Monday, February 6, 2017

Sixth touted Louisiana prospect commits to KU football

Jenkins a three-star D-lineman from 'The Boot'

Kansas University football recruiting

Kansas University football recruiting


The Kansas football program’s Louisiana recruiting revolution didn’t flame out over the weekend.

Less than 48 hours removed from a wild Saturday, when head coach David Beaty and his staff received verbal commitments from five highly-rated prep juniors who hail from running backs coach Tony Hull’s home state, another prospect from “The Boot” jumped on board.

Nelson Jenkins, a defensive lineman from Plaquemine, Louisiana, listed at 6-foot-4 and 290 pounds, announced Monday morning on Twitter his intentions to play at KU.

A three-star prospect according to Rivals, Jenkins also has offers from Georgia Tech, SMU and other programs.

Prior to Saturday’s “junior day” at the Kansas football facilities, when the staff welcomed in a long list of Class of 2018 recruits to campus, Beaty and company didn’t have any commitments for next year’s signing day. That all changed very quickly, over a matter of hours, and with Jenkins’ pledge, Kansas now has six touted Louisiana athletes in its seven-player class.

However, Jenkins told Jon Kirby of Jayhawk Slant, unlike the other big names from The Pelican State, the defensive lineman didn’t even make an unofficial visit to Lawrence.

“I have seen what’s going on at KU and all of the players from Louisiana committing there,” Jenkins told Jayhawk Slant, while crediting Hull for his recruitment. “I want to be part of that and I can’t wait to get up there.”

Impressively, each of the recruits pilfered from SEC territory are three- or four-star prospects. While verbal commitments are non-binding, four-star athletes Devonta Jason (New Orleans receiver), Corione Harris (New Orleans cornerback) and Ja’Marr Chase (Metairie receiver), as well as three-star players Anthony Williams (Boutte running back), Aaron Brule (Metairie safety) and Jenkins all — at least at this point — say they plan to sign with Kansas, a rebuilding Big 12 program.

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Chris DeWeese 4 years, 2 months ago

Wow, six LA recruits and only one TX recruit so far. Times are changing for the KU football program.

Dale Rogers 4 years, 2 months ago

I can see these guys' names on the wall among those who helped turned the corner for Kansas football!

Kevin Robert Fest 4 years, 2 months ago

Remember this is a copycat Society honestly do you not believe that there is a coach from Texas Oklahoma Oklahoma State Iowa State on the phone right now with High School coaches in the Louisiana area looking to see if they could get a regarded high school coach join their staff In some capacity I guarantee you a phone call from these programs have already been made. Prominent recruits from Texas are not sure Big 12 signees anymore. Have to look somewhere for recruits.

Do not dismiss this, it could be just a fluke or a could be a trend wait a year or two and Kansas will have all these players from the Louisiana area in their program and these other programs will be just standing there with their hands in their pocket I guarantee you these phone calls have already been made. Kansas is getting these kids attention some of them may not sign but they're getting their attention that is a really big deal for a team that has two wins and last two years.

Benny Armstrong 4 years, 2 months ago

I agree with the premise that this is a copycat society and people will try to replicate what works for someone else, however I'm not so sure that Texas, OU, or OSU are currently looking to find their own version of Coach Hull... Maybe ISU is entertaining it, but the other three are located in talent dense states and typically get their choice of the top talent in recruiting.

I believe Beaty and KU got creative with this hire because Hull is a rising talent with great relationships in another talent dense state, and we realized that you can't build a successful program recruiting from the exact same geographic footprint that your conference foes cover. We've had some great players come out of Texas and Oklahoma for us, but you can't consistently win on the field if you aren't winning recruiting battles for players. I give Beaty credit for this and for his added emphasis on recruiting Kansas, which we've already seen start paying dividends.

