on two big time recruits and the football team lost a winnable game to ISU. Ugh. Hopefully the fball staff continues to garner these type of quality commitments so next year is a step in the right direction!

Dirk Medema 4 years, 5 months ago

These recruits won't do much to change next year, but rebuilding depth will eventually. We're at about 75% of a roster now. The 2 'Bama recruits should help the O next year, but we lose our entire secondary (5) tho it is nice to have Mike Lee stepping up so much.

Chris DeWeese 4 years, 5 months ago

It was kind of a rough weekend for KU athletics. It's always nice to hear when a decent recruit chooses Kansas.

Dirk Medema 4 years, 5 months ago

Volleyball won and UT lost to ISU. We have the harder remaining games but control our own destiny of a conference title.

Brian Wilson 4 years, 5 months ago

Zach's comments are intelligent and apparently, with 3 stars to his name, he can play. I can't wait to see this guy play. Great Catch for KU and Beatty. Next year, we will have two legitimate recruitment classes. It will still be tough, I expect two wins, three will be nice, and four will be better than expectations. Once Beatty's first recruiting class become Juniors I will be looking for the team to approach 500 ball. Until then, Beatty is still figuring things out, and needs to find a QB. I hope Stanley works out, but and incoming Freashmen with a big arm that makes good decisions and is evasive would help a lot.

Len Shaffer 4 years, 5 months ago

This is great news. And just imagine what type of recruits we could start getting if we won a few games ...

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