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Rise and Sign: KU football inks 15 players expected plus a couple more, including Tampa linebacker Schyler Miles

4:53 p.m. Update:

And here's a link to the full audio, if you want to listen...

http://www2.kusports.com/podcasts/press_conferences_postgame_interviews/2012/feb/01/ku-coach-charlie-weis/

4:27 p.m. Update:

Here's a solid player-by-player mini recap from KU head coach Charlie Weis at today's news conference.

Weis talked about the 2012 recruiting class — among other things — for more than an hour on Wednesday afternoon. We'll have much more from what he said in the next few days.

One other quick note worth pointing out — Earlier today I mentioned that KU ranked last in the Big 12 according to Rivals.com's rankings of this year's recruiting classes. A readjusted ranking now has KU one spot higher, as the Jayhawks vaulted ahead of Iowa State. Obviously that's not Earth-shattering news, but it's interesting to note.

Here's this for now... Enjoy!

Kansas football coach Charlie Weis talked to the media on Wednesday about his first recruiting class at KU.

Kansas football coach Charlie Weis talked to the media on Wednesday about his first recruiting class at KU. by Richard Gwin

12:16 p.m. Update:

Couple of quick notes before I sign off for a bit to get some food and get ready for Coach Weis' 2 p.m. press conference. It's definitely going to be fun to hear him talk about all of these kids who signed today.

• I got solid confirmation that all 17 guys on our list have, in fact, sent in their letters today. That brings KU's Class of 2012 to 20 (counting Crist, Heaps and McCay) and they're probably in line to add at least one or two more.

• Just saw somewhere that Carlos Lozano, offensive lineman from East Los Angeles College, has committed to Utah. Not a huge surprise... Seemed like KU had fallen out of the mix.

• Finally, I'll leave you with a quick look at the Rivals.com rankings for the Class of 2012. In terms of national rankings, KU does not crack the Top 50, according to Rivals. And when clicking on the Big 12 rankings, KU comes in ninth out of nine (West Virginia not included).

A couple of things to note about the ninth-place standing in the league. For starters, KU is one of just two schools in the Big 12 (Iowa State) without a four- or five-star recruit. That'll hurt the ranking. Second, KU has the smallest class of the bunch, which also hurts the ranking.

If you look at the average "stars" column in the rankings, though, you'll see that KU's average of 2.87 is actually ahead of K-State (2.84) and Iowa State (2.76) and isn't that far behind any of the others except for Oklahoma (3.52) and Texas (3.63).

In addition, the rankings do not include the late additions of Schyler Miles and Nas Moore, so it's possible KU could move up a spot, but even that is not likely.

Here's the link so you can scan it for yourself...

http://rivals.yahoo.com/footballrecruiting/football/recruiting/teamrank/2012/BIG12/all

Stay tuned...

11:17 a.m. Update:

Jayhawks land Tampa, Fla., linebacker Schyler Miles — 6-2, 220-pound, three-star linebacker from Berkeley Prep in Tampa.

Miles chose KU over Florida and West Virginia and will go down as one of the biggest recruiting gets in quite some time for the Jayhawks. It's not every year that the KU program could even think about beating out the Gators or even the Mountaineers for a marquee player, particularly when that player resides in one of those states.

Credit Weis, his relationship with Miles and the addition of defensive coordinator Dave Campo for the decision.

More to come, but, clearly, this is HUGE news for the KU football program and particularly the defense.

Updated List of NLI's Sent In Today:
• Greg Allen, CB
• Courtney Arnick, LB
• Turner Baty, QB
• Brian Beckmann, OL
• Charles Brooks, TE
• Sean Connolly, OL
• Taylor Cox, RB
• Josh Ford, WR
• Tyler Holmes, DL
• Ty McKinney, DL
• Schyler Miles, LB
• Nas Moore, CB
• Tre Parmalee, WR
• Jordan Smith, TE
• Keon Stowers, DL
• Jordan Tavai, DL
• Tyree Williams, CB

Already Signed and On Campus:
• Dayne Crist, QB
• Jake Heaps, QB
• Justin McCay, WR

Still waiting for news on East Los Angeles College offensive lineman Carlos Lozano, but sources are saying that the 6-8, 360-pound monster of a man is down to Washington State and Utah and will not come to Kansas. Nothing official yet, though.

Stay tuned...

10:39 a.m. Update:

Here's a Baty pic from signing day and I just saw a report that said juco All-American running back Taylor Cox was headed to the fax machine to send in his letter.

Stay tuned...

10:27 a.m. Update:

With Ford and Brooks officially in, might as well have someone throw them the ball.

City College of San Francisco quarterback Turner Baty just Tweeted that he had signed and faxed his letter of intent to Kansas.

In case you missed it, here's my story from yesterday on Baty committing to KU.

We're now down to Taylor Cox, RB, and Nas Moore, CB, both California guys. After that, everything KU gets today — if anything — will be a surprise and new.

Stay tuned...

10:16 a.m. Update:

Scottsdale (Ariz.) tight end Charles Brooks and Arizona Western WR Josh Ford become the first KU commitments from out west to make it official. Both letters have been signed and faxed to KU.

Brooks, the basketball-player-turned-tight-end, said he weighs 238 pounds right now, but he's hoping to get into that 245-250 range before he arrives on campus in June.

Ford, known for his great speed (4.4, 40-yard dash) and length, 6-4, 190, has the chance to impact KU's unproven receiving corps right away.

