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Sunday, November 1, 2020

Jayhawks lose commitment from prep WR Jaddai Henry

Kansas University football recruiting

Kansas University football recruiting

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Prep receiver Jaddai Henry, who was one of the first recruits from the class of 2021 to commit to the Kansas football program, announced Sunday night that he wouldn’t be playing for the Jayhawks after all.

“After meeting with my family and discussing my future, I have decided to decommit my talents from the University of Kansas,” Henry wrote on Twitter. “I would like to thank Les Miles and his staff for recruiting and believing in me early.”

It had been more than a year since the 6-foot-4 receiver from Hebron, Texas, aligned himself with KU. He committed in September 2019.

Henry was rated by Rivals as a three-star prospect.

KU now has lost three of its previous commitments from the 2021 class. Louisiana prep receiver Keon Coleman decommitted in early October, and Alabama prep offensive lineman Edgar Amaya reopened his recruitment a couple of weeks later.

Entering November, KU currently has 20 high school prospects on board for the upcoming signing class, with 17 of those players considered to be three-star prospects.

The earliest that class of 2021 prospects can sign is Dec. 16.

The earliest that Class of 2021 prospects can sign is Dec. 16.

None by Jaddai Henry💔

KU football Class of 2021 commitments

(Rivals rankings)

• Majik Rector — 3-star Texas prep WR

• Ben Easters — 3-star Indiana prep QB

• Kelan Robinson — 3-star Texas prep WR

• Devin Neal — 3-star Lawrence prep RB

• Mason Brotherton — 3-star Arkansas prep TE

• De’Kedrick Sterns — 3-star Texas prep OL

• Andrew Simpson — 3-star California prep LB

• Trey Staley — 3-star Georgia prep LB

• Omar Burroughs — 3-star Florida prep DB

• Devonte Wilson — 3-star Florida prep DB

• Kameron Grays — 3-star Alabama prep DB

• Christien Hawks — 3-star Norton prep OT

• D’Marion Alexander — 3-star Texas prep LB

• Tommy Dunn Jr. — 3-star Texas prep DL

• Shad Dabney — 3-star Georgia prep DB

• James Wright — 3-star South Carolina DB

• Tanaka Scott Jr. — 3-star Alabama WR

• Deldrick Withers — 2-star Arkansas prep DE

• Larson Workman — 2-star Texas prep OL

• Jayson Gilliom — 2-star Georgia prep DB

2021 prospects who decommitted from KU

• Keon Coleman — 3-star Louisiana prep WR

• Edgar Amaya — 3-star Alabama prep OL

• Jaddai Henry — 3-star Texas prep WR

Comments

Dale Rogers 3 weeks, 4 days ago

These kids need to understand this team is rebuilding and the foundation being laid this season will pay off next season. They need to stop being discouraged from coming to KU without thinking it through.

Doug Cramer 3 weeks, 4 days ago

Why wouldn’t they be discouraged ?

This is the same exact cycle being played out that we saw with Gill, Weis, and Beaty.

What’s different this time ?

Charlie Gaughn 3 weeks, 3 days ago

The difference is we're not plugging holes with juco and graduate transfers. Look at the players on the field. We're playing tons of freshmen and sophomores in spite of not having spring practice, an abbreviated fall preseason, and two less non-conference games. Daniels has shown marked improvement despite terrible offensive line play. Yes, losing recruits hurts but if kids aren't committed to coming to KU and helping to turn it around do we really want them?

Let's judge this program two years from now. The last thing we need is to continue the coaching revolving door or succumbing to the pressure of winning now and going back to the transfer route.

Dane Pratt 3 weeks, 3 days ago

Do you want to ride the pine on a team that wins or have the opportunity to get playing time as a freshman and sophomore?

Layne Pierce 3 weeks, 4 days ago

I am going to suggest something crazy here, but it should be considered. Besides being embarassing for all KU fans to lose the way we have the last 10 years, it also has a devastating effect on recruiting.

God bless all those recruits who see the potential of KU, and want the opportunity, but how many have we lost because our ineptitude wears at a person, a fan, a player in a drip drip way until the family, the friends begin to say, "don't go there."

I am thinking more and more that as shameful as it sounds, we should do everything in our power to use all the time on the play clock, to reduce the time the other team has the ball, and at least reduce the horrible appearance of monstrous losses.

