December 17, 2015
Kansas University football recruiting
The Kansas football team didn’t sign a quarterback during December’s early signing period, but head coach David Beaty and his staff won’t have to wait until February to add a QB to the 2018 recruiting class. By Benton Smith
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Wichita Collegiate High senior quarterback Cody McNerney tweeted Wednesday that he has made a verbal commitment to attend 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
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
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
A day many Kansas football fans feared — and others assumed was inevitable — for months finally arrived Sunday. Five-star receiver Devonta Jason, the 31st-best high school senior in the country according to Rivals, backed out of his non-binding verbal commitment to play with the Jayahwks. By Benton Smith
Mark off another name from the Kansas football team’s list of potential high school signees in the 2018 recruiting class. By Benton Smith
The Kansas football team’s 2018 recruiting class may have lost another potential signee Thursday evening, when a high school prospect from New Orleans announced his plans to further examine other programs. By Benton Smith
As Dec. 20 and the NCAA’s new early signing period for college football nears, one of the New Orleans high school players Kansas has coveted for months has eliminated all but two programs from his list of potential destinations. By Benton Smith
The Kansas football team’s Class of 2018 commitment list is one name shorter after a junior college defensive lineman this past weekend declared his intentions to play elsewhere. Zach Burks, a sophomore defensive tackle at Coffeyville Community College, announced through his Twitter profile after making an official visit to Ohio University that he had committed to the Bobcats. By Benton Smith
A new suitor has emerged on the Devonta Jason recruiting front. The five-star receiver from Louisiana, who committed to the University of Kansas back in February, revealed in an interview this weekend with Pelican Preps his top choices for the upcoming Dec. 20 signing day include not only KU, LSU and Mississippi State, but also Florida. By Benton Smith
In the latest example of the mercurial nature of college football recruiting, Texas prep quarterback Clayton Tune, less than six weeks after de-committing from Kansas, has jumped back on board. By Benton Smith
Adding a defensive back from Hartnell College has worked out well for the Kansas football program before. Head coach David Beaty and his staff have to be hopeful history repeats itself — a couple times — after adding two commitments Monday from the junior college in California. The same program that brought the Jayhawks safety Fish Smithson produced a pair of Class of 2018 recruits for KU when sophomore safety Jeremiah McCullough and freshman defensive back Davon Ferguson pledged to sign. By Benton Smith
Thanksgiving in the Kansas football offices became a little happier when the coaching staff received a verbal commitment from a junior college prospect the coaches hope can help out the Jayhawks’ secondary. Elmore Hempstead, rated a three-star juco corner by Rivals, reached out to the KU staff Thursday morning to share his decision. By Benton Smith
Kansas has extended a scholarship offer to Victor Viramontes, a 6-foot-2, 230-pound quarterback, according to Rivals.com.
The Kansas football program lost more than a Big 12 road game to a top-five team Saturday night in Texas. By Benton Smith
The day before the Kansas football team’s second road game of the season, head coach David Beaty and his assistants received some good news on the recruiting front. Najee Stevens-McKenzie, a defensive end at ASA College (N.Y.), called Beaty, en route to Ames, Iowa, to inform the third-year coach of his decision to commit to Kansas. By Benton Smith
The Kansas football program’s 2018 recruiting class took a pair of losses a little more than 48 hours after the Jayhawks dropped a home game to Central Michigan. By Benton Smith
The Kansas football team’s 2018 recruiting class shrank by one commitment Monday evening, with Texas prep Tevailance Hunt announcing his decision to de-commit from David Beaty’s program. By Benton Smith
The Kansas football program received one commitment and one de-commitment on the recruiting trail Wednesday. By Bobby Nightengale
The University of Kansas offensive line picked up an unexpected addition this summer, with guard Andru Tovi, formerly of Pima Community College (Ariz.), joining the program. By Benton Smith
On a big recruiting weekend for the Kansas football program, third-year head coach David Beaty and his staff saw three hefty additions to their 2018 class. Thrice Sunday afternoon Beaty tweeted out his signature “neat deal” hashtag, signaling commitments from a trio of defensive linemen. By Benton Smith
Back in February, the University of Kansas football staff became the first to offer Blue Valley North defensive lineman Miles Emery a spot among the college ranks. Since then offers came from Oklahoma, Louisville and other programs, but on Tuesday morning Emery decided to stick with David Beaty and company. By Benton Smith
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
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
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
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
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
Serving as a reminder of just how mercurial the college football recruiting world can be, Kansas coaches learned Sunday night one of the touted Louisiana prospects who committed to join the Jayhawks just over a week ago has decided to back out. By Benton Smith
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
A former all-state prep safety from Derby who signed with Boise State out of high school, defensive back Darreon Jackson is the latest member of the Kansas football team’s 2017 recruiting class. By Benton Smith
