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Sunday, June 11, 2017

KU’s 2018 recruiting class bulks up with three D-line commitments

Kansas University football recruiting

Kansas University football recruiting

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On a big recruiting weekend for the Kansas football program, third-year head coach David Beaty and his staff saw three hefty additions to their 2018 class.

Thrice Sunday afternoon Beaty tweeted out his signature “neat deal” hashtag, signaling commitments from a trio of defensive linemen: high school senior defensive end Josh Smith and junior college defensive tackles Jonathan Lolohea and Charles Cameron.

Smith, rated a three-star prospect by Rivals, became the third player from Landry-Walker High, in New Orleans, to verbally commit to Kansas, joining the highest-rated players on Beaty’s list, five-star receiver Devonta Jason and four-star cornerback Corione Harris. All of them, of course, play for the same prep program that produced rising KU sophomore safety Mike Lee.

Smith, the fifth Kansas commit from associate head coach Tony Hull’s home state of Louisiana, is listed at 6-foot-4 and 247 pounds. Smith reportedly also had offers from Houston, Iowa State and other programs. Ahead of his junior season, Smith had committed to Missouri.

Lolohea and Cameron both will play this fall for Copiah-Lincoln Community College, in Wesson, Miss. Rivals ranks Lolohea, a 6-3, 305-pound tackle, as a three-star juco prospect, while Cameron, at 6-3, 290, is considered a two-star talent.

The duo visited Kansas together this weekend, and told Jon Kirby of Jayhawk Slant they had previously discussed joining forces for the Jayhawks before committing to Beaty on the same day.

“It feels good to be committing with one of my best friends and knowing he will go to school with me,” Cameron told Jayhawk Slant.

According to Rivals, Lolohea also has offers from Arizona, Colorado, Kansas State, Louisville, TCU and many other programs. Cameron, too, picked up offers from Colorado, Louisville and a variety of other teams.

KU now has verbal commitments from 13 players, months ahead of 2018 National Signing Day, when prospects make their college plans official.

As of Sunday, Rivals ranked the Kansas class as 12th-best in the nation.

Comments

John Brazelton 2 months, 1 week ago

This season's recruits should be Beaty's best yet; hard work by KU assistants over the past two seasons is finally paying off. We'll need to replace a lot of defensive linemen next year.

Andy Tweedy 2 months, 1 week ago

I'm no talent evaluator, but I've noticed the lists of "other offers" seems to have improved dramatically this year!

Gerry Butler 2 months, 1 week ago

Ya , I've been noticing that also. - -I mean some nice offers from other schools. - -I mean like with these, Colorado, Arizona , Louisville , TCU, and some of our other recruits have had some really good offers -now we just have to get those names on the dotted line

Mike Kendall 2 months, 1 week ago

12th best recruiting class in the Nation? Where does K-State rank? Please Jayhawks--beat the Wildkitties, one time!

Dirk Medema 2 months, 1 week ago

Rank Team Players Avg Stars

5 UT 12 3.75

9 BU 14 3.21

11 OSU 14 3.07

12 KU 13 2.92

22 OU 8 3.5

31 TCU 9 2.89

34 ISU 10 2.7

55 WVU 5 3.2

68 TT 4 2.25

76 KSU 3 2.0

The reality though is that we're a long ways from finishing recruiting. It would be nice to have a higher rated class than KSU but most of the teams they've beaten have had higher rated recruiting classes. It will be interesting to see a full roster and these classes make a difference on the scoreboard and standings, then see if that makes a difference in grampa's retirement plans. It didn't workout so well last time. Maybe it would be better this time, or maybe they stand no chance without his wizardry.

Brett McCabe 2 months, 1 week ago

I agree with using the average star ranking vs. Rivals "total" ranking, which takes into account the number of recruits a team takes in. I also wouldn't be surprised to see some of our recruits get bumped up a star as the year progresses.

In reference to the pussycats, Snyder's team will probably be a pre-season 2 or 3 in the league, and he's probably averaged the 7th or 8th best recruiting classes over the past 4 years. To back up your point - it doesn't seem to matter what his classes are ranked. He knows how to build winners.

However, this is recruiting season and recruiting is what Beaty was hired to do. And he's doing a very, very, very good job so far. I'm not expecting us to land at number 12 in the country, but if he continues to win 3-star commitments, we should easily land in the top-30. Not bad for a team that won two games last year.

Gerry Butler 2 months, 1 week ago

well I know 247 sports had before these commits yesterday they had Ku 20th and I seen KSU at 82nd that was before yesterday

Jim Stauffer 2 months, 1 week ago

The beauty of Beaty's recruiting performance is he recruits to needs very well. We lost a lot in the secondary from last year and it is already in place with more on the way next year. We will lose a lot on the D-Line after this year and now he has help on the way with 6 D-Linemen already committed with a couple more to go. He knows how to build a roster. That much is evident. He has top flight assistants in Bowen, Perry and Meacham with Yenser and the new D-Line guy trying to prove themselves. The play of the two lines this year will determine how many games we win. Everyone is fearful of the secondary, but there is some serious talent there and they are being coached by Bowen and Perry. Color me satisfied.

Chris DeWeese 2 months, 1 week ago

I'm very impressed with how this recruiting class is shaping up. I know it's a long time before the official signing period, but it seems like most are locked in. That's a testament to the likability of Coach Beaty and the assistants. They're doing a great job of selling the vision and getting buy in from these guys. I also think current players are probably encouraging and recruiting these guys. I think that's also a testament to the positive climate and culture the coaches are creating.

Randy Bombardier 2 months, 1 week ago

I am hoping we can get a few more bodies on the o-line that's my biggest concern year in and year out. Otherwise recruiting looks to be pretty good right now.

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