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Monday, February 26, 2018

4-star New Orleans QB Lance LeGendre commits to KU football

Kansas University football recruiting

Kansas University football recruiting

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The Kansas football program didn’t have any potential signees for next year lined up until Monday, but the Jayhawks kicked off their 2019 recruiting class in style, with news from a familiar high school in Louisiana that a highly sought after quarterback decided to commit.

A four-star, dual-threat QB from New Orleans, Lance LeGendre announced via Twitter his decision to become the first member of KU’s class.

“After a long talk with my mom, coach David Beaty and my coaches, I would like to commit to the University of Kansas,” LeGendre wrote in a note, which the junior signed with No. 12, in reference to his jersey number at Warren Easton High.

According to Rivals, the 206-pound QB is the eighth-best dual-threat QB in the country among prep juniors. LeGendre also had offers from Alabama, Missouri, Tennessee, Oklahoma State, Virginia and a number of other programs.

LeGendre attends Warren Easton, the New Orleans high school where KU running backs coach and associate head coach Tony Hull used to work as head coach. Hull, of course, served as the lead recruiter for LeGendre, as he does for all KU recruiting targets in his home state of Louisiana.

A rising junior at KU, offensive lineman Malik Clark played at Warren Easton, too, as did former Jayhawks quarterback Tyriek Starks, who transferred out of the program this offseason.

LeGendre told Jon Kirby of Jayhawk Slant he has known Hull since he was in middle school. The New Orleans QB took an unofficial visit to KU earlier this month. A couple of former standout talents from New Orleans, Mike Lee and Corione Harris, spent time with LeGendre during his trip to Lawrence.

Per Rivals, LeGendre is the highest-rated QB to commit to Kansas since the site began tracking such information in 1999.

LeGendre’s commitment, of course, is non-binding. He won’t be able to sign and make it official until December at the earliest.

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Comments

Jonathan Allison 4 months, 3 weeks ago

there is a lot of football to be played before this guy signs an LOI. I hope that we can keep him committed.

Marcus Balzer 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Can't sign, doesn't matter.

Until this kid puts ink to paper I don't care. Way to much can happen between now and even the earliest signing period to get excited.

Jim Stauffer 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Yeah, but Coe Harris and Pooka Williams have shown KU has appeal to kids. Once they get on campus, they like what they see. They like the idea of playing for Coaches who are also good men. They relish the challenge of turning this program into their own and becoming local legends just like Devonte has done. Yeah, we need to win some games this year. We need to play some big boy Football. We will see, but if Ricker can make that OL become productive, there is a real chance for this team to turn it around.

Bryson Stricker 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Muting the haters is David Beaty. He has a lot to improve on with coaching on saturdays but this guy is elevating our program somewhere it has never been.

I quite frankly can't understand those of you who don't support him. I understand thinking he isn't getting the job done but the amount of people rooting against him is unreal. David Beaty can and will be a tremendous asset to this university if he can get some results on the field now while he is still learning to coach on saturdays.

Wishing the best and thankful to lance. He is not the only Louisianimal going to be committing to us soon and a lot of you probably aren't thinking about the impact having the best QB in a fertile area committing will do. Kids here want to play with this kid cuz he can create.

Keep in mind we lost devonta jason to his HS qb because he knew thompson could produce for him.

I expect 6 or so before or around spring game.

[''] 4 months, 3 weeks ago

You're right. He's taking this program first to 3-33, then to 4-44, if we're lucky. That's never been done before. KU Football had a winning historical record before Zenger was hired. 10-72 kinda changed that quickly.

Bryson Stricker 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Must suck to be a pessimistic KUFB fan. But hey atleast you care about football which is more than a majority of the fan base. I couldn't care less who you want to blame but our program has never been elite. We've had good times. There's a reason a majority of CFB fans call 2008 Orange Bowl a fluke, because we barely made a bowl the next season and that season every duck was in a row.

It is not Beaty, Weis, Gill nor zenger's fault that Lew Perkins fired Mangino. It is Mangino's fault for putting himself in a situation he could get fired and Perkins fault for firing him. That is what has lead to where we are.