Here's film on both guys along with an updated list, as we're now up to 13 official and are still waiting on Turner Baty, Taylor Cox and Nas Moore, along with whoever else might decide to join the Jayhawks today.

Charles Brooks film, No. 85:

Josh Ford film, No. 8:

Updated List:
• Greg Allen, CB
• Courtney Arnick, LB
• Brian Beckmann, OL
• Charles Brooks, TE
• Sean Connolly, OL
• Josh Ford, WR
• Tyler Holmes, DL
• Ty McKinney, DL
• Tre Parmalee, WR
• Jordan Smith, TE
• Keon Stowers, DL
• Jordan Tavai, DL
• Tyree Williams, CB

Still waiting on:
• Turner Baty, QB
• Taylor Cox, RB
• Nas Moore, CB

Stay tuned...

9:56 a.m. Update:

As those West Coast guys make their way to the fax machines, I thought I'd update you on the progress of Tampa, Fla., LB Schyler Miles. If I wrote this in an earlier update, my apologies.

Reports have indicated that Miles will announce his decision at Noon, eastern time, today. Obviously, that's 11 a.m. Kansas time, so we're just about an hour away from hearing where the three-star prospect might end up.

Before you get your hopes up, Florida remains the most likely destination for Miles, but there's been real talk that he likes Kansas and has been seriously considering the Jayhawks.

Adding Miles would be a huge get for KU in this class, partially because the kid can flat-out play and partially because KU has just one other linebacker committed in the Class of 2012 (Dallas, Carter High LB Courtney Arnick).

If the Jayhawks don't land Miles, that's not a sign that the sky is falling. Obviously the coaching staff evaluated things and didn't see linebacker as a major area of need for this class... plus, there's always the possibility that some of those future transfers that Weis talked about adding in this class could play linebacker as well.

Bottom line, you should be hoping for Miles and there's a realistic shot. But it's not the end of the world if he picks Florida instead of Kansas.

Stay tuned...

9:26 a.m. Update:

We're up to 11 officially signed now and waiting on at least 5 more, with East Los Angeles College cornerback Nas Moore now in the fold.

Updated List:
• Greg Allen, CB
• Courtney Arnick, LB
• Brian Beckmann, OL
• Sean Connolly, OL
• Tyler Holmes, DL
• Ty McKinney, DL
• Tre Parmalee, WR
• Jordan Smith, TE
• Keon Stowers, DL
• Jordan Tavai, DL
• Tyree Williams, CB

Still waiting on:
• Turner Baty, QB
• Charles Brooks, TE
• Taylor Cox, RB
• Josh Ford, WR
• Nas Moore, CB

Most of those, if not all, should be no problem. All of them are West Coast guys so that could explain the "delay," if you can even call it that. It's still only 9:26 a.m. here, which makes it 7:26 a.m. out west.

Should be hearing from those guys very soon.

Stay tuned...

9:13 a.m. Update:

El Camino CC defensive tackle Jordan Tavai makes it official and signs with Kansas.

This is huge news for the Jayhawks, as many analysts believe Tavai, 6-3, 280, has the skills and motor to step in and play right away.

Although he committed to KU last Sunday night, I've heard that several coaches from other schools tried hard to get him to change his mind.

Officially, Tavai chose Kansas over Texas Tech, Washington State and Hawaii.

We're up to 11 officially in now. Stay tuned...

9:00 a.m. Update:

Two more officially committed now: Trinity Valley CC DL Ty McKinney and Carter High (Dallas) LB Courtney Arnick.

Waiting to hear on the official fax from Nas Moore. Here's the updated list, followed by some more video. We're up to 10 officially signed, sealed and delivered.

Updated List:
• Greg Allen, CB
• Courtney Arnick, LB
• Brian Beckmann, OL
• Sean Connolly, OL
• Tyler Holmes, DL
• Ty McKinney, DL
• Tre Parmalee, WR
• Jordan Smith, TE
• Keon Stowers, DL
• Tyree Williams, CB

Courtney Arnick video, No. 85:

Stay tuned...

8:54 a.m. Update:

JayhawkSlant.com just reported that Nas Moore, a 6-0, 190-pound cornerback with no rating from East Los Angeles College, has said he will sign with KU today.

Moore, a teammate of ELAC offensive lineman Carlos Lozano, who KU also is targeting, brings needed depth and experience to KU's secondary. This definitely qualifies as one of those big surprises people were hoping for.

Looking for more... videos, photos, info, etc.

Stay tuned...

8:41 a.m. Update:

One of the funniest things about signing day is how people forget about time zones in the heat of the moment.

For instance, I've been up and at it since 6 a.m. and I feel like I've played out a whole day already. Meanwhile, on the West Coast, it's just now 6:30 and guys are getting up and prepping to send their letters off around 7 a.m. (their time), which is obviously around 9 a.m. our time.

Just got this note from El Camino CC defensive tackle Jordan Tavai from California: "I'm so excited!! And I'll just announce the winning school that has the grand prize of Jordan Tavai, around 7:20 this morning."

That, of course, means 9:20, Kansas time, so expect something in the next 40 minutes or so.

Tavai committed to KU last Sunday night, but has taken the process hard and has continued to say he has a lot on his mind. I'd be surprised if it's not KU since he went ahead and committed, but this one is definitely not a slam dunk. And if he does in fact sign with Kansas at 9:20, that could be the biggest news of the day so far.

Stay tuned...

8:26 a.m. Update:

Waco, Texas, tight end Jordan Smith just confirmed that he has sent his letter to KU and that he officially is a Jayhawk.

