Sunday, January 18, 2015

KU football lands Florida high school QB Carter Stanley

Kansas University football recruiting.

Kansas University football recruiting.


The Kansas University football program picked up another oral commitment in the Class of 2015 over the weekend, as Vero Beach (Florida) High quarterback Carter Stanley pledged to join the Jayhawks.

Stanley, a 6-foot-2, 188-pound QB with good mobility and a good arm, was named MVP of his region in 2014 after throwing for 3,070 yards, 40 touchdowns, and seven interceptions and rushing for nearly 600 more yards and seven touchdowns. He has been clocked at 4.6 seconds in the 40-yard dash.

Although Stanley is not expected to arrive on campus until June, new offensive coordinator Rob Likens said the system the Jayhawks want to run will allow him to compete immediately.

“You've got to make it very simple,” Likens said when asked about KU's new offense. “You've got to have a multiple enough system, with the verbiage, that a kid, if he's good enough, can get here in August and your system shouldn't hinder him from being able to start as a true freshman. If it does, then that's your problem. That's not good. You've gotta have a system simple enough where a high school kid could come in, learn it and then compete for the job.”

One bonus for Kansas is that Stanley's high school ran an offense that's similar to the one new KU offensive coordinator Rob Likens and company want to run at KU.

Likens was one of a trio of KU coaches to play a part in landing Stanley, who also had an offer from UConn and was receiving interest from Bowling Green, Florida International, Miami (Florida) and Penn State, also had interactions with KU coach David Beaty and linebackers coach Kevin Kane.

"They told me I'm the type of guy that can stretch the field and also (make plays) with my running ability," Stanley told Jon Kirby of "In high school, I ran the spread and up-tempo so I'm excited. When I committed, coach Likens and I were really happy. I was smiling during the whole conversation. After I had a chance to talk to coach Beaty, coach Likens and coach Kane it wasn't hard to commit to Kansas."

Stanley is the second QB prospect to commit to Kansas in the current recruiting class, joining Bishop Miege High's Ryan Willis. Those two will join the program this summer and will be competing with returning quarterbacks Michael Cummings, Montell Cozart, T.J. Millweard and Jordan Darling.

KU has five open spots remaining in the Class of 2015, which is expected to be finalized by national signing day on Feb. 4.


David A. Smith 7 years, 8 months ago

Well, it will certainly be interesting to see who competes for playing time at this position this fall. With six guys, you have to think that there will be some position switching and/or someone leaving. I remember at the spring game, thinking to myself that Cummings was the only one that appeared capable of playing QB. That was sadly prophetic for the fall, as we really didn't have anyone else that was ready to play, especially in throwing situations.I hope that Montell is developing, and that the freshmen can play. We shall see.

Michael Lorraine 7 years, 8 months ago

Was not expecting to see a QB recruit and from Florida no less but it is the most important position. The QB position plagued Mangino for much of his tenure and is probably what caused Charlie his job. I don't know if it was stubbornness or he was unable to assess the ability of his own players.

Doug Cramer 7 years, 8 months ago

Michael - what caused Weis his job was a combination of a lot of things. What caused Weis his job so fast...was he and Gils inability to recruit talent in the trenches.

Erich Hartmann 7 years, 8 months ago

Doug is exactly right about the lack of talent in the trenches. Just when I thought we had a mid-pack BigXII defense (which we did, designed to stop the pass-offenses), we get power-run on by OU.

When you have to blitz to get pressure on the QB, that leaves passing zones vulnerable. A competent opposing QB would exposes us, and they did.

And start by asking KU QBs from Crist to Heaps to Cozart to Cummings about our O-lines. Then ask the KU RBs. Mediocre is the consistent descriptor. Charlie was doomed from the start, as his 5star QBs couldnt run Charlie's NFL plays because we had an awful Oline, and non-college level WRs. Just pitiful.

Ashwin Rao 7 years, 8 months ago

I believe that QB position is for Michael to lose. I was never impressed with Cozart as a QB (needs to switch to WR or something), but with two reasonably good QBs behind him, Michael will be pressured to stay good!

Doug Cramer 7 years, 8 months ago

I'm a Cummings fan, but he's not going to win us multiple games in the Big 12...especially with the supporting cast we have this year.

If this kid is good enough to start...then get him the experience for the future.

Jonathan Briles 7 years, 8 months ago

I don't know if Tom Brady himself could single handedly get us two Big 12 wins next year so I would like to see Cumming go out on top in his senior year and red-shirt the freshman to get a year under their belt and have 4 years to start. Next year is a wash so I'm hoping to red-shirt guys and build towards the future.

Dirk Medema 7 years, 8 months ago

Interesting/encouraging that the TX recruiting wizards went into FL for Carter. The regional MVP in FL is only a 2*. Could it somehow be that he was overlooked? It doesn't appear that he was (not) playing behind a stud in previous years. It does appear that Likens has some relationship there. A WR was recruited to LATech a couple years ago. It would be nice to be able to recruit more than just TX, OK & KS, tho those would make a nice foundation for the program.

Are his receiver teammates all underclassmen? #5 in particular looks nice. Carter's DB teammate, ANTONIO JONES-DAVIS, looks like a hard hitting safety with a nose for the ball, and no commitment.

