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Former Olathe D-lineman Zach Burks commits to Kansas

The University of Kansas added another piece to its 2018 recruiting class Monday when former Olathe North High defensive lineman Zach Burks committed to head coach David Beaty’s rebuilding program. By Benton Smith

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Former Cornhuskers O-lineman Zach Hannon transferring to Kansas

A graduate transfer from Nebraska looking to play closer to his hometown of Kansas City, Mo., offensive lineman Zach Hannon plans to do so at the University of Kansas. Listed most recently on the Cornhuskers’ roster as a 6-foot-5, 315-pound lineman, the former Rockhurst High standout announced Thursday afternoon via Twitter he will enroll at KU, where he will be eligible for the 2017 season. By Benton Smith

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Jayhawks land first in-state commitment of 2018 class

Kansas football coaches began their annual spring “Kansas blast” on Monday, hitting various high schools around the Sunflower State to not only build relationships with prep coaches but also search out in-state talent. One day into the strategic recruiting approach, the Jayhawks landed their first in-state commitment for the Class of 2018. Wichita Collegiate offensive tackle Mac Copeland declared on Twitter Monday night his intentions to sign with KU football. By Benton Smith

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Prep receiver Tevailance Hunt commits to KU during spring game visit

Less than two hours after the completion of his program’s annual spring game, Kansas football head coach David Beaty was on Twitter, firing off his favorite hashtag, “Neat deal.” By Benton Smith

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Tony Hull makes 'Louisianimals' part of Kansas football vernacular

Associate head coach creating recruiting pipeline to 'The Boot'

The invented word first became a part of the Kansas football vernacular in February, when running backs coach Tony Hull’s impact as a recruiter in his home state of Louisiana became abundantly clear. Hull, a second-year assistant at KU whose success on the recruiting trail in and around his hometown of New Orleans at least played a part in Beaty naming him associate head coach, wishes he could claim Louisianimals as his own. By Benton Smith

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Another Louisiana prospect backs out of initial commitment to KU football

And then there were four. Once a group of six, the number of Class of 2018 Louisiana prospects committed to the Kansas football program again shrank on Thursday, when three-star defensive lineman Nelson Jenkins announced his intentions to play closer to home, at LSU. By Benton Smith

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Kansas football adds commitment from Missouri defensive lineman

Less than a week after adding the first player in the 2018 recruiting class, the Kansas football team picked up its eighth pledge Thursday. By Bobby Nightengale

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Sixth touted Louisiana prospect commits to KU football

Jenkins a three-star D-lineman from 'The Boot'

The Kansas football program’s Louisiana recruiting revolution didn’t flame out over the weekend. Nelson Jenkins, a defensive lineman from Plaquemine, Louisiana, listed at 6-foot-4 and 290 pounds, announced Monday morning on Twitter his intentions to play at KU. By Benton Smith

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Jayhawks' 2018 recruiting class grows to six late Saturday night

If David Beaty had gone to bed early Saturday night, after he and his Kansas football assistant coaches secured four verbal commitments for their 2018 recruiting class, the KU head coach could’ve slept well following what already had to be considered a wildly successful day for the downtrodden program. Believe it or not, the Jayhawks’ banner recruiting day was just getting started. By Benton Smith

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Two of top 60 prep juniors in nation commit to KU football

Jayhawks begin building 2018 class with four pledges

Prior to this weekend, the Kansas football team hadn’t picked up any commitments for its 2018 recruiting class. Over the course of a few hours Saturday, though, the list went from nonexistent to four deep and included the names of two of the top prospects the state of Louisiana has to offer. By Benton Smith

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KU football welcoming slew of 2018 recruits to campus this weekend

Some of top prospects in Louisiana to visit

Kansas football coach David Beaty deemed this week’s National Signing Day a success for the rebuilding program, but that didn’t mean he and his staff could celebrate or relax. In college football, recruiting never stops. As evidence, look no further than the Jayhawks’ weekend plans, which revolve around welcoming to campus a slew of recruits from the Class of 2018. By Benton Smith

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Running backs highlight Signing Day victory for Beaty and KU football

Some coaches liken National Signing Day to Christmas. For third-year Kansas football coach David Beaty, who saw a crop of new additions make their affiliation with the program official Wednesday, it felt more like a game day. And Beaty thought the Jayhawks emerged victorious. By Benton Smith

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Kansas football replenishing roster with walk-ons

As Kansas football coach David Beaty and his staff replenish the team’s roster through recruiting, not every addition gets a “#NeatDeal” tweet from the third-year head coach. Those generally are reserved for recruits who are offered scholarships and verbally commit to play at KU. Recently, some other prospects have made their intentions to join the Jayhawks known, too. By Benton Smith

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Versatile prep lineman a late addition to KU recruiting class

Whether 6-foot-6 Earl Bostick plays on the offensive or defensive line for the Jayhawks remains to be determined, but the Barnwell High senior let KU coaches know Sunday morning during his recruiting visit his football future is in Lawrence. By Benton Smith

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KU football removes recruit Darreon Jackson from consideration

Cross former Derby safety Darreon Jackson off of the Kansas football team’s list of incoming recruits. The safety from Coffeyville Community College announced Monday his intentions to transfer to KU and join the program, but according to an official in the athletics department, Jackson is no longer a part of the football team’s Class of 2017. By Benton Smith

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