Tuesday, December 26, 2017

KU football’s 2018 recruiting class currently lacks a QB

Kansas University football recruiting

Kansas University football recruiting


The Kansas football team’s 2018 recruiting class doesn’t yet include a quarterback, thanks to the on-again, off-again interest in the Jayhawks shown by Texas prep QB Clayton Tune, a two-time KU commit who twice changed his mind and has yet to sign with any program.

That, of course, doesn’t necessarily mean Kansas will head into February’s National Signing Day without a possible quarterback signee.

One name to keep an eye on, according to Jayhawk Slant’s Jon Kirby, is Arizona prep Brock Purdy.

Rivals rates the 6-foot-1, 197-pound QB as a three-star prospect, and Purdy also has offers from Boise State, UNLV and other programs, as well as a preferred walk-on opportunity with Alabama.

A prep standout at Perry High, in Gilbert, Ariz., Purdy announced on Twitter this past week that KU offered him a scholarship. Purdy told Jayhawk Slant he plans to make an official visit to Boise State in January, and he could make a trip to Kansas, too.

At this juncture, the 2018 KU football roster projects to include four quarterbacks: senior Peyton Bender, redshirt junior Carter Stanley, redshirt sophomore Tyriek Starks and sophomore walk-on Miles Fallin.

None by Brock Purdy

Armstrong’s advice for young athletes

KU defensive end Dorance Armstrong Jr. recently shared some firsthand knowledge from his experience at the Big 12 level for a website called The Athlete’s Guide, which uses such personal narratives from accomplished players in hopes that younger athletes can learn from them.

Armstrong’s story focused on setting goals and the steps he has taken in his three years at KU to improve himself as a defensive lineman and a leader.

According to the team captain from Houston, he has always been motivated to chase his objectives by thinking about his family and considering his desire to be “an inspiration” to his younger brother, Kaleb Cain.

“My mother raised both of us on her own,” Armstrong said of Carol Watson, “and I didn’t realize until I got older that she has had to make so many sacrifices to give us opportunities. So for that, I want to pay her back.”

In terms of potential obstacles to achieving goals, Armstrong mentioned the importance of overcoming opposing game plans and not allowing losing seasons to drain his passion.

NFL Draft deadline approaching

Both Armstrong and Kansas defensive tackle Daniel Wise have just under three weeks to decide whether they will return to play as seniors for the Jayhawks in 2018.

The NFL’s deadline for college underclassmen to apply for special early eligibility is Jan. 15.


Kevin Robert Fest 3 years, 3 months ago

If Tune committed twice only to decommitte twice why bother, he was doesn't really want to be here. Stop recruiting him.

Dirk Medema 3 years, 3 months ago

Recruiting isn't over yet. Glad the coaches haven't quit recruiting.

There was one blogger that quit on the BB and conceded the gold medal of the World Championship game a couple years ago. Glad the players and coaches aren't quitters like some fans.

Kevin Robert Fest 3 years, 3 months ago

I'm not saying not to recruit another quarterback Dirk you jerk all I'm saying is this Tune has committed twice and decommitted twice, stop going after this guy, he really doesn't want to be here or he just can't make up his mind it's time to move on to somebody else.

Dirk Medema 3 years, 3 months ago

Thank you for the noble and eloquent response.

Ryan Woods 3 years, 3 months ago

It's been reported multiple times on Jayhawk Slant that KU isn't recruiting him anymore.

Bryson Stricker 3 years, 3 months ago

You will soon find Ryan that 85% of the posters here do not participate in Jayhawkslant or even follow them on twitter.

I don't understand how you could call yourself a fan and not follow the in depth analysis site over the beat writers etc.. (you guys do a fantastic job however).

David Robinett 3 years, 3 months ago

We signed the top High school OL in Missouri!? Nick Williams. Way to go coaches!

Steve Corder 3 years, 3 months ago

Benton, any word about Highland Park (Dallas) QB, John Stephen Jones being recruited by KU?

Jim Stauffer 3 years, 3 months ago

I believe he is going to his father's alma mater, Arkansas.

Gunnar Hays 3 years, 3 months ago

According to 247, he has offers from Arkansas, SMU, and Texas Tech, but hasn't made a decision yet. I agree with Jim that he'd likely be headed to Arkansas, considering his father and grandfather played there. He's an interesting prospect. Not rated highly, and considered undersized. But, he's now won 2 state titles, and played really well in his recent championship victory. Maybe if he played at KU his Grandpa Jerry would donate to the new stadium project (mostly sarcasm but you never know with Jerry)

Steve Corder 3 years, 3 months ago

5'-10" but out played every QB in their drive to the 5A-1 state championship. Reminds me of Reesing...undersized but makes plays when it counts. He engineered 2 TDs in last 2:50 to overcome a 10 point deficit.

Offers have come late.

Aaron Paisley 3 years, 3 months ago

He will be going to Arkansas. Stephen Jones isn't worth the effort based on how unlikely it is he would come here. KU would be better off focusing efforts on more attainable targets.

John Fitzgerald 3 years, 3 months ago

We really need Wise and Armstrong to return but I'd understand if they didn't. And our OL is a bit more concerning than a QB at this point. With all the "talent" we've had at the QB position the most common factor to their failures is a bad OL. If we can at least protect them and give them time to make decisions maybe we'll see a guy that looks like he belongs.

Aaron Paisley 3 years, 3 months ago

Armstrong is likely gone, Wise is much more likely to return.

Dirk Medema 3 years, 3 months ago

After their performance this season, that would seem flipped if anything.

With the history (or lack thereof) of players leaving early in football, it would seem unlikely to me for either to leave early. This isn't basketball, and physical maturity is so much more important so only the most elite leave early, though I admittedly don't follow the NFL or their draft much at all.

Lance Meier 3 years, 3 months ago

NEED QB, OL and SPEED-SPEED-SPEED!!! Just like every team in any league at any level if U do not block Ur QB is not going to B worth anything... Getting bigger stronger and faster each off-season, NOW needs to translate to the field... Coaches keep working hard and it'll pay off, players keep believing in the coaches and wins will come...


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