I asked him what the first thought was that went through his mind after seeing that the fax machine had verified his transaction and he summed it up in a few simple words.

“Amazing. I can’t believe it really happened,” he said.

Smith, 6-3, 240, is another one of KU’s newest players who committed to the Jayhawks with the old staff and decided to stick it out after meeting Charlie Weis and Co.

“I love it up there, the people are great,” Smith said of Lawrence and the KU campus. “It’s kind of like an extension of Waco to me. It’s not too big, and, from what I’m hearing, everything revolves around Kansas, whether it’s football or basketball, and that’s really important to me.”

Although the firing of Turner Gill made Smith a little uneasy about his commitment, he kept an open mind throughout the process and was determined to wait and see who KU hired to replace Gill before he made any decisions.

As things went on and Smith followed the coaching search from afar, he found himself hoping against this guy or that guy for one reason or another. When he finally found out who KU had hired, he was blown away.

“I don’t think I could’ve gotten any luckier,” he said.

Stay tuned...

Updated List:
• Greg Allen, CB
• Brian Beckmann, OL
• Sean Connolly, OL
• Tyler Holmes, DL
• Tre Parmalee, WR
• Jordan Smith, TE
• Keon Stowers, DL
• Tyree Williams, CB

Jordan Smith video, No. 13:

8:14 a.m. Update:

Updated list of the letters that have arrived:

Greg Allen, CB
Brian Beckmann, OL
Sean Connolly, OL
Tyler Holmes, DL
Tre Parmalee, WR
Keon Stowers, DL
Tyree Williams, CB

We're about halfway there. Much more to come!

Stay tuned...

8:11 a.m. Update:

Georgia Military College defensive lineman, Keon Stowers, has signed and faxed his letter to the KU campus. He just sent me this photo of the big moment. Lookin' sharp with that suit and the KU cap.

Stay tuned for more on Stowers...

For now, here's a quick look at some of his film.

Keon Stowers video, No. 99

8:05 a.m. Update:

Scottsdale (Ariz.) Community College tight end Charles Brooks is about to enter new territory — big time college football.

Despite being listed as one of the top five juco TEs available in this year’s class, the game itself is still pretty new to Brooks, who is the latest out of the Tony Gonzalez and Antonio Gates mold to give up his first love of basketball to try to make it on the football field.

So far, it seems to be working, and Brooks, who said today’s signing would not be accompanied by any fan fare because he’s still out in Arizona, said he was very excited about the idea of playing for Weis.

“The offense that coach Weis runs, he throws the ball around a lot and he’s got three or four tight ends who are in the NFL right now,” Brooks said. “He does a good job with the tight end position and allows them a lot in the offense.”

Gifted with good size, good speed and great athleticism, Brooks calls himself a receiving tight end who likes to stretch the field.

One of his favorite pro players to watch is Jacksonville TE Marcedes Lewis, but the Scottsdale prospect admitted that he almost exclusively watches the tight end position every time he’s watching a game.

Charles Brooks video, No. 8 (during prep days near St. Louis):

Brooks is expected to sign and fax his letter over around 8 a.m. Waco, Texas TE, Jordan Smith, also is expected to sign around that time. Big hour for tight ends!

Stay tuned...

7:58 a.m. Update:

Tyler Holmes, defensive end from Sachse High near Garland, Texas becomes the fifth new Jayhawk to get his letter to Lawrence.

7:47 a.m. Update:

Add another one to the list.... Blue Valley West offensive lineman Brian Beckmann, who committed to KU last summer, has made it official.

Beckmann video, No. 74:

List of those LOI's in as of this update:
Greg Allen, CB
Brian Beckmann, OL
Sean Connolly, OL
Tre Parmalee, WR

Stay tuned...

7:39 a.m. Update:

JayhawkSlant.com is reporting that Greg Allen, a cornerback from Houston's Alief Taylor High, has faxed his letter in to KU's coaching staff.

Allen told me earlier this week that he would have a signing ceremony at his school at 10 a.m., but, like most do, it seems that he made sure to get the official letter in as early as possible so that he could let out that big sigh of relief.

Allen, as you know, switched his commitment from Utah to KU. I've been told that the 5-11, 190-pound corner has the skill set to get on the field early.

Here's an interesting look at some of Allen's speed stats: http://speedrank.net/user/239

Stay tuned...

7:19 a.m. Update:

Word is Tre Parmalee's letter of intent has reached campus. That makes two official commitments, as the Bishop Miege wide receiver joins Ohio offensive lineman, Sean Connolly, as the first to get their letters to KU.

Parmalee video, No. 5:

Tyler Holmes expected to sign at 7:45 a.m. and Ty McKinney sometime between 7 and 8.

Stay tuned...

6:44 a.m. Update:

The next known group of KU prospects expected to sign includes a pair of defensive linemen and a local wide receiver.

Ty McKinney, of Trinity Valley CC and Tyler Holmes of Sachse High in Garland, Texas, both bring depth and talent to a position of great need and Bishop Miege High wide receiver Tre Parmalee brings speed.

McKinney’s signing day story is the best of the three. When I asked him the other night why guys like to sign and fax their letters so early, his answer was priceless:

“So you can be in the media, so coach can talk about you in his press conference,” he said.

Gotta love that answer. And, indeed, once KU and head coach Charlie Weis receive the letters, Weis is able to talk about these guys as much as he wants. He has a news conference scheduled for 2 p.m. this afternoon when he will do just that.

