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Originally published January 28, 2020 at 03:54p.m., updated January 28, 2020 at 06:22p.m.

KU football loses commitments from 2 Class of 2020 prospects

Kansas University football recruiting

Kansas University football recruiting

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A little more than a week before college football’s National Signing Day, Kansas lost commitments from a couple of potentially promising high school prospects in the Class of 2020.

Chris Jones, a 6-foot-4 defensive end from Pompano Beach, Fla., announced Monday night his plans to reopen his recruitment, a little more than five months after committing to the Jayhawks.

Then on Tuesday night, Ja’Cobee Bryant, a cornerback from Evergreen, Ala., backed out, as well.

“I am decommitting from Kansas and 100% open,” Jones wrote on Twitter.

A note Bryant tweeted out stated he wanted to thank KU head coach Les Miles and the staff for recruiting him, and that he was decomitting.

For Jones, the decision came after he was one of many prospects visiting KU this past weekend.

A three-star pass rusher according to Rivals, Jones, even before giving his nonbinding verbal pledge to KU back in August of 2019, had scholarship offers from Florida State, Nebraska, Maryland, Penn State, Central Florida and several other programs.

Bryant committed to KU back in June, this past summer. Rivals currently has him ranked as the 27th-best prospect in Alabama. Previously, Bryant also received scholarship offers from Kentucky, Memphis, Tennessee, Virginia, Virginia Tech and several other programs.

For various reasons over the past several months, 12 different Class of 2020 recruits severed ties with Kansas after initially committing to the Jayhawks.

With Jones out of the mix, KU’s class now has two players listed as defensive linemen. Three-star defensive end Caleb Taylor signed with KU in December and is enrolled for the spring semester as an early graduate from Staley High School, in Kansas City, Mo. Kenean Caldwell, a three-star defensive tackle from Louisiana, visited KU this past weekend, too, and can make his commitment official Feb. 5, on National Signing Day.

KU announced the signing of 19 high school seniors in December. With Jones decommiting, the Jayhawks’ now have 25 high school players — the maximum allowed in a year by the NCAA — in their 2020 class.

Four members of KU’s class are currently verbally committed but unsigned: Caldwell, three-star offensive lineman Jackson Satterwhite, two-star Topeka quarterback Da’Vonshai Harden Jr., and two-star O-lineman Bryce Cabeldue.

KU has yet to announce the signing of two-star receiver Kyler Pearson. But that should come once he has officially been accepted through KU’s student application process and cleared by the NCAA to participate, Pearson told the Journal-World.

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- Former 2020 KU commitments

(Rivals recruiting rankings listed)

• Brennon Scott - 4-star LB from Texas (committed to UNLV)

• Khari Coleman - 3-star DE from Louisiana (flipped to TCU, signed)

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

• Jaylin Richardson -3-star athlete from Kanas City, Kan. (signed with Northern Iowa)

• Chris Jones - 3-star DE from Florida

• Jackson Stoefen - 3-star OL from Iowa (signed with Toledo)

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

• Keenan Hambrick - 2-star WR from Alabama

• Kershawn Fisher - 2-star LB from Louisiana (signed with Louisiana Tech)

• Tommy Brandt - 2-star OL from Minnesota

• Juan Jarrett - 2-star LB from Ohio (signed with Akron)

• Tanner Hooker - 2-star CB from Louisiana

KU football’s announced 2020 signees

√ 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

• Kenean Caldwell - 3-star DT from Louisiana

• 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

Brett McCabe 4 months, 1 week ago

So, he comes all the way into Lawrence, gets wined and dined and decommits a couple of days later. Pretty interesting.

When Miles was hired, he said the recruiting focus would be on a 500-mile radius. I wonder how many of the decommits would have been coming from a greater distance? Maybe Jones wanted to be closer to home?

I think KU would be wise to start limiting the footprint of its recruiting efforts.

