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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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KU football adds to 2017 recruiting class

Jayhawks add CB and WR, with more help on way

As the February 1 National Signing Day gets closer, the Kansas football team continues to add to its Class of 2017. Two new recruits — defensive back Antonio Cole and receiver Quan Hampton — confirmed their commitments to Jon Kirby of Jayhawk Slant Sunday, after weekend visits to KU. By Benton Smith

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Notebook: KU football lands in-state commitment; big recruiting weekend ahead

Another in-state prep football player is headed to the University of Kansas. Pratt senior Hunter Kaufman announced via Twitter his decision to attend KU and join the Jayhawks’ football program. By Benton Smith

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Eight newest Jayhawks scheduled to arrive for spring semester

Now that January has arrived, the on-campus offseason preparation for Kansas football’s 2017 campaign will commence before players know it — and, in just a few months, spring football practices. While the majority of that work will be done by returning Jayhawks, third-year coach David Beaty is glad eight new members of the program will be a part of that growth, too. By Benton Smith

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Jayhawks envision Willie McCaleb as ideal complement to Dorance Armstrong Jr.

With the Jayhawks losing their other experienced edge rushers before next season and anticipating even more focus from their foes geared toward eliminating Dorance Armstrong Jr. as a threat, David Beaty and his staff made sure to address a need in its 2017 recruiting class. The head coach thinks KU might have found a perfect pass-rushing partner for its star with the mid-year signing of Willie McCaleb. By Benton Smith

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Wichita linebacker commits to Kansas

The two-word David Beaty hashtag that Kansas football fans long to see struck again Tuesday night. The KU head coach, as Beaty has been known to do, tweeted out the simple phrase “#NeatDeal” — signaling the Jayhawks landing a new commitment. The latest addition to the program turned out to be an in-state prospect, linebacker Cooper Root. By Benton Smith

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Four-star defensive back lists KU among six finalists

Stewart considering Kansas, along with nationally renowned programs

When David Beaty announced the eight mid-year signees from the Kansas football team’s 2017 recruiting class earlier this week, the head coach said his new contract extension bolstered his staff’s ability to land the types of players they want to bring to KU. Due to NCAA rules, Beaty can’t speak publicly about un-signed recruits. But if he could, the Jayhawks’ leader would point to prep defensive back Brad Stewart to reinforce that argument. By Benton Smith

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David Beaty touts eight new KU football signees

QB Bender expected to push for starting job

Eternally optimistic Kansas football head coach David Beaty had even more fuel for his fired-up disposition Wednesday, when eight members of the Jayhawks’ 2017 recruiting class signed their national letters of intent. By Benton Smith

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David Beaty: New contract facilitates KU football recruiting

Not too long ago, Kansas football head coach David Beaty or one of his assistants could walk into a recruit’s home and face some difficult questions, with opposing staffs feeding high school or junior college talents with doubts about the future of KU football. That all changed, Beaty said, when the athletic department showed its support for him and the program by extending his contract earlier this week. By Benton Smith

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Pair of juco defenders commit to KU football

Jayhawks add CB and DE to recruiting class

David Beaty’s December hot streak continued Tuesday as the Kansas head football coach, who just signed a two-year contract extension, landed verbal commitments from a pair of defensive prospects. Northwest Mississippi Community College defensive end Willie McCaleb let the KU coaches know of his decision to sign first, and Mesa Community College cornerback Shakial Taylor did the same shortly after. By Benton Smith

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Juco defensive lineman de-commits from Kansas

A trip back to the place where his college football journey began inspired one-time Kansas commitment Jamie Tago to reconsider his football future with the Jayhawks. Tago, a 6-foot-3, 245-pound defensive end who played this past season at Garden City Community College, on Monday took to Twitter to announce he no longer plans to sign with KU. By Benton Smith