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Monday, February 5, 2018

Coffeyville OL Lewis commits to KU football

11th juco prospect to join 2018 class

Kansas University football recruiting

Kansas University football recruiting

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As the hours leading up to National Signing Day tick down, more commitments for the Kansas football program’s 2018 recruiting class continue to trickle in.

The latest came on Monday afternoon, when junior college offensive tackle Reuben Lewis announced his intentions to sign with the Jayhawks via Twitter.

A 6-foot-4, 330-pound blocker from Coffeyville Community College, Lewis became the 19th player to join KU’s class and the 11th from the juco ranks.

Rivals rates Lewis as a three-star talent following his sophomore season at Coffeyville.

Previously Lewis reportedly also picked up offers from East Carolina, New Mexico and West Virginia.

Lewis, originally from Apopka, Fla., becomes the fourth offensive lineman for KU in this class, but the first juco O-lineman. The others are high school prospects Jacobi Lott, Nick Williams and Mac Copeland, all of whom signed during the December early period.

The day before Lewis committed to Kansas, two-star prep quarterback Torry Locklin did the same.

Head coach David Beaty and his staff were able to secure 14 signings in December. They will look to add to their class Wednesday, when KU recruits such as Louisiana linebacker Ryan Malbrough and Overland Park defensive end Miles Emery can make their non-binding verbal commitments official.

KU football’s 2018 recruiting class

High school prospects

OL - Mac Copeland

CB - Corione Harris

RB - Anthony “Pooka” Williams

DE - Miles Emery (unsigned)

OL - Nick Williams

OL - Jacobi Lott

LB -Ryan Malbrough (unsigned)

QB - Torry Locklin (unsigned)

Junior college prospects

DE - Najee Stevens-McKenzie

CB - Elmore Hempstead

S - Jeremiah McCullough

DB - Davon Ferguson

WR - Stephon Robinson

DE - Foster Dixson

CB - Elijah Jones

DT - Charles Cole

DE - Azur Kamara

QB - Miles Kendrick

OL - Reuben Lewis (unsigned)

None by Reuben Lewis

Comments

John Brazelton 10 months, 1 week ago

The offensive line is the key to the 2018 season. Hopefully the new OL coach can bring this unit up to Big 12 standards and give our QBs and running backs time to perform at the necessary level. Go Hawks!!!

Brett McCabe 10 months ago

New plan for KU football. Without anyone looking, register with the NJCCA and get yourself in line for a Jayhawk Conference championship. Even with Beaty as the coach, I'm confident that we can defeat both Butler and Allen Co. this year for the conference championship. After that? Who knows? With $50 million going to a new stadium, we might qualify for the playoffs. Zenger will have cleared the decks, we'll have a neat deal in place, and those who know how to build a football program can enlighten us fans who have faithfully showed up for 20+ years expecting mere competitiveness.

W Keith Swinehart II 10 months ago

Brett, I bet you have the winning plan. Bonus points...You have no accountability. You're playing for free. Maybe Fantasy AD.

Brett McCabe 10 months ago

3-33? I'm guessing Mrs. Wiggins could do better. Who spends their time defending this level of incompetency?

Dirk Medema 10 months ago

Weren't you quitting on the team?

Why are you still here?

Len Shaffer 10 months ago

Wait a minute, KU got a commitment from a Juco player??? Stop the presses!!!

Matt Stone 10 months ago

Not sure why there is so much negativity. KU is not a Football powerhouse and getting 2 or 3 star commits is the norm. If we get a 4 star or better that is icing on the cake. So let's embrace these recruits Junior college or High School. Junior College guys do have a bit more experience and most are from top JUCO programs. Recruiting is not easy and even harder to bring to a basketball school that has struggled for last 9 years. The coaches are trying and need fan support. RCJH!

John Fitzgerald 10 months ago

The negativity is centered on 3-33 in three years. Any fan base that goes through a stretch that bad is going to be upset.

Edward Daub 10 months ago

A Reuben in the Hand is worth 2 Browns in the Bush.

Jim Stauffer 10 months ago

Which of us can predict the success of recruits. Some look terrific on paper and do not develop. Some look so-so on paper and work hard and are very successful. Reuben has the size and athleticism to be successful. Let's hope he has the work ethic and our coaches can install the technique to help get us over the hump. One thing about our program, even with the inexperience of previous staffs, we have good people running the show, and we have added experience in recruits and staff this year. Looking forward to seeing some progress in '18.

Jeff Coffman 10 months ago

How would you measure progress? 2 wins, that's double what last year. 3 wins, that's the same progress of all of the 3 years under Beaty. Last year the Bar was set at 6 wins, which wasn't met, so is 6 wins too many for Beaty?

Dirk Medema 9 months, 3 weeks ago

6 wins may have been the goal (bowl eligibility) last year, as it should be for most any team, but it wasn't a realistic bar set for progress.

Bill Kackley 10 months ago

In case you guys were not watching, K-State built their program around juco's and in-state walk ons. If anything Beaty may have been too late in using this pattern to built his football team. Once you have any established program you can reduce the jucos.

Matt Gauntt 10 months ago

Much more excited about a really good OL player than another QB.

Matt Stone 10 months ago

I like the new walk on QB. His mechanics need to be tweaked but was productive. Nice measurables.

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