You may say what difference does it make whether you lose 70-0 or 14-13, and maybe at Ohio State it doesn't matter a whole lot, but for a team in our situation, it certainly does. I know that as a KU fan I would feel actually quite a bit more hopeful, if we were losing every game by 10 points, but alas even that looks like wishful thinking.

In trying to act like we are better than we are, we are only digging ourselves further into a bottomless pit. Mason and Mangino both knew the truth. You don't act like a race horse when you're a donkey. Frankly taking some air out of the ball, might actually be a good thing.

RCJH

Steven Haag 3 weeks, 3 days ago

Exactly Doug. Nothing has changed. Actually we are getting hammered harder this year. You also have a vast majority of kids who have no idea how to handle adversity. They were given “participation” ribbons, and haven’t been taught how to be MEN and WOMEN. you tell the truth, if you make a commitment you honor it. Let your yes be yes and your no be no. We aren’t through losing commitments yet. More to come.

Brett McCabe 3 weeks, 3 days ago

And the opt outs of, arguably, our two best players don’t make the optics any better.

Miles’ career at KU will be defined on this recruiting class. It’s still mostly in place, but anymore defections may result in a jail break, just like in Beaty’s final year. If that happens, the fat lady will be at full volume.

It’s critical that coaches show improvement in year two, even if it is modest. If they don’t t, things can start unraveling. Name your reason(s) but you cannot deny that we seem worse than last year. Recruits see this. Opposing coaches smell the blood in the water. And stuff gets real ugly real fast.

David Robinett 3 weeks, 3 days ago

Losing recruits is bad, no doubt. But we can’t get two more years of recruits and get them coached up tomorrow. It just has to play out. Things are looking up at the quarterback position and that is key. But I must admit defense is a problem that has to be addressed.

David Robinett 3 weeks, 3 days ago

I think KU has done the only thing that has a chance in hell of pulling us out of this ditch. Getting a big-name coach and an athletic director who actually know how to run a football program.

Dane Pratt 3 weeks, 3 days ago

Whatever hole is created in this year’s recruiting class by defections won’t impact the roster much next season. Kansas does not produce many great high school recruits but it does have good juco players. I guess this means Miles will be forced to fill the holes with two year players. I just hope he can stop the bleeding.

Doug Roberts 3 weeks, 3 days ago

I'm actually seeing improvement this year. Daniel's is pretty exciting to watch, and if he can stay healthy will be significantly improved by the end of the year. The key is the OL. They've got to get much better for this thing to take off. Already starting to see Daniels improvise and make plays.

Perhaps we get a couple guys back at the end of the year when improvement is more clear, and the future looks brighter.

Dirk Medema 3 weeks, 3 days ago

The difference with programs past was supposed to be the coaching. Fan base hasn’t changed as some suggest a coaching change after a 14 game trial, etc.

Clemson lost arguably the best player in college football but replaced him with the best recruit. That’s not the case for KU and almost half of the starters. Not sure how that compares to other programs.

There are quite a few good HS players in KS though most go out of state for college.

It will be interesting to see how 2020 is perceived in the long run. Mulligan created by outsiders or suck it up. Even the best BB team in the country had it’s streak of March Madness appearances end.

Layne Pierce 3 weeks, 3 days ago

There is nothing wrong with recruitng a juco player to play. The problem is you better be right that he can play immediately, otherwise, you're losing the numbers game.

I actually think we may have to recruit one or two offensive lineman, I don't see much alternative.

An average line, not even a great one, and we have sufficient skill players to be competitive.

RCJH

3 weeks, 3 days ago

These recommits are not the players you want. Their true colors are coming out. They are not the type of athlete who is going to create a winning atmosphere because they will fight for it. These guys are of the caliber who needs to go into a system you can plug them into. Not saying they aren’t talented but whe their backs are against the wall they don’t have the tenacity to win. There will be a player or two that will rise to the surface and fill that position

Michael Maris 3 weeks, 3 days ago

Just another example of high school talent who are "FOLLOWERS" instead of "LEADERS".

If Coach Miles can't close the deal. Then please STOP hiring coaches who are looking to pad their retirement accounts. Hire coaches who have started at the bottom and BUILT winning programs and are still HUNGRY.

Dane Pratt 3 weeks, 2 days ago

Who did you have in mind Michael because that seems like a pretty short list of candidates. Off the top of my head the only coach that comes to mind is Jim Leavitt. He took USF from nothing to something. I know he wanted the K-State job but I bet he would have taken the KU job if offered. Plus he's a mizzou grad so that might be a deal breaker.

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