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Meet the other guys from KU football’s 2018 recruiting class, the walk-ons

Kansas University football recruiting

Kansas University football recruiting

Not every addition to a college football program can be a prospect with stars next to his name on recruiting websites.

While proclaiming the merits of his program’s 2018 signing class this week, Kansas football coach David Beaty didn’t gloss over the presence of seven less heralded in-state and local prep players who will be joining the Jayhawks.

Just as he did for four-star Louisiana standouts Corione Harris and Anthony “Pooka” Williams and the rest of the scholarship players coming in, Beaty took time to give his thoughts on some new KU walk-ons.

“We're extremely proud of our homegrown talent we're about to add to our roster today,” the fourth-year KU coach said. “The kids right here from this great state and the Kansas City (Missouri) area. Some terrific players that have great production.”

Here is a look at the five Sunflower State players and two from Kansas City, Mo., whom Beaty included in his National Signing Day festivities.

Ath. - Nick Channel | 6-0, 205 | Kapaun Mt. Carmel High

A safety and running back as a prep standout in Wichita, Channel is listed as an athlete by KU because the coaches don’t yet know what position they’ll ask him to play. He was an all-state rusher as a senior, going for 1,305 yards in nine games.

“Nick can play both sides of the ball,” Beaty said. “You can snap it to him. He can run it. He can play safety and he'll knock you out. He's one of those hard-nosed, blue-collared Kansans. He just likes hitting people.”


TE - Dylan Freberg | 6-4, 210 | Blue Valley North High

A productive target for Class 6A champion Blue Valley North in 2017, Freberg made 76 receptions for 1,177 yards and 11 touchdowns.

“This guy gets in the end zone a lot,” Beaty said. “He runs more like a wide receiver, but he's a big kid. Those big dudes are hard to cover in the middle of the field. You're starting to notice more and more people use that. We think Dylan fits that for us.”


QB - Billy Maples | 6-2, 220 | Park Hill High (Mo.)

An all-state Class 6 quarterback from Kansas City, Mo., Maples threw for 3,130 yards and 41 touchdowns as a senior.

“This kid can do it now. He can spin it,” Beaty said. “He's a guy that it's hard to not notice that production. He had some real interest here late and he hung with us. So excited about Billy and adding him.”


Ath. - Cody McNerney | 6-1, 200 | Wichita Collegiate High

A safety and quarterback at the prep level, McNerney is another player KU’s staff will wait to assess in person before assigning him a position. McNerney accounted for a ton of chunk plays at Wichita Collegiate as a rusher.

In one of the more bizarre moments of the signing day press conference, Beaty, after predicting McNerney could be a “beast” for KU’s special teams, went even bolder with his next forecast.

“I would not doubt that this guy will wind up in the NFL, because it's just the type of guy he is. He's a guy that nobody's going to think about and then he's going to be the guy making all the money playing in the NFL,” Beaty said. “Because that league is full of guys like that, and he does everything right. He works hard.”


OL - Jack Murphy | 6-9, 291 | Rockhurst High (Mo.)

“This kid's a giant,” Beaty said. “He's 6-9, he's a big, big dude. He's going to be a large human, no doubt about that. Another one we tried to keep down low, and being able to get him to come and be a Jayhawk was a coup for us.”


TE - Jack Parks | 6-5, 230 | Olathe Northwest High

His father, Mark Parks, is a former KU football player.

“Another long, 6-5 guy that can run down the field and catch the ball well,” Beaty said. “This guy can go in line, which is something you have to have as well. He's a guy that could get really big if he's not careful.”


OL - Spencer Roe | 6-4, 270 | Free State High

Beaty and company went back to the Free State well again this year to add all-state lineman Roe, making him the fifth Jayhawk on the roster from the in-town high school.

“He's a versatile guy that can play both sides of the ball,” Beaty said. “He can play on the offensive line, he can play the defensive line. He had a lot of production there at Free State.”


