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KU football 2012 recruiting class

Div. I transfers
Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown (High school/Previous school) KUsports.com Bio
Dayne Crist QB 6-4 235 Canoga Park, Calif. (Notre Dame) The No. 2-ranked QB in the Class of 2008 who graduated from Notre Dame in 2012, Crist will arrive at Kansas with one year left to play and will be eligible immediately. Recruited to Notre Dame by KU coach Charlie Weis in 2008, the 6-foot-4, 235-pound Crist played three seasons and made 10 starts for the Fighting Irish from 2008-11. During his time at Notre Dame, he completed a shade over 58 percent of his passes for 2,327 yards, with 16 touchdowns and nine interceptions, while going 4-6 as a starter. His best season, both statistically and in terms of impact, came during 2010, when he started nine games and threw for 2,033 yards and 15 TDs.
Jake Heaps QB 6-1 200 Issaquah, Wash. (BYU) Heaps, the former No. 1-ranked QB in the Class of 2010 whom KU coach Charlie Weis recruited while coaching at Notre Dame, started the final 10 games of his freshman season at BYU (2010) and the first five games in 2011 before being benched. He set freshman school records for yards passing (2,316), attempts (383), completions (219) and touchdown passes (15) during the 2010 season that ended with the 7-6 Cougars beating UTEP in the New Mexico Bowl. Because of transfer rules, he will not be eligible to play until the 2013 season.
Justin McCay WR 6-3 220 Kansas City, Mo. (Oklahoma) The 6-foot-2, 209-pound wideout, who was ranked as the top player in Kansas in the Class of 2010, played in just three games at Oklahoma during the 2011 season because of injury and decided to transfer. OU coach Bob Stoops granted the release, and McCay landed at KU, where he’ll be reunited with former Bishop Miege high school coach Tim Grunhard, who was hired in December to coach KU’s offensive line. Because of transfer rules, McCay will not be eligible until the 2013 season.
Anthony McDonald LB 6-3 220 Canoga Park, Calif. (Notre Dame) During his four years at Notre Dame, McDonald played in 28 games, including all 12 games in 2009 and 11 more during 2010.
Mike Ragone TE 6-4 262 Cherry Hill, N.J. (Camden Catholic) Ragone, known more as a blocking tight end, played in 37 games during his five seasons at Notre Dame, recording 11 catches for 109 yards. He played in 11 games for the Irish as a true freshman in 2007, hauling in one reception for seven yards versus Navy. Ragone also had six tackles on special teams as a freshman. Out of high school, Ragone was rated the No. 3 tight end in the country, third-best player in New Jersey and 83rd-best prospect in the nation by Rivals.com following his senior season at Camden Catholic High School.
Josh Williams DE 6-4 260 Denton, Texas (Ryan) Williams comes to KU as a graduate of his previous university, which allows him to be eligible immediately. After red-shirting during his freshman season at Nebraska, Williams played in 29 games for Nebraska, including all 13 games during the 2010 and 2011 seasons. The defensive end made two starts in the 2011 season and racked up 27 tackles during his NU career.
Junior-college transfers/High-school signees
Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown (High school/Previous school) KUsports.com Bio
Greg Allen DB 5-11 190 Houston, Texas (Alief Taylor) Allen, who hails from Alief Taylor High in Houston, is a three-star prospect who previously was committed to Utah. During his senior season, Allen was the class 18-5A Defensive Player of the Year, and he is planning to run track this spring. His events include the 100, 200 and 400 sprints, along with the 4x100, 4x200, and 4x400 relays. D-Line coach Buddy Wyatt was the lead recruiter for Allen, and he was hosted by red-shirt freshman Ben Goodman.
Courtney Arnick LB 6-2 200 Dallas, Texas (Carter) Arnick, a three-star player with great speed, hails from Dallas’ Carter High (home of Jeremiah Hatch), where he was a first team all-district selection last season. He chose KU over offers from Boise State, Houston and Memphis, among others, and he visited all three in the past week. His decision to choose Kansas came down to the positive vibe he got from KU’s coaches, players and facilities.