As for this trio of signees, McKinney, 6-3, 310, decided to join the Jayhawks during the transition from former coach Turner Gill to Weis. The biggest reason for that was the relationship he formed with Buddy Wyatt.

“That was exactly why,” McKinney said. “No ifs, ands or buts about it. “I like how, right now, he’s always checking in with me. He already wants the best out of me and I’m not even there yet.”

McKinney video, No. 57:

As for Holmes, he comes with a ton of talent and confidence. He is expected to sign at an all-school ceremony that will be attended by his mother and sister. He said he was the only football player at his school who would sign with a Div. I program today. And he could not be more ready.

“It’s been hard waiting,” he said. “And I’m ready for it to happen. I’m ready to get signed and get up there and take somebody’s job, man.”

An expected graphic design major who compares himself to Pittsburgh Steelers manchild James Harrison (without the illegal hits), Holmes said he could play inside or outside on the D-Line but would prefer to stay inside.

At either spot, he says power and not necessarily speed is what helps him be successful.

“It’s mainly strength,” he said. “Once I get my body turned into them, it’s a downhill pass rush.”

Holmes, who also does track in the spring, said he plans to get up to the 295-300-pound range before arriving at KU in June.

Holmes video, No. 94:

As for Parmalee, the son of former NFL player Bernie Parmalee, he’s expected to sign this morning to make it official and then will participate in Miege’s celebration in the school gymnasium.

“I’m looking forward to joining the Jayhawk family, connecting with the coaches and players, and can’t wait to get on the field and help my team win games,” he said.

Next up: The 8 a.m. group of juco tight end Charles Brooks and prep tight end Jordan Smith, from Waco, Texas.

Stay tuned...

6:13 a.m. Update:

Connolly is now official. He just sent me a text that said he had signed and was faxing the letter of intent to KU.

Next up: Tre Parmalee, Ty McKinney and Tyler Holmes, all expected to sign around 7 a.m.

Stay tuned...

6:06 a.m. Update:

It’s not official, but Ohio offensive lineman Sean Connolly may have the distinction of being the first member of the Class of 2012 to get his letter faxed into the Kansas University coaching staff.

Chalk that up to his home sitting in the Eastern Time Zone.

Connolloy, a 6-foot-7, 290-pound offensive tackle from St. Edward High in Lakewood, Ohio, is expected to fax his letter to the KU football office by 6:10 a.m. CST.

It’s time to rise and sign.

Welcome to the 2012 edition of the KU football signing day blog. Throughout the morning, we’ll do our best to keep you abreast of the signings as they roll in, and we’ll also bring you little tidbits of information about KU’s recruits as well as whatever breaking news may occur during the course of the day.

During the past few days, I’ve reached out to all 15 members of the Class of 2012 who are expected to sign at some point today. I heard back from most of them and those I did talk to were more than happy to share their stories and excitement about signing with the Jayhawks.

Take Connolly, for instance. The two-star prospect comes from what can only be described as an offensive lineman factory. His junior year, when Connolly stood 6-7 and weighed 260 pounds, four members of his team’s offensive line went on to sign with Div. I schools. Connolly didn’t mind watching and learning from them.

“I was in no shape or way ready to play major Ohio football yet,” he said. “So this offseason I just dedicated myself and I wanted to be the left tackle for this team.”

It worked. Thirty pounds and several reps later, Connolly became the starter, opposite five-star right tackle Kyle Kalis, who is headed to Michigan.

Connolly has been called a late bloomer by many. He has a theory as to why.

“The reason they probably want to call me a late bloomer is I really haven’t had that much experience in football,” he said. “I didn’t play my seventh and eighth-grade years because I wanted to focus on basketball.”

Connolly initially was looking at Akron, when new KU assistant coaches Rob Ianello and Ron Powlus were still working there. Things changed quickly, once Weis was hired.

“I know coach Powlus and coach Ianello from Akron and I really liked Akron,” Connolly said. “When they went to Kansas, I’m sitting there going, ‘Wow. That would be cool.’ And it all just worked out.”

Connolly’s father went to Notre Dame, so when Sean was younger and they rooted for the Fighting Irish together, Notre Dame was coached by Weis. Now, once that letter arrives, Connolly will be the one who’s coached by Weis.

The next wave of letters is supposed to roll in starting around 7:00 a.m.

Stay tuned...

Comments

goshenjhawk 2 years, 10 months ago

Good morning, Matt! Just wanted to let you know your not the only one up, so your early posts aren't in vain:) I'm looking forward to all the updates today as they roll in. Keep up the good work.

Matt Tait 2 years, 10 months ago

Much appreciated. It's early, but it's worth it. One of the coolest days of the football year. Enjoy!

RockChalkWoody 2 years, 10 months ago

Matt, great stuff as always. Thanks for the updates!

Mark Lindrud 2 years, 10 months ago

I have always been a huge fan of this day! Matt, have you heard of any surprise gets that could come our way? Love your work.

jhox 2 years, 10 months ago

I second this question. Do you think they have anyone under wraps that we're maybe not aware of just yet? Has Weis hinted that there may be any surprises?

Matt Tait 2 years, 10 months ago

With this staff and this situation, that's certainly a possibility and borders on being probable even...

Having said that, I haven't heard of anyone who would fall in that category, but, then again, if I had heard of them, they'd hardly be a surprise, right?

There may be one or two, but I wouldn't get your hopes up for that one or two to be a four- or five-star guy.

We'll know soon.