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The other guys: A look at less heralded KU football additions for 2017

Kansas University football recruiting

Kansas University football recruiting

Not every prospect who made his commitment to the Kansas football program official on National Signing Day comes to the team with the buzz of a highly-rated skill player.

But head coach David Beaty took time Wednesday to compliment every player in the 2017 class whom he could officially announce — from four-star running back Dom Williams, December signee and potential starting quarterback Peyton Bender, to in-state players who most likely will join the program as walk-ons. (Remember: Beaty and KU chose not to distinguish publicly which players signed scholarships and which will pay their own way.)

— AUDIO: Beaty breaks down KU’s 2017 recruits

In total, Kansas announced eight future Jayhawks who don’t have any stars attached to their names on recruiting websites, such as Rivals. That’s not a bad thing. Beaty and his staff need unheralded players, too. Once they get to KU and start practicing, you never know what kind of impact they might have, either at practices or in games down the line.

Below are highlights of the “other guys” from this Kansas recruiting class, accompanied by what Beaty had to say about each of them.

• K Cole Brungardt, Lawrence H.S., Kansas (6-5, 200)

  • Beaty: Has a really strong leg and can knock it out of the end zone. Could be a weapon from a touchback standpoint.

• DL Sam Burt, Abilene H.S., Kansas (6-4, 240)

  • Beaty: KU coaches think he could do things for them on offense or defensive line. Should have some flexibility.

• S Nick Caudle, Maur Hill Prep-Mount Academy, Kansas (6-0, 185)

  • Beaty: Announced after Beaty’s press conference.

• WR Hunter Kaufman, Pratt H.S., Kansas (5-11, 170)

  • Beaty: Has great vision and uses his speed to make big plays. Hard to catch and bigger than you think.

• TE/HB Moses Marshall IV, Erie C.C., New York (6-3, 230)

  • Beaty: KU needs to replace Michael Zunica at H-back and Marshall could be the player to do that. Big enough to play tight end but can line up in backfield.

• FB/HB Quinton McQuillan, Lansing H.S., Kansas (6-2, 225)

  • Beaty: Another possibility at H-back, where KU needs depth. “Hard-nosed dude.” Will run over you.

• TE/HB Sam Schroeder, Wichita Trinity Academy, Kansas (6-0, 225)

  • Beaty: Does hard-nosed, “dirty” stuff you need and another possible H-back. Can be someone to plug in on special teams.

• OL Jack Williams, Argyle H.S., Texas (6-3, 270)

  • Beaty: Strong lineman from Texas, and played in a tough 4A league. Can get out on screens and keep control of his body.

Other preps will make their way to KU, likely as walk-ons initially, too. Jon Kirby of Jayhawk Slant confirmed two other additions on signing day — one from Alabama, and the other from California.

• FB Kashe Boatner, Glenwood H.S., Alabama (6-1, 230)

• WR Alec Oshita, Mira Costa H.S., California (6-2, 190)


Additionally, the father of a prospect from Cleveland told me he plans to join Kansas as a walk-on.

• S Thomas Barrett, Saint Ignatius H.S., Ohio (6-1, 200)

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National Signing Day: Meet KU football’s 2017 recruiting class

February 1, 2017 — College football National Signing Day

February 1, 2017 — College football National Signing Day

Within the college football universe, few offseason dates carry the weight and excitement of National Signing Day. Even for a reconstructing program such as Kansas, the future possibilities that accompany an influx of new blood are more than enough to invigorate coaches and the most loyal members of a longsuffering fan base.

Twelve recruits were expected to sign with third-year head coach David Beaty and the Jayhawks Wednesday, but a 13th emerged. This blog served as KUsports.com’s headquarters for keeping up with all the players, as they made their football futures official.

Check back in throughout signing day for more photos and reactions as they come in, and watch the highlight videos, accompanied by Rivals rankings, from the newest class of KU football players below.