Turner Baty QB 6-2 225 San Francisco, Calif. (City College of San Francisco) During his one season at City College of San Francisco, Baty threw for 3,149 yards and 42 touchdowns while completing 64 percent of his passes and helping lead CCSF to a juco national championship. He calls himself a pro-style quarterback but takes pride in the fact that he’s mobile enough to make plays outside of the pocket if needed. A three-star prospect with 4.7-second 40-yard dash speed, Baty chose KU largely because of the opportunity to play for Weis. He has three years of eligibility remaining.
Brian Beckmann OL 6-6 280 Overland Park (Blue Valley West) One of the few local players in KU’s Class of 2012, Beckmann, who hails from Blue Valley West High in Overland Park, originally committed to KU last summer and decided to stick with the Jayhawks after meeting the new coaching staff. The three-star tackle also had an offer from Kansas State. Running backs coach Reggie Mitchell was the lead recruiter for Beckmann and he helped the lineman, a lifelong KU fan, remain committed during KU’s coaching transition.
Charles Brooks TE 6-5 245 Scottsdale, Ariz. (Scottsdale CC) Brooks is a three-star tight end who comes to Kansas from Scottsdale Community College in Arizona as one of the top five junior college tight ends available. He chose KU over offers from Florida International, Middle Tennessee State, Mississippi, New Mexico and Savannah State. Although he emerged as an offensive threat during his time at Scottsdale CC, Brooks spent most of his life playing basketball and is still adjusting to his new sport.
Sean Connolly OL 6-7 290 Lakewood, Ohio (St. Edward) Dubbed by many as “a late bloomer,” Connolly is a two-star offensive tackle from St. Edward High in Lakewood, Ohio, who backed out of his commitment to Marshall to join the Jayhawks. The lineman, whose teammate and fellow tackle, Kyle Kalis, is headed to Michigan as a five-star prospect, spent the 2011 season playing left tackle. Connolly also had offers from Akron and Marshall and made a solid connection with KU offensive line coach Tim Grunhard during his recent visit.
Taylor Cox RB 5-11 200 Weed, Calif. (College of the Siskyious) Cox, who hails from College of the Siskiyous in Weed, Calif., was one of Weis’ earliest commitments at KU. An All-American selection following the 2011 season, Cox ran for 1,507 yards and 14 touchdowns in 10 games this season. Originally from Mill Creek, Wash., Cox owns the school record for rushing yards in a game (326), rushing yards in a career (2,744) and touchdowns in a career (31). Wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator Rob Ianello was the lead man in the recruitment of Cox.
Josh Ford WR 6-4 195 Yuma, Ariz. (Arizona Western CC) Long, tall and fast, Ford finished the 2011 season at Arizona Western with 845 yards and 10 touchdowns on 58 receptions. The wide receiver who figures to have a chance to earn immediate playing time has been clocked at 4.4 seconds in the 40-yard dash. Originally from Washington D.C., the three-star prospect knew and competed against KU hoops star Thomas Robinson during their prep days. Ford chose KU over Bowling Green, Miami (Fla.), Middle Tennessee State and Utah State.
Tyler Holmes DT 6-3 270 Sachse, Texas (Sachse) The lone high school defensive lineman in this year’s class, Holmes comes to KU from Sachse High near Garland, Texas. A three-star prospect who has put on 16 pounds since the end of his high school season, Holmes said he could play inside or out and prides himself on his ability to rush the passer off the edge. He chose KU over offers from Arkansas State, Central Arkansas, Memphis, North Texas, Sam Houston State and Western Kentucky.
Ty McKinney DT 6-3 310 Athens, Texas (Trinity Valley Community College) McKinney, who played the past two seasons at Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas, committed to KU after Turner Gill was fired and before Weis was hired. He developed a strong relationship with Buddy Wyatt, who coached the defensive line under Gill and will have the same job in 2012, and said he would not have come to Kansas if Wyatt had left. This three-star D-tackle chose KU over Arkansas State, Houston and UTEP.
Schyler Miles LB 6-2 220 Tampa, Fla. (Berkeley Prep HS) This three-star inside linebacker might just be the headliner in this year’s class. Miles, a senior at Berkeley Prep, first met KU coach Charlie Weis when Weis was the offensive coordinator at Florida, and their relationship continued after Weis left for Kansas. Weis’ interest in Miles wasn’t the first time the 6-foot-2, 220-pound linebacker had heard from Kansas. In fact, KU was the first school to send Miles a recruiting letter during his sophomore year of high school.
