Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Bledsoe finalists: KU, Oklahoma


Lawrence High football standout Amani Bledsoe will decide between Kansas and Oklahoma for his college football destination.

Bledsoe, a 6-foot-5, 270-pound defensive end, narrowed his decision to his two finalists Tuesday. He told the Journal-World he’s still deciding on a date for his decision, but he’s expected to decide before national signing day on Feb. 3.

The four-star recruit recorded 89 tackles and 11 sacks for the Lions last season, earning first-team All-State honors.


Dirk Medema 6 years, 11 months ago

This is bringing back bad memories of Geneo.

We've lost too many good players to the sooners.

Mike Hart 6 years, 11 months ago

Can't fault the decision he will make either way, but if he stays home and picks KU... This would be an excellent example our coaching staff could as a recruiting tool for other high profile players. You have to start somewhere ... And hopefully Bledsoe choosing KU can happen and get the recruiting ball rolling.

Bee Bee 6 years, 11 months ago

Win 11 games a year at OU or lose all 12 at KU. I d be shocked if he picks KU. I d gladly be wrong.

Eliott Reeder 6 years, 11 months ago

Get buried on the bench at OU and watch a lot of wins from the sidelines, or play all you want on our team and be a hometown hero and maybe win a few over time? Tough call but I'd choose the latter.

David A. Smith 6 years, 11 months ago

Its obvious that he's putting a lot of thought into this. And he should....there's a lot to consider. Having said that, what an opportunity he has at KU.

1)As I've outlined before- he'll be a legend for life here- in "name a street after him" kind of ways, and Ring of Honor kind of ways. Allen Fieldhouse will roar every time his name is mentioned there.

2)He'll have doors opened for him for the rest of his life- and continue to be what he already

3) He'll be able to see his mom EVERY SINGLE DAY. Nothing beats home cooking and family support that is always there. Period.

4) He'll build something here, and as a result will never be forgotten.

5) Did I mention the Ring of Honor?

6) He'll be able to check on his friends that are still in high school, and attend their games any time he wants.

7) He'll be able to go to KU basketball games all the time.

8) KU is rated #55 in the list of Best Public Universities by US News.

9) Our fans already know and love the guy....

10) He won't get lost in the shuffle, and be just another talented guy that is in line to hopefully play in a few years.

I could go on and on.....

Hear that sound? Those same voices that are chanting Rock Chalk are whispering....


Max Ledom 6 years, 11 months ago


Love the enthusiasm. Would love for all that to come true. But Ring Of Honor is reserved for All Americans. Thats pretty impressive if he's able to become that at KU. He is a talented player. But he hasn't played anywhere remotely close to Big 12 OLines. Lets see how he develops before inducting him into KU HOF.

David A. Smith 6 years, 11 months ago

Thanks, Max.

Earning it is implied. But, he comes in rated the highest of any recruit we've had....including the greats. So, the enthusiasm is based on his simply doing what it appears that he can do. And, that IS very exciting indeed.

Michael Lorraine 6 years, 11 months ago

There's no place like home, there's no place like home......

Matt Schierlman 6 years, 10 months ago

Amani, you have a GOLDEN opportunity to do something very special at KU. You can build your hometown program...and nothing is sweeter than being a part of a winning team from the beginning. That's life experience at its best. The team has its foundation, and you have the perfect scenario laid in front of you.

At Oklahoma, there's a high probability that you won't be a factor for 2-3 seasons....and you'll be yesterday's news once you graduate. No Legacy, Amani. None. Forgotten. Just another player jumping on a bandwagon - riding success thats already been there for years. At Kansas, it'll be the opposite....and can build a legendary legacy that only a few student-athletes can say they've done.

Doug Merrill 6 years, 10 months ago

It is illogical to "advise" (even if he'll never see these comments) a young and talented player that he "won't see the field" with a more talented team, only within our crappy program. To buy into that advice, he would have to believe that he ISN'T as good as we all think he is. He is far too good and has heard far too much about how good he is to accept such negative assessments of his likely future. Most likely that advice would push him to prove you wrong - and I think he would prove you wrong. He will make an early impact at OU if goes there.

David A. Smith 6 years, 10 months ago

Very true. He'd do very,very well anywhere he went. For selfish reasons, and for the opportunity that lays before him- I hope he stays home.

Aaron Paisley 6 years, 10 months ago

Continue a legacy or start a legacy? That's what it boils down to and it's not an easy decision. OU is the easy choice, KU is the difficult choice.

Brett McCabe 6 years, 10 months ago

If KU lands him, it will be big. If he is coming, I really hope he announces before the visit weekends coming up - it might entice others.

Joe Ross 6 years, 10 months ago

How am I just now seeing this? This is awesome! Kansas loves you Amani.

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