LouisianaJayHawk 2 years, 10 months ago

Matt, official rankings for classes, while not an exact science, seems to be something that fans hang their hat on every season when it comes to recruiting. Where do you anticipate KU coming in at on a national and Big 12 level this year?

Matt Tait 2 years, 10 months ago

I'm not expecting that it will be very high... Mostly three-star recruits typically lands you in the middle of the pack and I'd say they'll be pretty low in the Big 12 standings...

As you know, though, it's all about addressing needs and having guys pan out. For the needs part, KU gets high marks. We'll have to wait and see on the panning out part.

ahpersecoachingexperience 2 years, 10 months ago

I just faxed in notebook paper with my pencil written LOI.

Matt Tait 2 years, 10 months ago

Congratulations! Care to comment on how you're feeling?

manginodrh00lz 2 years, 10 months ago

However....he has some legal issues to take attend to so he'll be there for the team picture in the Spring but then will need to go home. In the Fall, he'll spend 2 weeks on campus but then begin taking online classes from home. Finally, he'll tell the coaching staff he cannot attend a mandatory team meeting because he was at home instead of being on campus. He'll be dismissed and end up at CU filling his dad's initial intention.

ahpersecoachingexperience 2 years, 10 months ago

I'm going to need to red shirt my first year. Conditioning reasons!

Mark Lindrud 2 years, 10 months ago

How are your eligibility issues? I hear you are considered an "athlete"

Joseph Domann 2 years, 10 months ago

Hey Matt, is Tre changing to a RB as posted, or was that just a typo?

Matt Tait 2 years, 10 months ago

Very cool. Thanks!!! We'll be here nonstop until at least noon and will have more throughout the afternoon, too... Whatever news breaks along with sights and sounds from Weis' press conference at 2 p.m. (CST)...

KUSkier 2 years, 10 months ago

V'Angelo Bentley just committed to Illionis and Markus Pierce-Brewster just committed to Syracuse according to Rivals....

Schyler tweeted he will be announcing at noon eastern!

David Meredith 2 years, 10 months ago

Nas Moore? Hope he plays like Nat Moore from the old Dolphins!

sloppyscience 2 years, 10 months ago

Matt, thanks for trying to manage the craziness for us. I'm not well read on what all goes into the ranking system for recruits. But if Nas is unrated is it really considered a big get or surprise?

Matt Tait 2 years, 10 months ago

It's a big get because KU needs the help at cornerback, because he's experienced and has good size and because they got in on him late and he still chose KU over other good offers... BYU, San Diego State, Utah, to name a few.

Those stars don't mean everything, particularly for the juco guys.

CardHawkFan 2 years, 10 months ago

Well...here we go! I just hope that my boss understands that what Tait has for me today just might be a little more important. RCJH! Any chance we'll get a sniff on who are more of the guys "to be named later" that are transferring in from the other schools? Love to hear it!

thanksforcoming 2 years, 10 months ago

Arnick has a great motor!! Can't wait until he matures and gets bigger in the revamped weight program!

KGphoto 2 years, 10 months ago

Looks like a smart player too. He had about half of those plays read before the snap and was nearly beating the ball to the QB.

thanksforcoming 2 years, 10 months ago

Agreed. I want to see the videos on the new guys in the secondary. Jordan Smith isn't a bad DE either.

Katie Bieber 2 years, 10 months ago

Good for him! Although he's only joining a B-average offense that will be playing in a league of A+ defense. He will finally have above average production in his third year and then go pro.

Jack Joiner 2 years, 10 months ago

Strange recruiting class this year. None of the players had been offered by Tulsa! LOL!

Matt Tait 2 years, 10 months ago

That's funny... If I had a dollar for every time "chose KU over Tulsa..." I might be able to hire someone as my assistant.

Good stuff. Thanks!!! Needed that laugh!

KGphoto 2 years, 10 months ago

Matt, any word about Phil Ford being academically cleared to join the Hawks next fall. He's a Grunhard guy right? At 6'6" 345 I was pretty disappointed to miss out on him last year.

Also Dreamius Smith was in that same boat. Think he might make it back?

Stan Unruh 2 years, 10 months ago

I wondered bout Dreamius also. His play in last summer's Shrine Bowl was amazing. The kid has talent!

sgtjhwk1 2 years, 10 months ago

Any update on Schyler Miles? Would love to get him, but seems like Florida is too big of a pull for him with his buddy going there as well.

Matt Tait 2 years, 10 months ago

Sounds like he's announcing around 11 a.m. our time... Florida's the odds-on favorite, but I've been told that his relationship with Weis is real strong and KU could be the pick.

Don't get your hopes up, but landing him would certainly be the biggest news of the day.

Joseph Domann 2 years, 10 months ago

I noticed that both of his other schools have already recieved commitments from two other LBs so that might put us in the lead.

gardenjay 2 years, 10 months ago

Jordan Smith is 6'3"? He sure looks taller in the photo. Jayhawk Slant reports him as 6'5", so someone go measure this kid....

Andy Tweedy 2 years, 10 months ago

In those videos he looks like Paul Bunyan on a trip to Lillyput!

Casey Gee 2 years, 10 months ago

I hope the Nas Moore pick up is a good sign about our chances to get Carlos Lozano. That would be a "huge" pick up.

panalytic 2 years, 10 months ago

This is great fun! Thanks for the posts Matt. I'm going to keep checking back and enjoy the football optimism today.

Brak 2 years, 10 months ago

"This definitely qualifies as one of those big surprises people were hoping for."

