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Originally published January 26, 2020 at 01:32p.m., updated January 26, 2020 at 07:38p.m.

KU football adds another O-lineman to 2020 class

Kansas University football recruiting

Kansas University football recruiting

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While Kansas football coach Les Miles and his staff welcomed many high school juniors to campus this weekend for visits, they kept working on their 2020 recruiting class, too, picking up another commitment.

A 6-foot-6 offensive lineman from Clovis, N.M., Bryce Cabeldue committed to the Jayhawks on Sunday, on the heels of his official visit to Lawrence.

“I am 100% committed to furthering my academic and athletic career at Kansas,” Cabeldue wrote in a note he posted via Twitter to announce his decision.

Rated a two-star prospect by Rivals, Cabeldue reportedly had several other offers from smaller programs, as well as one from New Mexico.

Ahead of his visit and commitment, Cabeldue told Jon Kirby of Jayhawk Slant that KU offensive line coach Luke Meadows was in his hometown a couple of times recently, first to talk to Cabeldue’s head coach, and then to watch the recruit play in a basketball game for Clovis.

With Cabeldue’s commitment, KU now has five offensive linemen in its 2020 recruiting class. Three signed in December, and three-star O-lineman Garrett Jones is already enrolled at KU.

All verbal commitments, of course, are nonbinding and can’t become official until National Signing Day, on Feb. 5.

KU announced the signing of 19 high school seniors in December. Cabeldue’s verbal pledge brought the Jayhawks’ 2020 class to 26 members. The NCAA allows programs to sign a maximum of 25 scholarship players each year. Theoretically, KU’s staff could take a blueshirt or grayshirt approach with one or more of its 2020 recruits to make the numbers work.

A blueshirt player doesn’t sign his official scholarship paperwork until arriving on campus, and counts toward the next year’s recruiting class. A grayshirt player doesn’t enroll and officially join the program until the spring semester of the following year.

Satterwhite gets rating bump

When KU added a verbal commitment earlier in January from high school offensive lineman Jackson Satterwhite, the 6-5 prospect from Miami, Okla., was unranked by recruiting sites Rivals and 247Sports.

However, Satterwhite is now considered a three-star talent by both recruiting sites.

Oklahoma kicker commits to KU

The Jayhawks are in position to add another kicker to the roster for 2020, as high school senior Reis Vernon announced Sunday night his plans to join the program.

Vernon reportedly had garnered interest in the past from Army and Air Force. The kicker and punter is from Bixby, Okla.

None by Reis Vernon

Specialist plans to walk on at KU

KU also picked up a commitment on Friday from Eli Chism, a long snapper from Shreveport, La.

Per 247Sports, Louisiana Tech and McNeese State also were interested in Chism.

The specialist told the Journal-World he will join the Jayhawks as a preferred walk-on.

KU football’s announced 2020 signees

(Rivals recruiting rankings listed)

√ Garrett Jones - 3-star OL from Michigan; 6-4, 285 pounds

√ Will Huggins - 3-star TE from Kansas; 6-7, 235 pounds

√ Caleb Taylor - 3-star DE from Missouri; 6-2, 255 pounds

√ Trevor Kardell - 3-star TE from Lee’s Missouri; 6-5, 225 pounds

√ Krishawn Brown - 3-star LB from Oklahoma; 6-1, 200 pounds

√ Taiwan Berryhill - 3-star LB from Louisiana; 6-2, 200 pounds

√ Steven McBride - 3-star WR from Louisiana; 6-0, 160 pounds

√ Johnquai Lewis - 3-star CB from Florida; 6-0, 185 pounds

√ Tristan Golightly - 3-star WR/TE from Texas; 6-4, 200 pounds

√ Lawrence Arnold - 3-star WR from Texas; 6-3, 185 pounds

√ Malik Johnson - 3-star WR from Texas; 5-9, 180 pounds

√ Nicholas Martinez - 3-star OL from California; 6-5, 285 pounds

√ Duece Mayberry - 3-star CB from Oklahoma; 6-0, 185 pounds

√ Alonso Person - 3-star LB from California; 6-3, 200 pounds

√ Luke Grimm - 3-star WR from Missouri; 6-0, 170 pounds

√ Daniel Hishaw Jr. - 2-star athlete from Oklahoma; 5-10, 200 pounds

√ Armaj Adams-Reed - 2-star OL from Texas; 6-5, 350 pounds

√ Karon Prunty - 2-star CB from Virginia; 6-1, 190 pounds

√ Jalon Daniels - 2-star QB from California; 6-0, 207 pounds

KU football 2020 unsigned commitments

• JaCobee Bryant - 3-star CB from Alabama

• Kenean Caldwell - 3-star DT from Louisiana

• Chris Jones - 3-star DE from Florida

• Jackson Satterwhite - 3-star OL from Oklahoma

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

• Kyler Pearson - 2-star WR from Oklahoma (signing not yet announced by KU)

• Bryce Cabeldue - 2-star OL from New Mexico

Comments

Dirk Medema 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Besides blue and grey shirts, there’s also the very real possibility that not all the verbals sign in the end.

The underrated and preferred walkon recruits while not as glamorous have been fundamental to our programs recovery and success.

David Robinett 5 months, 2 weeks ago

More O lineman equals more O line competition equals better Oline. Hopefully.

Brian Wilson 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Maybe. KU needs to over-recruit the OL and DL. If it takes four players to find one that develops then so be it. Once KU fills the OL and DL with players that can compete and KU has a winning season finding better recruits will become easier.

Dane Pratt 5 months, 2 weeks ago

How many recruits have backed out after claiming they were 100% committed.

Dale Stringer 5 months, 2 weeks ago

At least he is not 110% committed. Those are the ones that I keep seeing running to somewhere else.

Stephen Johnson 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Many two star recruits prove to be much more when they are committed and coached up.

Steven Haag 5 months, 2 weeks ago

@Stephen Johnson.....yep, that’s why Oklahoma, Texas, Alabama are hitting those 2 stars HARD. Shoot K-State doesn’t even have 1/4 as many 2 stars. We are now currently 9th in the BIG XII in recruiting. The only team under us is Baylor...who only has 16 commits. Once they get their new coach and finish filling out their recruits, we will be dead last. I sure hope we can coach some of these 2 star up, I truly do, but don’t for a minute think we will be able to compete with the upper half of the BIG XII without some better talent. If you believe that, then you need to lay off the funny stuff when you visit Colorado.

Brett McCabe 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Steven, there is only coach in the conference who consistently coached above his recruiting and that was Snyder.

That said, this program is going to have to find a way to fill the roster more efficiently than our competitors, at least for the short term. We will have to identify guys who fill needs, or have great long term potential or who are overlooked, etc.

Over the next couple of years, though, it will be Miles’ job to start moving the recruiting up a tick at a time or to prove that he can coach low-rated talent as well as Snyder did.

I’m willing to give the staff a passing grade on this class just because it looks like it will be big and not terrible in terms of average rating. Next year? Either show they can win with what they are getting or start getting what they need to win.

Steven Haag 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Brett, I will agree with that. I don’t think Les will ever get 5 star unless we consistently get and stay in the upper third of the BIG XII. But I sure figured he could at least fill a roster with 3 star.....I guess maybe my expectations were too high. I’m with you though, I will be happy with this class.....for this year.....after that, either start winning with what you get, or start getting better talent

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