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Thursday, June 6, 2019

3-star DB Jayden Russell not joining Jayhawks this summer

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.

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Although he said as recently as a week ago that he planned to join the Kansas football program this summer, that will not be the case for Class of 2019 signee Jayden Russell.

Sources familiar with Russell’s status told the Journal-World the in-state defensive back from St. Thomas Aquinas isn’t currently on campus at KU with other freshman members of the football team.

No one ruled out Russell potentially joining the program in the future, but whether that will be possible remains unknown at this time.

A 6-foot-3, 190-pound defensive back who helped lead St. Thomas Aquinas to a Class 5A state championship as a senior, Russell was rated a three-star prospect by Rivals.

Russell declined to comment on why he is unable to join the team the Jayhawks this summer, as initially planned.

After Les Miles took over the program in late November of 2018, Russell became the first prospect to verbally commit to KU’s new head coach. Russell signed his National Letter of Intent to play at Kansas in December.

Comments

Brett McCabe 3 months, 2 weeks ago

He’s been the head cheerleader. He looked like one of our top recruits. Super surprising. Hope all is well in his life.

This is the challenge with a rebuild. This sport, more than any other, requires numbers for success. And attrition is probably the highest. It’s why roster management is of paramount importance.

Dale Rogers 3 months, 2 weeks ago

I hope he and his family are ok and he can soon join the team. I hope he's not having second thoughts. Sure would hate to lose him.

Chris DeWeese 3 months, 2 weeks ago

I was thinking the same thing. He's been the biggest cheerleader since the day he committed. Unless there is some type of family tragedy, I can't imagine another reason why he couldn't join the team. This just seemed to come out of nowhere.

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