Be thankful we are trending upwards and getting some of the best recruits in the country to consider coming here. We will go 3-9 next year without a doubt. 3-9 may not be good enough however.

[''] 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Can you screenshot your "we will go 3-9 next year without a doubt"? I will request that you reveal it first after the Nicholls State game, then after the final game against Texas. Thanks.

BTW, what does 3-9 (6-42 Beaty, if you're correct) get you in the SEC, Big 10, ACC or any other FBS school after Year 4? Just asking.

Bryson Stricker 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Dude I've done put my sh** on record. I am not worried about being called out if I'm wrong. You can lie to me all you want but you do not want ku football to succeed.

Brett McCabe 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Actually, Zenger's hire of Weiss and Beaty, not the firing of Mangino, put us where we are. At least show some credibility in your remarks.

And by the way, who hires a coach who, in his fourth year, is still learning to "coach on Saturdays". Let me give you a clue, he's the same guy who hired a failed Notre Dame coach and then fired him before the end of his third year.

Jeff Coffman 4 months, 2 weeks ago

So last year Beaty said six wins, now you've lowered his expectations by half, see what Beaty has done. He's set the bar so low you've lowered your own expectations for the team, three wins is not acceptable.

Dillon Davis 4 months, 3 weeks ago

I hope when Beaty gets fired next year we are able to retain Tony Hull because he is the reason we are suddenly becoming a pipeline for the state of Louisiana, not Beaty. Yes Beaty hired him (great hire) but Beaty is not holding up his end. He is not putting these great recruits that Tony is getting in the best position to succeed. As is evidenced by our 3-33 record (quite the elevation smh). We can praise Beaty for the hire, but we should be praising Hull for the recruits.

Brett McCabe 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Well, if recent history is any indication, because Hull just got a verbal commit from a Louisiana recruit, Hull will receive a raise and a new title before the end of the month.

[''] 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Too bad Beaty won't be around in 2019. This kid will (and should) follow Hull where ever he goes). Heck, crazy pie in the sky idea - maybe Zenger has secretly talked to Hull and said: "Listen, if Beaty doesn't turn it around this yr, he's gone and you are my guy -- so keep bringing in these Boot recruits". (Not sure Zenger is that smart but...he should be.) AND -- that way Hull can be telling these recruits and their families when they ask "What if Beaty is fired after this year?"...."Don't worry, I will be at KU for several more years". Not saying it is happening - but ....

[''] 4 months, 3 weeks ago

PS -- for the record, I fully believe Hull is far too loyal of a coach and team player to do what I hypothesized above.... would just hate to lose him if this year doesn't work out on the field under Beaty...pulling for Beaty though....just finding it hard....

Andy Tweedy 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Who is Malik Clark? I'm not being snarky, but "rising junior" surprised me, I love my Jayhawks and I don't know this dude.

Bryson Stricker 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Malik Clark will be fighting for PT this year. Much like many believe the system should work, he is nearing full development at his third year in the program.

Andy Tweedy 4 months, 3 weeks ago

I hope so, a good OL would change a lot of negatives to positives!

Doug Stahler 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Ward Cleaver called and he wants "NeatDeal" back

Dyrk Dugan 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Great news! If he signs, and I’ll stay optimistic and say WHEN he signs, HCDB deserves another year for sure; probably two. Kansas football can only get better, with better football players; and this coach is landing them. He must be allowed to build the program his way; and he is. Rock Chalk!

Len Shaffer 4 months, 3 weeks ago

So in other words, regardless of KU's record this year, if ONE great recruit signs, Beaty should be back???

As for him "landing" better football players, who exactly are you talking about? A lot of good players committed early but then didn't sign on the dotted line.

Mike Hart 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Well, Len... that would be 2 of the original 4 Louisanimals: Corione Harris and Pooka Williams. Everyone acts like they ALL decommitted ... but only 2 of the 4 did. Desipte Beaty's record at KU.. .it's the best recruiting class KU football has had since in the 21st century except for 1-2 of the Mangino years. It's the first time we have had a top 100 player come to KU (Harris)... and it's a bevy of 3 start recruits. People want to say "too many jucos!".. .but they also want to ignore the fact that some of these jucos have 3 years of football eligibility remaining.

