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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

3rd juco prospect, CB Elijah Jones, commits to KU on eve of early signing period

KU's 2018 class up to 9 potential juco signees

Kansas University football recruiting

Kansas University football recruiting

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A busy Tuesday for Kansas football recruiting continued into the evening, when the program added its third junior college prospect of the day, and ninth overall, to its 2018 recruiting class.

The day before the new December signing period for college football commences, Ellsworth Community College (Iowa) cornerback Elijah Jones described himself as “1,000” percent committed to the Jayhawks, via Twitter.

Listed at 6-foot-3 and 185 pounds, Jones’ pledge came two months after committing to Central Florida.

As a sophomore at Ellsworth C.C. this past fall, Jones recorded 19 total tackles and four interceptions.

His new verbal commitment to KU came days after visiting campus.

According to Rivals, Jones is a three-star juco prospect who also had offers from Illinois, Iowa State and other programs.

Jones declared his plan to sign with the Jayhawks on the same day juco defensive linemen Azur Kamara and Charles Cole did the same.

The trio brings the number of juco prospects in KU’s list of potential signees to nine, joining defensive end Foster Dixson (West Los Angeles Community College), defensive back Davon Ferguson and safety Jeremiah McCullough (Hartnell College), cornerback Elmore Hempstead (Fort Scott Community College), receiver Stephon Robinson (El Camino Community College) and defensive end Najee Stevens-McKenzie (ASA College).

None by Elijah Jones

Comments

Andy Tweedy 10 months ago

This dude looks like he has some seriously long arms!

David Kemp 10 months ago

Yeah really like his size. Need the 6 3 for defending big 12 receivers

Kevin Robert Fest 10 months ago

And the hits just keep on coming. Anyone who thinks that this is different from what Weis did needs to have their heads examined. There's more Jucos coming if some of the big hs fish dont sign tomorrow. This class could have at least 12 jucos, 12 in one class and Beaty will never be around to see them after next year. What a waste. No short cuts huh coach? This is laughable and pathetic.

Mike Hart 10 months ago

Yeah... 3 Star recruits are laughable and pathetic. We have such a long history of them. Fish Smithson was a DB juco transfer. He was only all Big 12 and team captain.

Kevin Robert Fest 10 months ago

Very true Mike name another who actually made a difference.

Lucas Town 10 months ago

I remember the JUCO Dream Team loaded with 3 and 4 star JUCO players. Now I can't remember how many of them actually contributed to the team. In that class 18 of 26 were JUCO recruits.

Buck Bukaty 10 months ago

It's all about playing time. Playing time is available IMMEDIATELY!!!!!!!!! C'mon aboard guys!!!

Jeff Coffman 10 months ago

earnit....oh or just come and show up, we can't develop high school players so we figured we'd bring in people that we think might have been coached.

Mike Hart 10 months ago

Jeff: you're not going to the games, committing to the Williams fund.. or even watching anymore, remember? So thankfully for you, you won't have to worry about the football program in 2018. See ya in 2019... we will miss you here.

Jeff Coffman 10 months ago

You have posted this twice and I don't know where you are getting this. I have said a season ticket shouldn't be sold, but I watched every game in 2017 and I'll try to watch every game in 2018. I just expect the leadership at KU to do better.

Lynn Stuart 9 months, 4 weeks ago

hmmmm so Mike the only way you can truely be a fan is to Donate?well I donate and my daughter will attend KU next year, not to mention my fater worked for the athletic Dept. for 15 years and the only games i've missed are the ones while serving my country from 89 till 2 years ago/ some people can not afford to donate but that does not make them any less fans,im in colorado I can't go to every game does that mean I can't anything to say about the very sad state of the program? your statement is just plain rediculas

Kent Gaylor 10 months ago

What i would like to know is how many of the Juco guys (and even High School) will be here in January and for the Juco how many years do they have.

Mike Hart 10 months ago

All ratings are via Rivals:

3-star DL Charles Cole has 2 years to play 3-star CB Elijah Jones has 2 years to play 3-star DE Foster Dixson has 2 years to play 3-star DB Davon Ferguson has three years to play (not typical juco) 3-star S Jeremiah McCullough has two years to play 3-star CB Elmore Hempstead has two years to play 3-star WR Stephon Robinson has three years to play (not typical Juco xfer) 3-star DE Najeen Stevens-McKenzie has two years to play 3-star DL Azur Kamara has two years to play

Austin Lopez 10 months ago

2013 Kansas Class All Over Again !

Joe Norgay 10 months ago

Hull attracted amazing talent to KU. At one time we had a top 10 recruiting class. All Beaty had to do was prove that he was building a program by winning as little as 3 games this year. Problem is, Beaty is a terrible head coach and he couldn't even come close to winning 3 games in year 3. Because of that, no real recruits believe Beaty can turn KU around. Hull could have kept this class if we would have had a better head coach.

Mike Hart 10 months ago

He did? He must be playing Pin the Tail on the Donkey

Lynn Stuart 9 months, 4 weeks ago

My god Mike, Joe is correct, as we said in the military, get off of Beaty's member long enough to see the big picture

Jack Hoff 10 months ago

What is a real recruit? Do we currently have fake recruits? If we had a different head coach, we probably would never have had Hull.

Jeff Coffman 10 months ago

Girod first, if he signed off on Zenger and Beaty in the offseason, can't figure out a fully funded volleyball court, do we really want him running the University and picking the next Athletic director?

