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Friday, June 21, 2019

Busy recruiting weekend ahead for Les Miles and KU football staff

Kansas University football recruiting

Kansas University football recruiting

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When the dust finally settles on Les Miles’ 2020 Kansas football recruiting class months from now, it’s possible the work currently being done during the summer will go down as the most crucial stretch of the process.

Miles and his assistant coaches already have landed seven verbal commitments from rising high school seniors in June alone, and this weekend marks another busy stretch on the recruiting front.

The KU football staff planned Friday on playing host to 14 players who were in Lawrence to make official visits. What’s more, about five other prospects were expected to take unofficial visits to campus, and Saturday even more high school players will be in front of KU coaches, with a seven-on-seven tournament and camps for offensive and defensive linemen on the schedule.

In total, somewhere between 90 to 100 high school players will be at KU this weekend.

A few of the official visitors hopped on Twitter to announce their trips to Lawrence:

Malik Johnson (The Woodlands, Texas) — Rated a three-star athlete by Rivals, the 5-foot-9 Johnson also reportedly has scholarship offers from Colorado, Kansas State, Memphis and other programs.

A receiver who also made a trek to Lawrence for KU’s junior day this past February, Johnson told Jon Kirby of Jayhawk Slant he stays in touch with Kansas receivers coach Emmett Jones, and that he plans to commit to a program next week.

Ja’Cobee Bryant (Evergreen, Ala.) — A 6-1 cornerback who reportedly has accrued offers from Tennessee, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Ole Miss, Kentucky, Georgia Tech and other Power Five programs, Bryant is rated as a three-star talent and the No. 29 prospect in Alabama according to Rivals.

Tommy Brandt (St. Paul, Minn.) — Listed at 6-5 and 265 pounds, the two-star offensive tackle prospect also possesses an offer from Rice.

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Kirby of Jayhawk Slant reported on some other prospects who are using this weekend as an opportunity to take official visits and learn more about the KU football program with the help of Miles and his staff:

Brennon Scott (Dallas) — A four-star talent with more than 30 scholarship offers from teams in not only the Big 12, but also the SEC, Big Ten, Pac 12 and ACC, Scott is a 6-2, 225-pound outside linebacker.

Scott included KU in his top five programs in which he’s interested, along with Oregon, Auburn, Texas and USC. He visited the Trojans earlier this week.

“I’m just going to be looking for the type of environment Kansas has,” Scott told Jayhawk Slant ahead of his visit. “I already know what they can do for my academics and I want to see how they’d use me as a player.”

Itayvion Brown (St. Louis, Mo.) — One of the top high school seniors in the state of Missouri, Brown is a four-star linebacker and listed at 6-5 and 225 pounds. Brown visited Minnesota earlier this week and also has offers from Florida State, Texas A & M, Missouri, Michigan State and other programs.

Garrett Jones (Berrien Springs, Mich.) — A three-star offensive guard who also has offers from Air Force, Ball State, Eastern Michigan and Tulane, Jones told Jayhawk Slant he has known KU offensive line coach Luke Meadows since the coach was an assistant at EMU.

Caleb Taylor (Florissant, Mo.) — A three-star defensive end from the Show Me State, Taylor also has offers from Iowa State, Memphis, Colorado State, Central Michigan and other programs.

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

Eric Eakins 3 weeks, 3 days ago

I don't follow this stuff super close like others so I could be all wet but it feels like recruiting the 2020 class is going better than I've heard in years. Maybe it is being reported differently also with more info but I just don't remember seeing so much activity at KU this early. Usually it FEELS like we are trying to fill a class late and catch up to our allotment. Of course we have had many fluff pieces in the past about KU football that didn't pan out and left us all feeling burned for getting excited. I remain an optimist though and am excited to see what happens this fall and how that will enhance (or not) recruiting.

Brett McCabe 3 weeks, 3 days ago

First, your skepticism is entirely warranted.

For me, I keep falling back on the fact that we have a real A.D., a National Champion coach, an expanded recruiting and scouting department and no hashtags.

I read the comments from one of our recent recruits who said that the camp KU ran was the best he had attended. Fundamentals. Get it right. If they get the camps right, that means they are getting other things right.

I was not excited by the Weis hire, but tried to support it. I was stunned by the Beaty hire, but tried to support it. I was thrilled with the Miles hire and have gotten more excited each day since he's been here. This guy knows how to win. He knows how to grind. He's going to lift us up.

Sae Thirtysix 3 weeks, 3 days ago

Read the number of times this dipstick goes first person - I. If he put any more “I” statements in a series of sentences you would think he was just a we bit narcissistic (?).

He does earn 1/4 points for not openly demeaning 19’ish young men in this post however.

Brett McCabe 3 weeks, 3 days ago

You do understand that it was a stylistic decision, right?

No? An SAE who doesn't know how to read? Or stay on campus? I am shocked. I am stunned. I am sure you didn't pass English 101. I'm confident you have harassed a woman. I am 100% sure that you can't throw a spiral, or field a grounder. I am, though, sure you can eat a dozen donuts before lunch.

Sae Thirtysix 3 weeks, 2 days ago

Bless your heart. Snappy comeback.

Has to rank right up there with, “oh ya, well wait til I tell my Mommy.”

Dale Rogers 3 weeks, 3 days ago

Eric, I also feel the excitement around the program and am trying very hard to not get my hopes too high. Realistically, it we win 3, maybe even 4, and are more competitive in others than in the past, I'll feel we're making progress and be happy with that. Then my hopes will rise some in following seasons. I have to keep telling myself, we're not in a cupcake conference. Even "good" teams have trouble winning many games in this conference.

Todd Conner 3 weeks, 3 days ago

I know this is "out of this world thinking" ..... But, you go 3-0 in non-con......... We need 6 wins. That would be unbelievable,....... Bowl game unbelievable....... and....... I think he can do it. ......... He's doing all of the right things, the right way.

Robert Brock 3 weeks, 2 days ago

KU football has been desperately ill for years. I hope that the new administration and coaching staff can start to do basic things better and turn matters around. It starts with recruiting.

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