Jeff Coffman 4 months, 2 weeks ago

I hope you are kidding. If KU were to go 6-6 next year Beaty would still have the worse winning percentage of any ku coach.

Plus Beaty will likely be fired prior to this guy being eligible to sign.

Chris DeWeese 4 months, 3 weeks ago

This is nice to hear, but it's virtually meaningless until he signs on the dotted line. As was stated earlier, it might help attract other more elite recruits to our cause. Regardless of what happens next year, Tony Hull will have a fruitful career coaching college football. That guy knows how to relate to these kids and get them interested in KU.

David Robinett 4 months, 2 weeks ago

I disagree that it's virtually meaningless. It is significant -- the highest VERBAL commitment ever by a QB.

Sam Allen 4 months, 3 weeks ago

At least we KU are very fortunate to keep Tony Hull!

Dirk Medema 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Hopefully people can understand the "respect my decision" comment and actually respect his decision. The record and results on the field are one thing but the players still deserve respect. Guessing that Coe had a bit of influence on this also. It is also interesting to realize that Jason went with his HS QB.

Malik Clark is a Jr OG - 300+ big boy. Has been talked about favorably for a year or so. One of the after signing day recruits that are not factored into the rankings that make the job that Beaty and co have done so much better than the reported rankings. Adeniji and others too.

Austin Lopez 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Tony Hull is killing it in Louisiana!! It's crystal clear coach Hull has a strong influence in Louisiana for these guy's to even consider Kansas! Man, If or when Beaty gets fired next season, can we please take a long look at Tony Hull as our next football coach! Guy can recruit, and running backs was one of the brightest spots on this football team last year. Count me in as someone who is vouching for Tony Hull to be our next football coach, since Kansas isn't willing to put up the big bucks for a solid proven coach and want to spend small what's the harm in going after coach Hull. I have seen more from him than I have seen from Beaty our head coach. Throw him a 2/3 year deal and see what he can do in that time frame. Guy deserves a chance.

Bryson Stricker 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Surely, someone who hasn't supported David Beaty's head coaching tenure isn't suggesting that we hire someone who has never been a HC or OC at the college level to be our HC.

Tony Hull has brought in great recruits who haven't produced yet (Haven't had time, not saying about their skill). David Beaty brought in Mike Evans who is one of the best WR's in the big 12.

Don't roast our coach for his inability to coach on saturdays then suggest we hire someone who has the same skillset just in a different region.

Hypocrisy is unreal. KU fans on this board are beyond ignorant.

Austin Lopez 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Like I said above, If Kansas isn't willing to put up the big bucks for a solid proven coach than Tony Hull should be given consideration for the HC job here at Kansas. Tony Hull is inspiration to those kids In Louisiana, and Tony Hull connections in other states will get stronger and he will one day have that same inspiration in other southern states,

It's easy for inner city kids to gravitate towards a individual like Hull because of what his tough background is. I don't see a flock of Texas recruits running to come to Kansas because of coach Beaty, I don't see big Texas recruits even considering Kansas. Coach Hull has a bright future in this business and I'll rather have him around at Kansas for a long time than on someone else's sideline having success.

Tony Hull has brought in great recruits and "Who haven't produced yet."? Are you forgetting about Mike Lee? That kid will be as good as any DB/SS/FS in this league when he learns to play incontrol and make the easy play instead of always going for the home run hits.

I have a opinion and I have the freedom to voice it, and I will continue to do so. I never knew having a freely opinion was ignorant. Maybe you should go pick up a dictionary and look up what "ignorant" and "opinion" mean.

Michael Maris 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Austin, I don't believe that they are questioning your ability to express your opinion. But, countless times you (and others on this board) have chastised Beaty supporters for Dr. Zenger hiring of Coach Beaty (with only having WR and (minimal) OC Collegiate experience). So, it's just some backlash you're receiving on your post (on this story) from your past posted comments of Beaty supporters.

