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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

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New KU football signee Corione Harris credits Tony Hull for job well done

With a smile on his face Wednesday morning at Landry-Walker High, in New Orleans, cornerback Corione Harris uttered eight words that had to have inspired the same reaction out of Kansas football fans, coaches and players alike. “I’ll be taking my talents to Kansas University,” the high school senior announced from a podium at a signing ceremony in his high school’s gymnasium. By Benton Smith

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KU football signs 14 prospects to 2018 recruiting class

9 new Jayhawks to join from juco ranks

Within the first several hours of the NCAA’s new early signing period for college football, the University of Kansas officially added 14 members to its 2018 recruiting class on Wednesday. Nine of the prospects head coach David Beaty and his staff can now call Jayhawks signed on from the junior college ranks. The group also included a graduate transfer and four high school seniors, headlined by New Orleans cornerback Corione Harris. By Benton Smith

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4-star CB Corione Harris sticks to his word, signs with Kansas football

Out of nowhere this past February, receiver Devonta Jason and cornerback Corione Harris — Louisiana prospects considered four-star talents and among the top 100 players in the nation — caught the recruiting world off guard by announcing they were committing to KU. A little more than 10 months later, when those non-binding pledges could become official, the Jayhawks had to settle for one Landry-Walker High stud. Harris remained loyal to his word, signing with Kansas. By Benton Smith

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3rd juco prospect, CB Elijah Jones, commits to KU on eve of early signing period

KU's 2018 class up to 9 potential juco signees

A busy Tuesday for Kansas football recruiting continued into the evening, when the program added its third junior college prospect of the day, and ninth overall, to its 2018 recruiting class. The day before the new December signing period for college football commences, Ellsworth Community College (Iowa) cornerback Elijah Jones described himself as “1,000” percent committed to the Jayhawks By Benton Smith

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KU football adds 8th juco prospect, DL Charles Cole, to recruiting class

The Kansas football program’s 2018 recruiting class picked up its eighth junior college prospect — and second of the day — Tuesday afternoon, hours ahead of the beginning of the new early signing period. Butler Community College defensive tackle Charles Cole announced his plan to sign with the Jayhawks via Twitter, along with a photo of him wearing a KU uniform. By Benton Smith

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Juco DE Azur Kamara commits to Kansas football

On the eve of college football’s new early signing period, Kansas added another junior college commitment to its 2018 recruiting class. A defensive end at Arizona Western College, Azur Kamara announced his intentions to sign with the Jayhawks through a note on Twitter Tuesday morning. By Benton Smith

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Omaha prep QB plans to walk on at Kansas

The Kansas football program has added a walk-on quarterback, Dylan Plautz, from Westside High, in Omaha, Neb., to its list of potential newcomers for the 2018 season. By Benton Smith

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Wichita prep makes verbal commitment to KU

Wichita Collegiate High senior quarterback Cody McNerney tweeted Wednesday that he has made a verbal commitment to attend Kansas.

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Report: New Orleans prep WR Devonta Jason still considering Kansas

According to Devonta Jason, there’s still a chance the coveted New Orleans prep receiver could end up signing with the Kansas football team he publicly decommitted from on Sunday. By Benton Smith

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Prep QB Tune describes KU as 'still in the picture' after Ole Miss offer, visit

Mere days after announcing he had picked up a scholarship offer from Ole Miss, Texas prep quarterback Clayton Tune, a Class of 2018 recruiting target of Kansas, traveled to Oxford, Miss., to check out the SEC program in person. According to what Tune told Rebel Grove, the visit went “really well.” What’s more, the QB described KU as “still in the picture” — far from a ringing endorsement. By Benton Smith

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Hectic Sunday also brings three additions to KU football's 2018 recruiting class

On the same day his Kansas football program officially lost commitments from two longstanding Class of 2018 recruiting targets, three-year head coach David Beaty on three occasions Sunday took to Twitter to make unrelated “neat deal” declarations, marking the additions of new recruits. By Benton Smith