Nasir Moore DB 6-1 185 Suwanee, Ga. (East Los Angeles College) Weis met Moore when he was on Florida's staff recruiting an offensive lineman on his same juco team. Moore originally was a receiver, but because of a team need, he flipped to defensive back last year without any training and performed at a high level. He has good size at 6 foot 1, 185 pounds.
Neal Page DE 6-5 220 Birmingham, Mich. (Seaholm) While at Seaholm, Page set school records in tackles for a loss, tackles by a defensive lineman, and quarterback pressures. He also finished third in school history with 20.5 sacks.
Tre Parmalee WR 5-10 160 Overland Park (Bishop Miege) Ranked as the fifth best receiver in Kansas, the Bishop Miege High standout, who played for new KU offensive line coach Tim Grunhard in high school, originally was committed to Northern Illinois, but quickly changed his mind after Weis landed at Kansas. He is the son of former NFL player Bernie Parmalee, who now coaches tight ends for the Kansas City Chiefs. As a senior at Miege, Parmalee won the Otis Taylor Award as the top receiver in Kansas City and was a first-team, all-state selection while also earning all-EKL honors. He also won the MVP award last summer at Ohio State’s camp.
Tevin Shaw RB 5-11 190 Piscataway, N.J. (Piscataway) Shaw, a 5-foot-11, 190-pound all-state selection, had offers from Maryland, Penn State, South Carolina and Temple, among others. He has been clocked as fast as 4.42 seconds in the 40-yard dash and ran for 1,600 yards and 24 touchdowns during his senior season. His addition brings even more depth and talent to an already-crowded Kansas backfield.
Jon Shelby LB 6-2 205 Brockton, Mass. (Brockton High/Nassau Community College) While at Nassau Community College in New York, Shelby teamed up with fellow KU signee Aslam Sterling to help the Lions to a 19-2 mark, which included an 11-0 record in 2010 and No. 3 NJCAA ranking. Shelby played in all 21 games at NCC, posting 82 tackles and 59 solo stops. He also recorded 12 tackles-for-loss, two sacks, two pass breakups and one fumble recovery.
Jordan Smith TE 6-5 225 Waco, Texas (Reicher) Smith, from Reicher High in Waco, Texas, is another player who originally committed to the previous coaching staff and decided to stick with KU after meeting and talking to Weis and the new staff. A dynamic athlete, who lists Dallas Cowboys’ tight end Jason Witten as the player he patterns his game after, the three-star prospect is a true tight end who likes every aspect of the position. He chose KU over offers from Air Force, Cincinnati and UTEP.
Aslam Sterling OL 6-5 360 Queens, N.Y. (Bayside High/Nassau Community College) Sterling started every game of his two-year stint at NCC, helping lead the Lions to a 19-2 record while earning all-Northeast Football Conference honors during both seasons. Sterling earned all-Borough and all-City honors while playing both center and right guard at BHS.
Keon Stowers DL 6-3 273 Milledgeville, Ga. (Georgia Military College) Stowers, from Georgia Military College in Milledgeville, Ga., originally was supposed to start his college career at Butler County CC but chose to go to Georgia Military to play with a longtime friend. Stowers chose Kansas over Iowa State, Louisville, South Alabama and Troy. Like Baty, Stowers will have three years of eligibility remaining.
Jordan Tavai DT 6-3 280 Torrance, Calif. (El Camino C.C.) One of the latest commitments, Tavai comes to Kansas from El Camino Community College in Torrance, Calif. The three-star prospect, who was named a juco All-American following the 2011 season, chose Kansas over Texas Tech and Washington State. He said KU’s impressive coaching staff made the difference.
Tyree Williams ATH 6-0 190 Sugar Land, Texas (Dulles) Kansas got in on Williams’ recruitment late, but showed him enough to make him commit to the Jayhawks last weekend. Rated as a two-star “athlete” but expected to play cornerback at KU, Williams comes to Lawrence from Dulles High in Sugar Land, Texas, where he also stars as a basketball and baseball player. He chose KU over SMU.


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