Elijah Jones latest to give KU football Florida flavor


Kansas keeps its football roster a secret, doesn't update the various comings and goings to keep its fan base in the know, so it helps to check out social media for clues.

Good news: Ellsowrth Community College cornerback Elijah Jones retweeted on Tuesday a photo of himself wearing a No. 17 Kansas football jersey on Twitter, which most interpreted as meaning he has cleared all the academic hurdles he needed to clear to join the Kansas secondary.

This is a pretty big deal because I'm told that if he had not had academic ground to make up, Big Ten and SEC schools would have recruited him aggressively.

As it was, Jones made a verbal commitment to UCF, but then backed out after head coach Scott Frost left for Nebraska, his alma mater.

Jones had a pair of two-interception games in his sophomore season at Ellsworth and is a native of Fort Myers, Fla. He'll compete for a starting job with 2017 cornerback starters Hasan Defense and Shakial Taylor, also Floridians. Defense is from Jacksonville, Taylor from Lakeland.

Kansas has done well recruiting former Florida high school players in recent years, some out of junior colleges. Defensive tackle J.J. Holmes, from Chipley, came to KU from Hutchinson Community College. Quarterback Peyton Bender, who played at Washington State and Itawamba CC before coming to KU, played his high school football in Fort Lauderdale. Fellow QB Carter Stanley, a high school recruit and a redshirt junior, is from Vero Beach. Running back Khalil Herbert, another high school recruit and a junior, is from Coral Springs. Incoming freshman Kenny Bastida is from Pompano Beach.

That gives Kansas more players from Florida who arrived here on scholarship than from Kansas.


Bryson Stricker 1 year, 5 months ago

Elijah Jones making it to campus was a huge get. Simple as that. Will be an impact player for us.

Stephen Burtin 1 year, 5 months ago

I hope you are right, but my optimism for KU Football has been beaten to a pulp. Even if he is good individually, will it be enough to make a real impact in the W/L column?

I can't predict anything better than another 1-win season until this team proves otherwise. Crow sounds really good right now and I would sure like to be eating some at the end of this coming season.

Stephen Burtin 1 year, 5 months ago

I'll eat it raw if that means KU football is winning again. These 1, 2, and occasional 3 win seasons have just been brutal.

I love football, but my team has been hard to watch since 2010.

Dirk Medema 1 year, 5 months ago

It would be normal for players to improve from year to year, especially 1st to 2nd years in a program. That still might not be enough for the incumbents to keep their jobs with Jones and Harris arriving.

It is looking more and more like DE will be the big question mark this season - at least on that side of the ball. Still have to figure out if we have an OL in particular and enough developed depth to be able to weather the injury and fatigue storms through the season.

John Fitzgerald 1 year, 5 months ago

I had Jones in my top ten incoming players. He could start early and be a huge player for us.

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