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Recruiting upgrade: KU commit Devonta Jason now considered a 5-star WR

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Kansas University football recruiting

Kansas University football recruiting

David Beaty’s already hyped 2018 recruiting class for Kansas football now has a five-star prospect in its midst.

The Jayhawks haven’t snagged another commitment from a coveted rising high school senior. The boost, instead, comes courtesy of one of the young men who ignited the so-called “Louisianimal” frenzy in the first place. A four-star wide receiver when he first announced in February his intentions to sign with KU, New Orleans’ Devonta Jason has since impressed enough within the recruiting world for Rivals to bump him up to five-star status.

The latest Rivals 100 rankings for 2018, unveiled Tuesday, list Jason, a 6-foot-3 wideout from Landry-Walker High, as the No. 22 senior in the country, with an extra star next to his name. Jon Kirby of Jayhawk Slant said this makes Jason the first five-star prospect ever to commit to KU.

When Jason visited Kansas nearly four months ago and — along with prep teammate Corione Harris, a four-star cornerback — committed to Beaty, Louisiana native Tony Hull and the Jayhawks, Rivals rated the talented receiver as the 35th-best player in the country.

So what has changed since then, considering Jason’s senior year at Landry-Walker is still months away?

“The Kansas commit spent the spring making highlight reel catches at camps and 7-on-7 tournaments across the country, proving that he belongs in the five-star class,” Rivals’ Woody Wommack explained. “Jason has everything from measurables to on-field and camp production on his résumé, and his size and catch radius makes him one of the nation's best. Kansas has never signed a five-star prospect in the Rivals.com era, but now has a chance to do so.”

Only three Class of 2018 receivers in the country are currently ranked ahead of Jason in the Rivals 100.

“His ability at his size to go up and get the ball and really outplay defenders has been really impressive,” Wommack detailed in a Rivals video highlight package of Jason. “You know, he’s not the quickest wide receiver in the world, and that’s what some people are concerned about, but we feel like he can get enough separation, especially when he needs to be. And he’s a guy that may not light it up on the clock, but when the lights come on in a game situation, he’s super-productive. We’ve seen it on film, we’ve seen it in person and now we’ve seen it at several elite camps.”

Jason and many of the country’s other top high school seniors will soon converge to compete and prove themselves at the Rivals 100 Five-Star Challenge, June 9 and 10, in Indianapolis.

KU’s 2018 recruiting class, highlighted by Jason and Harris, currently ranks 21st nationally, according to Rivals.

Comments

Phil Leister 1 month, 4 weeks ago

The Kansas football pessimist in me thinks chances are slim we hang onto this guy. I sure hope I'm wrong.

Len Shaffer 1 month, 4 weeks ago

I share your concern, but if we do hold onto him does that mean that KU can start being thought of as Wide Receiver U?

1 month, 4 weeks ago

I'm choosing to be optimistic about Jason's and the other Louisiana recruits' commitments. Now that he is a 5 star talent, he will surely get even more pressure to decommit and go elsewhere. Hopefully, Jason's word is his bond. Regardless, he is helping create buzz for the KU program and getting talented recruits to at least consider coming to Lawrence. We are definitely seeing a momentum shift, and I can't help but be excited.

Brock Wells 1 month, 4 weeks ago

I think it's in KU's favor that he'll stick to his word since his prep teammate is also committed. Plus they are from the same high school as Mike Lee or Coach Hull or both (can't remember).

Dirk Medema 1 month, 4 weeks ago

Mike is also from Landry. Coach Hull and Starks are from Easton.

David A. Smith 1 month, 4 weeks ago

Saw this reclassification coming! Coe Harris is next. He's been tearing it up, too.

Both of those guys are very responsive to KU fans on Twitter, and are proud to be committed to KU. I really believe they are men of their word. They have been getting tons of attention from all the SEC heavy's and big name schools already, and have remained solid. Say what you will, but I'm not worried. #RockChalk #JayCrew18.

1 month, 4 weeks ago

I can easily see Harris' stock go up, especially after the season starts. Another 5 star recruit would be truly incredible.

Maria Ungaro 1 month, 3 weeks ago

February 2018 will be the best day for the KU Fax machine in a long time,,,,, 2017 is a very critical season for this football program. Gotta get those 6-7 wins and play in a bowl game. The LSU'S , Alabama's, Florida's, and Auburn's recruit heavy in the NOLA... Michigan will be coming... Jimbo loves to annoy Saban and steal those recruits.

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