Thursday, December 15, 2011

Defensive lineman Keon Stowers commits to KU


Keon Stowers, a a 6-foot-3, 273-pound defensive tackle out of Georgia Military College in Milledgeville, Ga., committed to the Kansas football team on Thursday night.

Stowers chose KU over Indiana, Louisville and others. He committed after an in-home visit Thursday with KU coach Charlie Weis and assistant coach Reggie Mitchell.

"It maybe took two minutes before I realized this is the guy (Weis) I want to play for," Stowers told "We talked a lot about character and education before he mentioned football. We talked about the coaches that mentored him like (Bill) Parcells and (Bill) Belichick. Those are coaches off the charts. I think KU is a good situation and I want to be a part of it."

On Wednesday, Weis picked up his first commitment from Bishop Miege receiver Tre Parmalee.


Shawn Marshbanks 10 years, 8 months ago

Is it positive to say that Mr. Weis is already making his presents known at Kansas!?!

nwhawk 10 years, 8 months ago

Is that some kind of Christmas pun? :)

parrothead8 10 years, 8 months ago

I guess we could consider Stowers a present. Welcome to KU, Keon!

Andy Tweedy 10 years, 8 months ago

Two JUCO d-linemen already! To me, that sure looked like priority number one, so this is a really good thing!!!

johnnyhrdwd 10 years, 8 months ago

He should have 4 years to play 4 years, Ga military is a prep not a juco.

Andy Tweedy 10 years, 8 months ago

I'm glad you pointed that out, I assumed by the name it was a JUCO.

Sam Brockert 10 years, 8 months ago

On his scouting report he is listed as a JUCO redshirt freshmen.

Funhawk 10 years, 8 months ago

Turner laid the ground work, as HCTG had visited this recruit before he was let go. Nice that Reggie is leading HCCW by the hand, and the new coach followed up with this fine young man. So it is, someone else lays the ground work for you and you reap the rewards. "Its more blessed to give than receive."

Evan Ridenour 10 years, 8 months ago

Turner Gill was given $10 million. Turner Gill has received plenty...

blackhawkjayhawk 10 years, 8 months ago

Would it be preferable for CW to not close the deal on any previous recruits just out of principle? Reggie has been keeping the floe going and CW is helping to close the deal.

John Randall 10 years, 8 months ago

Coach Mitchell will seriously freeze his @$$ unless he can steer the flow of that floe to warm waters pretty damn fast.

So far, it seems he's managing that feet suberbly.

LAJayhawk 10 years, 8 months ago

Turner Gill absolutely deserves credit for opening up the recruiting with this kid. And Reggie has certainly done a lot of leg work. Definitely.

However... "It maybe took two minutes before I realized this is the guy (Weis) I want to play for"...... seems to suggest pretty clearly Weis closed the deal. Immediately.

If you want Gill to get part of the credit, you better be prepared to also give it to the guy who clearly made a strong enough impression to get the guy to commit on the spot.

No need to try to dismiss either side. Just be happy he committed.

meremy 10 years, 8 months ago

Can you back that up with any facts? Though he had some pretty apparent weaknesses (i.e. winning games), most are of the the opinion that recruiting wasn't one of them. You're aparently pretty excited about the new coaching regime--so am I, but what's the point in playing revisionist to dance on TG's grave, there's plenty of legit fodder if that's your thing. The name-calling bothers me on a fan site among friendlies. It lacks class, decency, common sense.

LAJayhawk 10 years, 8 months ago

He was the one that initiated recruiting with this kid. I'm fairly certain that is, by definition, "opening up."

As to being a numbskull, thanks for proving Abraham Lincoln correct:

"Better to to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt."


But thanks for trolling. Always appreciated.

Cmill1221 10 years, 8 months ago

hmmmmmm.... I wonder why he never commited to gill. You can talk to 100 girls in a bar and go home alone at the end of the night. It's not about opening it's all about Closing!! We need a couple of DL guys. Don't stop.

Bruce Dial 10 years, 8 months ago

I'm going to go home now, without closing.

WestNEHawk 10 years, 8 months ago

Are congratulations in order for a recruit knowing KU beat out the perennial powerhouse of Indiana, "Louisville & others" ? the weis has no idea what defense is.....and he certainly showed his prowess at Florida guiding their offense this last year, didn't he?

miseryh8r 10 years, 8 months ago

You're a d-bag....go complain somewhere else

JayHok 10 years, 8 months ago

Well this week Weis is going against Oregon, Chip Kelly and many others with a record setting receiver who had 467 yards in one game. His skill set reminds me a lot of that KSU wide receiver who plays for Green Bay now. 6'3", great hands, excellent footwork and deceptive speed.

