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.