Friday, June 17, 2005

QB commits for 2006


Snagging the state's top prospects is the aspiration of every sport at every college in the United States.

Kansas University's football program took another step toward such a goal for 2006. reported Thursday that Shawnee Mission West quarterback Tyler Lawrence gave the Jayhawks his non-binding oral commitment after workouts at two different KU football camps this month convinced the Jayhawk coaches to offer a scholarship.

"I got familiar with their coaches," Lawrence told rivals. "They saw something in me they liked."

Lawrence, a 6-foot-2, 195-pound left-hander, will be a senior for the Vikings this fall. In 2004, SM West experienced a dramatic turnaround, reaching the Class 6A state semifinals and finishing with a 9-3 record, one year after going 2-7.

With Lawrence's pledge, KU now has five known commitments for 2006. At this time last year, it had one -- offensive lineman Jose Rodriguez from La Puente, Calif.

¢ Team GPA: KU's football team garnered a 2.59 team grade-point average for the spring semester, much to the delight of KU coach Mark Mangino.

"Our mission here is to build a football program and work hard for success in the classroom," Mangino said. "Our players have responded."


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