Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Juco athlete commits to KU


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, 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.


Michael Bennett 6 years, 5 months ago

KU's signs another midget 2* WR. Meanwhile the Gatorade player of the year, 6'2" 200 lb. WR/DB/RB just 20 minutes down the road, Christian Jegen at Mill Valley, still does not have a full scholarship offer. KU wants you to think they are recruiting great athletes and players by signing players from far away, players you've never seen, so they can sell you a fantasy. They are not doing a good job recruiting. They are not doing a good job of building a team.

Aaron Paisley 6 years, 5 months ago

Good to know Miami, OK in northeast Oklahoma is far away and that you would prefer no star players over 2 star players.

Greg Ledom 6 years, 5 months ago

Other than just stating it and having an obvious man crush on Christian, you need to put your money where your mouth is and back up what your stating. Please be specific as to your comments on the staff not doing a good job of recruiting or building a team other than not having offered a kid 20 minutes down the road a scholarship. Separately, Beaty and staff visited (virtually) every high school in Kansas, and are all in on the walk on program as well. If that's not a committment to the local kids if the ability is there, I don't know what is.

Kit Duncan 6 years, 5 months ago

KU has shown an interest in Jegen and may even have made him an offer. Other schools, especially Iowa, have apparently been in close contact with him. I suspect he is not in a hurry to commit.

Don't get your drawers in a wad if he commits elsewhere. If so, it probably will not be because Kansas wasn't interested.

By the way, Jegen's highlights on Hudl look pretty good. Johnson's look good also, mostly playing defense, while Jegen's highlights are mostly as wide receiver and running back.

I kind of like the arm on Mill Valley's QB. The kid seems to sometimes just fling the ball thirty yards accurately with little apparent arm movement.

Kit Duncan 6 years, 5 months ago

Sorry, I wrote Johnson when I meant to write Robinson.

Jerry Walker 6 years, 5 months ago

According to Tait, after signing Holani we have 5-7 scholarships available for 2016. If we sign the full compliment does anyone know how many scholarship players will be on the roster next year?

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