Bryan Reed 7 years, 8 months ago

ESPN mentioned Stanley's coach knew Kevin Kane from when he was at Wisconsin. He heard about Kane coming to KU and reached out to him.

Michael Sillman 7 years, 8 months ago

The best plan for the future will be to red shirt both of this year's quarterback recruits as well as any other promising freshmen.

There is no reason to rush either one of these guys considering that we have plenty of quarterbacks available for what is probably a losing season.

I don't think it is time to completely write off Cozart if the new coaching staff is truly good at development.

Micky Baker 7 years, 8 months ago

I think that either Willis or Stanley will have to back up this season, but that also depends on where Millweard fits into the new offense. Weis's pro-style offense doesn't work that well at this level because of how the talent is spread out over 100 plus teams in the FBS.

Cozart should not even be put in a position to compete for the QB spot. He should be converted to a receiver where he doesn't have to make that many decisions other than reading blocks and making cus after the catch.

Aaron Paisley 7 years, 8 months ago

Redshirt this kid and Willis. KU's not going to be good this year (even by KU standards) and I'd rather have these players contributing in year 5 as a RS senior than as true freshmen because their impact will be much more significant in year 5 than in year 1.

Gerry Butler 7 years, 8 months ago

switch Cozart, he is not going to work as a QB at KU, Cummings is the one the job has to be taken away from. agreed possible redshirt the fla kid and willis. I think its looking like we maybe just starting to get some things in place. does anyone know how much emphasis they are going to really push for walk ons? I know they have mentioned it, but actually getting kids to walk on at KU maybe another story would be nice to help build the program, hopefully he can develop these kids. I think the walk on program is vital to help turn our program around there is strength in numbers and red-shirts

Kevin Robert Fest 7 years, 8 months ago

Somehow Cozart is going to have to switch to a new position or he'll never see the field. He just didn't have a feel at qb when he had his chance. Cummings was noticeably better and if he could've been more accurate with his passes maybe ku wins some of those close games againt tt okst and tcu.

I agree redshirt the two freshman qbs 6'3" 200lbs 6'2" 188 they need time to put on a lil muscle or they'll get broken in half. If the season is going to be as bad as some think getting their heads kicked in won't help with the confidence. Hopefully Darling Milweard etc can show enough to be effective.

Maybe the two ol guys ku has their eyes will committ that would make an ok 15 class. I'm more hopefull then I have been since Gil and Weis took over. Will see

Erich Hartmann 7 years, 8 months ago

Maybe if special teams doesnt allow a TD runback, Cummings would already have a W against TCU and OkieState. And who knows what a competent, tough QB (Cummings) would have done vs. TX? Cozart got thrown to the wolves, but they ate him up as Charlie's experiment backfired.

Dirk Medema 7 years, 8 months ago

It is interesting to read the reasoning here:

Redshirt the 2 new QB's, because they will be bettering their 5th year than next year, but

Mozart should switch, because he won't get better/any good by his 4th or 5th year. He couldn't possibly learn to read coverages better, make quicker decisions, and get a stronger more accurate arm as he matures.

Jim Stauffer 7 years, 8 months ago

It just might be the staff will decide to go with one of the young QB's to avoid starting a newbie in '16.

Dyrk Dugan 7 years, 8 months ago

Cozart should have redshirted too. we did not set the Big 12 all time losing streak, with him in as QB...and that's probably good. who knows if Heaps would have been able to do it...there's an argument to be made, as bad as WVU was at the time, that he would have....hindsight could be 20-20 in this case. :)

and Reesing HAD to play...we were all calling for him in the stands. that game got us to bowl eligibility, and a shot at a winning season in was worth it, and with the next season we had, it was the right move.

this is entirely different. this program is at rock bottom. 4-48 in the league the last six years....will one more year of 1-8 or even 0-9 be that much worse? it's already horrible!

we have a new outlook a new lease on life so to speak...we're going to put in a modern day, fast paced, big time college football offensive system. we need a lot of practices and some experience at QB to do this. we have a guy, Mr. Michael Cummings, who can do this. it's his job, he's a Sr....this is his legacy.

We shouldn't even be considering playing our two frosh QBs. the only way we would, if it turns out from day one, and it is abundantly clear, that either of them are better than Michael Cummings. Is he a little better? He's got the upside right? No. Either of them would have to be hands down, no doubt about it, better.

and i'm pretty confident in saying it: I don't think it will be true. Let them get acclimated to everything...the workouts, the academics, getting to know the system. Then in 2016 for spring ball, they are ready to go.

All of this being said, for the future, this kid must be pretty special. a two star HS recruit QB? You don't see that very often....i would have thought JUCO would be the route taken for another QB. I'm glad he's here, and hopefully a productive KU career. Go Jayhawks!

Mark Lindrud 7 years, 8 months ago

It is safe to say we are getting QB depth for the future and Cozart is probably being phased out of the competition. I agree Cozart should consider a position change, but if he doesn't want to then he may want to consider transferring. It is nothing against him, but reality. I would say TJ should be the backup to Cummings this year and see what he has, especially since he very well could be the starter when Cummings graduates in a year. I am glad that we are bringing in QB competition for the future since this next year will be rough, and not bringing in a bunch of JUCO guys that won't be here by the time all of our young guys mature and develop.

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