John Randall 10 years, 8 months ago

I hope we have a q-back smart enough to know you can't throw into quadruple coverage by BigXII d-backs.

This video (and all those yards) must be from Lilliputia.

Ethan Berger 10 years, 8 months ago

The Patriots, Notre Dame, and Chiefs offense were horrible also.

JayHok 10 years, 8 months ago

Yes it sucks that Notre Dame went to only two BCS bowls with Weis. And the Patriots, have they ever even made the Playoffs?

Dale Kroening 10 years, 8 months ago

Didnt the Chiefs win their division, and lead the league in rushing with him as OC last year ?

John Randall 10 years, 8 months ago

I like Hawk90's sarcasm better than any of the replies' so far.

Jaminrawk 10 years, 8 months ago

Keep in mind that a lot of top programs don't always go the JUCO route often. People probably scoffed at KSU back when Bill Snyder started stocking their roster with JUCO players too. Then he beat their team with them. This is a big guy with football experience which is EXACTLY what KU needs on the defensive line. It's awesome we have two big JUCO d-linemen in the fold.

John Randall 10 years, 8 months ago

In re JuCo players, not all of them are alike. Some already have good fundamentals &or are smart enough to pick up what they lack PDQ. Snyder didn't take all that many, but he was very selective in the ones he recruited. Those guys were to fill a short-term need, then recycle the scholarship with someone he could develop himself.

Bville Hawk 10 years, 8 months ago

Why do ALL Nebraskans stick up for TG? You guys never even considered him good enough to promote to a Coordinator position and now you all act like KU done him wrong.

Andy Tweedy 10 years, 8 months ago

I live in Nebraska, and while many here are very fond of him, many also think he did a crappy job at KU. But if you put yourself in their shoes, you might understand. Turner Gill was a freaking legend in NU football lore, so bagging on TG would be like a Kansan bagging on Danny Manning or Jacque Vaughn.

blackhawkjayhawk 10 years, 8 months ago

If I were in their shoes, I'd be barefoot, bucktoothed and engaged to my cousin.

John Boyle 10 years, 8 months ago

Those are all true statements about you. Are you from Nebraska? Or Arkansas?

Cmill1221 10 years, 8 months ago

Sadly both of thoes teams were better than us last year. What's your point?

hbjayhawk 10 years, 8 months ago

This recruit had better offers than Gill's "studs" . . . after all, when we got guys who had offers at UC Davis, Murray State, and North Texas, what does that tell you?

Ethan Berger 10 years, 8 months ago

Because Darrian Miller and Tony Pierson were so horribly ranked. I mean how dare freshman not be stars right away...

frompekka2sasha 10 years, 8 months ago

WestNE- have you considered the disadvantages of a coaching staff being behind the ball a bit? I think it can work in their favor, at times, but a lot of guys are committed already. Time to poach!

JayHok 10 years, 8 months ago

Hey national signing day doesn't happen for awhile. Is the John Calipari rule still in place that if a recruit gives a verbal, that means all other schools can still recruit him?

If so, Weis may have a gold mine out there we don't know about.

DevilHawk 10 years, 8 months ago

I think the rule in football for guys who are verbally committed to other schools goes something along the lines of:

  1. There needs to be a significant change in the situation from when he committed.

  2. The school that is recruiting him must be a school that is on the same level or better than the school that he is currently committed to. This can be based on the success/status of the football program or the academics of the school.

  3. The major in-state universities are excluded from rules 1 and 2.

^ Those rules would open a lot of possibilities, but the factor that matters most is whether or not the recruit is willing to give him the opportunity to recruit him (the recruit) to a different school.

JayHok 10 years, 8 months ago

So the recruit has to accept a phone call from Charlie Weis?

DevilHawk 10 years, 8 months ago

You are aware that I made up those "rules", right?

JayHok 10 years, 8 months ago

Yes. As long as you're aware I'm filling in the rest of the John Calipari rule for Weis. If a five star player hasn't signed with another school no matter how loud his verbal, call him. Weis with four superbowl rings surely gets that "social courtesy" on a shortened recruiting year!

