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.
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.
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.