Mike Hart 10 months ago

Good God, Robert... it's not going to happen before 2018 season... so why keep saying it? Stay current...

Joe Norgay 10 months ago

Because we're don't settle like you do. We're not beaten down by a god awful football program and then bend over and take it when they say, 'sorry, not gonna happen this year.' If we had your way Zenger/Beaty would be here for life but luckily there's people that actually care and that's why there on the hot seat for next year. Well guess what? That proves that pressure does bring change and we're so effing bad that it's obvious we should have had change a month ago. Not gonna be complacent like you and settle for an administration that treats our fans and donors like garbage with what they put out on the field.

David Kemp 10 months ago

We could really use a new starting qb big time. Neither Bender or Stanley are capable of winning games.

Len Shaffer 10 months ago

At this rate we'll be one of the oldest teams in the country in 2018!

Hey, nothing beats experience, right? (Note heavy sarcasm font.)

Joe Norgay 10 months ago

““I’m not at all. I feel great,” Beaty said. “When we came to this place, we made it very clear that we were going to not take any shortcuts. We weren’t going to sign entire classes of junior-college guys and try to get quick fixes. We had seen what that had done. “You build it with high school players that have been in your program for four to five years,” Beaty said.

Mike Hart 10 months ago

Ok, Joe... so what do you do when these High School players DECOMMIT? Give up... or fill holes? You act like going the Juco route was his 1st choice. Oh ok... HS players reneg on offers... so we are not going to sign anyone, because they are a Juco. So let's just play with what we got.... stupid.

Joe Norgay 10 months ago

Maybe he should have recruited the right highschool players and not used advanced computer analytics to tell him who he should recruit. Seems like every other program can attract highschool players? Oh Beaty can't? Why is that? Oh because he's a terrible head coach and Zenger/Beaty are setting us back years because they're incompetent.

Brad Avery 10 months ago

Too many juco guys as usual. The Charlie Weis recruiting trap.

Jeff Coffman 10 months ago

9 JUCOs, 1 Transfer, and 5 HS players (not all HS players are on schollies)

buildingittherightway

Get rid of Girod...he is my least favorite now. If this is how he treats football, can we leave the entire university in his hands?

Jack Hoff 10 months ago

So nobody else is gonna say it? Okay then... Congratulations Elijah Jones! Good for you to take the next step in furthering your athletic and academic career. I am excited to have you be apart of Jayhawk Nation and hope you can help turn the tide of KU football.

Mike Hart 10 months ago

Thank you, Jack. 90% of these complainers have already said they are giving up their season tickets and canceling their Williams Fund donations. (Most likely, they are neither season ticket holders, nor Fund Contributors). These same people who are not going to watch.. and support the program... will STILL be watching... and we'll still hear the crying INSERT PACIFIER...ah... much better.

Doug Cramer 10 months ago

What happened to not taking shortcuts ???

This program just got worse for the long term.

Here’s to another guaranteed 10 years of sucking.

Joe Norgay 10 months ago

Say hello to Beaty in the morning for me will you?

Brian Skelly 10 months ago

How is this different from Charlie Weis?

Mike Hart 10 months ago

Well, gee, Brian. Maybe because Charlie Weis went the JUCO route immediately. Almost all of these Jucos under Beaty are necessitated by KU commits... high schoolers... who have decommitted. You might recall also that Durance Armstrong and Daniel Wise are no guarantees to be back next year. They are underclassmen who may go pro... two guys who grew up and were groomed in the program. Who are you going to fill their places at this point... a 2 star DE out of high school... or a 3 star, Juco player who is much more ready to step in and contribute? As for Charlie Weis.. he went juco right off the bat. His first year had 8 Jucos, and THREE 4th year senior transfers. Dayne Crist ring a bell? The highlight of Weis' recruiting class out of high school was LB Schyler Myles out of Florida.. the 27th rated HS LB in the nation. Remember his contributions to KU from this highly decorated HS player? Right... neither do I.

Joe Norgay 10 months ago

“You win with seniors that you’ve had four years. You don’t get stuff for free. It don’t come overnight. It takes time. And developing guys takes time,” Beaty said. “We talked about it a long time ago: We’re not going to cut corners, and cutting corners is trying to get rich quick. We’re not trying to do that.”

Sorry, David Beaty disagrees with you.

Mike Bennett 10 months ago

I was in the keep Beatty and Zenger camp, mainly because I felt with so many openings we'd get the bottom of the barrel, but not anymore. It's clear Beatty is mortgaging the future again to save his job and Zenger's letting him because he knows he won't get the chance to hire a 3rd coach. Both need to go. This is the same s$$t Weis pulled putting us in this place to begin with.

Kevin Robert Fest 10 months ago

So let me get this straight for every Juco player that you sign you're basically giving away 3 years an extra 3 years that you would have with a high schooler if he redshirted one year. So somehow giving away 3 years to a player x 9 or 10 Juco players please explain to me how this is a good thing. I don't care if Beaty signs Juco players maybe in the two three four or five range but the have Juco players in the double digits and not have it compared to what Weis did is incomprehensible. I know Weis kicked players off the team for various infractions 20 at a time but Beaty is still doing at least one thing that Weis did that didn't help the program in the least.

Raymond Wright 10 months ago

The problem with front butt wasn't recruiting 35 jucos. It was the fact that only 2 or 3 actually made it on the team. At least understand how the scholarship problem happened.

Raymond Wright 10 months ago

In a 6 year period Snyder signed 70 jucos. I'm hoping Beatty has a better idiot radar than wiese did

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