Football Recruiting

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KCMO all-state QB Maples to walk on with KU football

One of the most productive high school quarterbacks in the state of Missouri this past year, Park Hill senior Billy Maples plans to walk on with the Kansas football program. By Benton Smith

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Coffeyville OL Lewis commits to KU football

11th juco prospect to join 2018 class

As the hours leading up to National Signing Day tick down, more commitments for the Kansas football program’s 2018 recruiting class continue to trickle in. The latest came on Monday afternoon, when junior college offensive tackle Reuben Lewis announced his intentions to sign. By Benton Smith

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Texas prep QB Locklin commits to KU football

Less than 72 hours before Wednesday’s National Signing Day, the Kansas football program picked up a new commitment for its 2018 recruiting class Sunday night. A dual-threat high school quarterback from Rockdale, Texas, Torry Locklin announced his intentions to join the Jayhawks via Twitter. By Benton Smith

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Free State lineman plans to walk on with KU football

Blue Valley North TE pledges, too

An in-town lineman from Free State High, Spencer Roe on Friday announced his plans to join the Kansas football program. A defensive tackle and offensive guard during his senior season at FSHS, Roe will join the Jayhawks as a walk-on. Dylan Freberg, a 6-4, 220-pound tight end from Blue Valley North, plans to stay in state and join KU as a non-scholarship player, as well. By Benton Smith

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Juco OL Mike Brown backs off KU commitment, opts for WVU

The Kansas football program’s 2018 recruiting class lost one potential addition just more than a week ahead of National Signing Day. Mike Brown, an offensive tackle from Eastern Arizona College, announced Tuesday — nine days after committing to the Jayhawks — his intentions to sign with a more reputable Big 12 team, West Virginia. By Benton Smith

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Free State's Jalan Robinson watches football recruitment skyrocket before signing day

Before walking into school Monday, Free State senior Jalan Robinson received a phone call from a Mississippi State football coach. By Bobby Nightengale

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Wichita Kapaun Mt. Carmel LB/RB to walk on at KU

An in-state senior prospect from Wichita’s Kapaun Mt. Carmel, Nick Channel announced Monday his plans to join the Kansas football program.

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Jayhawks add to 2018 class with juco OL's verbal commitment

The Kansas football team added to its 2018 recruiting class Sunday with a verbal commitment from an offensive lineman. Like so many other members in this crop of future Jayhawks, the latest addition came from the junior college ranks. Mike Brown, an offensive tackle from Eastern Arizona College, told KU head coach David Beaty and his staff during a weekend visit to campus he plans to sign. By Benton Smith

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Change of plans: Looking back at 11 Class of 2018 prospects who decommitted from KU football

In the sphere of college football recruiting, assigning programs and their coaches credit for landing verbal commitments from prospects can prove dicey, due to the potentially temporary nature of a player’s non-binding words. KU's dreams of competing with college football’s juggernauts on the recruiting front this year perished as de-commitments trickled in, following a memorable junior day for the Jayhawks more than 10 months ago, when six high school players — now all considered three- or four-star talents — stated their intentions to eventually join Kansas. By Benton Smith

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Breaking down how long each new KU football signee could potentially impact the program

In the midst of his final post-game comments following KU's 1-11 season, while explaining the patience KU athletic director Sheahon Zenger displayed in continuing to back him, despite a 3-33 record in three years, David Beaty stated rebuilds don’t always include a quick fix. “Sometimes there is, but it will be short-lived if you’re not careful,” Beaty said at the time, “So we’re trying to do it the right way. Trying to do it with guys that have three to four-plus years to where we can develop them.” In the weeks that followed those remarks, Beaty and his staff added seven junior college players to KU’s 2018 recruiting class, and signed nine in total this past week. By Benton Smith

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KU football's 2018 recruiting class currently lacks a QB

The Kansas football team’s 2018 recruiting class doesn’t yet include a quarterback, thanks to the on-again, off-again interest in the Jayhawks shown by Texas prep QB Clayton Tune, a two-time KU commit who twice changed his mind and has yet to sign with any program. That, of course, doesn’t necessarily mean Kansas will head into February’s National Signing Day without a possible quarterback signee. By Benton Smith

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KU football receives holiday gift in form of verbal pledge for Class of 2018

Christmas Eve for the Kansas football program included a gift in the form of a verbal commitment from a high school prospect. By Benton Smith

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'Pooka' Williams: 'I managed to be a man of my word'

Louisiana RB heard plenty of LSU pitches

A popular young man around the Hahnville High campus and Boutte, La., community the past several months, running back Anthony “Pooka” Williams heard countless pitches from those he encountered in the heart of LSU country. Of course, the new Kansas football signee told The Times-Picayune, those interactions tended to be opinionated and distinctly pro-Tigers. By Benton Smith

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RB 'Pooka' Williams signs with Kansas football, instead of LSU or Nebraska

The first player from the Class of 2018 to commit to the University of Kansas, running back Anthony “Pooka” Williams took a couple extra days in the December early signing period to contemplate making that choice official before resolving to stick with his initial decision and sign with KU. By Benton Smith

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'Pooka' Williams to sign with 1 of 3 programs Friday

The Kansas football staff won’t have to wait until February to find out whether longtime recruiting target Anthony “Pooka” Williams will stick to his verbal commitment to the Jayhawks. By Benton Smith