John Randall 10 years, 8 months ago

Did you always catch on this quick, or is it a new talent?

JayHok 10 years, 8 months ago

Anyone else amazed at the new power of Weis?

Not only is he owning the headlines in sports sections across America but he doesn't have a contracted DC yet.

As Weis surely knows the DC is a crucial part of the future of his team---probably waiting for bowl games to be over to announce the DC choice----but anyway with no DC, Weis' essential OC, himself, and running backs coach get a verbal from a pretty solid 3 star D end!

JayHok 10 years, 8 months ago

*Tackle, not D end. Obviously a huge need. Maybe the biggest we had.

RCJ Weis!

bad_dog 10 years, 8 months ago

rivals commitment list indicates he's a strong side DE.

John Randall 10 years, 8 months ago

That's his position this week. Didn't you learn over the last two years that's not cut in stone?

bad_dog 10 years, 8 months ago

You are correct, it's not "set in stone", however defensive end IS his position at this point. While we can all speculate regarding where he'll wind up and he may very well move to tackle, all I pointed out was that rivals currently lists him at DE.

Ben Kane 10 years, 8 months ago

how can anyone doubt this hire. product on the field... who cares? injection of excitement in our program... priceless.

JayHok 10 years, 8 months ago

Totally agree chuckberry. Third day in a row a Chicago paper has written an article about Weis. Portland had a funny historical blurb yesterday about the irony of Weis bringing his four horsemen to Lawrence. The ND online site has had about five stories already on Weis going to Kansas. Two days ago Weis was on the Dan Patrick show. Monday Colin Cowherd had quite a bit to say about Weis on his radio show. Four days ago the only four sports stories on the Topeka Capital Journal sports page were four Weis stories. ESPN and SportsNation have been all over this for five days as have the recruiting sites, not to mention the KC star that's pretty much pushed Missouri and KSU out of the news.

One thing I don't think Weis understands about KU fans is that most of us definitely know him from his days as the Patriots OC. We go a little deeper than his nice one year run as Chiefs OC, we're all pretty amazed what he did with Belichick and Brady!

And even though he went to two BCS bowls in 5 years, his realization and perspective on the chemistry mistakes he made at ND are gold. He's showing already that he means it, getting guys that will work well for him, ND football minded guys where fundamentals and later on the NFL can go hand in hand.

RCJ Zenger!

kellerman411 10 years, 8 months ago

I agree, I think he knows what went wrong at ND and will avoid that here at KU.

Joseph Domann 10 years, 8 months ago

There was also an article in the NY Daily News yesterday talking about how Weis was a bad hire for Kansas. But why does anybody in New York care about Kansas. The fact that they are talking about Kansas football means we got exactly what we needed.

emily842752 10 years, 8 months ago

I agree - KU football is getting exciting!

Ben Kane 10 years, 8 months ago

a month ago just thinking about our football team made me want to puke. now we are national news (and not as a joke) every day. unreal. gotta give my props to the Z man.

oldrocker 10 years, 8 months ago really made me chuckle, chuckberry! Couldn't agree more...I've endured too many seasons of bad KU football, but this one was the worst! I wasn't sure about this hire, but I'm becoming a true believer!

Chris Weaver 10 years, 8 months ago

this has got to be Reggie's dream - he's always been such a heavy hittin' recruiter, hustlin' for recruits. now he can add HCCW's 4 rings and a couple of anecdotes about NY and NE to his arsenal and boom! there goes the dynamite. can't wait for the ride over the next couple of years.


John Randall 10 years, 8 months ago

Perfect is as perfect does. From eight months out, tough to say what will pan out. All the high profile speculation makes me hope it's not all about appearance. You can bet I'll keep up on the situation, so that much is for the good – in a year or two I can let you know how excited you should be.

bad_dog 10 years, 8 months ago

I'm sure we'll all be anxiously awaiting...

Mike Kendall 10 years, 8 months ago

This is awesome news! Hope we can keep getting more defensive stars!

Matthew Pritchard 10 years, 8 months ago

Stowers is a huge get! If he can put on 15 -20 lbs with the speed he has our defensive front will be better. Parmalee could be put on the defensive side of the ball at d-back because of his ball skills and speed. Mangino built this program on juco players. Theo Baines and Bill Whitamore were building blocks for a good team. Weis will have to sign a good mix of juco and freshman to bring some winning football to Memorial Stadium. Hopefully we can sign Dieter and Christ, I would be happy with just 1 of the 2. The word is Christ is loving Wisconsin and could commit within the next two days. Seth Russel and Jake Heaps could be the next signal callers for the Hawks, not a bad start.

kellerman411 10 years, 8 months ago

God I hope he doesn't! Crist needs to be here!

blackhawkjayhawk 10 years, 8 months ago

If Weis beats Wisconsin for Crist, Ill donate one of my hips to him. it would be an enormous Get!