Austin Lopez 4 months, 1 week ago

Seen on twitter KU just lost another recruit, 2 in one day. I see our latest committed recruits have been OL, With limited scholarship spots left I wonder if the KU Staff is going all out on the OL position. Would make sense considering we have Pooka coming back next year, and our OL Hasn't been lighting it up much.

Brett McCabe 4 months, 1 week ago

Austin, tagging on to your question....do you think that the guys who didn’t sign in the fall were brought in and then maybe told they would need to blue shirt based on the scholarship numbers? It just seems weird that guys would cut bait right after a big recruiting trip unless the staff told them that, since they hadn’t signed, things had changed.

Austin Lopez 4 months, 1 week ago

I remember on our first go around at Signing day back in December some guys were told by the coaching staff that there wasn't enough scholarships available and their scholarships were pulled. Wonder if the same thing possibly happened here? Seems weird 2 recruits would decommit on the same day within hours of each other, not saying its impossible but strange.

Dane Pratt 4 months, 1 week ago

NO. Not a lineman. We need them badly.

Steven Haag 4 months, 1 week ago

😂😂😂😂😂. Good ol Austin says people back out of their commitment because we are bringing in O linemen. Just not adding up. Les is figuring out that getting anything other than 2 star commits is a HARD sell. Those that were thinking we were going bowling this year????😂😂😂😂😂. We might get 2 wins next year and the year after if this trend continues.

Austin Lopez 4 months, 1 week ago

For the record don't but words in my mouth, I clearly was asking a question. "With Limited scholarships spots left I wonder if the KU Staff is going all out on the OL Position." I was simple expressing a question not a clear statement. Reading is a life fundamental.

Joe Black 4 months, 1 week ago

so is the difference between "but" and "put"

Steven Haag 4 months, 1 week ago

Oh, Austin. Read your previous posts on other columns. When the 4 star de-committed, and we picked up a 2 star OL you jumped all over it. You’ve made the comment more than once. At least be man enough to own it. You will feel better.

Austin Lopez 4 months, 1 week ago

Maybe you should do you research before committing. 1. I did make a comment that the 4 star LB may have been let go allowing a scholarship to be extended to a OL prospect. You jumped on that post minimizing the 2 star accomplishment of being offered a scholarship, according to you on that post KU had no business going after 2 star recruits. Some of KU Greatest players have been 2 star and under players. 2. Weeks later that 4 star recruit committed to UNLV. Respectable program, but It looks as if the 4 star recruit scholarship may have been pulled in favor of a OL Prospect. Why else would a 4 star LB decommit to play in a lower tier conference? Most guys that decommit under their say so end up at a better school than KU within a Power 5 conference. Put the pieces together it's not hard.

Austin Lopez 4 months, 1 week ago

@StevenHaag and lets not forget when I said that the 4 star LB scholarship might of been pulled and given to another player, the 2 star OL wasn't committed to KU at the time. Than around 24-48 hours later news breaks that KU Lands a OL prospect. So I wasn't wrong, but keep trying.

Joe Black 4 months, 1 week ago

It doesn't make sense that they pulled a 4 star LB scholarship to give to a 2 star OL. Most likely, they offered the 2 star OL because they lost the 4 star LB making a scholarship available. So yes you could very well be wrong.

Dirk Medema 4 months, 1 week ago

In looking at where a few of the decommits landed, it makes me wonder if their decommit had less to do with athletics and more to do with academics. Then again maybe some guys just don’t want the challenge of Big12 athletics.

Steve Quatrocky 4 months, 1 week ago

Could it be the facilities gap? I know we've improved but our facilities arent nearly as eye popping as bigger programs.

Joe Black 4 months, 1 week ago

What does UNLV's facilities look like? Real question, I just don't know. To me that one hurts as much as any of the recruits we lost.

Brandon Mahon 4 months, 1 week ago

Have you thought that MAYBE this wasn't fully the staff? That a kid might not be academically eligible so he has to open up and go somewhere that he can get in? Or that a kid is using our offer as a place holder and the coaches gave him a chance to be all in and he wasn't so they said they were going to give another kid the option and first to take it gets it?

