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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

3-star Louisiana CB Tanner Hooker commits to KU football

Jayhawks now have 25 2020 commitments

Kansas University football recruiting

Kansas University football recruiting

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The job isn’t done yet for Les Miles and his Kansas football staff, but the coaches now have 25 commitments lined up for their 2020 recruiting class.

A three-star cornerback from Shreveport, La., Tanner Hooker allowed the Jayhawks to achieve that milestone Wednesday evening, when he made public his plans to join the fray.

“I’m excited to announce that I’m committed to the University of Kansas,” Hooker posted to his Twitter account, along with two photos of him wearing a blue KU football uniform, from when he visited Lawrence this past spring.

The NCAA allows programs to sign a maximum of 25 scholarship players each year, so KU’s class looks tentatively set — although much can change with nonbinding verbal pledges on the typically wild college football recruiting trail.

According to Rivals, Hooker possessed more than a dozen scholarship offers at the time of his commitment, including ones from Houston, Indiana and Kansas State.

Hooker became the fourth 2020 KU recruit from the state where Miles, the former LSU coach, used to call home. The other potential Kansas signees from “The Boot” are also three-star prospects, per Rivals: linebacker Taiwan Berryhill and defensive linemen Kenean Caldwell and Khari Coleman.

Jon Kirby of Jayhawk Slant reported earlier this year that KU assistants Tony Hull and Chevis Jackson recruited Hooker.

The earliest any of KU’s 25 high school recruits can sign and make their ties to the program official is December.

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2020 KU football recruiting class

- Verbal commitments

• Brennon Scott - 4-star LB from Texas

• Duece Mayberry - 3-star CB from Oklahoma

• Jackson Stoefen - 3-star OL from Iowa

• Keenan Hambrick - 3-star WR from Alabama

• Trevor Kardell - 3-star TE from Missouri

• Will Huggins - 3-star TE from Kansas

• Krishawn Brown - 3-star LB from Oklahoma

• Khari Coleman - 3-star DE from Louisiana

• Garrett Jones - 3-star OL from Michigan

• Ja’Cobee Bryant - 3-star CB from Alabama

• Malik Johnson - 3-star WR from Texas

• Caleb Taylor - 3-star DE from Missouri

• Kenean Caldwell - 3-star DT from Louisiana

• Jaylin Richardson - 3-star athlete from Kansas

• Taiwan Berryhill - 3-star LB from Louisiana

• Lawrence Arnold - 3-star WR from Texas

• Chris Jones - 3-star DE from Florida

• Tanner Hooker - 3-star CB from Louisiana

• DaVonshai Harden Jr. - 2-star QB from Kansas

• Luke Grimm - 2-star WR from Missouri

• Tommy Brandt - 2-star OL from Minnesota

• Juan Jarrett - 2-star LB from Ohio

• Nicholas Martinez - 2-star OL from California

• Kyler Pearson - 2-star WR from Oklahoma

• Daniel Hishaw Jr. - 2-star athlete from Oklahoma

Comments

Steven Haag 1 week ago

It seems almost surreal. Weis messed up our ability to recruit 25 kids for YEARS. It seems like a long time ago since we could actually recruit 25 kids. I know there will most likely be more kids back out of their commitment, others won’t pan out, others enter the transfer portal, which is why it is so important to get the full compliment of recruits. I wonder if we actually have 25 to offer for 2020? We are still several years away from being truly competitive. We need to redshirt as many OL and DL recruits and get them in the weight room and pack on muscle and pounds. But the sky in now partly sunny 😎.

Bee Bee 1 week ago

I don't think K U is several years from being competitive. But I get your point.

Dirk Medema 1 week ago

We have had 25 recruits per year for years. For the past 4 years though, we have gotten the recruits on campus a season early. It’s the reason we only had 19 or 20 recruits in Miles first class. I think it was 5 OL recruits, including several starters, that came during the spring and summer of 2018 and contributed for an entire season before counting against a class though you won’t find their names listed in any class.

Len Shaffer 1 week ago

I always have admired the work of Hookers ... (sorry, had to be the first of what will no doubt be many to make horrible jokes about his name).

Seriously, the recruiting prowess of Miles (before he's coached a single KU game, no less) has been truly impressive.

Karen Mansfield-Stewart 6 days, 21 hours ago

Fantastic news. Welcome to the he Hill. Glad to see this year’s class finish strong.

Dee Shaw 6 days, 20 hours ago

Keep recruiting. Trust me some kids won’t honor there verbal commitment. Which is fine. It happens to every Division 1 program. Have a backup plan.

Karen Mansfield-Stewart 6 days, 11 hours ago

I wonder if they're counting on a few decommitting. From what I heard, their scholarship allotment should be in the 20-22 range. I know they can get creative but I hope they're quickly moving towards a recruiting situation that doesn't require creativity.

Dirk Medema 5 days, 15 hours ago

KU football recruiting that doesn’t require creativity? Like the BB recruiting? Or are we somehow transforming into ‘Bama/UT/OU/...?

There may come a day when KU football has created a culture that is so dominant that we can just pick the best and let the others fight for the remnants. I don’t expect to see it. Football in KS will always require creativity or will be complacent with mediocrity.

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