Really? You were hoping for a No Star rated CB, that just started playing on the defensive side 3 games into his senior year. Because I was hoping for a little more than that. Granted he was a decent WR and track star before that, but definately a RS canidate.

GridironHawk 2 years, 10 months ago

He also had 8 ints last year. You don't get 8 ints unless you have some ball skills. He has the size and speed to be a damn good CB especially after he gets more experience. Also, Scout.com has him (Nasir Moore) listed as signed.

Matt Tait 2 years, 10 months ago

Really.

The kid didn't start playing cornerback until Week 3 of this past season and was still named all-conference. Clearly, he's a natural. That's the reason he wasn't given any stars because he switched positions... On his size and athleticism alone he's probably a three-star guy.

I understand what you're saying, but don't judge the guy just because he's a technically a 0-star guy. That's just something they had to do because of the position change and the limited knowledge of who he is as a cornerback.

He has great tools and could be a big-time pick-up before it's all said and done.

Time will tell...

GridironHawk 2 years, 10 months ago

Just saw that although Scout lists more as "signed" he is not actually signing until later this afternoon. I guess anything can change but let's hope not. I like his potential.

Clarence Haynes 2 years, 10 months ago

How many times has the rating service missed on a player? Talib comes to mind!

labbadabba 2 years, 10 months ago

Given his physical stats, offers from other BCS schools and our lack of DB depth, I'd have to disagree with the redshirt.

andrewbary 2 years, 10 months ago

Is it just me or is Baty's mom gorgeous?

kesmithstl1 2 years, 10 months ago

I thought it was his girlfriend. Had to read the caption.

gardenjay 2 years, 10 months ago

NOW I understand why Kathleen is mentioned more than his Dad Greg Baty of the Miami Dolphins. Holy Smoke!

kureader 2 years, 10 months ago

never even noticed.

(... OK, I noticed)

Mike Kendall 2 years, 10 months ago

I noticed that, too! I am surprised Oakville hasn't said anything---LOL.

Chris Shaw 2 years, 10 months ago

I can't comment on posts like this because I'm not longer Anonymous!

Chris Shaw 2 years, 10 months ago

I can't comment on posts like this because I'm not longer Anonymous!

hawk3289 2 years, 10 months ago

Any word on when Lozana will announce?

refugee 2 years, 10 months ago

Great work Matt!!! Turner Baty's mom single?

lifetimeJay 2 years, 10 months ago

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chipmunk1956 2 years, 10 months ago

I thought she was one of the Crimson Girls at first!...:)

gchawk 2 years, 10 months ago

"The wheels have came off"????? Sounds pretty K-State to me. Sorry ahper, couldn't resist.

rockchalknjayhawkn 2 years, 10 months ago

Where are these recruits getting these sweet hats?

ahpersecoachingexperience 2 years, 10 months ago

Angel Morris is no longer my favorite jayhawk mother of all time!

danno1313 2 years, 10 months ago

Beckham can play in obscurity at Mizzou, a 5 win team in the SEC. At least he is close to home with family and friends.

ahpersecoachingexperience 2 years, 10 months ago

Can't wait to watch those SEC defenses key on him every game.

rockchalk010 2 years, 10 months ago

Arkansas is actually closer to Springfield than Mizzou is.

andrewbary 2 years, 10 months ago

Agreed... and they're a better team. I think he should have gone to one of the 8 million small colleges in and surrounding Springfield. Or KU lol

Brian Skelly 2 years, 10 months ago

Holy @#$ @%$^ ! ! !

Matt Tait is bringing it today ! ! !

Whatever the LJW is paying you, its likely not enough. Hope you get some good leverage come contract negotiation time :)

Thanks for being ON IT ! ! !

This, the Weiss hiring, the Conference realignments... you've timely and accurate.

Great works Sir ! ! !

Cora Smith 2 years, 10 months ago

Some are listing WR Josh Ford as signed. Some aren't. Anybody know for sure. Thanks.

BigMitchin_ 2 years, 10 months ago

Schyler Miles to Kansas!

Twitter DerekTysonESPN: As expected Miles announces for Kansas. #Jayhawks [via Twitter]

GridironHawk 2 years, 10 months ago

@Matt... I understand she's pretty hot but you can't keep Baty's mom's picture at the top of the list all day... :)

Displayhawk 2 years, 10 months ago

WHY NOT??? ....... I really don't mind!

Ron Prichard 2 years, 10 months ago

I haven't seen anything official about Miles. Anyone know if that is for sure yet? That would be huge!!

BigMitchin_ 2 years, 10 months ago

12:16

Twitter JayhawkSlant: Schyler Miles will be a Jayhawk #kufball [via Twitter]

april28 2 years, 10 months ago

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Jerry Rockhold 2 years, 10 months ago

Just went to this link on Facebook to welcome the family to Jayhawk Nation. I suggest you go there as well to show your support. Ty hail for the info.

bad_dog 2 years, 10 months ago

An interesting observation from the banned poster formerly known as KSA 21-3503-the Kansas statutory reference to indecent liberties with a child.

Hmm...

eddiesuttonschoolofdriving 2 years, 10 months ago

I really don't think players who scan these boards should have to endure comments about their mom's appearance, good or bad. The parent's behavior is fair game when it impacts the program, whether good (Angel Morris), or bad (Carl Henry), but I vote we keep mom's looks out of here. Maybe make it another 3rd rail for this forum, same as political rants? Yes, I'm a hypocrite seeing as I'm usually crass, lacking in morals, and enjoy the same from fellow posters, but come on, its his mom! Let the attacks begin . .

