Friday, December 8, 2017

Notebook: New Orleans prep re-opens his recruitment

Kansas University football recruiting

Kansas University football recruiting


The Kansas football team’s 2018 recruiting class may have lost another potential signee Thursday evening, when a high school prospect from New Orleans announced his plans to further examine other programs.

The prep teammate of touted KU commitments Devonta Jason and Corione Harris, Landry-Walker High defensive end Josh Smith published a note on Twitter revealing the development, less than two weeks ahead of the NCAA’s new December early signing period.

Accompanying a tweet that said, “No interviews, please,” Smith posted a message that read: “I love the University of Kansas. They have been very good to me throughout this entire recruitment process. However, I believe that it’s best that I explore other options for the time being. My recruitment is back open.”

It is unclear at the moment whether Smith could still ultimately decide to pick Kansas as his college football home.

Rated a three-star defensive end by Rivals, the 6-foot-4, 247-pound lineman is said to have previously picked up offers from Houston, Iowa State, Missouri, Oregon State, Tulane and other programs.

Smith initially committed to Kansas back in June, on the same day as junior college defensive linemen Jonathan Lolohea and Charles Cameron. All three have since de-committed.

KU’s commitment list for 2018 currently stands at 12 players.

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In-home visit with Jason

A large contingent of Kansas football coaches traveled to New Orleans earlier this week for an in-home visit with the biggest name in the program’s recruiting class, five-star receiver Jason.

Ten days after his primary recruiter, associate head coach Tony Hull, and offensive coordinator Doug Meacham checked in on Jason in New Orleans, they brought even more of their co-workers with them for another meeting with the 6-3 wideout on Wednesday.

Head coach David Beaty joined Hull and Meacham, as did quarterbacks coach Garrett Riley, recruiting coordinator Kenny Perry and offensive line coach Zach Yenser.

Jason, along with four-star Landry-Walker cornerback Corione Harris, shocked the college football recruiting world by committing to Kansas during a visit to Lawrence this past February.

KU hopes to sign Jason, Harris and others as early as Dec. 20.

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New offer for Tune

The KU staff recently received a reaffirmation from Texas prep quarterback Clayton Tune that he would sign with the Jayhawks, but another program has emerged for the three-star QB.

Just this week Tune picked up a scholarship offer that trumps his previous ones from Houston and North Texas. The SEC’s Ole Miss is now pursuing the 6-2 quarterback from Hebron High, in Carrolton, Texas, as well.

Tune de-committed from Kansas in late October, before changing his mind again in late November, and pledging to sign with KU in December.

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John Fitzgerald 3 years, 4 months ago

If we don't get Harris, Jason, and/or Tune to sign it's going to really hurt this recruiting class. I'm hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst.

Bryson Stricker 3 years, 4 months ago

One thing I have now realized I liked a lot more about Weis/Early Beaty era when we sucked at recruiting, is that I hate this carousel.

I have now rested my internal happiness in a bunch of 18 year olds who change their twitter bio everyday, post recruitment every other day, say they love KU the next day and where LSU gloves the day after.

December 20th can't come any faster. If we are able to land Jason & Harris, I could see this class shaping up even better come February. I think a lot of these kids are contingent on these two coming and don't want to limit themselves committing to Kansas yet if there are no signs of development.

RockChalk #JohnFitzgeraldisgoingtodo1000pushups

Andy Tweedy 3 years, 4 months ago

This is why I only read the headlines, browse the article and then move on. It's a grind watching these kids change their minds every week.

John Myers 3 years, 4 months ago

I agree 100%, it’s stupid. I think verbals should just go away altogether. Your first commit is written and signed and if you rescind, you sit a year.

Bryson Stricker 3 years, 4 months ago

I agree with you in theory but I don't think it would play out well. Commitments within a class are pretty huge and these guys develop relationships with each other from playing and visiting schools together. Getting big verbal commitments can move up the caliber of talent that is interested in you compared to National Signing Day being a madness. Imagine if we showed up to NSD and ended up with 0 recruits lmfao. Stuff like that would happen.

John Fitzgerald 3 years, 4 months ago

If both Jason and Harris sign with KU, obviously I'll do the pushups. But if they don't, and I know this is a lot for you, then you have to do 10 curls with your snickers bar. Deal?

Jack Hoff 3 years, 4 months ago

Think about it tho! When was the last time you can remember KU being in recruiting battles with LSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and others? Beaty is a good recruiter and it just needs some time to get the right horses and years to get them fully developed.

Kevin Robert Fest 3 years, 4 months ago

Jack do you honestly think any of these kids would ever consider going to Kansas if it wasn't for Tony Hull?? You must be crazy to think David Beaty has anything to do with these kids coming here and being a great recruiter. Why don't you get your facts straight before you keep saying foolish things on this board. David Beatty is horrible recruiter and without Tony Hull and the relationship he has with these Louisiana kids David Beaty would have nothimg coming from Louisiana. He's supposed to be a great recruiter in Texas where are all these Texas kids? Kansas recruiting rankings since Beaty got here has either been 9th or 10th. Where do you get your facts? With the influx of JUCOS hes picking up hes going to leave the program the way Weis did.

