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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

3-star Texas prep WR Keith Miller III commits to KU football

Kansas University football recruiting

Kansas University football recruiting

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The first aftershock from the Kansas football program’s massive spring game weekend rumbled in on Tuesday afternoon, in the form of another addition to the Jayhawks’ 2020 recruiting class.

Keith Miller III, a 6-foot-5 receiver from The Colony, Texas, who made an official visit to KU’s campus this past weekend for the team’s scrimmage and postgame Rick Ross performance, announced on Twitter his decision to commit to head coach Les Miles and KU.

Along with a note in which he thanked friends, family and coaches, Miller wrote, “What’s understood doesn’t need to be explained.”

The post was accompanied by a graphic that featured Miller not only posing and wearing a blue KU uniform, but also sporting a Jayhawk-esque beak in one edited image.

Rated a three-star prospect by Rivals, the current high school junior reportedly had several offers from Power Five programs, including Texas Tech and Kansas State.

Miller told Jon Kirby of Jayhawk Slant that KU receivers coach Emmett Jones began recruiting him back when Jones still worked at Texas Tech.

The 6-5, 205-pound receiver even committed to Tech this past fall. But he backed out of that nonbinding verbal pledge shortly after Jones left to join Miles’ staff at Kansas.

“Me and him talk almost every day,” Miller told Jayhawk Slant. “We don’t just talk about sports, but school and about life and things like that. So me and him have a great, strong bond and that was really the main reason why I committed to Tech when he was there.”

Now Miller’s allegiances are tied to KU, where he becomes the fifth member of the Jayhawks’ 2020 class.

The first Texas-based recruit in Miles’ second recruiting class, Miller joins three-star receiver Keenan Hambrick (Alabama), three-star tight end Trevor Kardell (Missouri), three-star tight end Will Huggins (Shawnee Mission South) and two-star quarterback DaVonshai Harden Jr. (Topeka).

All verbal commitments, of course, are nonbinding. The soonest any of the players aligned with the program can sign with Kansas is December.

None by Keith Miller III

Comments

Gerry Butler 5 months ago

Hell 5 commits already. - last staff if we had 5 even mentioning our name would of made news. - -Think we are gonna get this turned around before long. - -he was recruited by some pretty decent schools. - -ROCK CHALK ALL DAY LONG BABY

Matt Stone 5 months ago

I hope that all the people that had reservations about Les Miles are at least feeling better that more 3 star recruits are coming here now. Having these taller WRs hopefully gives us better red zone targets. Excited to see KU football this year. 4+ wins?

RCJH

Mike Hart 5 months ago

I for one never had reservations about Miles being able to recruit. He's a big name with a winning track record. My concern was if he still had the fire at age 65 for his swan song as a college coach... along with his antiquated, run-heavy offense at LSU, for which he was roundly criticized at LSU. As far as feeling better about "more 3 star recruits are coming here now"....2018 recruiting class was loaded with them along with 2, 4 star recruits, so I felt pretty good about last year's class, too. That being said... I like the changes and the overall vibe of the players, school... and most importantly: The "hope" for the fanbase, which had absolutely given up on the previous coaching regime. Let's roll up 5 or 6 wins this year.. not inconceivable, especially if Les retains Pooka. (regardless of your take on Pooka's situation). I definitely like this kid's size as a WR!

Karen Mansfield-Stewart 5 months ago

Fantastic news. Excited to see this young man next year.
Things are looking up!

Brett McCabe 5 months ago

Two tight ends, two wideouts and a QB....an interesting collection of first commits. I would assume that they are done at the receiver position and are probably looking for an additional QB. After that - because who knows how many scholarships they actually have to offer - it's anyone's guess on where the focus is next.

The comments from Miller highlight the challenges of recruiting. He has a long-standing relationship with Coach Jones. The old Stephen Covey quote always rings true: "When it comes to people, slow is fast".

Yes, there are people like Fleck and Frost who charge up young kids and get them motivated to commit, but for KU this once again reflects the importance of embracing the grind. Miles and Co. are just now starting to get their feet underneath them to start identifying and connecting with young players.

It was disappointing but not surprising to see the Free State OL commit to Nebraska. Football is life in that forsaken state. The last two big-time commits from Lawrence have attended OU and Nebraska, respectively. Things don't seem to change much. But if you are willing to grind an inch at a time, things can be changed. It takes an enormous commitment and incredible discipline. So few have it. And that's why it's special.

Dirk Medema 5 months ago

Unless Coach is signing someone this summer, we have 25 letters for next year. That basically means that there should be one recruit for each position. It sounds like 1 or more QB might be moving over to WR, but I'd still expect them to get at least 1 more. 2 seems light.

DL and DB's is where we really need to recruit. That's where we'll be losing a lot in the next 2 years.

Chris Bailey 5 months ago

We don’t have 25 scholarships available for 2020. If you recall Beaty used the black shirt rule to shore up recruits and we won’t be at full scholarship levels for several years.

Jim Stauffer 5 months ago

Not sure any coach can borrow scholies from more than one year. It may well be that Miles borrowed one or two from this group for last year's class, but if we do not borrow any from 2020 for this year, we will have 25 next go around. BTW, I think it is a blue shirt, grey shirt term, not black shirt.

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