Originally published January 25, 2015 at 12:01p.m., updated January 25, 2015 at 10:38p.m.

KU football lands 4, loses 2 on recruiting trail

Jayhawks pick up weekend commitments from four more Texans

Kansas University football recruiting.

Kansas University football recruiting.


It was net two for the Kansas University football recruiting efforts over the weekend, as the Jayhawks and head coach David Beaty picked up four more oral commitments but also lost two previous commitments to other schools.

Three-star defensive end Dorance Armstrong, 6-foot-4, 220 pounds from North Shore High in Galena Park, Texas, two-star wide receiver Jeremiah Booker, 6-3, 187, College Station (Texas) High, two-star wide receiver Steven Sims Jr., 5-10, 165, Richmond, Texas, and two-star linebacker Osaze Ogbebor, 6-1, 195, Heritage High in Frisco, Texas, all gave oral commitments to Beaty in the past 48 hours.

Armstrong chose KU over offers from Cal, Houston, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa State, Michigan State, Northwestern, Oregon State and Purdue, among others. Booker picked KU over offers from Nevada and New Mexico and interest from Oklahoma State. And Ogbebor committed to KU over offers from New Mexico State, Tulsa and UTEP.

While that bit of good news was coming down the pipe, the Jayhawks also got bad news in the form of changes of heart from wide receiver Kevin Thomas, who now is committed to SMU, and athlete Arico Evans, who now is committed to TCU.

When they committed — Evans in December and Thomas last summer — the Texas athletes were regarded as two of the better gets in the Jayhawks' 2015 recruiting class.

Although the loss of Thomas hurts KU's receiving corps, adding Booker helps lessen the blow. Wide receivers coach Klint Kubiak, who first became familiar with Booker while working with KU coach David Beaty at Texas A&M;, was the lead recruiter on KU's newest wideout and Booker becomes the first significant pick-up by the 27-year-old, first-year KU assistant.

According to Jon Kirby of, Kubiak began recruiting Booker the day he was hired by KU.

"Coach Kubiak was beside me the whole time," Booker told Kirby. "He showed me support from the first time we talked and he saw my film. He was great through the whole process. It has been good to see the connection the coaches all have. They all come across as father figures. It gets me hyped. I enjoy all of them and it seems like a great staff."

Armstrong, who caught the KU coaching staff's eyes because of his size and speed, was the biggest fish the Jayhawks landed this weekend. With just a couple of weeks remaining before the Feb. 4 national signing day, his commitment appears solid.

"I'm happy to commit to Kansas and I am done with recruiting," Armstrong told Kirby. "I don't know yet if I will take another visit but I do know I am going to Kansas."

Late Sunday night, JayhawkSlant reported the Sims commitment. Like Booker, Sims had previous connections with Beaty and Kubiak.

The addition of Booker and Sims, who, according to Kirby, was first recruited by Beaty while he was still coaching at Texas A&M;, should help offset the loss of Thomas and adds depth to KU's most unproven position.

Sims, known for his speed and play-making ability in the open field, was drawing interest from Colorado, McNeese State, Boise State and Utah among others. One recruiting analyst who covers Texas said Sims was ready to play right away, "especially in the Big 12."

The plus-two weekend for the Jayhawks brings their total number of commitments in the current recruiting class to 23, which leaves room for two more commitments before signing day. Armstrong is the third defensive lineman and second D-End in the class, Booker and Sims are the third and fourth wide receivers in the class and Ogbebor is the lone linebacker.

Here's a quick look at the 2015 recruiting class as it stands today:

OL D'Andre Banks – 6-3, 325, 3 stars – signed

DB Bazie Bates – 6-1, 195, 3 stars – signed

DT Jacky Dezir – 6-3, 305, 2 stars – signed

RB Ke'aun Kinner – 5-9, 185, 3 stars – signed

DB M.J. Mathis – 6-2, 205, 3 stars – signed

OL Jayson Rhodes – 6-4, 310, 2 stars – signed

OL Will Smith – 6-4, 315, 3 stars – signed

DB Brandon Stewart – 5-11, 175, 3 stars – signed

DE Dorance Armstrong – 6-4, 220, 3 stars – committed

DB Shola Ayinde – 6-0, 168, 2 stars – committed

WR Jeremiah Booker – 6-3, 187, 2 stars – committed

OL Aaron Garza – 6-2, 287, 3 stars – committed

WR Chase Harrell – 6-4, 200, 2 stars – committed

RB Taylor Martin – 5-9, 187, 2 stars – committed

WR Emmanuel Moore – 6-0, 190, 2 stars – committed

TE Josh Moore – 6-5, 250, 3 stars – committed

LB Osaze Ogbebor – 6-1, 195, 2 stars – committed

DB Shaquille Richmond – 6-0, 180, 3 stars – committed

WR Steven Sims Jr. – 5-10, 165, 2 stars – committed

OL Jarek Smalley – 6-6, 315, 2 stars – committed

QB Carter Stanley – 6-2, 188, 2 stars – committed

DE Jace Sternberger – 6-4, 225, 2 stars – committed

QB Ryan Willis – 6-4, 201, 3 stars – committed

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Thomas Michaud 7 years, 3 months ago

That was a quick switch from Kevin Thomas. He appeared solid after meeting with Beaty back in December. Enjoyed the film on Jeremiah Booker and Dorance Armstrong.