John Randall 10 years, 8 months ago

Clue me in here – who is this Dieter, and how much overweight is he?

John Boyle 10 years, 8 months ago

If we get Christ, no one will beat us. Unfortunately, we are trying to get Crist. Crist would be a huge "get" but Christ would be "awesome". I think he is busy getting ready to celebrate his birthday so he probably won't commit at this time.

kellerman411 10 years, 8 months ago

Do you skeptics see what just happened. Our OC just recruited a solid D-lineman. Again, our OC just recruited a D-lineman who could have went to Louiville. Reggie's recruiting ability and CW's credibility is a killer combo. If we can get to a bowl next year, we will be in the mix for some 4 and and maybe 5 star kids. God da$%it I'm pumped!

Bville Hawk 10 years, 8 months ago

Try and control your enthusiasm, there, ahperse. You're getting way out ahead of yourself. Reign it in a little bit.

Jeff Worthington 10 years, 8 months ago

I'm pretty stoked he chose us over "others". That's a solid program.

MDiggity 10 years, 8 months ago

Louisville, Indiana, Troy, Iowa State. . .per rivals.

cardinco 10 years, 8 months ago

It would surprise me if Weis advised Webb to transfer unless he knows for sure that Crist is going to commit. If Crist doesn't commit, then it's either Webb or a true freshman starting. Or I suppose he could go the Juco route, but still, without a definitive signing, does he really want Webb gone?

Dirk Medema 10 years, 8 months ago

You seem to have overlooked Cummings - a RSF.

cardinco 10 years, 8 months ago

Cummings is less of a fit for Weis' system than Webb.

Bob Forer 10 years, 8 months ago

What about this Heaps kid who is figuring to transfer from BYU. He sounds like quite a catch as well. Anyone know much about him, and what do you think our chances our.

If we get both Crist and Heaps, the face of KU football will have changed completely overnight.

JayHok 10 years, 8 months ago

If Crist and Heaps join Weis, the face of their future NFL careers change overnight. Nothing like learning longterm fundamentals and strategic QB checkoffs from a coach with 4 super bowl rings!

Dirk Medema 10 years, 8 months ago

Heaps was the top pro-style QB in his class (?last year?).

TKHAWK 10 years, 8 months ago

Jordan Webb was the first name that popped in my head when Weiss was named HC. Some people will say Weiss is an a-hole for telling guys they don't fit the plan, I think its just honest and its the right thing to do. If I don't fit, just be a man and tell me. If Jordan really wants to play football for 2 more years, good to part ways now.

Matthew Pritchard 10 years, 8 months ago

Crist does need to be here! Someone[Reesing] needs to explain how much of a legend he could become not only in Lawrence, but in KC as well. Seth Russel is a solid commit, he has a good arm and is mobile as well. he is a smart kid and could flourish in a pro style offense and if he puts on some weight with that height, a lot of upside! If Crist signs Russel could red-shirt and we would have good depth for the future. Reggie is the man! Our Running Back core will be one of the strongest in the big 12 next year and that is all courtesy of Mr. Mitchell.

Geekinout 10 years, 8 months ago

Sounds like a pretty good sign when the new coach can recruit on the defensive side of the ball without having named a defensive coordinator yet. Interested to find out who that's going to be? Hopefully, it'll be someone who can recruit D tackles and corners if they're sticking with a 3-4 base.

Jayhawk1958 10 years, 8 months ago

No, 3-4 is out of the question now with these two tackles.

John Randall 10 years, 8 months ago

These two tackles, and what for backup? A schedule with nine games in the toughest (1-9, at least) league going could bring on some attrition.

KGphoto 10 years, 8 months ago

John Williams, Shane Smith, Kevin Young, Keba Augustino, Randall Dent, Pat Lewandowski, Michael Martinovich...