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
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
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
When eight new Kansas football players arrive in Lawrence ahead of the spring semester, only one could potentially stick around for four seasons. David Beaty and his defensive assistants were thrilled to land a high school senior on mid-year signing day last week, too. Kyron Johnson, a linebacker from Arlington, Texas, graduated early and will dive into offseason conditioning and spring football at KU. By Benton Smith
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
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
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
For the second time in a week, the Kansas football program has added to its stockpile of defensive linemen by picking up a commitment from the junior college ranks. KU on Tuesday received word from Hutchinson Community College defensive tackle J.J. Holmes that he plans to sign with the program. By Benton Smith
With the 2016 season complete and Kansas football coaches out on the recruiting trail searching for more talent to add to the roster, David Beaty received some good news Wednesday when one of the rebuilding program’s targets called the head coach to commit to KU. By Benton Smith
With five seniors currently occupying key roles within the Kansas football team’s secondary, the need for new defensive backs for 2017 couldn’t be ignored. Head coach David Beaty can spend a little less time worrying about that aspect of the future now. Hasan Defense, a three-star junior college cornerback according to Rivals, called Beaty Monday morning to commit to KU. By Benton Smith
Although the Kansas football team suffered its ninth consecutive loss on the field Saturday at Memorial Stadium, head coach David Beaty and his staff received some positive news Sunday when recruiting target Zach McKinney verbally committed to the program. By Benton Smith
In Lawrence to watch football practice a few days after receiving a scholarship offer from Kansas, kicker Liam Jones didn’t waste any further time contemplating his decision. The Chocktaw High (Okla.) senior told David Beaty and his staff in person he accepted the opportunity, prompting Jones to tweet out the news later in the evening. By Benton Smith
While the Kansas football team opened preseason camp this week, its coaches have been just as busy off the field, building the roster for the future. On Friday, for the second time in less than 24 hours, KU landed a former Alabama player, via transfer. By Benton Smith
Earlier this week, wide receiver Daylon Charlot announced he was leaving the powerhouse football program at Alabama. On Thursday evening, he surprised Kansas fans by tweeting out his decision to join David Beaty and the Jayhawks. By Benton Smith
While every member of the Kansas football team reported to campus Wednesday for the first day of the Jayhawks’ preseason camp, two players in particular stood out as welcome arrivals. By Benton Smith
Derby senior Kenyon Tabor drew offers from both of his home state’s Big 12 football programs, but when it came time for the 6-foot-3 pass-catching weapon to make an oral commitment Tuesday afternoon, he picked Kansas over Kansas State. By Benton Smith
The Kansas football program’s strong recruiting stretch took a small hit this week, when three-star Texas defensive back Akayleb Evans announced he was de-committing. By Matt Tait
Kansas’ Memorial Stadium may sit 811 miles from the Baton Rouge, Louisiana, city limits, but, to three-star defensive end Troy James, it felt closer than that. By Matt Tait
Troy James, a three-star defensive end from Baton Rouge, announced on Twitter around 5 p.m. Tuesday that he was orally committing to Kansas.
Garden City-bound defensive end Jamie Tago, a 6-foot-3, 250-pound prospect originally from Hawaii on Tuesday orally committed to KU. By Matt Tait
Late Monday night, roughly 12 hours after learning about an oral commitment from McKinney, Texas safety Akayleb Evans earlier in the day, Kansas football coach David Beaty and company picked up another commitment from a 3-star defensive back.
The Kansas football program picked up another three-star commitment on Wednesday, marking a big day for both the player and the program. By Matt Tait
Joey Gilbertson, a 6-foot-4, 290-pound tackle from Wichita’s Northwest High, on Monday announced via Twitter that he had orally committed to KU. By Matt Tait
Just a couple of days after de-committing from Kansas, Class of 2017 offensive lineman Jared Hocker announced Friday on Twitter that he had committed to Texas Tech.
Late Thursday night, first-year KU running backs coach Tony Hull, a native and former high school coach from New Orleans, landed his biggest prospect to date when four-star cornerback Mike Lee, of Landry-Walker High in New Orleans, orally committed to Kansas. By Matt Tait
The Kansas University football program may be getting some help in its backfield in the form of Arkansas running back Denzell Evans, a junior-to-be from Houston who is looking to transfer and plans to become a Jayhawk. By Matt Tait
Late Friday night, in the moments following its first Friday Night Lights camp of the summer, the Kansas University football program picked up an oral commitment from a linebacker from Arlington, Texas.
According to a report from KWCH television station in Wichita, Deron Thompson, a sophomore from Colorado State University, has decided to transfer to KU, per information from his father.
Mere minutes after news broke about the Jayhawks landing an oral commitment from New Orleans wide receiver Takulve Williams, another wideout from Dallas' Bishop Dunne High, joined him. Like Williams, Reggie Roberson, a three-star prospect, announced his commitment to Kansas Tuesday afternoon via Twitter.
St. Augustine High senior-to-be Takulve Williams, a 5-foot-11, 180-pound wide receiver from New Orleans, announced Tuesday via Twitter that he had orally committed to the Kansas football program.
