Tuesday, July 23, 2019

One-time signee Jayden Russell granted release from KU football

Kansas signee Jayden Russell scans the practice facility during football practice on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 within the new indoor practice facility.

Kansas signee Jayden Russell scans the practice facility during football practice on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 within the new indoor practice facility.


One of the first players to commit to Les Miles once he took over the University of Kansas football program late this past year, Jayden Russell won’t play for the Jayhawks in Miles’ first season after all.

Russell announced Monday night he was granted a release from his letter of intent with KU and that he is reopening his recruitment.

A KU spokesperson confirmed to the Journal-World that the team did grant a release to Russell, a three-star defensive back from St. Thomas Aquinas who signed this past December.

In a note Russell posted to Twitter, he wrote that the process with his ACT score initially led to a delay for him enrolling at KU this summer. What’s more, Russell, who declined interviews on the matter, said that once KU coaches informed him that if the ACT process got sorted out, they wanted him to wait until the 2020 spring semester to enroll.

Russell, instead, is looking for a program that will allow him to join it immediately.

According to Russell, staff with KU informed him a 10-point increase from his second ACT to his third might get flagged, and it would be best for him to retake the test again and not report to KU until the start of preseason camp, once he received official word that he passed the ACT once again.

Per Russell’s note, once KU asked him to put off enrolling until after the 2019 season, he opted to go another route. Miles declined to comment on Russell’s description of the ACT processes.

Russell also thanked KU in his post for “being very understandable through this process,” adding he is “grateful for everything.”

None by Jayden Russell

None by Jayden Russell


Dirk Medema 1 year, 2 months ago

Stinks to lose a quality DB and from everything shown here, a quality individual. Hopefully he excels at a school we don't have to play.

Karen Mansfield-Stewart 1 year, 2 months ago

Come on back. It’s late in the process and we still want you.

Chris DeWeese 1 year, 2 months ago

A 10 point jump in an ACT score is a bit suspicious. Plus, he had to take it three times. I suppose it's possible he enrolled in some type of ACT training course to get his score up, but I would hope he didn't hire someone to take the test for him. It's all really disappointing since he was KU's biggest cheerleader in Miles' first recruiting class.

Danny Hernandez 1 year, 1 month ago

What is considered within a range that wouldn't be flagged?

Dale Stringer 1 year, 1 month ago

The perfect score for the ACT is only 36. So a 10 point increase is really huge.

Gary Denning 1 year, 1 month ago

I know that many kids are happy to gain 3 points after taking an ACT test prep course. So an increase of 10 points would be a huge jump that would be difficult to explain.

Jeff Kallmeyer 1 year, 1 month ago

A 10-point ACT jump is very suspicious and is probably why KU released him.

Karen Mansfield-Stewart 1 year, 1 month ago

It's a huge jump which is why KU requested him to take the test again - to remove the potential of suspicion of wrongdoing. KU did not release him.

Jeff Coffman 1 year, 1 month ago

I think the 10 Point jump is a little misleading. The 10 Point is on an ACT Sum. So 36 is perfect but the sum is 144. Depending on your GPA you must get an ACT score that is above that ACT sum. For instance if you have a 3.55 GPA you need a 9.25 (or 37 ACT Sum). and scales based on your ACT score. See link.

My guess is he was likely below the line and needed to increase his ACT score, which is basically at 2.5 point increase overall. If he truly jumped 10 Points (equivalent to 40 Sum Points) then there is no doubt that this would have been flagged and waited on for a while.

Chris DeWeese 1 year, 1 month ago

I assumed the score was his composite, not the sum. Going from a, let's say 13 for example, to a 23 composite would turn some heads. The article doesn't say anything about a sum.

Tim Orel 1 year, 1 month ago

I wish his 10 point jump had been in the Writing section. It makes me grit my teeth when students write "their" for "there" in explaining things, especially where they're trying to explain something academic. Normally I am not a spelling Nazi, but this was egregious. Don Fambrough's wife, who was one of my English teachers at LHS, would be rolling in her grave over this kind of mistake.

John Strayer 1 year, 1 month ago

Add to that using either "there" or "their" instead of "they're"...:(

Sadly we're losing our written language with the spread of social media...

Jeff Coffman 1 year, 1 month ago

Their trying to be there best they're.

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