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Monday, October 30, 2017

Lawrence’s Boye-Doe commits to K-State football

Lawrence High receiver Ekow Boye-Doe escapes Shawnee Mission Northwest defensive back Mark Addington as he runs for a touchdown during the first quarter on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017 at Shawnee Mission North District Stadium.

Lawrence High receiver Ekow Boye-Doe escapes Shawnee Mission Northwest defensive back Mark Addington as he runs for a touchdown during the first quarter on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017 at Shawnee Mission North District Stadium.

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Lawrence High senior defensive back/receiver Ekow Boye-Doe announced Monday he was committing to play college football at Kansas State.

The 6-foot-1, 170-pound Boye-Doe picked the Wildcats over offers from Kansas, Tulane, Missouri State, Northern Iowa and Northwest Missouri State.

In a message on Twitter, Boye-Doe thanked his family and high school coaches Dirk Wedd and Jeff Colter.

"All of these people have helped me become the young man I am today," wrote Boye-Doe, who is listed as a two-star recruit by Rivals.

Boye-Doe starts on both sides of the ball for the Lions (5-4), who advanced the second round of the Class 6A state playoffs last week, but is expected to play cornerback in college.

During the summer, Boye-Doe attracted attention when he was clocked running a 40-yard dash at 4.38 seconds. He made an unofficial visit to K-State on Sept. 30. The Wildcats were his first offer from a Division 1 FBS program in July.

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Comments

Bryce Landon 2 weeks, 5 days ago

Sigh. Not only is Beaty not landing the Texas recruits he was hired to land, but he can't even keep local talent from leaving his own back yard to go play for the Grapes.

Michael Maris 2 weeks, 5 days ago

Yep, this is another failure to keep the Lawrence kids in town at their local home town University. Frantz and now this kid.

Brad Avery 2 weeks, 5 days ago

Football commitments, especially, can be of a temporary nature. There will be a new coach in place before the scholarship commitment papers are signed. Here's hoping Ekow will change his mind.

Titus Canby 2 weeks, 4 days ago

I suspect it's difficult for any athlete to decide to attend KU when he sees a "Fire Zenger" banner flying over the stadium.

Brett McCabe 2 weeks, 4 days ago

Heading into that game, we had the worst-rated recruiting class in the conference. Add the de-commits, and I think the problem probably wasn't the banner. Maybe the back-to-back epic shutouts? Maybe the embarrassing amount of purple in the stadium on Saturday? Maybe the last seven years of horrible football? Nah.....it had to be the banner.

Brett McCabe 2 weeks, 4 days ago

Beaty's first recruiting year was 10th in the conference. Understandable, but a little surprising since he was hired as a recruiting guru. A coach like Dave Doeren would have done better.

Beaty's second recruiting class was ranked 9th out of 10 teams, above only Snyder.

Beaty's third recruiting class is ranked 9th currently, but we will have to see what happens as we play Texas, OU and OSU.

Those of you who say that Beaty needs his own players and that he needs the time to develop them need to wake up. The players he is getting, as a class, are the lowest-rated in the conference, or near the bottom. This means that he is not moving the needle on recruiting - at all.

Secondly, he'll need to take the least talented classes and coach them to be better than......who? Name a team in this conference who has a coach that you think Beaty would out-perform in player development. Or, name a team in this conference who would trade their coach for ours.

This is epically bad performance. Maybe the worst in KU history over a three-year span. And you think he needs more time to get "his" players and "develop" them?

If he were a better recruiter, we'd see an uptick in recruiting. If he were a great developer of talent, we would have seen 3 wins this year, maybe 4, and competitive games throughout.

This roster is full of players not offered by anyone else in the conference. However, they are gaining experience. If you bring a real coach in next year, then you've done the right thing for the program because that coach could possibly do something with experienced players. That coach could also improve our recruiting in the very next class, not lose ground.

This program is in epic fail mode. It needs a massive reboot or next year is going to make this year look like a trip to the carnival.

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