Thursday, February 9, 2017

Kansas football adds commitment from Missouri defensive lineman

Kansas University football recruiting

Kansas University football recruiting


Less than a week after adding the first player in the 2018 recruiting class, the Kansas football team picked up its eighth pledge Thursday.

Cartez Crook-Jones, a three-star defensive end from Grandview, Mo., announced on Twitter that he was committing to play for the Jayhawks. Kansas coach David Beaty signaled the commitment with his signature “#NeatDeal” post on Twitter.

The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Crook-Jones attended KU’s Junior Day last weekend. According to Jayhawk Slant, he runs a 40-yard dash in the 4.7-second range and boasts a 33-inch vertical leap. He chose KU over an offer from Iowa State.

"I’m going to be real explosive," Crook-Jones told Jayhawk Slant. “I’m a big, fast, strong, athletic kid. They feel like if I put on some muscle weight, get bigger and stronger, I’ll probably be one of them freshman kids that come in and play a little."

Crook-Jones, who plays for Grandview’s boys basketball team, was primarily recruited by defensive line coach Michael Slater.

Jayhawk Slant reported Crook-Jones made a return visit to Lawrence on Thursday so Beaty could meet his mother, AiKeisha Crook, and he could receive her approval to commit.

"That’s probably one of the coolest dudes on the staff," Crook-Jones said of Slater. "He’s real. He keeps it real with you. He’s not a cocky, but a real confident dude. He's actually good at what he does, so he backs it up."

Crook-Jones joins previous commits in the 2018 class: Aaron Brule, defensive back; Ja’Marr Chase, receiver; Corione Harris, defensive back; Devonta Jason, receiver; Nelson Jenkins, defensive tackle; Clayton Tune, quarterback; and Anthony Williams, running back.

None by Cartez Crook Jones


Brett McCabe 4 years, 2 months ago

Great news, especially for the lineman-obsessed posters on this site.

Scoring a KCMO kid is really big right now. Mizzou is weakened and, if we can start landing a few kids from the other side of the river, we could really strengthen our talent pool in the immediate area.

For kids coming out of school now, the KU vs. MU war is meaningless, so it's our opportunity to start picking some of these recruits off. This is a great, great start.

Kevin Robert Fest 4 years, 2 months ago


Until they sign they are are just recruits, but man is this exciting. I haven't been this excited since Reesing threw that last second TD pass to Meier in the rain in 08.


Joe Ross 4 years, 2 months ago

I can tell already this kid is going to be a great fit. He even sounds like David Beaty.

"That’s probably one of the coolest dudes on the staff. He’s real. He keeps it real with you. He’s not a cocky, but a real confident dude. He's actually good at what he does, so he backs it up."

David Beaty in stereo...

Gerry Butler 4 years, 2 months ago

Man things looking so really good. I fully realize we can and probably will lose some - -de-commits, BUT even with that, getting these guys to take notice of our program is a huge step, shows we got the pieces the right place. - -this has got me jacked , we can get excited about our football again. - I know it's just a number but right now as of this minute, as of today the 247 sports site has KU'S 2018 recruiting class rated six in the NATION. -- with this commit we moved up from ninth to sixth. - - yes we will lose some that's only logical but we also add some, even when all said and done hell if we end up # 20-25 in the Nation would be the highest I have seen - -got me pumped

Dirk Medema 4 years, 2 months ago

Per Rivals it is #5, but more importantly the 8 recruits total 756 points, or 94.5 pts per player. If that's projected across a 25 player class, it is 2362 points, which was good for #9 in 2017. Bama, tOSU, Georgia, MU-Blue, FSU, USC, OU, LSU, and ahead of Florida and the other 8 members of the Big12.

Larry Jackson 4 years, 2 months ago

Hey Gerry Butler! How ya doing? Today (2/10/17), 247 sports site has KU'S 2018 recruiting class rated FOURTH in the NATION!

Jacob Zutterman 4 years, 2 months ago

In case anyone was wondering, KU is now ranked #5 in the team rankings for 2018

Larry Jackson 4 years, 2 months ago

Fri. 2/10/17: 247 sports site has KU'S 2018 recruiting class rated FOURTH in the NATION. RCJH!!!

Andy Tweedy 4 years, 2 months ago

Don't you guys feel like the key to keeping most of these kids is winning 4 or 5 games...or maybe more? Seems to me we can do it, but if we don't, it could get dicey!

Brett McCabe 4 years, 2 months ago

I think that it's important. If we win 3, and are competitive in all, it probably still works but I think that 4 to 5 wins is going to be pretty important.

One advantage we have on the early commits is a lot of time to bring them home. All of them still have official visits and we've got months to seal the deal.

This team should be better and, if it is, they'll be able to point to it as proof of progress.

Dirk Medema 4 years, 2 months ago

Maybe more important than W/L is how a few of the players perform.

I think it was real important than Mike Lee was able to come in a year early, but without the benefit of a summer of conditioning, and after a few games win a starting position and a ton of recognition. Similar for Dorance, and Sims. All the pieces aren't there, but there are young guys stepping in and making plays.

Can't you just hear Beaty and crew saying, "If we had you on the other edge, ..."

It will be huge to see how Charlot in particular performs. There are a few more, like Octavius, Williams, Baldwin, ... Even if there are gaps in position or performance that result in L's, if the recruits can look to more players making more plays (which should result in more W's) the outcome of the games won't be nearly as important for the recruits.

Dirk Medema 4 years, 2 months ago

Gotta like that he brings his mom to meet coach in order to commit. Obviously that's not going to be the norm, though it seems that the staff makes a concerted effort to recruit the family, it shows a bunch of character.

Gotta love 4.7 speed from a Jr that size. Will he tuck in behind and be groomed to follow Dorance?

Chris DeWeese 4 years, 2 months ago

One day this kid could be even better than Dorance! Watch his film.

Danny Delgadillo 4 years, 2 months ago

Keep em coming. This is great news. That already usable 4.7 speed is likely to improve as well.

Now where are we on the lineman from Cal? Get him too!! RCJH!!

Damian Glaze 4 years, 2 months ago

Let's get some news on major stadium renovations and show that the killer locker rooms are just the foundation of what is coming with KU Football. These kids are the foundation which will be able to show how they transformed not only the program; but the facilities and the fanaticism. If you're David Beaty your selling true competition for playing time from day one; AND you're selling the chance to establish a legacy that transformed the program into a legitimate top tier football program complete with first class facilities.

Way to go coaches! Keep up the great work.

Joe Ross 4 years, 2 months ago

Maybe a word from donors right now indicating a willingness to push forward the stadium renovations will provide an infusion of life into the Kansas programs that, when taken together with the recruiting success of late, will signal to the world that Kansas is finally serious about football. The recruiting would help donations, renovations would help recruiting, and so on.

I like your point!

Gerry Butler 4 years, 2 months ago

Just read that another Big Time player wanting to visit KU. - - committed to LSU but wants to visit here. - - - -FIVE STAR DB out of New Orleans,yep Louisiana.- -Name is Kelvin Joseph, 247 sports has him as the 35th best player in the nation and the 7th best DB. - - Rivals has him as the 28th best player in the nation and the 5th best DB so keep fingers crossed.

Also nice article to check out if you want concerning KU you can find it at:, check it out

Stephen Johnson 4 years, 2 months ago

Really excited by the quality commits. Coach Beatty has this team headed in the right direction.

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