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4-star WR Devonta Jason — committed to KU — now has 27 offers

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It’s been less than three months since four-star high school receiver Devonta Jason — one of the top 25 juniors in the nation according to Rivals — shocked the football recruiting world by committing to Kansas, along with his Louisiana prep teammate Corione Harris, a four-star cornerback.

While the news helped introduce KU fans to the term “Louisianimals” and doubled as a sign of associate head coach Tony Hull’s strength as a recruiter, Jason’s verbal commitment doesn’t mean he will definitely play for the Jayhawks in 2018. That won’t become official until he and other members of a Kansas recruiting class that currently ranks 14th in the nation sign their national letters of intent.

As of this week, Jason, a 6-foot-3 receiver now playing at more than 200 pounds, has received 27 scholarship offers — coming from programs in each of the Power Five conferences. The most recent two came Monday, from an old Kansas rival, Missouri, and the Pac-12’s Arizona.

Initially an LSU commit, Jason has much to ponder ahead of his senior season at Landry-Walker High, in New Orleans — the same school from which KU safety Mike Lee graduated early before turning into an impact freshman in the Big 12.

Earlier this month, Jason told SEC Country he is on pace to graduate from high school in December, and enroll at the university of his choice (possibly Kansas) for the 2018 spring semester.

That has to qualify as good news for KU head coach David Beaty and Louisiana recruiting guru Hull. The less time powerhouse programs have to try to sway Jason away, the better the chances for Kansas to get Rivals’ No. 25 player in the nation on the field in Lawrence. National Signing Day isn’t until Feb. 7, 2018. But if Jason graduates in December, the Jayhawks could already have him on campus by then — similar to what the staff did a few months back, with freshman linebacker Kyron Johnson, a three-star prospect from Arlington, Texas.

Open about his ongoing recruitment in interviews since committing to Kansas, Jason told SECCountry.com all the programs going after him have a chance.

“I’m going to be fair about it. I’m committed to Kansas, but LSU, Mississippi State and Ole Miss are all tied in second,” Jason said a few weeks ago.

According to Jon Kirby of Jayhawk Slant, Jason is the highest-rated receiver ever to commit to KU.

It’s not a done deal now. Not even close. But just the idea of a wideout as talented as Jason one day suiting up for the Jayhawks and operating in the Air Raid offense should be enough to get an at times disinterested fan base excited about what Beaty, Hull and company are doing.

In the meantime, we’ll have to watch from afar and see if even more offers come in for the coveted receiver. One thing is certain: coaches from far more renowned programs will continue to do everything they can to get Jason to back out of his KU commitment.

Below is a timeline of Jason’s college recruitment.

2015

- Nov. 4: Commits to LSU

2016

  • April 9: Offer from Mississippi State

  • April 29: Offer from Kansas

  • May 2: Offer from West Virginia

  • May 4: Offer from Georgia

  • May 5: Offer from Nicholls State

  • May 6: Offer from Florida

  • May 11: Offers from Arkansas and Ole Miss

  • May 13: Offer from Jackson State

  • May 14: Offer from Delta State

  • May 17: Offer from Alabama

  • June 24: Offer from Miami (Fla.)

- July 9: De-commits from LSUas does Landry-Walker teammate Corione Harris

  • July 13: Offer from Tennessee

  • Dec. 12: Offers from Auburn, Arkansas State and Memphis

2017

  • Jan. 2: Offer from Texas A&M

  • Jan. 12: Offer from Florida State

  • Jan. 17: Offer from Oklahoma

  • Jan. 18: Offer from Iowa State

  • Jan. 21: Offer from Indiana

- Feb. 4: Commits to Kansasas does Landry-Walker teammate Harris

  • Feb. 9: Offers from TCU and Louisiana-Lafayette

  • Feb. 21: Offer from Tulane

  • April 24: Offers from Arizona and Missouri

Comments

Glen Miller 1 month, 4 weeks ago

I'm excited that we are being noticed by some top high schoolers and maybe he holds firm, but I don't like his comments about keeping it open. In my mind, if a kid is committed, he's committed. When I told a school I was coming there, I didn't even listen to other offers. I gave my word and my word is strong as oak. Talking that they are a close 2nd doesn't give me the feel goods.......... I will be shocked if this kid holds his commitment. That list is long and full of heavyweights.

Tim Orel 1 month, 4 weeks ago

The fact he's already decommitted from LSU to eventually commit to KU is my concern. Not going to give up but I'm going to stay hopeful.

Cliff Leiker 1 month, 4 weeks ago

Kids are different today. It's hard to get them to commit to anything. I have a brother 11 years younger. I could never get him to commit. I think he was always holding out for a better offer. It is hard to say what these Louisiana kids will do. I know this, if KU goes out this season and kicks tail, all those Louisiana boys will be clamouring to shout I'm a Jayhawk too -- RCJH, RCJH KU!

Phil Leister 1 month, 4 weeks ago

I'd like to see a Matt Tait percentage wheel on this kid's chances of enrolling at KU.

Dirk Medema 1 month, 4 weeks ago

I think there is a direct correlation between how well Charlot in particular, and Lee secondarily, does this year and the probability of these guys coming here. A close third will be Dorance becoming an AA.

We could even lose, but if a few of those guys excel, and the team continues to grow and have fun together in the process, then the chances of these guys coming is strong.

More Po Boy and Creole parties will help too. You think we can start a crawdad farm on the Kaw?

Len Shaffer 1 month, 4 weeks ago

I think the heavy favorite at this point to land Devonta would have to be Nicholls State, with Delta State a close second. I mean seriously, how bizarre is it that those schools are listed in there among the heavyweights. Do they honestly think they have the slightest chance?

I agree with those who are saying that the fact he's saying recruitment is open is not a good sign, but Cliff said it best: if KU has a good season, that will go a long way towards helping to keep Devonta's commitment solid.

Rob Byrd 1 month, 4 weeks ago

Dirk, the crawdad's are already there, just need to fence them in!

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