Originally published December 16, 2020 at 09:33a.m., updated December 16, 2020 at 02:38p.m.

KU football announces 18 signees in 2021 recruiting class

Kansas University football recruiting

Kansas University football recruiting


As Kansas football coach Les Miles and his staff continue with their ongoing rebuilding project, they began adding more pieces for the future bright and early Wednesday morning.

Once Class of 2021 recruits were able to submit their letters of intent on the first day of December’s early signing period, committed prospects officially became Jayhawks.

The first signee announced by KU at a little after 6 a.m. was quarterback Ben Easters, a three-star prospect from Brownsburg, Ind., who first joined KU’s class by giving Miles and the staff his verbal pledge back in August of 2019.

“Can’t wait to get over to KU,” Easters said in a video KU football posted to Twitter, “to join an incredible team, an incredible staff and be part of something special.”

Easters recently told Jon Kirby of Jayhawk Slant he plans to graduate early from high school and enroll at KU during this upcoming spring semester.

KU announced during its afternoon signing special on ESPN+ that 18 of the 21 players in its 2021 recruiting class would sign during the early period.

KU football Class of 2021 December signees

(Rivals rankings)

√ Ben Easters — 3-star Indiana prep QB; 6-3, 195

√ Omar “O.J.” Burroughs — 3-star Florida prep S; 5-10, 167

√ Cam’Ron Dabney — 3-star Georgia prep CB; 5-10, 175

√ Corey Robinson II — 3-star Georgia prep OL; 6-5, 270

√ Majik Rector — 3-star Texas prep WR; 5-9, 152

√ Devonte Wilson — 3-star Florida prep CB; 6-3, 192

√ Kelan Robinson — 3-star Texas prep WR; 6-2, 183

√ Tommy Dunn Jr. — 3-star Texas prep DL; 6-3, 277

√ Deldrick “D.J.” Withers — 2-star Arkansas prep DL; 6-4, 245

√ James Wright — 3-star South Carolina prep S; 6-1, 195

√ D’Marion Alexander — 3-star Texas prep LB; 6-5, 215

√ Trey Staley — 3-star Georgia prep LB; 6-2, 200

√ Mason Brotherton — 3-star Arkansas prep TE; 6-4, 242

√ Devin Neal — 3-star Lawrence prep RB; 5-11, 208

√ Jayson Gilliom — 2-star Georgia prep S; 6-2, 190

√ Andrew Simpson — 3-star California prep LB; 6-1, 220

√ De’Kedrick Sterns — 3-star Texas prep OT; 6-4, 272

√ Larson Workman — 2-star Texas prep OT; 6-5, 270

Unsigned KU football Class of 2021 recruits

• Kameron Grays — 3-star Alabama prep DB

• Tanaka Scott Jr. — 3-star Alabama prep WR

• Garfield Lawrence — 3-star Texas prep DE

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Andy Godwin 3 months, 3 weeks ago

I greatly appreciate the way KU is announcing the signees and the enthusiasm of the recruits. It is especially fun to hear snippets from each of the recruits. They realize KU is rebuilding and want to be a part of "something special". As indicated my assessment of Miles and the KU football program is reserved until year 4 when his first recruiting class are redshirt junior & seniors. Rock Chalk!

Dave Harris 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Excited for the future! Welcome to the program for the new Jayhawks.

Side note: I understand the situation, but it is kinda crappy that on Signing Day we can't even get football to the top spot on the KUSports site. It's not even a basketball game day!

Steven Haag 3 months, 3 weeks ago

10 signees out of the far. I know that some were supposedly not signing until this afternoon. It will be interesting to see how many of the 21 sign today. I’m worried that those who don’t sign in the early period will not be Jayhawks this fall

Brett McCabe 3 months, 3 weeks ago

According to Rivals, Grays has offers from Auburn, Florida State, Tennessee and Mizzou. He might be doing more research into his decision.

Scott has offers from both Arkansas State and Coastal. Sadly, both programs would be viewed above us right now.

Lawrence has offers from a big list of schools.

It’s doubtful that these three are greyshirting. It is possible that academics or other considerations are in play. But who knows.

If those three don’t come aboard, the class would be small but reasonably solid. I’m assuming Miles will add more in February, so maybe we find some good depth players at that time.

Armen Kurdian 3 months, 3 weeks ago

This is good...but nothing more than 4-star is disappointing.

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