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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Missouri prep Luke Grimm commits to Kansas football

Kansas University football recruiting

Kansas University football recruiting

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The Kansas football program added its second 2020 recruit from the bordering Show Me State on Tuesday evening.

Luke Grimm joined tight end Trevor Kardell as a Missourian member of the Jayhawks’ class by announcing on Twitter he is “1000%” committed to the program.

Rated a two-star prospect at receiver by Rivals, the 6-foot, 170-pound senior to be at Raymore-Peculiar High (Mo.) picked up his first Power Five offer from KU a few weeks back, when Grimm was in Lawrence, along with numerous other prospects, to play in front of head coach Les Miles and his staff at a KU camp.

According to what Grimm told Jayhawk Slant recently of that opportunity, he had little defensive experience before taking some reps at cornerback and safety at the camp. But with the help of KU defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot and safeties coach Clint Bowen he was able to adapt.

“I shocked myself at what I did at defensive back,” Grimm told Jayhawk Slant a couple weeks back. “I never practiced defense (at Ray-Pec). I went into it blind, open to whatever they told me to do, and fix whatever they told me to fix.”

Grimm reportedly also secured offers from more than 15 other programs, most of which play at the FCS level, such as Missouri State, North Dakota State, Northern Iowa and Ivy League schools Yale, Columbia, Brown and Dartmouth. But he also added offers from FBS programs Army, Ball State, Tulane, Kent State and Western Michigan more recently.

KU now has 12 players verbally committed for 2020, with eight of them rated as three-star prospects by Rivals. All verbal commitments, of course, are nonbinding, and the earliest any players in the 2020 class can sign is December.

None by Luke Grimm

None by Luke Grimm

None by Luke Grimm

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

• Luke Grimm - 2-star WR from Missouri

• Kyler Pearson - WR from Oklahoma

• Jaylin Richardson - Athlete from Kansas

- Former commitments

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

Comments

Karen Mansfield-Stewart 4 months, 4 weeks ago

Congratulations Mr. Grimm! There could be some cool nicknames around that name for a defensive standout. It’s hard to judge how good this class is or will be at this time but there seems to be a lot of solid three star kids and a few unrated or underrated diamonds in the rough. I’ll trust in the staff to build these kids up for the rigorous Big 12 over the course of the next couple of years and be contenders by their junior and senior years!

Brett McCabe 4 months, 4 weeks ago

Great route in the video. Good to get another KC kid, which is just as good as getting a Kansas kid. Basically the same thing.

I like that these offers are coming off camp observations, where the coaches can see the kids up close, real time and in a competitive environment.

I’m with Karen on trusting this staff to identify and develop players. And I wish we could borrow a few this year.

Dirk Medema 4 months, 4 weeks ago

Real encouraging that he was open to playing D at the camp and did well both in performance and taking instructions. Guessing he’s under the radar as a DB which I’m reading between the lines as his more likely group.

The current group should provide the solid volume we need in the class, but the real difference will come in the fall when the current team/roster is able to execute well enough to get extra Ws.

Hopefully Pooka is getting things cleaned up this summer as well. Much like BB, the best recruiting could be the established player that returns even more than the shiny new (unknown) ones.

Jeff Kallmeyer 4 months, 4 weeks ago

6' 170# 2*... I trust the staff is offering on perceived upside and not just filling out a class.

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