Beaty will have a press conference to discuss all the recruits publicly for the first time at 1 p.m., too. We’ll share the more interesting tidbits from that session on Twitter in real time, and a recap story will follow later in the day.

Now all you have to do is sit back and enjoy National Signing Day — and click refresh every once and a while for updates.

Signing Day checklist: Who is officially on board?

Latest update: 11:36 a.m.

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√ Earl Bostick (OL/DL)

— The last recruit to commit to KU was the first to make it official. Bostick signed early Wednesday morning, as confirmed by Jon Kirby of Jayhawk Slant.

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√ Antonio Cole (CB)

— The lone junior college prospect to join KU today, Cole signed in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He spent 2016 as a standout at Highland Community College.

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√ Jay Dineen (LB)

— The local linebacker got to sleep in a little on Signing Day because of a late start at Free State, but Dineen sent his documentation KU’s way shortly after rolling out of bed.

Free State High linebacker Jay Dineen signs his National Letter of Intent with Kansas football, on Feb. 1, 2017.

Free State High linebacker Jay Dineen signs his National Letter of Intent with Kansas football, on Feb. 1, 2017.

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√ Joey Gilbertson (OL)

— The big in-state offensive lineman made his commitment to Kansas official at a signing ceremony before school at Wichita Northwest.

Wichita Northwest offensive lineman Joey Gilbertson poses for photos after signing with Kansas football, on Feb. 1, 2017.

Wichita Northwest offensive lineman Joey Gilbertson poses for photos after signing with Kansas football, on Feb. 1, 2017.

√ Quan Hampton (WR)

— The athletic receiver made his commitment official just after 7 a.m., a couple hours before Hampton’s signing day ceremony at Texas High, in Texarkana.

Texarkana, Texas, receiver Quan Hampton signs with Kansas football, on Feb. 1, 2017.

Texarkana, Texas, receiver Quan Hampton signs with Kansas football, on Feb. 1, 2017.

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√ Liam Jones (K)

— Ranked among the top 20 senior kickers in the country by Kohl’s News, Jones had a signing ceremony Wednesday morning at Chocktaw High, in Oklahoma.

Chocktaw High (Oklahoma) senior kicker Liam Jones makes his commitment to Kansas football official on National Signing Day, Feb. 1, 2017.

Chocktaw High (Oklahoma) senior kicker Liam Jones makes his commitment to Kansas football official on National Signing Day, Feb. 1, 2017.

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√ Travis Jordan (WR/Athlete)

— The Louisiana native recruited by KU running backs coach Tony Hull put his pen to paper at John Ehert High, in Marrero, Louisiana.

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√ Octavius Matthews (RB)

— An unexpected addition to the signing class, running back Octavius Matthews, from Itawamba Community College, joined the Jayhawks on National Signing Day. Matthews reportedly had offers from Auburn and Louisville, too.

The KU coaches have December signee Peyton Bender, a juco teammate of Matthews, to thank for getting the three-star rusher to Lawrence. Matthews told Kirby and Jayhawk Slant the QB pitched KU to the RB.

“Peyton told me he thought it would be the best fit for me,” Matthews told Jayhawk Slant. “We were next to each other in the backfield in junior college and he said we could do the same things at KU.”

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√ Cooper Root (LB)

The Wichita Collegiate linebacker looking to help the home state program made his commitment official, according to Jayhawk Slant.

√ Kenyon Tabor (WR)

— The stud Derby receiver had his papers ready to send to KU hours before his signing day ceremony. Tabor picked the Jayhawks over rival Kansas State.

"It's very exciting," Tabor told the Journal-World. "I can't wait."

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√ Robert Topps (CB)

A cornerback from Chicago with length, Topps signed his papers early and told Jayhawk Slant he had his Kansas gear ready to go for his ceremony.

