Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Three-star DE Miles Emery commits to KU football

Kansas University football recruiting

Kansas University football recruiting


Back in February, the University of Kansas football staff became the first to offer Blue Valley North defensive lineman Miles Emery a spot among the college ranks. Since then offers came from Oklahoma, Louisville and other programs, but on Tuesday morning Emery decided to stick with David Beaty and company.

Already on KU’s campus, competing with BVN at the Jayhawks’ high school team camp, Emery made the most of his trip, verbally committing to the Kansas coaches.

A 6-foot-5, 235-pound defensive end, Rivals ranks Emery as a three-star talent, and the second-best Class of 2018 prospect in the Sunflower State, behind only Norton quarterback Jace Ruder.

KU defensive coordinator Clint Bowen recruited the talented defensive lineman from nearby Overland Park.

According to Emery’s conversation with Jon Kirby of Jayhawk Slant, the high school senior feels confident about his decision.

“I talked to a lot of coaches and did a lot of looking into each college,” Emery said. “Kansas is the school I want to be at.”

Emery became the third in-state prospect to commit to the Jayhawks’ 2018 class, joining Wichita Collegiate offensive lineman Mac Copeland and Coffeyville Community College defensive lineman Zach Burks, who played at Olathe North.

KU’s commitment list for the still-months-away National Signing Day now runs 10 deep. Emery is one of seven three-star prospects in the group, according to Rivals. The 2018 class, of course, is headlined by a pair of Louisiana teammates: Landry-Walker’s Devonta Jason, a five-star receiver, and Corione Harris, a four-star cornerback.

As of Tuesday morning, Rivals ranked KU’s commitment list as 19th in the nation and fourth in the Big 12.


Karen Mansfield-Stewart 4 years, 7 months ago

Love it! A 6' 5" 235 pound DE from Kansas. That's a 'big' pick up!

Greg Ledom 4 years, 7 months ago

This may be the most impressive first 10 commits I've seen at Kansas in quite some time. Man, all this staff needs is to show more progress this year and pick up 4 (for sure) and maybe get another or perhaps 2 to keep this train rolling. Love the overall momentum I'm seeing with this program, which has been absent for too long. Way to go 'earn it' coach, staff and players. Get some fellas! Rock Chalk!!

Stephen Burtin 4 years, 7 months ago

I'm with you on this, but I'm trying to temper my expectations a bit. We have a lot more talent on this team than we've had in years, but we still have a lot of big 'IFs' going into this season.

IF Carter Stanley or Peyton Bender can move the chains and get us in the endzone, 4 wins is certainly possible. IF neither is better than Carter Stanley was last year, we could still struggle mightily on offense and put our defense at a big disadvantage. Our defense also needs to prove that they can stop the pass and get to the QB, which will be no easy task with new players at nearly all secondary positions with the exception of Mike Lee.

As if that weren't bad enough, Tom Keegan posted an article last week that showed we still won't have a full 85 scholarship players on the roster until 2018. With that in mind, I think even 3 wins would be enough to show improvement and keep the ball rolling. Any more than that and I'll be ecstatic.

Greg Ledom 4 years, 7 months ago

Agree Stephen. We're turning the corner, but we haven't 'turned' it just yet. It's feeling right though, you can't deny that.

Jim Stauffer 4 years, 7 months ago

Anyone who thinks this team will have a problem getting to the QB is off target. The only question about this defense is can the secondary defend the pass and can we stop the run. Both of which should happen satisfactorily by the end of the year.

Kevin Robert Fest 4 years, 7 months ago

Big news!!! Man that DL could be something in the next couple years l know KU already has a strong DL the recent DL committs will help keep it rollin in the future. Lets get some good OL committs and have a strong line on both sides of the ball.

Karen Mansfield-Stewart 4 years, 7 months ago

Does anyone know how many scholarships are available for the 2018 class?

Chris DeWeese 4 years, 7 months ago

A tremendous get for the team. Miles is gonna be a beast! Another KS kid that the Mildcats can't get their claws into!

Danny Delgadillo 4 years, 7 months ago

I mean, that's good. He's from KS and all but can we please get some legit O-Linemen? Ppplease? Forward momentum is hard for anyone on their back.

Joe Ross 4 years, 7 months ago

Recruiting is going in the right direction. Still, it will be 2018 perhaps before many of these guys contribute heavily on the team. Also, scholarship numbers should be up nearer to a fuller roster. This year should see progress on the field and in the win column, but by 2018 this team will fully have Beaty's stamp on it. I don't know exactly what that will bring, but as an early detractor of HCDB, I can now safely say we are far better under his tenure than either of his two predecessors.

Chris DeWeese 4 years, 7 months ago

Agreed. This is especially true when you consider the dearth of talent and personnel Beaty inherited and had to work with. He is truly a players coach, and it appears recruits really like him. I say trust in the process, and we'll likely see successes on the field. If the 2018 recruiting class can stay together and add even more talented recruits, I foresee big things happening in the next 3 to 5 years.

Greg Ledom 4 years, 7 months ago

Love your last sentence Joe, and it is spot on. Rock Chalk!

Brett McCabe 4 years, 7 months ago

To me, this is starting to feel real. Maybe it's the tipping point in making this recruiting class seem like more than a wait-and-see. These types of commitments help solidify the previous commitments and help us gain more commitments. Just great news anyway you look at it.

Interesting that the number one recruit in the state, a dual-threat QB, hasn't even been offered by us. Perhaps he pre-empted it by saying he's not interested? Maybe we have our eyes on someone out of LA?

Jim Stauffer 4 years, 7 months ago

As far as Ruder goes, we just have to continue to trust the evaluation skills of the staff. They want Tune and apparently either they don't want both or maybe Ruder does not want to come where "their guy" is already there.

Dirk Medema 4 years, 7 months ago

Karen - There was an article last fall by Matt (?) about FB recruiting and how we on the outside know. With blueshirts greyshirts and all those twists the coaches might not even know at this point.

With a few blueshirts this year we should have over 80 and in a couple years we could have a real D1 team again.

Bob Bailey 4 years, 7 months ago

Progress. But maybe out of business with Zenger and a top notch DC. Both those points will be harmful,

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