I believe that Coach Hull is one of key components of the Beaty Coaching Staff. And, I want the Jayhawks to hold on to Coach Hull for as long as possible. And, Beaty did have enough insight to hire Coach Hull (when Coach Reggie Mitchell departed for Arkansas).

Fred Davis 4 months, 2 weeks ago

I can’t get excited about a 4-Star JUNIOR QB when Beaty has 11 Saturdays in the Fall to convince kids why they shouldn’t come to KU. I want to see 5 wins & a team that’s competitive. That’s all.

Jeff Coffman 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Why 5, Beaty said 6 for 2017, why lower the standards for this coach?

Doug Merrill 4 months, 2 weeks ago

I gotta say, it's pretty exciting. We all know it will be touch and go til signing day but why worry and why not get excited?! It's football! No where to go but up! This is a great start to the new year of recruiting. RCJH babee!

Robert Brock 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Get rid of Zenger. NOW! Don’t let him make ANY decisions. He is cancer.

John Brazelton 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Let's let the team play the 2018 season first before we fire Beaty as Head Coach. If Coach Riker can develop a Big 12 caliber offensive line, our starting QB should be able to have a productive season. The strength of the 2018 team will be the defense. Hopefully, if we can win our pre-conference games and the conference wins and loses will take care of themselves. K-State has used that system for decades.

[''] 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Strength of the team will be defense with a DC that has never finished in the top 95 in total defense? Did you know that Wisconsin had a top-3 total defense with a rookie DC last season? You give Bowen 4 Dorances and he still would not finish in the top 70 in total defense. With Dorance his defense gave up 68 TDs in just 12 games. Wisconsin gave up 21 TDs in 14 games. Just think about that. Incompetence pure and simple.

Jeff Coffman 4 months, 2 weeks ago

You think a lot more of bowen than most. I still would have supported Beaty if he had gotten rid of bowen. He kept him and now Beaty has not won to gain any support.

Raymond Wright 4 months, 2 weeks ago

5-6 wins next year. No idea how or why. But I'm calling it.

[''] 4 months, 2 weeks ago

This is so delusional. What Big12 team is this team beating? Do you know it is an outright fireable offense to lose to Beaty? There is no P5 program that would tolerate 3-33. Rutgers' HC needs to win in Lawrence to save his job. This team lost to Central Michigan (!!!) at home and you think they will go on the ROAD and beat them in 7 months? I have to ask....are you on opiods?

Clarence Glasse 4 months, 2 weeks ago

This is for Mr. Raymond Wright's comment: ATTABOY!

Jeff Coffman 4 months, 2 weeks ago

I'm very disappointed in some projections. In 2017 Beaty said 6 wins. One year later with more talent, more experience we now have a goal of three wins? I don't get 3-33 and each year people put the expectations lower.

Beaty should not be coaching if he is not 3-0 at conference play. If you can't beat the non b12, you don't deserve to coach against the b12.

Kenneth Hillman 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Don't mind all of the haters out there. Get a commitment from KU's highest rated, high school QB EVER...and they're still unhappy. I don't get it.

Great job coaching staff. Let's leverage this commitment to bring in more studs in Jaycrew19. You have to have talent (and not just in 1 or 2 places) to build a program and that is something we have sorely been lacking. Better performance on the field and in the W column this year and the program is finally headed in the right direction.

Rock Chalk!

Jeff Coffman 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Do you think the coaching staff will still be here when it is time for this QB is eligible to sing?

"Great Job Coaching Staff"...have you seen the three years this staff has been in place...1-32 Big XII, 2-1 FBS, 0-6 non-power5..."Great" is not what I would classify that staff as.

Clarence Glasse 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Coaching staff did a great job recruiting this young man. You've got to give credit when it is due.

David Meredith 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Long way to go till December, but I hope this one sticks. KU desperately needs a stud QB... and if can get one in as a Freshman and play 4 years even better... I hope the allure of a chance to start right away will keep this guy committed to KU.

Edward Daub 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Comment #50!

Lance has the Potential to become a KU Legend!

Take That Nicholls State!

Gene Jackson 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Quick! Enroll him in school before he drifts away.

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