According to JayhawkSlant.com, the Kansas University football program officially has offered a scholarship to Bishop Miege standout Jafar Armstrong. By Matt Tait
On Sunday, second-year KU coach David Beaty learned that Travis Jordan, a 6-foot-1, 185-pound wide receiver/athlete from Louisiana had orally committed to join the Jayhawks. By Matt Tait
The summer before his junior season at Booker T. Washington High, in Tulsa, Okla., Kyle “Money” Mayberry hopped onto an elevator and headed into the building to get ready for a summer camp. strong>By Matt Tait
In its final push to fill the 2016 recruiting class, the Kansas University football program wound up getting a head start on the 2017 class. Sunday afternoon, after another busy weekend of hosting official visitors, the Jayhawks landed a pair of 2017 commitments from Dallas-area offensive linemen and two more from defensive end and a wide receiver in the 2016 class.By Matt Tait
Tyriek Starks, a two-star quarterback from New Orleans who threw for more than 4,000 yards and ran for 1,000 more in 2015 orally committed to join Kansas University's 2016 recruiting class on Tuesday night. By Matt Tait
With the February 3 national signing day drawing near, the Kansas University football program got some help moving past the disappointment of missing out on Oklahoma-bound Lawrence prospect Amani Bledsoe on Saturday night, when two-star running back Khalil Herbert and two-star cornerback Julian Chandler orally committed to KU. By Matt Tait
Second-year KU coach David Beaty and his staff have two recruiting weekends remaining before the Feb. 3 national signing day, and, as luck would have it, the KU basketball program has two Saturday home games during that stretch. Because so many players on the 2015 roster counted forward, KU has five open spots remaining to fill in what will wind up being a 17-man class if all spots are filled. By Matt Tait
With signing day right around the corner and the current dead period about to expire, now is as good of a time as any to examine the so-far-so-quiet recruiting landscape of Kansas University’s football program. By Matt Tait
One of the most interesting quarterback prospects in the state of Texas announced last week that he plans to enroll at Kansas University in time for the spring semester and spring football. By Matt Tait
Months of hard work and pavement pounding began paying off early Wednesday morning, when Kansas University football coach David Beaty announced the signing of a handful of mid-year junior college transfers. By Matt Tait
Long a position the Kansas University football coaches, double- and triple-check their wish lists for, KU's defensive line got a boost on Monday, when juco defensive tackle Isi Holani orally committed to the Jayhawks. Holani, a 6-foot-2, 315-pound, three-star prospect from Riverside College in California, made an official visit to Kansas last weekend and ended his recruitment Monday afternoon.
For the second time in the past week, the Kansas University football program picked up an oral commitment from a Class of 2016 wide receiver who could have a future on defense. Sunday night, Stephan Robinson, a 5-foot-11, 173-pound athlete from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Junior College committed to the Jayhawks, first with a phone call to head coach David Beaty and then with a message on Twitter.
Three days after the official end of the 2015 football season, Kansas University coach David Beaty got a good jumpstart on 2016 when he picked up an oral commitment from Huntsville, Texas, wide receiver Jay Griffin.
Kansas University football coach David Beaty has talked all season about the difficulty associated with upgrading the defensive line, a position where the Jayhawks are thin and inexperienced. Sunday, Beaty and company took a step in changing that when they received an oral commitment from DeeIsaac Davis, a 6-foot-3, 290-pound defensive tackle from Highland Community College.
Chris Hughes, a 6-foot-5, 260-pound offensive tackle prospect from Harker Heights, Texas, became the fourth offensive-line prospect (and third from high school) in the recruiting class of 2016 to commit to Kansas. Hughes spent the weekend in Lawrence. By Tom Keegan
The third practice of Kansas football's 2015 preseason camp featured all kinds of memorable plays and strong efforts from players on the current KU roster. It also featured a glimpse into the future. In town on a visit with his father, three-star Houston linebacker Maciah Long orally committed to join the Jayhawks.
Lawrence High senior football standout Amani Bledsoe cut his list of potential college choices on Sunday.
Class of 2016 target Kyle Mayberry on Saturday orally committed to join the Jayhawks. He becomes the seventh player and second defensive back to commit to KU from the 2016 recruiting class. By Matt Tait
Three-star, Class of 2016 athlete Marquis Smith orally committed to Kansas University's football program on Saturday, according to JayhawkSlant.com. By Matt Tait
Chalk up another victory for Kansas State in the Sunflower Showdown — this time in the recruiting war. By Matt Tait
Less than 24 hours after adding an offensive lineman scheduled to graduate in December to the Class of 2016, the Kansas University football program picked up another commitment from a juco linebacker, who also is expected to arrive early.
The Kansas University football program picked up its second oral commitment in the Class of 2016 on Monday night, when Snow College offensive lineman Joe Malanga pledged his services to the Jayhawks. By Matt Tait
Former Missouri commitment, Harneet Gill, an offensive tackle from Pierce College in Los Angeles, has committed to the Jayhawks, JayhawkSlant.com reported Tuesday night.