Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Four-star KU football recruit narrows choices down to two programs

Kansas University football recruiting

Kansas University football recruiting


As Dec. 20 and the NCAA’s new early signing period for college football nears, one of the New Orleans high school players Kansas has coveted for months has eliminated all but two programs from his list of potential destinations.

Four-star Landry-Walker cornerback Corione Harris announced Tuesday afternoon on Twitter he will focus in on KU and Mississippi State as he makes his decision.

Harris, like his prep teammate Devonta Jason, a five-star receiver, committed to the Jayhawks back in February, after associate head coach Tony Hull had them and other Louisiana prospects in Lawrence to check out the rebuilding program’s facilities.

That same weekend, Kansas also picked up a non-binding verbal pledge for its 2018 recruiting class from three-star running back Anthony Williams, from Boutte, La.

Harris, a 6-foot-1 corner, is ranked the No. 97 prospect in the nation according to Rivals, as well as the 11th-best cornerback in the nation and the No. 6 prospect in Louisiana.

Jason, ranked No. 31 overall by Rivals, revealed a few days earlier he is considering KU, Mississippi State, Florida and LSU.

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Chris Bailey 3 years, 4 months ago

So he and Jason have both schools on their final list. I would say that's a good sign as I think all indications are that they would like to play together in college but I'm not sure that's been 100% confirmed.

Buck Bukaty 3 years, 4 months ago

If indeed he's as good as he thinks he is he'd be a lock to start at Corner as a Freshman.

Jeff Coffman 3 years, 4 months ago

This is actually sad, that Beaty and in this case Perry under the direction of Bowen have had three years to develop corners, and a freshman without any view of a Big XII offense, is better prepared than someone that has been in the program for three years.

If we can't develop the players we are getting, there will be little success in the program.

Kevin Robert Fest 3 years, 4 months ago

Nothing to do here but wait and hope for the best. Hopefully Hull is working the phones until the early signing day, as well as the other LA kids already on the team. The only saving grace here is Hull and the other LA kids on the team. Somehow convince them to come. Other than that what can you do?

Marcus Balzer 3 years, 4 months ago

Drop off a BIG bag of cash and pray you don't get caught.

Glen Miller 3 years, 4 months ago

I hope to see the Louisianimals in KU blue next year...... We don't have the history or tradition, but now is a good time to start building it! I'm going to believe these two young men's commitment will stick. I have belief that a man's word still means something. In today's recruiting world, prove the doubters wrong.... both those outside our program and those within our program.

Jeff Coffman 3 years, 4 months ago

I wonder if Kenny Perry thinks if he had stayed at TCU and continued his development under that program, if he would have been considered for the Houston job when Coach Herman left.

I'm sure he is excited to get some defensive backs to coach; however, I would say that our corners have been pretty awful in the last three years. From turning the wrong way, to being just beat, to playing off the receivers and definitely not getting off the blocks on the three wide.

We need talent, but I think if they come to Kansas they will play for another coaching staff.

Chris DeWeese 3 years, 4 months ago

I see Devonta Jason was down graded to 4 star. I wonder why.

Micky Baker 3 years, 4 months ago

Jason was originally a 4 star, then upgraded to 5-star early in the past high school football season.

Gunnar Hays 3 years, 4 months ago

Interesting to see Miss State as his other option. With Mullen headed for Florida and a new coach in place, I wonder how much of an affect it will have on his decision. I know players commit to a school not a coach, and I'm sure Moorhead is busy on his phone but still something to consider.

I think the big advantage KU has is the outlook of playing time right away, especially at a position like defensive back. I wondered the same thing as Chris in regards to this being a "package deal" of sorts with him and the WR Jason.

Either way, it would be a big win to get some really good high school players like this, even if they don't make an immediate impact it would certainly pay dividends for future seasons.

Jeff Coffman 3 years, 4 months ago

Well your point of a school not a coach is important. There is a high likelihood that a coaching change will take affect at KU.

I'm also afraid of the repetitive nature of these players that are deemed good out of high school getting playing time. This would indicate that three years in a college program under Beaty would be less than an athlete coming out of high school.

That right there would indicate Beaty is not the right person for the job, if he can't develop people compared to high school athletes, he won't succeed at KU because of the need to develop talent. The majority of the recruits coming to KU do not have more than 3 stars, if you can't develop the talent you are getting you are going to be in a hole.

Bryson Stricker 3 years, 4 months ago

At a bottom feeder power 5 school even all the way to the near top, especially in a conference that isn't built on size but athleticism rather. A 4-5* Freshman starting is not surprising but more expected.

The SEC schools don't start freshman most of the time because they aren't big enough to play their style and their style is much different than HS ball.

If 2-3* players are consistently playing right out of HS. That is when you have a problem and I think we are finally to the point that it isn't really happening unless they're gems/under sought talent. (Dom Williams, Mike Lee, Quan Hampton, Hakeem Adeniji, etc.

Jeff Coffman 3 years, 4 months ago

So we are shortcutting the system by starting freshman versus red-shirting them and working them in over 2-3 years. Interesting, sounds fair, but has not been what our current coach has been focused on.

Mike Hart 3 years, 4 months ago

"This would indicate that three years in a college proram under Beaty would be less than an athlete coming out of high school". Right...... and if Urban Meyer had coached Montel Cozart for 3 years... and then Aaron Rodgers came out of high school and started as a freshman... then that would prove Urban Meyer can't coach either. Look at Aqib Talib and Chris Harris from 2008 at KU.. still starting for Denver in the NFL. Who was THEIR coach.. .coaching the D Backs? Clint Bowen... that's who.. .you know... the OTHER guy who can't coach apparently and needs to be fired. You can't have it both ways, Jeff....

Jeff Coffman 3 years, 4 months ago

The exception versus the rule.

Also, please double check your history. When we were great in the 2007-2008 we had a defensive coordinator that was great, and Bowen was responsible for the Safeties (not the corners).

Please try to get your facts correct prior to defending Beaty and yes Bowen. They both have not performed well.

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