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Monday, June 17, 2019

3-star New Orleans DE Khari Coleman commits to KU football

Kansas University football recruiting

Kansas University football recruiting

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June remained hot on the recruiting front for the Kansas football program on Monday, with another commitment secured.

For the sixth time this month KU’s list of 2020 recruits continued growing, and for the second time in that span the new pledge came from a familiar southeastern state.

Rated a three-star prospect by Rivals, Khari Coleman, a defensive end at G.W. Carver High, in New Orleans, announced via Twitter his intentions to become a Jayhawk.

“I’m here to say I am 100% committed to the University of Kansas, and I am closing my recruitment,” Coleman wrote in a note accompanying his social media post, which also featured a photo of Coleman wearing a blue No. 10 KU jersey during his recent visit to Lawrence.

A 6-foot-2, 215-pound defensive prospect entering his senior year of high school, Coleman was recruited by KU assistant coaches and New Orleans natives Kwahn Drake and Tony Hull. Drake also led the recruitment of three-star linebacker Kershawn Fisher, who gave his verbal commitment to KU a little more than a week earlier.

Of course, Louisiana prospects relocating to Lawrence is nothing new and even predates former LSU head coach Les Miles taking over the program. The current KU roster features Louisianans Mike Lee, Daylon Charlot, Corione Harris, Pooka Williams, Ricky Thomas, Malik Clark, Takulve Williams, Logan Klusman and Ryan Malbrough.

Coleman told Jon Kirby of Jayhawk Slant he decided to commit to KU after returning to New Orleans from a visit to Tennessee this past weekend.

“I just sat down and thought about my future and the situation I would have at Kansas,” Coleman told Jayhawk Slant. “I grew up watching Coach Miles, so I know what he can do with his team. And I know he can win.”

Coleman reportedly has picked up offers from more than 15 programs, including KU, Kansas State, SMU and Tennessee.

In June alone, KU has gained commitments from six prospects: cornerback Duece Mayberry, Fisher, receiver Kyler Pearson, athlete Jaylin Richardson, linebacker Krishawn Brown and Coleman.

KU now has 11 players verbally committed for 2020, with eight of them rated as three-star prospects by Rivals. All verbal commitments, of course, are nonbinding. The soonest any players in the 2020 class can sign is December.

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2020 KU football recruiting class

- Verbal commitments

• Kershawn Fisher - 3-star LB from Louisiana

• 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

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

• Kyler Pearson - WR from Oklahoma

• Jaylin Richardson - Athlete from Kansas

- Former commitments

• Keith Miller III - 3-star WR from Texas (flipped to Colorado)

Comments

Mike Bennett 4 weeks ago

The real question is "Can we keep them?" I certainly hope so.

Brett McCabe 4 weeks ago

Great progress on the recruiting front. The good news just keeps coming.

Benton: as of this morning Rivals still did not list Kyler Pearson as a commit. Any info?

Jeff Coffman 4 weeks ago

The little bit of recruitment wins or measurements I see that lends me to be positive about the recruiting going on.

1) Kansas players are picking KU.

2) The battles for mid-majors and KU are now tipping towards KU, we won't win them all, but it seems like we are picking-up the players we should.

3) The occasional pick where we are in a battle with Top Tier Programs, so I would say about 5% of these would be great. If I look at this one, it has Tennessee on the list. There have been others with other big name schools on the list.

4) Ones that recognize the success that Miles has brought historically and expect the same as he comes to KU.

5) The majority are 3* players.

6) The majority are High School Players.

I'm encouraged by these notes. I'm nervous because they can't sign until after the season. It could still be a rough season this upcoming year, but if a few things fall our way, the signings will come quickly.

Dirk Medema 4 weeks ago

It could be an encouraging season as well. Even last year, we had the talent to be on the verge of bowling (3 Ls by less than 1 score). I’m hoping Coach Miles is worth a TD per game and that the roster is even better than last year. It’s not good that we go on the road to BC but it is good that we have all the other new coaches at home. As long as people are talking about bowling we should be good with recruiting. If not we might be talking about similarities with former coaches. The recruiting is encouraging.

Kevin Robert Fest 4 weeks ago

An earlier story said that KU only has 15 scholarships for 2020 class but we are already at 11 and it's not even July.

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