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Thursday, June 15, 2017

KU football adds depth to O-line with former juco guard

Kansas University football recruiting

Kansas University football recruiting

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The University of Kansas offensive line picked up an unexpected addition this summer, with guard Andru Tovi, formerly of Pima Community College (Ariz.), joining the program.

Tovi, originally from Aiea, Hawaii, told Jayhawk Slant he is in Lawrence working out with the team and already has enrolled in classes, which a KU official confirmed.

Tovi was not part of KU’s 2017 signing class, but Rivals ranks him as a three-star junior college prospect after one season at Pima C.C.

Now playing at 6-foot-4 and 330 pounds, Tovi had offers from Fresno State, San Diego State and Utah State, as well as reported interest from Arizona and Arizona State, but is expected to join the Jayhawks as a walk-on this season.

KU’s staff discovered Tovi after contacting his head coach at Pima C.C., Jim Monaco.

“My coach showed the Kansas coaches my film and they really liked it,” Tovi told Jon Kirby of Jayhawk Slant. “They told my coach I would be a good fit in their offense. They said I was a powerful and a dirty guy on the line. They said I can push the nose guard around.”

Tovi joins KU O-line coach Zach Yenser’s unit as a sophomore, and possible contributor on the interior. The Jayhawks’ returning guards include senior Jayson Rhodes, juniors Larry Hughes and Jacob Bragg, sophomore Malik Clark and redshirt freshman Chris Hughes.

Comments

Al Martin 4 months ago

This is what I like to hear! The O-line is the determining factor for this (or any) offense.

Michael Sillman 4 months ago

Is it unusual for a player of this caliber to join the team as a walk on and presumably pay his own way?

Dirk Medema 4 months ago

No, but half the OL has come to the team in non-std ways. It is probably the most underrated aspect of Coach's recruiting.

Karen Mansfield-Stewart 4 months ago

Nice. 6'4 and 330 lbs. That's a mountain of a man. I don't know how many games we should or will win, but the quality of the incoming players has increased substantially in last year's and, even more so, in this year's classes. Keep it up coaches!

Brett McCabe 4 months ago

Looks like he has three years of eligibility which is big. Depth and competition on the line will definitely move us forward offensively. This is really good news for the program.

Dirk Medema 4 months ago

And the highlights from Hudl back up the "nasty" comment. There is one play where he locks up his man and drives him 20 or 30 yrs downfield before he pancakes him. They weren't in the play, but he was determined to dominate him. Definitely nice to have him around for at least 3 more years.

Randy Bombardier 4 months ago

Great news. Please sir, may I have some more?

Dirk Medema 4 months ago

340# walkon is right up there with walkon kickers that can consistently make 40 yard field goals.

Jack Joiner 4 months ago

Watching his video, he not only pancakes his opponent, he makes them like it!

Dirk Medema 4 months ago

If a player goes to a juco are they paying their own way?

If that's the case then it makes this a smart move both for Andru and doubly so for KU. He gets a spot on a P5 roster and we not only get a free 1 year evaluation but that much closer to filling the 85 without it counting against the annual class.

That sounds like a super sized chicken dinner to me.

Dave Roberts 4 months ago

He's on campus now, but I imagine that he might be covered by a scholarship as soon as the start of the fall session. Smart guy also, he's studying to become a pediatric neurosurgeon. Seems that he's actually 6' 3", but that doesn't matter for a Guard.

Dirk Medema 4 months ago

The blue shirts spike again. That's how we got Adeniji and Clark last year also IIRC.

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