Thursday, February 16, 2017

Another Louisiana prospect backs out of initial commitment to KU football

Kansas University football recruiting

Kansas University football recruiting


And then there were four.

Once a group of six, the number of Class of 2018 Louisiana prospects committed to the Kansas football program again shrank on Thursday, when three-star defensive lineman Nelson Jenkins announced his intentions to play closer to home, at LSU.

“I’d like to thank (head coach Ed Orgeron) for offering me a scholarship to play football at LSU,” Jenkins wrote on Twitter, adding in all caps, “I AM OFFICIALLY COMMITTED TO BECOME A TIGER.”

A little more than a week ago, Jenkins became the sixth high school junior from “The Boot” to commit to David Beaty’s Jayhawks, thanks in part to the recruiting efforts of KU running backs coach and Louisiana native Tony Hull.

A 6-foot-4, 290-pound defensive lineman from Plaquemine High, Jenkins has since deleted a tweet from February 6, in which he mentioned Beaty, that read: “This is Nelson Jenkins and I would like to say I’m committing to the University of Kansas Jayhakws.”

Jenkins’ decision to back off his non-binding verbal commitment to KU came four days after four-star receiver Ja’Marr Chase did the same.

As of Thursday afternoon, KU still had four other commitments from Louisiana on board: four-star receiver Devonta Jason, four-star defensive back Corione Harris, three-star defensive back Aaron Brule and three-star running back Anthony Williams.

Brule, a 6-foot safety, is Chase’s high school teammate at Rummel.

Before seeing two potential Class of 2018 signees de-commit, ranked KU’s recruiting class as high as No. 2 in the nation. Now with six total prep juniors still on board — including Jason, a 6-foot-3 receiver from Landry-Walker who is ranked the 35th-best prospect nationally, and 6-1 cornerback Harris, the No. 60 junior in the country according to Rivals, and Jason’s high school teammate — the Jayhawks’ list of commitments ranked eighth in the country as of Thursday afternoon.

Penn State currently holds the top spot, followed by Notre Dame, Miami (Fla.), LSU, Florida State, USC, Clemson and Kansas.

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John Fitzgerald 4 years, 2 months ago

I think most of us expected this. But it's cool they even thought of us. Still optimistic about the future of this program.

Phil Leister 4 years, 2 months ago

Totally expected. Heck, this kid never even set foot on campus before "committing". Let's just try and keep the remaining 4, right?

Dale Rogers 4 years, 2 months ago

Too bad he didn't tour the campus and the facilities and meet with all the coaches before changing his mind.

Dirk Medema 4 years, 2 months ago

Nelson is the one I was least confident in. His comment was that he just wanted to get on the band wagon of the others committing.

Even Chase decommitting is ok with me. I think it's fine that his family wants him to discuss his thoughts with them.

Kevin Robert Fest 4 years, 2 months ago

Ok they are kids l get that.

But at this point if an offer is made to a recruit regardless of what school it is, recruit humbly says "thank you" "l need to take time to reflect and talk it over with my family" Now when they accept and decomit a week later it looks "bad" only because fans of said program feel betrayed. If there is 11 months or a month left in that class til signing day kids are going to change their minds its not like he jumped on signing day or a week before.

KU coaches now have 11 months to scout for other recruits at this position. There are plenty they are looking at so hopefully they can pull some in.

LSU is his dream school what can you say. Who knows maybe they just offered him to help keep other LA kids home. Why didn't they offer before KU? Is he all of a sudden a better player? No. LSU is trying to plug the hole before it gets to big.

Randy Bombardier 4 years, 2 months ago

I would also like to see us get a foothold in florida and california. We need to hire some good high school coaches from there too.

One thing you rarely hear is this or that player desiring to major in X and such and such a school has a very good X program. Other than wanting to play at this level there must be SOME interest in the future. Maybe players should have to declare majors before they commit to a program. Its for their own good. Just musing.

Kevin Robert Fest 4 years, 2 months ago

LSU offered JaMar Chase yesterday he decomitted a few days ago. Why didnt LSU offer before. Hull is a threat to them now they are taking notice. Hmmmm l see a pattern here. LSU couldn't careless about them until KU gets them to comitt, LSU fans had a tizzy, NOW all of a sudden LSU cares. Its recruiting no hard feelings.

Patrick Bryant 4 years, 2 months ago

I would like to see KU with a strong recruiter whose strength is finding "off the beaten path" recruits.

Dirk Medema 4 years, 2 months ago

A DL coach from Ohio could help recruiting that region though he's unlikely to be another Hull.

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