For the second time in the past week, Kansas University football picked up an oral commitment from a Class of 2016 wide receiver who could have a future on defense.
Sunday night, Stephan Robinson, a 5-foot-11, 173-pound athlete from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M; Junior College, committed to the Jayhawks, first with a phone call to head coach David Beaty and then with a message on Twitter.
“Beyond blessed to say that I’ve decided to take my talents to Lawrence, Kansas,” Robinson wrote on Twitter.
On pace to leave NEO following the fall semester, Robinson will have four years remaining to play out three seasons of eligibility and is expected to be on campus in time for spring football.
Accompanied by his mother, father and younger brother, Robinson made an official visit to KU last weekend. According to Jon Kirby of JayhawkSlant.com, on the drive back to Oklahoma, Robinson decided to pick Kansas.
“The big thing was the way they treated my family and they loved it,” Robinson told Kirby. “Me and my little brother are close and they treated him well. The visit was great. I loved it. I love the school and everything about it.”
KU defensive coordinator Clint Bowen was the first member of the Kansas staff to learn about Robinson, and the Jayhawks began recruiting him last October. Robinson had one final visit remaining and was considering Virginia Tech, Iowa State, Tulsa and Southern Miss. But that visit will not happen now that he has made his decision.
Robinson told Kirby that KU’s winless season did nothing to sour his feelings about the program, and he added that he was excited about the coaches’ plans for him in the rebuilding project. A natural athlete who has been clocked in the 4.4-second range in the 40-yard dash, Robinson told Kirby the coaches informed him he could be used on offense, defense or special teams.
The two-star prospect becomes the 12th commitment in KU’s 2016 class, leaving the Jayhawks with between six and eight more scholarships to hand out in this class because of the players who are already on campus and were counted forward prior to the 2015 season.
Robinson joins Huntsville, Texas, athlete Jay Griffin as the most recent KU commitments.
DT Holani commits
Long a position the Kansas coaches double- and triple-check their wish lists for, KU’s defensive line got a boost Monday when juco defensive tackle Isi Holani orally committed to the Jayhawks.
Holani, a 6-foot-2, 315-pound, three-star prospect from Riverside College in California, made an official visit to Kansas last weekend and ended his recruitment Monday afternoon.
“Coach (Clint) Bowen and the rest of the staff are awesome people and great coaches,” Holani told Kirby. “I’d just like to thank him for finding me and giving me the opportunity. He did a perfect job recruiting me because he made sure all of my questions about KU were answered.”
Holani, who hails from Hilo High in Hawaii, at least figures to add depth to KU’s defensive line.
The Jayhawks lost Kapil Fletcher, Ben Goodman, T.J. Semke and likely will lose Miami (Fla.) transfer Corey King, as well.
Freshmen Daniel Wise and D.J. Williams showed flashes of play-making ability on KU’s D-line, but given the coaching staff’s emphasis on competition, adding a mature player with good size like Holani only figures to help.
“They were excited,” Holani told Kirby of the reaction of KU coach David Beaty and his staff. “I am as fired up as they were. I want to go in there and play like they think I can and they said to expect big things.”
Holani is expected to sign later this month during the junior-college early-signing period.
He told Kirby he had not decided if he would take a final visit to Hawaii, which recently offered.
He said he had offers from Kansas State, Hawaii, Oklahoma State, Colorado State, Boise State, Nevada, and Fresno State.
He becomes the 13th commitment in KU’s 2016 recruiting class.