I do agree though that this is a big deal and should be celebrated. While they haven't signed anything yet and it is still extremely early in the process, this is something that is getting national attention and helps to get our name out there for other recruits to take notice of. Gotta keep pushing and these classes can become the norm rather than the exception. RCJH

Dirk Medema 4 years, 2 months ago

Signing day is indeed 12 months away, but it is worth noting that we already have quite a few similar "boot boyz", so these guys are joining the trend not setting it. It helps that Mike Lee has already had recognized success here, and that Charlot came here having experienced a big program; a potential poacher. LSU will undoubtedly work to keep the boyz home, and is also a quality recruiter, but it helps that there is already a core that they are joining.

David A. Smith 4 years, 2 months ago

Its also worth noting that KU currently has the 7th rated class in the COUNTRY, according to Rivals!.....

Benny Armstrong 4 years, 2 months ago

Definitely agree that having some guys on the team doing well that are from the Boot is a big plus in recruiting the area. Mike Lee went to the same high school as two of the stud recruits so it can't be a fluke that they were interested in us.

Also agree that LSU isn't going down without a fight. Like most big programs they want to lock down their home state and get the top local guys for the program so I expect a battle to signing day. Wins and building on the foundation of last year will go a long way to signing these 7 commits and adding to the class. Fans need to do their part and support the team at home to create an atmosphere players want to play in.

Brent Held 4 years, 2 months ago

I'm loving all these recruits and really hope they stay with KU. However, looking at Devonta Jason's twitter account and seeing him retweet people saying "stop messing with Jayhawk fans" or other tweets that make the KU football program out to be a joke makes me feel a little skeptical about how serious these commitments really. Maybe I'm wrong, which I'd gladly be okay with!

Jack Joiner 4 years, 2 months ago

Word to State of Kansas top recruits. Better jump on the band wagon while we have room for you!

Karen Mansfield-Stewart 4 years, 2 months ago

6' 4" and 290 lbs in high school. Oh my goodness, that's a big boy!

Andy Tweedy 4 years, 2 months ago

Some ESPN recruiting guy discussed their commitment and if they would stay committed. He gave their commitment a 70% chance of sticking. I'll take that.

Dirk Medema 4 years, 2 months ago

Are these the same recruiting guys that said we wouldn't get ____ BB commit?

Where's Matt's wheel when you need it? :-)

David A. Smith 4 years, 2 months ago

Did I mention that we currently have the 7th rated class in the country, according to Rivals? Ok, by a show of hands, who predicted this last week?

Maria Ungaro 4 years, 2 months ago

The entire recruiting season has been excellent... The 2017 football season can change the entire dynamic of KU Football for years to come. A bowl game is a possibility. We live in a such a high speed social media age. Word travels fast and the word is out for KU Football.

The Facilities, weight room, and education are top notch in the nation. The coaching staff is building a winning program for years to come. The recruits are feeling that vibe. Can't wait to see 50K plus in Memorial stadium and 25K plus at a visitors stadium waving the wheat!!!!!

I'm loving the Louisiana players coming up to ball on Saturday's. Trust me the Texas players will be coming too.

Man, this is exciting.... Rock Chalk Jayhawks 2017

Larry Jackson 4 years, 2 months ago

When was the last time Jayhawk f-ball fans were excited in Feb? Never! Geaux Beaty!!!! Geaux Jayhawks!!!!

Glen Miller 4 years, 2 months ago

I am pumped that these kids feel this strongly about our program and the direction it is headed. I am grateful that we are on the uptick. I feel like there is hope for our program that has been lacking for a while............ I'm not naive though and I will not count my chickens until they hatch. A verbal is a commitment, but until they are signed and enrolled, we will have to battle off some pretty high profile schools to keep these players committed to Kansas. My bet is that if we win some games and are competitive in the others, we have a shot to keep a number of them. 2 wins won't do the trick though, so it will be up to Beaty, his staff and the players to show that KU is no longer just a punchline or a Homecoming game.

Brian Hosfelt 4 years, 2 months ago

just read a article on New Orleans head high school football coaches having a meeting to boycott LSU....its over LSU releasing the assistant who recruited the area....bad news is that assistant is now at Tx Tech...but could be good for KU to.

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