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√ Dominic Williams (RB)

— The biggest name in KU’s recruiting class, Williams, a 4-star running back from Texas, stuck with the Jayhawks for more than a year, despite picking up additional offers from other Power Five programs. He signed his papers before his school day began at Independence High, in Frisco, Texas.

"It feels good," Williams told the Journal-World. "No more stress."

You can tell how fired up Beaty and the staff were to land Williams, as seen in their FaceTime conversation, tweeted out this morning by Kansas football.

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√ Takulve Williams (WR)

— The New Orleans native signed his papers at St. Augustine High, with his prep coaches, around 11 a.m., making him one of the final official additions.


Earl Bostick

2-star OL/DL | 6-foot-6, 260 pounds | Barnwell, South Carolina (Barnwell High)

What to like from the highlights: Bostick, who could end up playing either offensive or defensive line at Kansas, is massive and fairly athletic. You can envision him being able to carry much more weight on his frame without losing too much mobility. He plays basketball, too, which doesn’t come as much of a surprise when you see how well he moves his feet for a 6-6 lineman. Bostick looked pretty nimble lined up as a high school tight end, as well.

Antonio Cole

3-star CB | 6-foot-1, 190 pounds | Edmond, Oklahoma (Highland Community College)

What to like from the highlights: Credit to whomever cut together Cole’s reel. It starts with a flash, with the defensive back intercepting a pass and speeding off for a long return before his opponents have time to react. The 6-1 corner not only has size in the secondary, a needed asset in the Big 12, but he also makes subtle and effective moves with the ball in his hands, as seen in his various picks and returns. His anticipation from the second level stands out, too, whether that comes by breaking on a pass route or closing in on a ball carrier.

Jay Dineen

2-star LB | 6-foot-2, 225 pounds | Lawrence, Kansas (Free State High)

What to like from the highlights: These clips are from Dineen’s junior season, so he’s actually bigger — and maybe a little faster — than his video indicates. The linebacker’s decisiveness made him a great run-stopper at the high school level, and he often finished tackles and quarterback hurries with a powerful pop. The guy loves playing football, and some who followed his prep career closely think he could become just as effective at the college level as his older brother, KU linebacker Joe Dineen.

Joey Gilbertson

2-star OL | 6-foot-4, 290 pounds | Wichita, Kansas (Wichita Northwest High)

What to like from the highlights: At Wichita Northwest, Gilbertson created big running lanes for his teammates and often overpowered the man in front of him. By working with KU offensive line coach Zach Yenser and getting even stronger in the years ahead, he could end up being an ideal veteran offensive lineman for the Jayhawks. There’s no better way to bring stability to the O-line than getting young guys and developing them.

Quan Hampton

3-star WR | 5-foot-8, 165 pounds | Texarkana, Texas (Texas High)

What to like from the highlights: It takes a special kind of athlete to make moves in the open field that fool defenders and explode out of said maneuvers at a high speed. And that’s just what Hampton does as both a returner and receiver in his Texas High clips. The 5-8 target shows off his 40-inch vertical on some deep balls, as well, another example of how he makes up for his height by just making plays others can’t. Plus, he sheds an awful lot of tackles for an undersized skill player.

Liam Jones

2-star K | 5-foot-9, 165 pounds | Chocktaw, Oklahoma (Chocktaw High)

What to like from the highlights: Are kickoff clips of a kicker entertaining? They are if you’re a special teams coach looking for someone to boom them out of the end zone for no return, which Oklahoma prep Jones does time and again. A true specialist, Jones can kick field goals (as seen from various distances, as far out as 45 yards) and punt, too.

Travis Jordan

3-star WR/Athlete | 6-foot-1, 185 pounds | Marrero, Louisiana (John Ehert High)

What to like from the highlights: In these plays form Jordan’s junior season, his ability to meet the ball high with his hands on down-field passes makes him look like a bigger target than his listed height of 6-1. Routinely, Jordan finds ways to put himself in a better position to make a play on the ball than the defenders trying to stop him. On quick passes, Jordan appears to have the strength and speed to pick up extra yardage.

