Originally published January 30, 2017 at 04:39p.m., updated January 30, 2017 at 09:20p.m.

Kansas football replenishing roster with walk-ons

Kansas University football recruiting

Kansas University football recruiting


As Kansas football coach David Beaty and his staff replenish the team’s roster through recruiting, not every addition gets an #NeatDeal tweet from the third-year head coach. Those generally are reserved for recruits who are offered scholarships and verbally commit to play at KU.

Recently, some other prospects have made their intentions to join the Jayhawks known, too, and they’ll most likely join in walk-on roles — at least to start.

While many high school and junior college players announce such decisions via Twitter, Kashe Boatner, a linebacker from Alabama, didn’t. The 6-foot-1, 230-pound Boatner, though, told Jayhawk Slant’s Jon Kirby of his plans to arrive at KU this summer.

Boatner, a linebacker and running back at Glenwood High in Phenix City, Ala., earned first-team All-State honors in the state’s private school division.

On Monday night, Jack Williams, a 6-foot-3 offensive lineman from Argyle High (Texas), became the latest player to pledge with Beaty’s bunch, in typical Twitter fashion.

Another prospect who says he’ll join KU, Moses Marshall, already has played at the college level. A 6-2, 219-pound tight end, the Cleveland native spent the previous two seasons with the University of Charleston and Erie Community College (New York).

Three Sunflower State preps, like Marshall, chose Twitter as their vehicle for announcing they plan to join the Kansas football program.

Six-foot-five kicker Cole Brungardt, from Lawrence High, Wichita Trinity linebacker Sam Schroeder (6-1, 225) and Abilene lineman Sam Burt (6-4, 245) all have made public their intentions to become Jayhawks.

Their announcements came not too long after Pratt receiver and defensive back Hunter Kaufman did the same.

The group will join Free State linebacker Jay Dineen, Wichita Northwest offensive lineman Joey Gilbertson, Derby receiver Kenyon Tabor and Wichita Collegiate linebacker Cooper Root, all of whom are set to sign with Kansas Wednesday as home-state additions.


Brett McCabe 4 years, 2 months ago

I have a special respect for these kids. Many pass up easier opportunities to pursue a dream. A good lesson for everyone.

John Brazelton 4 years, 2 months ago

Great! There are always one to five scholarship players from each recruiting class who drop out due to injuries, grades or lack of playing time. Maybe in two to three years, one or more of these walk-ons can gain a scholarship through hard work, even if it's not as a starter.

Chris DeWeese 4 years, 2 months ago

Glad to see these guys choose to walk on at KU rather than Kstate.

Marius Rowlanski 4 years, 2 months ago

Only in Alabama could they spell Phoenix incorrectly.

Jason Musick 4 years, 2 months ago

I sure wish Coach Beaty would poach some Division 2 players from Northwest Missouri and other top Division 2 football teams.

Jason Musick 4 years, 2 months ago

Can someone tell me why Kansas or any other Division 1 College, does not pursue or take a chance on Division 2 All-Americans, who might want to play Division 1 Football? Is it against some kind of rules to talk to an athlete on a D2 and recruit them to a D1 team? I was told that D3 Schools do not provide Scholarships to their players. If this is true. Why not go after some of the D3 players and offer them a chance to Walk on the Team. Heck if there team goes undefeated and wins their National Championship offer up walk on's to the entire team. Rock Chalk Go KU....

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