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Sunday, June 23, 2019

List of new KU football commitments for weekend grows to 8 with LB Juan Jarrett’s pledge

Kansas University football recruiting

Kansas University football recruiting

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Two days worth of recruiting victories weren’t enough for the Kansas football program this weekend, as the conveyer belt of commitments kept adding to the stockpile on Sunday.

Once Juan Jarrett, a linebacker from Cincinnati, Ohio, announced his intentions to join the Jayhawks shortly after noon, it brought KU’s weekend batch of new recruits to eight in total.

Rated a two-star linebacker by Rivals, Jarrett made his verbal pledge to head coach Les Miles’ program on Twitter.

“I would like to start off by saying I thank

Coach (Jeff) Hecklinski (KU’s recruiting coordinator and tight ends coach) for seeing how much potential I have to be a Jayhawk,” Jarrett posted. “I (want to) say thank you to Coach Miles for offering me such a great opportunity to make a difference.”

Like the seven other high school prospects who committed to KU before him over the stretch of a frenetic couple of days, Jarrett reached his decision after visiting Lawrence this weekend.

“Taking that official to Kansas was a great experience for me,” Jarrett wrote in a separate tweet, which included a photo of him posing with family members. “I loved everything about them. Thank you for showing me and my family what being a Jayhawk (feels) like.”

Jarrett reportedly also has offers from Georgia Tech, Akron and Liberty.

A wild weekend on the KU recruiting front began when offensive lineman Garrett Jones and cornerback Ja’Cobee Bryant became the first KU recruits to announce their college football plans on Friday night. Then five more hopped on board Saturday: O-lineman Nicholas Martinez, receiver Malik Johnson, defensive end Caleb Taylor, O-lineman Tommy Brandt and defensive lineman Kenean Caldwell.

Thanks to a booming recruiting weekend, the Jayhawks now have 20 players in their 2020 recruiting class. Amazingly, 15 of those emerged during what has been a wildly fruitful June.

Thirteen of the 20 prospects currently attached to KU are rated as three-star talents. All verbal commitments, of course, are nonbinding. The earliest any of KU’s recruits for the 2020 class can sign and make their ties to the program official is December.

None by Juan Jarrett

None by Juan Jarrett

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

• Malik Johnson - 3-star WR from Texas

• Caleb Taylor - 3-star DE from Missouri

• Kenean Caldwell - 3-star DT from Louisiana

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

• Luke Grimm - 2-star WR from Missouri

• Tommy Brandt - 2-star OL from Minnesota

• Juan Jarrett - 2-star LB from Ohio

• Kyler Pearson - WR from Oklahoma

• Jaylin Richardson - Athlete from Kansas

• Nicholas Martinez - OL from California

- Former commitments

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

Comments

Michael Sillman 3 weeks, 1 day ago

Questions have asked about the rating of recruiting classes under Beaty. His highest class in Rivals was #48. Fortunately that came in 2018 so those players should still be around as a base for Miles.

If Miles can keep this class above 40 and get them all to sign in December, the program should be on the rise talent wise. As has been pointed out, the key to closing the deal with future recruits will be winning some games this year and being competitive in the losses. It should become obvious in the first couple of games whether the coaching is up to snuff to make that happen.

Eric Eakins 3 weeks, 1 day ago

Agreed but how many times did we watch KSU beat superior teams because of creative game plans and in game adjustments. Snyder was one in a thousand who could take a program that in the dumps and turn it around. I believe we got another one in a thousand. Miles has already done it once at OSU. Looking forward to the next few years.

Buck Bukaty 3 weeks, 1 day ago

The Hatter deserves a new Straw Hat for the summer. He's making hay!

Dirk Medema 3 weeks, 1 day ago

Michael - I don’t disagree with you at all, though there are a couple important clarifications.

I think it was every year that Coach Beaty add significant contributors to the recruiting class that weren’t factored into the rankings. Adeniji is a perfect current example. A huge chunk of the current OL 2 deep is that way, not to mention the kids that walked on and ended up being significant contributors.

The other is that this class will undoubtedly slide down the ranks as others fill their classes. The rankings are based on total points so bigger classes are rewarded for being big. We’re in the 40s based on average star value.

That’s not meant as a complaint though. Super excited to see the recruiting class coming together early. The coaches will have their hands full getting the new system and culture established by September so it is great to not have to worry as much about recruiting. Still hoping there are a few elite surprises by December/February.

Rock Chalk!

Dane Pratt 3 weeks, 1 day ago

Have to think it's only a matter of when and not if he starts winning. Unlike Gill-Weis-Beatty, we know Les can coach at the P5 level. That wasn't known about the last three coaches.

Layne Pierce 3 weeks ago

Also Watch the deveiopment after they get here. This another thing that Snyder excelled at.

RCJH

Jeff Kallmeyer 3 weeks ago

I'm happy with the way recruiting is going, but would sure like to see a couple 4-stars join the group!

Chris DeWeese 3 weeks ago

There are a couple of players only a tenth of a point away from a 4 star rating (according to Rivals). Maybe if they have a stellar Senior year they'll get bumped up. But I agree with you. I'm hoping Miles can convince some 4 star or 5 star talent (yeah, it could happen) to take a chance on KU.

Lance Hobson 3 weeks ago

Unreal! This class is currently 29th and 3rd in the B12. Doubt that will last but still unbelievable. We have hope!!

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