Cooper Root

2-star LB | 6-foot-3, 215 pounds | Wichita, Kansas (Wichita Collegiate High)

What to like from the highlights: He might not be the flashiest defender you’ll come across, but in his clips Root seems to read the flow of plays well and react appropriately by getting to his spot for stops. A lot of his tackles come on inside rushes and he attacks them soundly.

Kenyon Tabor

3-star WR | 6-foot-4, 212 pounds | Derby, Kansas (Derby High)

What to like from the highlights: Size, speed, strength, moves, great hands. Tabor has all the attributes you hope to see from a receiver on his reel. Derby lined him up all over the place, and even though opponents knew the ball was coming his way there was little they could do to stop him. Looks especially fast when coming across in motion and turning to take off at the time of the snap.

Robert Topps

3-star CB | 6-foot-2, 182 pounds | Chicago (Marist High)

What to like from the highlights: A 6-2 cornerback who hits hard. Topps makes big plays on special teams, too, blocking an extra point and a couple punts. Looks comfortable covering a receiver out wide and coming off the edge as a blitzer.

Dominic Williams

4-star RB | 5-foot-9, 186 pounds | Frisco, Texas (Independence High)

What to like from the highlights: There’s a reason Williams comes in as the biggest name in this class, and it’s the same reason some call the running back “Flash.” This guy just flies — and spins and jukes and hurdles and bounces off defenders — in the open field. Whatever it takes to extend the play and pick up huge chunks of yardage. What’s more, Williams bursts forward when you think he’s already moving as fast as he can. Play-maker.

Takulve Williams

2-star WR | 5-foot-11, 180 pounds | New Orleans (St. Augustine High)

What to like from the highlights: Takulve Williams’ punt returns show off not only his vision, but also his ability to go from standing still to full-out sprint quicker than would-be tacklers anticipate. As a receiver, he’s the type of guy who can evade tacklers at the line of scrimmage or make a play on a deep throw.

December signings

Peyton Bender — QB | 6-1, 180 | three stars

Hasan Defense — DB | 6-0, 175 | three stars

J.J. Holmes — DT | 6-2, 310 | three stars

Kerr Johnson — WR | 5-11, 180 | three stars

Kyron Johnson — LB | 6-1, 195 | three stars

Willie McCaleb — DE | 6-3, 250 | three stars

KeyShaun Simmons — DL | 6-3, 270 | two stars

Shakial Taylor — CB | 6-1, 180 | three stars

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Kansas expecting 12 additions to Class of 2017 on National Signing Day

Kansas head coach David Beaty runs off the field with his first win after beating Rhode Island 55-6 on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016 at Memorial Stadium.

Kansas head coach David Beaty runs off the field with his first win after beating Rhode Island 55-6 on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016 at Memorial Stadium. by Nick Krug

In order for the Kansas football team to continue on its measured upward trajectory in head coach David Beaty’s third season in Lawrence, the Jayhawks will have to carry on with improving their depth and talent in 2017.

On Wednesday’s National Signing Day, the Jayhawks hope to make another advancement in that direction, with 12 recruits expected to make their commitments to the program official.

The group includes additions to KU’s offensive line, secondary, linebacking unit, receiving corps, one specialist and a highly touted running back. They’ll join eight December signees, giving Kansas a 2017 class ranked 57th nationally by Rivals, and ninth in the Big 12, ahead of in-state adversary Kansas State.

Here’s a look at the 11 prep talents and one junior college prospect who plan to sign with Kansas.

Earl Bostick (OL or DL): The newest KU football recruit, the 6-foot-6, 260-pound lineman from Barnwell, South Carolina, just committed this past weekend. Bostick, rated a two-star prospect by Rivals, hopes to make an impact on the interior, either on the offensive or defensive line.

