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Originally published November 11, 2019 at 05:42p.m., updated November 11, 2019 at 06:50p.m.

2 O-linemen leave KU football’s 2020 recruiting class

Kansas University football recruiting

Kansas University football recruiting

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The Kansas football program’s 2020 recruiting class looks a little smaller as of Monday, when two potential signees — both of whom are high school offensive linemen — announced their futures won’t include playing for KU.

Both Jackson Stoefen, rated by Rivals as a three-star offensive lineman from Iowa, and Tommy Brandt, a two-star O-lineman, shared hours apart via Twitter that they no longer were committed to KU.

“At this point in time, Kansas is going in a different direction,” Stoefen wrote in a note he posted. “So I will be taking the opportunity to look at other schools.”

On Monday evening Brandt wrote in his own note, “I have decided to reopen my recruitment 100% and am parting ways with the University of Kansas.”

Brandt is rated as a three-star offensive tackle by 247Sports.

With neither Stoefen nor Brandt tied to the program any longer, head coach Les Miles and his staff now have 24 commitments in place for the 2020 class.

Stoefen reiterated to 247Sports on Monday that the KU staff “is headed in a different direction at this time” and he decided to “look elsewhere” because it will be best for his future.

A knee injury Stoefen suffered earlier this fall ended his high school season prematurely.

While reasons for changing commitment plans can vary from athlete to athlete, when Stoefen and Brandt came off KU’s recruiting board, it brought the total of class of 2020 prospects to cut ties with KU to five.

The Jayhawks currently have commitments in place from two offensive linemen: Garrett Jones and Nicholas Martinez.

All verbal commitments, of course, are nonbinding. Football recruits in the 2020 class have the opportunity to sign at the earliest between Dec. 18 and Dec. 20, before National Signing Day comes on Feb. 5, 2020.

None by Jackson Stoefen

None by Tommy Brandt

-KU football 2020 verbal commitments

• Brennon Scott - 4-star LB from Texas

• Duece Mayberry - 3-star CB from Oklahoma

• 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

• Jaylin Richardson - 3-star athlete from Kansas

• Taiwan Berryhill - 3-star LB from Louisiana

• Lawrence Arnold - 3-star WR from Texas

• Chris Jones - 3-star DE from Florida

• Tanner Hooker - 3-star CB from Louisiana

• Alonso Person - 3-star LB from California

• Steven McBride - 3-star WR from Louisiana

• Da'Vonshai Harden Jr. - 2-star QB from Kansas

• Luke Grimm - 2-star WR from Missouri

• Juan Jarrett - 2-star LB from Ohio

• Nicholas Martinez - 2-star OL from California

• Kyler Pearson - 2-star WR from Oklahoma

• Daniel Hishaw Jr. - 2-star athlete from Oklahoma

- Former 2020 KU commitments

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

• Kershawn Fisher - 3-star LB from Louisiana

• Keenan Hambrick - 3-star WR from Alabama

• Jackson Stoefen - 3-star OL from Iowa

• Tommy Brandt - 2-star OL from Minnesota

Comments

Dane Pratt 3 weeks, 2 days ago

What do you mean different direction? We've been heading in the same direction for 10 years. 2019 has the potential for being the best season this decade.

Al Martin 3 weeks, 2 days ago

Hate to lose linemen, though. Line, especially o-line has been our consistent weakness for a decade.

Stephen Burtin 3 weeks, 2 days ago

Agree 100%. We have had other weaknesses too, of course, but if you win the line of scrimmage you can make up for a lot of other problems.

Barry Weiss 3 weeks, 2 days ago

anyone have a clue what he means by KU going in a different direction?

Jay Hawkinson 3 weeks, 2 days ago

I think it means one of two things. 1) Miles realized that they needed a JUCO offensive lineman or two. 2) It has something to do with Dearmon. Maybe he's looking for a different style of lineman or maybe he's bringing in his own o-line coach.

Doug Roberts 3 weeks, 2 days ago

With the bye week this was a big recruiting week for the coaching staff. Maybe Miles and company have a couple of other guys on the hook that will fit the new RPO scheme better and told those two?

We need all the big dudes on both sides of the ball we can get, though.

Dirk Medema 3 weeks, 2 days ago

There are even a couple ESPN300 OL recruits that list us as possibilities. Even former staffs that had less potential pulled in quality recruits at this point and later in the game. I’m not worried about losing 2 out of 20+ HS recruits. It hasn’t been all sunshine for the past month but I’m still way more optimistic about the direction than I was 2 months ago.

Michael Maris 3 weeks, 2 days ago

The Canadian OL and the Texas OL may be what Stoefen is referring to. Seen that Ashaad Clayton committed to Colorado yesterday. But, he still has a visit to Kansas scheduled in early December. So hopefully, Coach Tony Hull can get Clayton to commit and sign on the dotted line for Kansas in December.

John Strayer 3 weeks, 1 day ago

What a change a year makes...this year we're up against the class limit...last year at this time we had on recruit...or lost the only commitment we had. Regardless, it seems KU is at least moving upward.

Randy Bombardier 3 weeks, 1 day ago

They must be changing majors. God knows they don't have an NFL future. Have we lost some key professors? Ok, joking aside, if I'm making this decision it's going to be based on two things, education and relationships. That's it. Color of uniforms, style of offense, etc just would not be on my radar. Of course when I was 18 God knows what my thought process would have been. Wish it was deeper but I think most kids will decide based upon what excites them. So, are we using hot coeds at all in the recruiting process?

Dirk Medema 3 weeks, 1 day ago

Dane - I would suggest to you that the direction of the program is very different from a decade ago. A decade ago we had players on the roster with postseason experience and award winning performances. Five years ago the there was no postseason experience or award winning performers. It was the bottom of the trough. We are at least back within sight of a full roster with multiple award winners and something like 12 points away from being qualified for the postseason. That’s a really different direction. Part of the reason for being okay with these 2 leaving. The direction is better than it’s been in a decade though still short of the goal.

Brian Wilson 3 weeks ago

LOL you guys crack me up!! Hardly a one of you predicted more than one win and now you are saying we are falling short of goal this year. What a bunch of Schiffs!

KU is doing great in recruiting. And, add some weight and muscle onto those speedy TE's and DE's recruits and voila. Players change positions form HS all the time. Plus I am sure KU has a couple of new targets. Jayhawks are on the way up!!

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