Agree, Brett, it would be great to land Darreon Jackson too.

Michael Leiker 7 years, 3 months ago

I'm sure the coach as SMU said the same thing...KU, Really???

Adam Kasson 7 years, 3 months ago

Still getting 2 star and 3 star recruits, I guess some things never change. We will see as it always appears we lose the good ones and land average recruits. On a bright note at least we are tapping into the state of tx which is what Beaty did say he could do. Keep em coming we need good solid recruits and ones that want to establish Ku into a winning program. We pretty much need upgrades in every position if you would. He did say he was going to recruit freshman to the top so with that said we must give him the time to do that. 4-5 years will say a lot of if the exceeding expectations or remained the same.

Allison Steen 7 years, 3 months ago

You think Beaty is going to bring in 4 and 5 stars in his first month of head coach and having just confirmed his coaching staff? I think Beaty is capable of bringing in better recruiting classes than our past 3 head coaches (yes, mangino included. he coached them up, they weren't necessary highly touted) Gotta be patient.

Marc Frey 7 years, 3 months ago

2 and 3 star Texans are 3 and 4 stars in most state not named California or Florida.

Bobby Oviemena Birhiray 7 years, 3 months ago

You sure about that last part? Texas has more 2 & 3 star athletes in NFL than Cali & Florida combine. They might be 3&4 in those states combine. Remember J.T Barrett is from Texas.

Kevin Randell 7 years, 3 months ago

I also saw on Jayhawkslant where a Hunter Saulsbury committed this weekend. Any information on him?

Matt Tait 7 years, 3 months ago

Saulsbury is coming as a walk-on. Trying to put together a list of those guys in the next day or two. Keep an eye out.

Jonathan Briles 7 years, 3 months ago

I think we have now landed four and lost three. Jarek Smalley is no longer listed on our commitment list according to rivals.

Micky Baker 7 years, 3 months ago

I think that was reported during the week.

Ashwin Rao 7 years, 3 months ago

That is interesting... Good to be in the positive though (+1). How is this affecting the overall ranking of the recruiting class?

Andy Mitts 7 years, 3 months ago

Not sure why Rivals doesn't have him, but 247Sports and ESPN both still have him there.

Andy Mitts 7 years, 3 months ago

What about Raeshawn Lee and Carl Thompson? I don't see either of them on your commit list, but I haven't seen anything about them switching to another school, and ESPN, 247Sports and Rivals all list both as part of the recruiting class.

Michael Maris 7 years, 3 months ago

Let's hope this is the last head coaching change that Jayhawk Fans will have to go through for a long time.

Since the Mangino era, how many Jayhawk verbal commits ended up de-committing from Kansas after a head coaching change and went on to have productive collegiate careers at the University that those commits ended up signing an LOI with?

I can think of 2 recruits that I sure would've loved seeing in Crimson and Blue. Geneo Grissom and the Seth Russell (I know he's not yet started a full season yet). But, based on his limited production with Baylor, he looks to be a heck of a lot better than what we Jayhawk fans have experienced since Mangino's era.

I keep thinking that Jordan Webb would've ended up being a pretty productive QB with the Jayhawks, had Weis not ran him off. We all see how well Weis's desired QB's worked out in their Jayhawk tenures.

Yes, I know that Michael Cummings is the likely starter for the 2015 season. And, as I heard David Lawrence refer to him this past season, Cummings is a ''Junk Yard Dog'' style QB. He's a winner for sure, even if he doesn't have the truly desired QB skills. Cummings still get production out of his weekly efforts.

Signing Day is right around the corner.


Jim Stauffer 7 years, 3 months ago

We need to land Jackson, Nwigee and Philbert and I will be happy.

Doug Cramer 7 years, 3 months ago

Hopefully we get a couple more on the D-line. Get some depth going in the trenches.

Mark Lindrud 7 years, 3 months ago

I would like to strengthen the linebacker core now because we are only bringing in one. If we finish with a defensive tackle and a linebacker then I would be happy.

Dirk Medema 7 years, 3 months ago

We definitely do not need Nwigee. We already have 4 OG (2 JC's & 2 HS). While we only have 1 LB in this class, we have 7 on scholi, including 3 sophs and 1 RSF. As much as we play spreads, a buck, nickles, and dimes, we don't need as many LB's as a traditional D.

Smalley and Lee (IIRC) both decommitted in Dec when Beaty was (allegedly) requesting JC's to be Dec signees and reporting to campus for spring ball. They have both been off of other pages since that time. We currently have no one listed as an OT, which is one of the more important positions, and therefore needs. No wonder they are still recruiting Philbert. It would be a big success both because of our need as well as the fact that he is also considering ISU - just finished visiting.

Thompson is a more recent change to Rice.

Jackson comes in next weekend along with Philbert and 4 current commits. Maybe the other 4 can have some positive influence.

Unfortunately, we are also losing a lot of recruits to our neighbors (KSU & mizoo as well as NU & ISU). I wonder if the staff undersigns by 1 and looks to pick up a late drop from another program, like we did when Mortensen was dropped by NU. I wouldn't mind another player like Joe landing in our lap regardless of which position he played.

Alex Fletcher 7 years, 3 months ago

Josh Moore is no longer coming to Kansas, he tweeted earlier tonight that he was no longer committed to the Hawks

Alex Fletcher 7 years, 3 months ago

they really don't, not until they sign the LOI

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