Brian Hosfelt 3 years, 4 months ago

well these kids committed before the season started, when Beaty said we had a chance at a bowl game.....then the disaster of a season happened and all these kids are having second thoughts...cant blame them.

Ryan Zimmerman 3 years, 4 months ago

Been saying it for a while. No way Jason still comes here... can't showcase his skills with this team

Dee Shaw 3 years, 4 months ago

No way. I can't believe this. What a shocker. What is going on with our football recruiting.

Brian Hosfelt 3 years, 4 months ago

what direction do we go if we miss out on the 3 Louisiana kids and Tune from Texas? we would have like 9 commits and half of those juco....I would expect we will fill the class with 70% juco kids with a few high school kids...this could get real ugly fast....sure hope that's not the case

Daniel Kennamore 3 years, 4 months ago

Don't blame him one bit.

Why would you willingly throw yourself into a dumpster fire if you could go to even a non-P5 school that can actually win a game?

Titus Canby 3 years, 4 months ago

Daniel, I agree with you that no good players should join our team. Thanks for your stellar support. (Please insert sarcasm font.)

Daniel Kennamore 3 years, 4 months ago

The Chancellor, AD & head coach are obviously all okay with 1 win seasons.

Why on earth would any kid with options choose to join that?

Ashwin Rao 3 years, 4 months ago

Just curious, if we have the worst recruiting class in Big12, will Beaty still have his job? I like him, but we are moving at a glacier pace, with everything including recruiting, so it gives me a feeling that I will be sitting around sulking next year as well!

Len Shaffer 3 years, 4 months ago

You're making a generous prediction, Barry. Where do you think our one win will come from?

Kevin Robert Fest 3 years, 4 months ago

The scary thing about this whole thing is if only one or two of these guys sign or none of them sign the players that Beaty has at the top of his recruiting list are not big 12 players. They're the kind of kids that are getting offers from smaller schools from smaller divisions. Look at those two corners he just picked up from the JUCOS Betty said that these two corners were the top of HIS recruiting list and one of them was only a two star. I mean you got to be kidding me some of the school other schools that are recruiting these kids are a joke and I realized Kansas has no legs to stand on but if it's us and Prairie View A&M or Buffalo or Tulsa and we're the only big school offering are these kids even worth it but Beaty is just going to sign kids to fill the class whether hey have talent or not or there's a need at the position he just needs to have the numbers to fill out a class. Then he'll try to talk them up and we'll go 1 and 11 next year and then we'll be under the new coach.

Jack Hoff 3 years, 4 months ago

Aquip Talib was a two star. What's your point? Are you breaking down film for hours? I didn't think so. You're probably in that group that thought Self wasted a scholarship when he signed some bum who only had offers from Towson. Remember him? Frank Mason. Yeah, let the coaches do their job. Stars don't mean squat.

Lawrence McGlinn 3 years, 4 months ago

There are exceptions, but generally 2-star players do not succeed at the rate of 3 or 4-star players. And these coaches have not displayed any talent at identifying diamonds in the rough.

Kevin Robert Fest 3 years, 4 months ago

Jack you identified one player from 10 years ago. Whoopie do. Name another and don't say Chris Harris.

Ty Becker 3 years, 4 months ago

It's true that Talib was a two star prospect. However you are comparing a high school prospect with five potential years of development against a JUCO who most likely has two or three years to develop. This is huge difference

Tim Bingaman 3 years, 4 months ago

Hope these guys stick.

On another note, this is the coach that Arkansas is getting because they made a change: Morris, 49, had a 14-22 record as the coach at SMU, but his team's performance had improved dramatically over the past three seasons. The Mustangs went 2-10 in his first season in 2015, 5-7 in 2016 and 7-5 this season.

John Fitzgerald 3 years, 4 months ago

Had him on my list of replacements if Beaty were to be fired at the end of this season.

Jeff Coffman 3 years, 4 months ago

If he signing period is Dec 20-22 and Beaty doesn't sign these guys, any chance they would still open the door for a coaching change?

Zinger did say he liked the class coming in... if the class doesn't sign what is left?

Steve Corder 3 years, 4 months ago

Jeff, you know the answer to your question.

Chris Bailey 3 years, 4 months ago

NONE of the three of these kids come to Kansas. If they come here they're foolish. What the hell has Beaty shown anyone he can coach?

Dee Shaw 3 years, 4 months ago

All you guys are so negative about KU football. All you read is how bad things are and we are going 1-11 again. Come on everyone. Have some faith and believe in Coach Beaty. I think next year big changes are coming in our football program. Progress. Stay positive people. Believe. KU next year 2-10.

Kevin Robert Fest 3 years, 4 months ago

2-10 is your opinion of progress? ONE extra win is progress? THAT'S BIG CHANGES? OMG!!!

Ashwin Rao 3 years, 4 months ago

I believe that he was being sarcastic! Do step back from that ledge!

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Not one kid wirh options is signing on to 3-33. Not one.

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