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KU recruiting class long on high school blockers

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Free State senior quarterback Gage Foster is lifted up in the air by Jalan Robinson after a touchdown against Olathe Northwest on Thursday at College Boulevard Activity Center.

Free State senior quarterback Gage Foster is lifted up in the air by Jalan Robinson after a touchdown against Olathe Northwest on Thursday at College Boulevard Activity Center.

Kansas went heavy on junior-college recruits, using 11 of an estimated 20 or 21 available scholarships on them.

Still, KU was able to recruit a decent foundation of high school blockers to try to build with in the weight room and on the practice field.

Guard Jacobi Lott of Amarillo, Texas probably projects as the player most likely to play as a true freshman. Offensive tackles Mac Copeland from Wichita and Nick Williams from the St. Louis area are likely candidates to spend their first season in the program as redshirts.

Kansas has a good shot at adding a fourth high school offensive lineman from right down the road. Free State High's Jalan Robinson will announce his college choice at 2:45 p.m. today. KU offered a scholarship late in the process, after Mississippi State offered. Nebraska got involved late, but the Cornhuskers appeared to have him as a backup plan in the event they didn't land Will Canty, a three-star lineman from Florida. The Cornhuskers beat out Louisville for him, so it looks as if Robinson is down to Mississippi State and Kansas.

Robinson appeared to have more interest in Nebraska than Mississippi State because it's closer to him, so that bodes well for KU's chances of landing the blocker who didn't become a starter until his senior year, but has a high ceiling because of his frame and quick feet. He starts for Free State's basketball team.

In a class that for the most part is all about winning now, it's refreshing to see Kansas continue to try to build an offensive line with primarily prospects from high school.

Comments

[''] 5 months, 1 week ago

So wait -- is this Free State kid being offered a scholly now or a weak preferred walk-on slot?

Kenneth Hillman 5 months, 1 week ago

Tom - anything from the 2:45pm press conference where Jalan is announcing?

David Kemp 5 months, 1 week ago

If we ink Robinson this class will be the upset recruitment of the century. Unfortunately we need ASAP a line that can block and a qb who has yet to see the field in a ku uniform.

Dirk Medema 5 months, 1 week ago

There was a recent article indicating that the offer to Jalen was upgraded to a full ride in the past week. Shortly after the article about him receiving the offers from others.

The MLB on the OB team was also a cornfolk recruit that was dissed on signing day for someone else. What was his name? Hopefully Jalen works out as well.

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