Wednesday, January 22, 2014

KU football adds another to Class of 2014

Texas prep LB Josh Ehambe commits during in-home visit

Kansas University football recruiting.

Kansas University football recruiting.


The Kansas University football program continued to add to its 2014 recruiting class on Tuesday, as outside linebacker Josh Ehambe, a two-star prospect from Prime Prep Academy in Arlington, Texas, orally committed to the Jayhawks during an in-home visit.

KU secondary coach Scott Vestal was the lead recruiter for Ehambe, who chose Kansas over offers from Washington State, Colorado State, SMU, Louisiana Tech and others.

Ehambe, 6-foot-3, 230 pounds, took an official visit to KU last weekend and, according to a report from, liked everything he saw and heard in Lawrence.

Vestal first got involved with Ehambe last spring and the Jayhawks offered him a scholarship last summer. Both Vestal and Weis were present at the in-home visit during which Ehambe committed on Tuesday.

"My family was impressed with him," Ehambe said of Weis in an interview with Jon Kirby. "They liked how he sold the Kansas program and he was a great guy. He coached in the NFL for 17 years, at Notre Dame, and all over the country. He has a lot of experience and he is a good coach."

Of Vestal, Ehambe had similar high praise.

"He did a real good job recruiting me," he said. "Our relationship got good over that time. I feel like he's someone I can trust."

Ehambe becomes the 17th member of KU's current recruiting class, leaving the Jayhawks with as many as nine spots still to fill.

His size and ability to rush the passer fit in with KU's recent trend of bringing quicker, faster guys into the program and putting them all over the field.

Ehambe will be eligible to make his commitment official on national signing day, Feb. 5.


Dirk Medema 8 years, 10 months ago

Do the 3 players listed in the roster article as no longer on scholarship add to the number of recruiting spots available?

Matt Tait 8 years, 10 months ago

Not necessarily, but it does open up three spots overall.

What I mean by that, is the total number that they can take in this class is still 26. Just losing these guys does not bump that up to 29 automatically. But there are always ways to try to see if you can count guys back toward other classes and things like that, so you never know how much this kind of thing could help.

One thing it could do is free up a scholarship for a guy like Joe Gibson, who came as a walk-on and now might be the No. 1 option at center heading into the spring.

Dirk Medema 8 years, 10 months ago

So the 3 Dec commits could count toward last year?

Do Martin and Combs count toward last year?

Len Shaffer 8 years, 10 months ago

I know that the rating system is not necessarily accurate, but it does seem like we're getting an awful lot of 2-star players. What's an even bigger concern is that a lot of the time the other schools that are vying for them are not exactly top-tier programs.

I hope Weis can do a good job of developing them, but it is a little concerning.

Tom Keegan 8 years, 10 months ago

I agree, Len. Also, it's a little concerning that so many of the commitments are coming late. Right or wrong, it gives the perception that they are choosing among players that didn't draw the attention of perennial winning programs.

Jim Erickson 8 years, 10 months ago

Thanks for that Tom. Completely agree about the late nature of the recruiting.

Jim Erickson 8 years, 10 months ago

This recruiting class is a disaster. Low star rankings, incredibly late commitments, and the list of schools these guys are choosing from is second rate. Yes, Anthony Collins, Todd Reesing, and Aqib Talib are guys that were "under the radar" and turned out just fine but this coaching staff has not shown the ability to develop players or even implement Juco talent. Until that happens, a poor ranked recruiting class means something.

Jim Stauffer 8 years, 10 months ago

This post is a greater disaster than the recruiting class. First of all, Weis has been here for 2 years and half the jucos rs last year for one reason or another. And to say they cannot select and teach young men the right way to play and how to become effective is to ignore the secondary we had last year and our LB's as well. Goodman and the kid at buck who hails from Wichita have both improved. Our O-Line was criticized all last year but ended on a much more positive note. The two areas you can criticize this staff on is the performance of QB's and WR's. Otherwise they have done a great job. It's just when you have no passing game, you are playing with one hand behind your back.

Terry N Tom Denner 8 years, 10 months ago

Jim Erickson, Colorado St - SMU - Louisiana St - Oklahoma etc ?? Second rate ?? Synder took several 2 and 3 stars recruits and built a very respectable program at Kan St. Go and run your mouth on some MU article !!!

Brandon Mahon 8 years, 10 months ago

According to or we aren't ranked last in the Big 12 anymore... We moved up one spot in front of Iowa State... Yay us I guess, but this is talent that needs developed, but hey you never know these guys could be studs and all they need to do is play against good talent.

Brandon Mahon 8 years, 10 months ago

Check this out!!! If we landed this guy next year which currently are a favorite, HOLY is all I have to say...

Larry Jackson 8 years, 10 months ago

Good Get! Keep going to the well of Texas players available Charlie! You can not go wrong. The Texas kids preparation is a phenomena, the avg. H.S. has much better facilities than KU, these H.S. teams train in the Spring, and ALL Summer (longer than KU). The Texas H.S. season almost extends to Jan.. Texas takes H.S. f-ball very seriously. The large majority of KU's recent better players are from Texas. Texas produces D-1 ready f-ball players regardless of star rating.

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