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Sunday, May 24, 2020

Three-star Georgia linebacker commits to Kansas football

Kansas University football recruiting

Kansas University football recruiting

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Three-star linebacker Trey Staley announced his commitment to Kansas on Saturday and in doing so spoke of a challenging road ahead.

“They say you have to go outside your comfort zone to get where you want to be in life,” Staley wrote in a note on Twitter. “And this decision definitely will force that upon me.”

A 6-foot-3, 200-pound linebacker from Brookwood High in Snellville, Ga., Staley is ranked as the No. 92 player in the 2021 class in his home state.

Before announcing his commitment, Staley got in touch with the Kansas coaching staff to tell them of his decision.

That phone call, according to Jon Kirby of JayhawkSlant.com, came two days after Staley made a virtual visit to KU.

A first-team all-state selection in Georgia’s 7A class following his junior season, Staley is known for his speed and ability to play in space and on the outside.

Kirby wrote that KU was the first Power 5 program to offer Staley a scholarship, and, from there, his bond with KU outside linebackers coach Chidera Uzo-Diribe played a huge role in him picking Kansas.

“I really like him,” Staley said of Uzo-Diribe. “He’s a good dude to talk to. He understands a lot that I tell him. ... I just feel like I’ve known him for years.”

Staley chose KU over offers from Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Kent State and Toledo.

He still plans to make an official visit to KU when the pandemic is no longer an obstacle, and he wants to pursue forensics and psychology as his academic areas of focus.

Right now, his focus is on exhaling after putting the recruiting process behind him.

“It’s a lot of stress off of my shoulders,” he told Kirby of his decision to pick Kansas. “I feel like I was taking a big chance committing right now because I really haven’t been on campus at Kansas or any other schools. But I have a good vibe about my decision, and I feel like it’s the best decision for me.”

Staley becomes the 11th commitment in KU’s current recruiting class, joining Little Rock, Ark., defensive end Deldrick Withers and three-star linebacker Andrew Simpson, from St. John Bosco High in Southern California, as the only three defensive players on the list to date.

The rest of KU’s 2021 class includes Lawrence High running back Devin Neal; Brownsburg (Ind.) High quarterback Ben Easters; Mena, Ark., tight end Mason Brotherton and Jaddai Henry, Majik Rector and Kelan Robinson, who are all wide receivers from Texas.

None by Trey Staley

Comments

Dale Rogers 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Just a small correction to the article. St. John Bosco High School is not in "northern California." It is in Bellflower, CA, which is in metro Los Angeles, southern California.

Matt Tait 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Good call. We caught that in the story about Simpson committing a couple of weeks ago, but I just copied and pasted that bottom part for this story and forgot to update it.

It's fixed now. Thanks!

Dale Rogers 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Thanks, Matt. I happen to live in metro San Diego so knew that school is not that far from here.

Brett McCabe 1 month, 2 weeks ago

WhenMiles was gored, he said that recruiting would be focused on a 500-mile radius of Lawrence. I think that he has come to understand that, the closer you get to Lawrence and the Big 12 in general, the harder it is to recruit here.

Kudos to the staff for recognizing early what they are up against. No need to waste time on kids who grew up on a steady diet of Bill Snyder vs our latest doofi.

Get ‘me where you can. Be flexible and smart. Go from there.

Karen Mansfield-Stewart 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Sounds like a solid pickup. Let’s hope he sticks. Congratulations and welcome to the Hill!

Dirk Medema 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Uzo-Diribe must be an incredible salesman. I believe he has been the lead on several of these recruits and I thought I read that part of the reason Staley have for choosing KU was their great fan support. This is the sport with the pointy ball, yes?

This covid business could work out to our advantage if universities are forced to open like restaurants; @ 50% capacity or something like that.

Dale Rogers 1 month, 2 weeks ago

No doubt we have some terrific recruiters among our football staff but I think the name "Les Miles" is a major draw that gets a foot in the door so they can then show what KU has to offer.

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