Antonio Cole (CB): The 6-1, 190-pound corner’s standout sophomore season at Highland Community College netted Cole a three-star rating and reported offers from Iowa State and Minnesota, as well. With Kansas losing three starters in the secondary, Cole’s experience could prove useful.

Jay Dineen (LB): A high school playmaker right in KU’s back yard, the two-star Free State linebacker received interest from other college programs. Dineen, though, opted to join some linebackers he knows well: his older brother, Joe, and Keith Loneker Jr. Both played at FSHS, as did two of Jay’s former prep teammates, KU’s Bryce Torneden and Sam Skwarlo.

Joey Gilbertson (OL): The 6-4, 290-pound offensive tackle from Wichita Northwest intrigued KU O-line coach Zach Yenser with the way he fires off the ball on snaps. Gilbert, a two-star prospect, committed to KU back in June of 2016, after attending the Jayhawks’ Friday Night Lights camp.

Quan Hampton (WR): His measurements read 5-8, 165 pounds, but this three-star receiver from Texarkana, Texas, can sky. With a 40-inch vertical, Hampton, a prep basketball player, as well, possesses the athleticism to make up for his relative lack of size on the football field.

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Liam Jones (K): A two-star specialist from Chocktaw, Oklahoma, Jones could end up playing a factor in KU’s kicking game immediately, with Matthew Wyman’s days of handling kickoffs, extra points and field goals through.

Travis Jordan (WR/athlete): One of the first Class of 2017 recruits to get on board with Beaty and Kansas, the three-star prep from Marrero, Louisiana, committed nearly 10 months ago. Listed at 6-1, 185 pounds, the three-star receiver was the first prospect landed by running backs coach Tony Hull.

Cooper Root (LB): One of four Sunflower State recruits on KU’s signing day list, the two-star linebacker from Wichita Collegiate led his team with 77 total tackles as a senior. Root, like Jay Dineen, hopes to impact a linebacking unit that loses Marcquis Roberts and Courtney Arnick.

Kenyon Tabor (WR): A three-star, in-state prospect who also had an offer from K-State, the Derby receiver helped lead his team to a Class 6A state championship. At 6-4, 215 pounds, Tabor could have the physical tools to reinforce an already strong group of KU receivers.

Robert Topps (CB): The idea of playing at KU for defensive coordinator Clint Bowen and trying to replicate the success of former Bowen pupil Aqib Talib was enough to inspire the 6-2, 185-pound corner to join the Jayhawks. A three-star recruit from Chicago, Topps received offers from 15 other Division I programs.

Dominic Williams (RB): Way back in September of 2015, the Frisco, Texas, running back became the first member of this year’s class. And, according to his four-star status, the 5-9, 186-pound Williams is the man most capable of impacting KU’s on-field product soon. In the previous two recruiting classes, only safety Mike Lee earned four stars.

Takulve Williams (WR): A two-star New Orleans receiver, Takulve Williams (5-11, 180), like Jordan, decided to leave Louisiana for the midwest after hearing Hull’s recruiting pitch.

December signings

Peyton Bender — QB | 6-1, 180 | three stars

Hasan Defense — DB | 6-0, 175 | three stars

J.J. Holmes — DT | 6-2, 310 | three stars

Kerr Johnson — WR | 5-11, 180 | three stars

Kyron Johnson — LB | 6-1, 195 | three stars

Willie McCaleb — DE | 6-3, 250 | three stars

KeyShaun Simmons — DL | 6-3, 270 | two stars

Shakial Taylor — CB | 6-1, 180 | three stars

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Charlie Weis 2014 National Signing Day Q & A

It's National Signing Day and KU coach Charlie Weis is expecting 20 letters of intent to arrive via fax.

It's National Signing Day and KU coach Charlie Weis is expecting 20 letters of intent to arrive via fax. by Matt Tait

After giving an overview of the Kansas University football team's 2014 National Signing Day haul on Thursday afternoon, coach Charlie Weis fielded questions from the media.