It is not always about the coaches pulling offers, or something the staff did. ALOT goes into recruiting now days.

The 4 star LB, Bryant, and Jones have all been situations from what I have heard about academics, and a player holding off for better offers and not being all in.

Steven Haag 4 months, 1 week ago

Nobody knows for sure why people back out of a commitment, many reasons abound, and we are left to “guess”. Here is what I do know. Our offense put up more points per game than previous years. Is our O-line where it needs to be? Nope. We can and need to continually be recruiting that position. Now......our defense allowed more points per game that previous years. Do we need to improve on the defensive side? YES, YES, YES. I would say even more so than the O-line. Les went after the recruits that he WANTED and felt this team NEEDED. There are very few exceptions where he would pull a scholarship offer to give it to someone else, although not unheard of. In these instances, I say this was completely on the recruit and not the KU staff. We need help, we need good recruits, we need to change the attitude and culture. We, as fans, know this will take several years. My concern is, if we keep getting 2 stars and the rest of the BIG XII gets 3 and 4 star, we won’t compete. If the rest of the BIG XII coaches, couldn’t coach at all, then we could coach our kids up and compete. News flash....there are some real good coaches in the BIG XII conference. At the end of the day, talent will matter.

Brian Hosfelt 4 months, 1 week ago

Steven Hagg we already signed 15, 3 stars and just 4, 2 stars...why all the talk that we are only getting 2 stars? Plus the listed unsigned has2 more 3 stars

Brian Wilson 4 months, 1 week ago

Exactly!!!! KU has signed almost all 3 Star recruits.

FACT, There are only 25 to 35, 5 star players every year!!
Also, there are only 250 to 300 4 Star players every year!!
Question: So how many of those 325 players do you think KU should get every year?(sarc)

3 Star players are top 750 and KU has signed 15. And 2 star is just a ranking saying that the kid is a mid-major prospect. Most 2 star players have not even been evaluated in depth because they haven't really attended very many camps or have been seen/noticed that much by college recruiters. So my guess is the 2 star players that KU has signed are potential unfound diamonds. KU is doing just fine. A lot better than Beaty getting 60 2 star unknowns and 1 star (unranked) walkons his first year.

Armen Kurdian 4 months, 1 week ago

Are there consequences when someone decommits? Assuming conditions haven't changed...if you commit to a school and then change your mind. Otherwise, what's the point of declaring a commitment? Say you commit to one school, then someone else later offers you a scholarship but terms of your first commitment haven't changed...I know you don't want to constrain a future player but at the same time, schools have to be able to plan and have some level of certainty as they build a team.

Brian Wilson 4 months, 1 week ago

There is not penalty for changing your mind after verbally committing to a school. But once you have signed a letter of intent...then it's a different subject. I am pretty sure that, these kids that are de-committing have never signed their letter of intent. The 19 players that have signed should be coming to KU without question.

Armen Kurdian 4 months ago

Committments...basically an accounting gimmick. The same tool is used in budgeting and spend plans in the DoD. It really means nothing, then.

I guess the article would have made it clear if they had indeed signed LoIs. OK, roger that.

Matt Gauntt 4 months, 1 week ago

When a story like this happens, I come here to read the comments for the hilarity.

The ability of some to constantly see the sky falling is so predictable and funny.

Bee Bee 4 months, 1 week ago

Commit obviously means different things to different people. Ridiculous.

Dale Stringer 4 months, 1 week ago

Wonder how much the weather played into this since they are from FL and AL.

Brian Hosfelt 4 months, 1 week ago

didn't we all want high school kids? Well that's what we are getting, so be happy about something...I see kstate signed 5 jucos

Dirk Medema 4 months, 1 week ago

Nothing is certain until they sign and even they flip with increasing regularity. It’s part of why it’s a year round process.

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