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Wednesday, May 5, 2021

2nd Class of 2022 prospect decommits from KU football, amid coaching transition

Kansas University football recruiting

Kansas University football recruiting

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It turns out neither of the Class of 2022 prospects from College Station, Texas, who committed to the Jayhawks will end up playing football at Kansas.

Just like his high school teammate decided a day earlier, former KU recruit Houston Thomas severed ties with the Jayhawks on Monday.

Rated a three-star tight end by Rivals, Thomas decommitted the day after his College Station High teammate, three-star offensive tackle Cory Hendrix, did the same.

“After praying over my decision and talking to my family and friends, I have decided to decommit from the University of Kansas,” Thomas wrote on Twitter. “My recruitment is now 100% open.”

Both Hendrix and Thomas were recruited by KU offensive line coach Lee Grimes, who isn’t expected to be retained by new head coach Lance Leipold. According to reports, Leipold is bringing several of his former Buffalo assistants, including offensive line coach Scott Fuchs, with him to KU.

As of now, the Jayhawks still have five high school juniors committed to the program. Nikki Taylor, an athlete from Alabama, committed in April, while Emmett Jones was the interim head coach.

The other four prospects in the program’s 2022 class initially committed to KU while Les Miles was still the head coach.

None by Houston Thomas

KU football Class of 2022 commitments

(Rivals rankings)

• Dewuan Mack — 3-star Missouri DB

• Caldra Williford — 3-star Missouri DB

• Xavion Brice — 3-star Texas WR

• Jacobe Chester — 3-star Texas athlete

• Nikki Taylor — Alabama athlete

Comments

Jeff Coffman 7 months ago

These two individuals were likely never coming to KU, they had committed to get more noise in the Big XII or SEC. We will get more recruits and Leipold will already be targeting some to replace them. I think Miles was doing a great job of recruiting, but with him gone, we were bound to lose recruits that he had grabbed. The coaching announcement just enabled the transition.

Dirk Medema 7 months ago

Losing recruits at this point in the process is nothing new and can readily be accommodated.

What is far more important is keeping the current roster from falling apart via transfers and then starting to build for next season and the next class.

Any idea of when the staff will be announced?

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