Danny Hernandez 2 years, 10 months ago

I agree 100%....would any poster like comments about their mom? like WTF is wrong with some of you? How old are you?

april28 2 years, 10 months ago

Jeez guys......ever have a sense of humor? Not everything is at serious as it seems. And....I'm pretty old. But I still know how to laugh every once in awhile!

ahpersecoachingexperience 2 years, 10 months ago

Tait reports it on twitter. Miles to KU!!!!!!!!'

We will wait for a picture of his mom

David Meredith 2 years, 10 months ago

Miles! Will he start right away? Who are KU starting linebackers next year?

SF_jayhawk 2 years, 10 months ago

Where's the comment from MILFdestroyer?

jazzhawk 2 years, 10 months ago

I was just going to say that about Turner's mom! She could be a great addition to the KU Mom's and possibly a powerful resource for the University. Seems like a great family!

april28 2 years, 10 months ago

Tebowing now mandatory at LU after every net yard gain.

Tom Pritchard 2 years, 10 months ago

I do not have a screen big enough for all the tabs...RCJH

JayhawkinNE 2 years, 10 months ago

Any word on the JC OL, Fanaika, that visited last week?

manginodrh00lz 2 years, 10 months ago

Not now....we're playing MW3 on Xbox. We'll deal with it later.

Chris Bruning 2 years, 10 months ago

WOW @ the 40 second mark of Miles video number 2. RCJH!!!!!

chipmunk1956 2 years, 10 months ago

Baty's mom offered scholarship for the Crimson Girls squad!!!

Joe Satterwhite 2 years, 10 months ago

I just want to come on here and express my hate for Missouri and love for KU

Benjamin Piehler 2 years, 10 months ago

Mizzou fans are celebrating signing a 5 star from their own state... Unfortunately, in the SEC that's small potatoes. They're currently still 4th in terms of recruiting classes... in their division (& Tennessee is only two places behind Mizzou and Vandy is only four.)

The only team that Mizzou has out recruited in their own division is Kentucky, and that's not even taking the SEC West into account. Good luck with that...

Ludwig Supraphonic 2 years, 10 months ago

Where can you still find info about Mizzery? Are they still relevant outside Columbia, and do they have internet access over there?

Benjamin Piehler 2 years, 10 months ago

Tennessee also has 10 four star recruits to Mizzou's 1.

JayHok 2 years, 10 months ago

Mizzou lost a few solid recruits after Pinkel was caught drunk driving.

On the heels of going to the SEC and needing a great recruiting class surely those Pinkel mug shots were the worst timed thing in the history of Mizzou anything.

DGB did his best to get their numbers up but just too much ground to make up.

Enjoy the champaign Pinkel!

Benjamin Piehler 2 years, 10 months ago

haha I believe he claimed to have had a couple "jumbo wines"... not sure what restaurant serves those.

JayHok 2 years, 10 months ago

Ha, got to give it to Mizzou's PR department. Somehow wine sounds more civilized than brass monkey.

Drunk driving is still drunk driving. Busting a gut over Mizzou losing recruits over Pinkel possibly driving with brass monkey hidden in the glove box!

Wine or the monkey, several 4 star recruits' parents knew a drunk when they saw a mugshot of a drunk who was calling their children!

Ludwig Supraphonic 2 years, 10 months ago

Wow! #32 Miles has some serious speed and finds the ball. Can't wait to see him in Crimson & Blue.

HawkTronic 2 years, 10 months ago

DGB to Missouri. No worries. They haven't had a top recruit like this since Tony Van Zant. Or Sheldon Richardson. I like the odds of his future...as a cautionary tale.

panalytic 2 years, 10 months ago

We are in ninth place out of nine schools. Nice reality check there. I believe that ranking does not consider the transfers, but being considered last in recruiting still seems cause for some concern.

treed14ku 2 years, 10 months ago

Look at the avg star ranking. Our 2.87 is ahead of KSU and ISU and barely behind the majority of the conference except for OU and UT.http://rivals.yahoo.com/kansas/football/recruiting/teamrank/2012/BIG12/all Calm down buddy.

BigJayhawkPhan 2 years, 10 months ago

Don't be concerned. This is a great class. The Jucos and transfers do nothing to boost rankings. You get "bonus" points for top position players so some of the awesome Juco kids won't award us bonus points. Make no mistake, this is a great class. Be thrilled.

treed14ku 2 years, 10 months ago

Unfortunately Matt, the Rivals recruiting rankings are extremely flawed. When you said that Nas Moore could boost the ranking possibly, unfortunately that's far from true. Even tho he is a good player and is probably worthy of a 3 star or better, they have him at zero stars b/c they haven't seen him enough to evaluate him. When they add him to the class they will add his zero star rank which will tank the overall rank of the class. It's like the student who has all As & Bs, but has one D that just kills the semester GPA. But like you said, average star ranking is the most important thing. Only Texas and Oklahoma have even a noticeably better class than KU. The rest are just slightly better or slightly worse which is pretty much a wash considering the inexact science of recruiting rankings. Great work as always Matt.

KUSkier 2 years, 10 months ago

Here are my thoughts on starting line-up for 2012... Thoughts/adjustments??

