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Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Players in KU football’s 2022 recruiting class begin signing

Kansas University football recruiting

Kansas University football recruiting

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Members of the Kansas football team’s 2022 recruiting class began making their commitments official on Wednesday morning, as the early signing period kicked off nationwide.

The first prospect to sign his letter of intent and formally come on board was the newest high school talent to join the class. Quarterback Ethan Vasko, who just made his commitment to KU two days earlier, was the first signing announced.

The state championship-winning QB from Chesapeake, Virginia, is listed at 6-foot-4 and 200 pounds. Rivals grades him as a two-star prospect, while 247 Sports has him as a three-star talent.

A few hours into the day, KU already had six recruits signed to the class: Vasko, offensive lineman James Livingston, safety Kaleb Purdy, O-lineman Joey Baker, junior college tight end Tevita Noa and safety Mason Ellis.

Similar to Vasko, Livingston has a three-star rating from 247 Sports and a 2-star grade from Rivals. A 6-7, 282-pound lineman from Michigan, Livingston was named first-team all-state by the Associated Press following his senior season at Dexter High.

Purdy is a 5-10, 170-pound defensive back from St. Peters, Missouri, who is a consensus three-star prospect. He was a four-year starter at De Smet Jesuit High, in the St. Louis metro area.

A three-star O-lineman from Southlake, Texas, Baker is listed at 6-4 and 260 pounds. During his senior year at Southlake Carroll, the team finished 14-1 and reached the 6A D1 state semifinals.

A 6-4, 250-pound tight end, Noa already has played two years at the junior college level, at Snow College, in Utah. Rated a two-star prospect by Rivals and a three-star juco talent by 247 Sports, Noa will be a junior for the Jayhawks in 2022.

The only in-state recruit in the 2022 class at the moment, Mulvane defensive back Ellis is listed at 6-2 and 188 pounds. Named first-team all-state by Sports in Kansas this year, Ellis is a two-star prospect according to Rivals, while 247 Sports has him as a three-star. Ellis, who previously had been committed to North Dakota State, is expected to grayshirt and join the roster in the spring of 2023.

KU’s 2022 recruiting class won’t be complete until February, and many of the spots in the class are expected to go to transfers out of the portal. KU entered the first day of the early signing period with five commitments from FBS transfers who will be eligible to play next year.

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KU football Class of 2022 commitments

(Rivals rankings)

• Anthony Davis — 3-star Texas CB

• Kaleb Purdy — 3-star Missouri S

• Joey Baker — 3-star Texas OT

• James Livingston — 2-star Michigan OT

• Tevita Noa — 2-star Utah juco TE

• Mason Ellis — 2-star Mulvane DB

• Ethan Vasko — 2-star Virginia QB

KU football’s incoming transfer portal commitments

• Kalon Gervin, RS-jr. CB (Michigan State)

• Sevion Morrison, fr. RB (Nebraska)

• Craig Young, soph. LB/S (Ohio State)

• Nolan Gorczyca, fr. OL (Buffalo)

• Eriq Gilyard, sr. LB (Central Florida)

Comments

Marc Frey 1 month ago

Sure I missed it, but how many can we sign? What is our cap?

Dirk Medema 1 month ago

Marc - 25 is always the default # for class sizes. Because we haven't been at our roster limit of 85 scholarship players, that's likely the case for us. With the allowance for greyshirts, blueshirts, and every imangineable colored shirt, it doesn't seem that anyone outside the football offices follows that stuff anymore. It's just too convoluted.

There's also the possibility that the number can be augmented with up to 7 incoming transfers to replace 7 outgoing transfers. The ncaa was supposed to be considering that option in an October 2021 meeting, but I've not seen any confirmation of their action.

Rodney Crain 1 month ago

Anyone see Coach L's "atta boy" tweet about one of his former players I think who hit or sacked Mahomes in the Raiders game? We were like easy does it with hitting the franchise. lol

David Robinett 1 month ago

Love seeing the O-line recruits as well as the Kansas kid. Cherry on top is plucking talent out of Missouri.

Just like Kenny Logan helped us get the linebacker out of Florida, it’s great to have recruits in all these different places because they can create the pipeline to their areas.

Dirk Medema 1 month ago

Benton - Is there a similar process for the transfers, or is that a matter of being a verbal commitment until they show up on campus and start taking classes? Are the current 5 all expected to be on campus for the spring semester?

Dale Rogers 1 month ago

I, too, would like to know this. I was about to post the same question until I read Dirk's.

Dale Rogers 1 month ago

This quote is from an NCAA website (link below). I do not know whether this predates the transfer portal, so this may or may not be relevant today.

"Student-athletes must be enrolling at a four-year NCAA D1 or D2 institution for the first time or transferring to a four-year institution from a two-year college to be eligible to sign the NLI."

The above is from the paragraph titled "What is a National Letter of Intent?" at https://www.ncsasports.org/recruiting/managing-recruiting-process/national-signing-day

Dirk Medema 1 month ago

Craig Young was a three-sport star who also excelled in basketball and runs track. He won the sectional 100-meter (10.7 second) and 200-meter (22.43) sprints during his junior HS season. One of the fastest prospects in the Midwest out of HS. Could play anything from receiver to safety to linebacker. Long athlete with intriguing upside, but very raw and inconsistent. A blow by you receiver with the traits to develop into a top pass rusher. Boom or bust prospect will need nurturing but has flashed crazy potential.

Sounds a bit like a new and improved Kyron Johnson. It would be so great to replicate Kyron’s 2021 season again.

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