They will all play better in a 4-3 where they can spread the responsibility. Even without the new recruits we would have a better Dline than last year. They'll be bigger too. Don't know why Gill wasn't putting more weight on a few of these guys, but I have a feeling that's what will happen this year. Lewandowski alone will probably be the most improved lineman considering he was playing as a true freshman, and Shane Smith was showing real promise.

Throw in a real DC and maybe even a couple more recruits and this group could end up being a strength.

KU_Gridironner 10 years, 8 months ago

Kinda small for a D-tackle. Even that small kid we had a few years back had 13 pounds on this kid.

Jaminrawk 10 years, 8 months ago

Listed as a DE on rivals for what it's worth.

tical523 10 years, 8 months ago

saw that but he said he can gain 20 lbs. easy, we'll see

tical523 10 years, 8 months ago

Just read the slant article on him, seems like a good kid. Overcame a lot to get hrere, must have great self discipline and motivation. And critics can say what they want about offers, I really like Paul Rhodes and Charlie Strong and they wanted him. Welcome aboard Keon, Rock Chalk!!

redbull38 10 years, 8 months ago

Calm down a little folks. Nice to get a commit from this guy. He picked the best of his current options. The next best options he had was Louisville who has 2 bigger DTs committed and Iowa State who will probably lose their coach to Pitt. Good the CW is working hard but this is a guy that Gill could have landed if it was not obvious he was going to get canned.

If CW could sign Crist that would be noteworthy. If Wisconsin wants him that would be tough to turn down because he has just 1 year to play. He doesn't have time to wait for CW to get things fixed at KU.

Randy Bombardier 10 years, 8 months ago

And you know you have a winner when your punchline with the kid is "We may not have your name on the back of your jersey but we will have it on your very own puke bucket." And still, he signs up.

Daniel Kennamore 10 years, 8 months ago

A 6'3 tackle? Nice.

He's even got 'towers' in his name.

KGphoto 10 years, 8 months ago

He'll nearly be our shortest DT. Right now we are going...

6'7" Julius Green 6'6" Pat Lewandowski 6'5" Shane Smith 6'5" Randall Dent 6'4" Kevin Young 6'3" John Williams 6'3" Keba Augustino

KGphoto 10 years, 8 months ago

Sorry I meant DL not DT. Towers is listed as a DL anyway.

Jayhawk1958 10 years, 8 months ago

The football program has made great strides in the last week, but for some of you it's never enough. What does Weis have to do, kill Godzalla? Of course I know we have a lot of K-Suck and Misery fans that are still in denial and say it was a bad hire because they realize that KU might be a "football school" when all is said and done.

JayHok 10 years, 8 months ago

Crist clip below against Michigan. Remincent of the arm and precision of Tom Brady. Love the way he stays in the pocket. We want Crist!

Dirk Medema 10 years, 8 months ago

There are some other links that come up at the end that are even better. Nice arm and presence. Would certainly be nice to have someone, a mature leader, who has a head start on the offense in the spring.

And even better if Heaps was around him for a year to learn and take over.

JayHok 10 years, 8 months ago

So true dagger108 on both points. I chose this one because this is how we'd feel as fans. Also I liked the stadium seating on top of the field. Place went nuts!

irish1hawk 10 years, 8 months ago

Without sounding cheesy or that I have constant inside information. Weis was said to be in a neighboring city recruiting a qb. According to a the H.S. coach this recruit was told playing time wouldn't happen in the first year because Crist was coming to KU. The H.S. coach is a relative of my co-worker.

John Randall 10 years, 8 months ago

My source knew about the that before Weiss was hired. My source's sister married the nephew of someone or other, and he coached in high school, too.

Bville Hawk 10 years, 8 months ago

If that was supposed to be funny, you failed.

Dirk Medema 10 years, 8 months ago

Would that be Gunner? Just down the road from Gehrig. He'd be everything that Heaps would be, and an extra year of eligibility (-1 experience).

Dirk Medema 10 years, 8 months ago

One of the best comments from the second article is: "What was supposed to be a final recruiting pitch for KU turned into a reunion of sorts between the former Irish head coach and a gaggle of his former players"

You know that was a fun fun time with Coach and his players reliving good times. Heck, they were probably even joking about the puke buckets. UW can come close to producing that, and he can have at least a little piece of it at KU.

And maybe he can make a stop in Columbus.

Studogg 10 years, 8 months ago

Guys, the most important thing in this article was the qoute from the recruit..."It maybe took two minutes before I realized this is the guy I want to play for." That, to me, is the most encouraging sign in all of this.

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