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Saturday, June 22, 2019

Pair of 3-star prospects commit to KU football on Friday night of big recruiting weekend

Kansas University football recruiting

Kansas University football recruiting

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A large scale recruiting weekend for the Kansas football program got off to a promising start late Friday night, with a pair of commitments from high school prospects who were visiting Lawrence.

Both considered three-star members of the Class of 2020 according to Rivals, offensive lineman Garrett Jones and cornerback Ja’Cobee Bryant verbally committed to join Les Miles’ Jayhawks during their official visits.

Jones, a 6-foot-4, 285-pound offensive guard from Berrien Springs, Mich., kicked off the productive June night for KU football by jumping on Twitter to announce his decision.

Along with three photos of Jones decked out in Kansas gear, one with him posing with Miles and O-line coach Luke Meadows, the social media post included a note in which Jones described himself as “100%” committed to the Jayhawks.

“I’m going to do everyone proud and take my educational and football talents to the University of Kansas,” Jones wrote in the note.

Not long after that, word of Bryant’s pledge became public knowledge. The news of Bryant’s commitment, however, came via the prospect’s head coach at Hillcrest High, in Evergreen, Ala. Clinton Smith Jr., Bryant’s coach, posted a photo of the 6-1 cornerback wearing a blue KU football uniform in the Jayhawks’ locker room, along with a declaration that Bryant had committed to KU.

On Saturday morning, Bryant also tweeted to say he had committed to KU.

Jones told Jayhawk Slant recently his relationship with KU O-line coach Meadows dates back to Meadows’ time on the Eastern Michigan staff. Jones reportedly also has picked up offers from Air Force, Eastern Michigan, Ball State, Tulane and Western Illinois.

Bryant, recruited by KU defensive backs coach Chevis Jackson, has nearly 20 scholarship offers, including some from Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Virginia, Kentucky and Georgia Tech.

The KU football staff entered the weekend with plans to play host to 14 players on official visits, as well as about five making unofficial visits.

With the verbal commitments from Jones and Bryant, KU’s 2020 recruiting class grew to 14 — nine of which came in June.

The Jayhawks now have 10 three-star prospects committed. All verbal pledges, of course, are nonbinding, and the earliest 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

• Garrett Jones - 3-star OL from Michigan

• Ja’Cobee Bryant - 3-star CB from Alabama

• 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

Brad Avery 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Miles does not recruit; he rounds-up, en masse.

Dane Pratt 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Compared to the rest of the conference he's holding his own in terms of numbers. OU and UT have more stars but at present KU has as many recruits as anyone.

Karen Mansfield-Stewart 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Wow. Impressive. HCLM is killing it! Congratulations all around!

Waylon Cook 4 months, 3 weeks ago

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

This should read:

Keith Miller III- 3-star WR from Texas (committed to Texas Tech, flipped to Kansas, tentatively headed to Colorado....)

Steven Haag 4 months, 3 weeks ago

These kids get all caught up in the hype and the videos, the “love”, then it wears off. I’m glad to hear that there are kids coming into look at KU, but I will hold ALL enthusiasm until they actually sign. My bet.......we lose at least 4 of those who have verbally committed, with their 1,000% committed, 110% committed, etc.

Dane Pratt 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Probably. And if KU has a dismal season with no conference wins, how many of these commitments will actually sign come December.

Dirk Medema 4 months, 3 weeks ago

And if we have a decent season with wins in games that we were losing in recent years then even more players will be interested in coming to KU. It’s a good education and a great school in a great community with a great Coach.

At least one recruiting service lists Bryant as a 4*. We’re getting a nice foundation. It stinks that we missed on Purdy (Lville) but there’re lots of options.

Brett McCabe 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Agreed. Not sure what all the negativity is about.

Even with a struggling program over the past ten years or so, we've never really had a mass exodus of commitments, save for the final year of Beaty's tenure - and that's something that probably happens anywhere when the coach is on the firing line, I don't think that it was unique to Beaty.

Virtually every school loses a recruit or two or three, it's part of the process, but Miles is putting together an extremely strong foundation of players in this class. A few names will change, but most of these guys will be signing in December and the program will continue get stronger.

It's a day to celebrate, not look for looming darkness.

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