QB: Crist RB: Simms FB: Sizemore/Fink WR: McCay (hopefully) WR: Beshears WR (3): Pick TE: Brooks/Smith OT: Hawkinson OT: Spencer/Fresh OG: Zlatnik OG: Marrongelli OC: Admire DE: Agostinho DE: Opurum (if 4-3) Walker or Stowers (if 3-4) DT: Holmes/ McKinney/Tavai DT (assuming 4-3): Holmes/ McKinney/Tavai OLB: Opurum (3-4) Arnick or Kande 4-3 OLB: Bakare MLB: Miles MLB (if 3-4): Willis/ Tharp CB: Brown CB: Patmon CB (You know we will need 3): Allen/Moore/Williams/Parmalee S: McDougald S: Mitchell or Simmons

Benjamin Piehler 2 years, 10 months ago

Opurum is one of my favorite players, I loved him as a RB. Itll be interesting to see where he fits into Weis' game-plan... I can't help feeling kind of bad for him; hes pretty talented and hes on the 3rd head coach of his college career.

KUSkier 2 years, 10 months ago

Ha I knew I was forgetting someone when I put Pick at 3rd! Also Ford could probably start day 1... Nothing not to like about 6'4" and a 4.4 40!

labbadabba 2 years, 10 months ago

Don't think we'll see Patterson and Beshears on the field together very often. 5'10" WR's may not fit in HCCW Pro-set offense.

thanksforcoming 2 years, 10 months ago

I don't think Parmalee is fast enough to play CB. Great football player but CBs have to be fast. He would have to give 8-10 yards to respect the deep ball and that would open him up for hitches, curls, slants, and posts. I would like to see him at WR because you don't have to be as fast to play there and he could get some time as a posession receiver. IMO if he played CB it would be just like watching last years CBs all over again.

KGphoto 2 years, 10 months ago

LB is gonna be interesting. I could see any number of scenarios play out depending on what Campo decides to do.

I think we're gonna play a 4-3, so we only have three spots for all these guys.

-Darius Willis -Schyler Miles -Tunde Bakare -Prinz Kande -Huldon Tharp -Isaac Wright -Malcom Walker -Courtney Arnick -Ben Heeney -Colin Garret + many others

If I have to guess it's gonna be these 3. -Miles, SLB (Tharp) -Willis, ILB (Wright) -Bakare, WLB (Walker)

With all the possibilities at LB I would love to see the undersized LB, Kande, switch back to his natural position at S, where we have a glaring need for depth.

McDougald, SS (Kande) Smith, FS (Simmons)

And 21-22 year old senior John Williams should be a lock at DT if healthy. He's way ahead of those kids from a strength and experience standpoint.

JayHawkFanToo 2 years, 10 months ago

Matt, Is there a service/publication that does a more through evaluation of the entire class including transfers? This class obviously ranks low, but when you consider that it has 2 (former) 5-star QBs and a WR, it certainly should be ranked higher. Granted, other schools have transfers, but I seriously doubt any other school out there has the ranking of these 3 players. Also, this class addresses a lot of the issues the team had, and provides a decent foundation for improvement.

nwhawk 2 years, 10 months ago

Interesting to look at Mike Leach's recruiting class at Washington State. Avg. ranking = 2.70. And dead last overall in the Pac12. Probably not the impact Wazzu fans were hoping for.

Tom Pritchard 2 years, 10 months ago

Maybe he should recruit Bergland..He was still looking for someone to pick him up..That also includes his free agent lawyer....

Jeffery Barrett 2 years, 10 months ago

Yeah. Very interesting! Where are are the Leach lovers now?!?! Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Didn't think so.

Thomas Young 2 years, 10 months ago

Honestly, I would not have predicted as positive of a recruiting season with Leach as they seem to have gotten from Weis. I really hated that they could not land Leach. But in hindsight, I think the program is better for it.

With the transfers, as well as some nice three star guys, Weis did more than stop the bleeding. This is not the class of a team that will compete for the Big 12...

Yet.

But this is a class of a team on the rise. Everyone would like more, but I'm excited to see what they do with what they got.

railer20 2 years, 10 months ago

what radio station can I listen to Weis' press conf on?

JayHawkFanToo 2 years, 10 months ago

This article states:

"“If they were counted, it would push Kansas to the middle of the Big 12,” said Jon Kirby, who analyzes recruiting for Kansas’ Rivals.com site."

http://www.kansascity.com/2012/01/31/3402544/transfers-lead-kus-recruiting.html

Micky Baker 2 years, 10 months ago

I'm okay with the ranking, for three reasons. Heaps, McCay, and Crist. Neither one of their ranking were counted, but had they been, KU has at worst, a middle of the Big 12 Class, but

Miles, will prove to be a star in the Big 12.

Josh Ford with Crist throwing the ball, DEADLY.

Not to leave out McCay, but this is SOLID. This is TOP SHELF.

VaJay 2 years, 10 months ago

+1

And you combine that with hitting our "needs" really well (QB, DLine, LB, & CB) with some really decent players & that's as close to a home run as we can expect. Only wish I was in the area so I could see the Spring game!

Brian Skelly 2 years, 10 months ago

The fact we're even talking about "Signing Day" at KU should tell folks how things have changed with the hiring of Weiss.

Fun stuff. Even if its a modest start. We'll take it.

danmoore 2 years, 10 months ago

I pay less attention to the numbers and more attention to the schools who were also interested. Given how badly our last two seasons went our main competition should be Tulsa but we beat out some pretty decent programs.

Before Baty went juco didn’t he commit to Stanford?

texashawk10 2 years, 10 months ago

This a nice recruiting class that fills some needs and ended up being much larger than expected because of Gill's departure. I think next year's recruiting class will be much higher ranked because the staff will have had a full year to recruit players. Keep up the work Weis.

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