Arkansas RB transferring to KU?


The Kansas University football program’s continued efforts to add depth and talent to its suddenly thin backfield ventured into SEC territory recently and may have found something of value.

According to the Twitter accounts of both his brother and his girlfriend, Arkansas running back Denzel Evans is transferring to Kansas.

Evans, a 5-foot-11, 217-pound junior-to-be, was a three-star prospect coming out of Houston’s Bellaire High when he signed with the Razorbacks out of high school in 2013. At the time, Evans also held offers from Arizona State, Colorado, Houston, Kansas State, Michigan State, Minnesota and SMU.

Nothing official has come out of KU on the possible addition of Evans, but if he were to be added to the KU backfield, he would be the second running back rumored to join the Jayhawks this spring, with former Colorado State running back Deron Thompson (a likely walk-on) also choosing to come to Lawrence.

The Jayhawks certainly could use all the help they can get at the running back position. What, for years, was one of the deepest positions on the team, has become one of the least experienced, with only returning starter Ke’aun Kinner having seen any legitimate game.

Sophomores Taylor Martin and Ryan Schadler, both have game experience, but neither received much work at running back last season. Last weekend, freshman Khalil Herbert, a two-star back from Plantation, Florida, was expected to report to campus in time for summer workouts and his addition, also would give the Jayhawks depth at a spot in which teams cannot have too much.

Last season at Arkansas, Evans played in six games and logged six carries for 48 yards with a long of 31. As was the case with Thompson at CSU, Evans found himself in a crowded backfield and began looking for opportunities elsewhere.

Ironically, that elsewhere might wind up being the very spot where Arkansas running backs coach Reggie Mitchell just worked.

Evans is close to graduating from Arkansas and is attempting to finish up his class requirements this summer. If he is able to, he would be immediately eligible to play at Kansas during the upcoming 2016 season.


Brett McCabe 3 years, 11 months ago

I think that I saw this guy on the field with his mom over the weekend. Believe it or not.

This sounds like a good solid addition and a great way to us the Crawley scholarship. Welcome to Lawrence!

Michael Maris 3 years, 11 months ago

Good mention on scholarship allocation (due to Darious Crawley's departure).

Frederick Heckel 3 years, 11 months ago

KU has plenty of football scholarships available. Crawley's departure didn't effect it in any way.

Brett McCabe 3 years, 11 months ago


Crawley had two years left on scholarship. This would be a two-year scholarship usage, so taking a transfer is a net wash in this situation. You win the a-hole trophy for the day.

Frederick Heckel 3 years, 11 months ago

Don't blame me because you're not smart enough to know how many scholarships KU has.

Dirk Medema 3 years, 11 months ago

Aren't there annual limits on # of schollies (25) regardless of whether a player leaves or not? Otherwise, we could have signed 40 the years that the previous 2 coaches came on board, and wouldn't be in this hole.

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