If you need a refresher, here are the details on the players who signed on to become Jayhawks on Wednesday:

http://www2.kusports.com/news/2014/feb/04/ku-football-recruiting-class-35playfordre/?football

Now, on to the bullet-point highlights from the Q & A:

- On improving wide receiver depth: Each WR Kansas signed is different. They're not the same player. They all bring different things to the table.

- The D-line got a boost, too: Weis would argue KU's defensive line depth was just as improved as the WR position, if not more so. "Not every year do you have a chance to get these guys."

- Kansas coaches hit Texas hard in recruiting. Last year there was a different mentality. Weis thinks the corridor from Chicago to Houston has to be KU's niche in recruiting… It helps that KU plays so much in Texas. Players not only will be seen on TV, but also get to come home.

- On assistant coach Reggie Mitchell: Weis would like to get him involved more locally in recruiting, too. Kansas will tweak some of its areas. The staff will do so by figuring out which areas make the most sense to invest their recruiting man power. If you're going somewhere and not bringing any players back, you're wasting time, energy and money. … Mitchell is a "top-flight" recruiter. Weis is on the Mitchell bandwagon.

- After two seasons at KU, the recruiting pitch has changed. To junior college kids: "We're not taking 20 JUCO kids, but we want you." For high school kids: "This is our third recruiting class and this is what we want to do." … Weis feels KU is a wonderful school and sells itself when recruits get them on campus. … JUCO guys want to play now, high school guys want to know the long-range plan. … KU's staff showed more patience this year in recruiting process, and in the end they got the guys they wanted. Hard work and relationships end up paying off.

- Just because some other program offers a player doesn't mean KU will be reactionary. Offer will come when Kansas staff does its due diligence. Players have to show there are reasons for that offer to come. No staff goes without its mistakes, but that won't change the approach at Kansas.

- KU is starting to build numbers at every position. It will take some work for some freshmen now to get into the rotation or move up the depth chart.

- The first time Weis watched running back Traevohn Wrench on video, he went for about 400 yards, busting 40- and 20-yard runs. "Nine's a bad run for him." Wrench put up big numbers for Gardner-Edgerton, and it wasn't like the teams they were playing were no good. He's 190 pounds now, but he'll be 210 pounds before long, and that's the size of NFL running backs.

- Wrench could be a star, but Weis likes these linemen, who play "down and dirty." It would be nice to have a pass-rusher who finishes the year with 15 or 20 sacks. Weis doesn't just look at the skill guys when thinking about who has the highest ceiling in this class.

- If a graduated college player looking to transfer approached KU at this point, Weis would want to make sure that player could start, and be better at his position than what KU currently has on its roster.

- KU football players serve as student-hosts on recruiting visits. Coaches try and match personalities. They need to know the recruit and know their own player. Some guys might want to go check out Mass. St. Others might want to play video games. Coaches spend a lot of time figuring out what players would be good hosts for certain recruits. A very good recruiter/host is Victor Simmons, a junior defensive back from Olathe. Players like him, he's local and he'll do it any time the coaches ask him. He's just one guy of many who does a good job.

- John Reagan, KU's new offensive line coach and offensive coordinator, had a week from hell when he came on, because he had to travel all over the country to check out KU's offensive line recruits. It was important for Reagan to get in with every one of those guys.

- KU needed this class. It fills so many needs. This is like finishing a draft and feeling like every need has been filled. Last year, KU had holes. This year, KU had needs. The coaches needed to set the program up for success. If freshmen are ready to play, they'll play, otherwise they'll develop them and get ready for the future.

- Corey Avery, labeled an athlete, could be good at any position the KU coaches put him at. He's a good football player, not just an athlete. Weis is a big fan.

- The only downer of signing day was thinking about Andre Maloney, who died last fall. Weis wants Maloney's family to know everyone in the KU family has them in their thoughts and prayers.

— Hear the entirety of the press conference here: Charlie Weis talks about KU football's 2014 signing day

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