Tuesday, January 26, 2016

KU lands dual-threat QB Tyriek Starks in 2016 class

Kansas University football recruiting

Kansas University football recruiting


Tyriek Starks, a two-star quarterback from New Orleans who threw for more than 4,000 yards and ran for 1,000 more in 2015 orally committed to join Kansas University's 2016 recruiting class on Tuesday night.

Starks picked KU over finalists Georgia Southern and Tulane and announced his decision with a note on Twitter.

“Behind every Principle is a Promise,” the note began. “I would like to thank every college who has given me the opportunity to play on the next level. With prayer and family guidance I have (decided) to spend my next four years at the University of Kansas. Rock Chalk Jayhawk.”

The 6-foot-2, 188-pound QB who led Warren Easton High to the state semifinals last season, took an official visit to KU last weekend. He attended the KU-UT men's basketball game and said he was blown away by the atmosphere and excitement of the fan base.

“(KU) is a really nice school,” Starks told's Jon Kirby prior to his visit. “Coach (David) Beaty told me they are in the process of rebuilding the program. I told him about my history here and how Warren Easton came from basically the bottom to build a program. So I am familiar with the situation and what they’re going through right now.”

With depth and a handful of different options piling up at the QB position, the Jayhawks were not believed to be in the market for a quarterback in the 2016 recruiting class. But a recent trip by Beaty to Louisiana, where he went to recruit a handful of prospects at powerhouse Neville High, led Beaty to discover Starks and KU put the full-court press on from there.

Clocked at 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash, Starks seems to have the size, speed and athleticism to run the kind of offense Beaty and offensive coordinator Rob Likens began installing last season.

Starks' commitment brings KU to within two spots of being full in the current class. A few 2016 prospects who remain undecided will visit KU this weekend, the final recruiting weekend before the Feb. 3 national signing day.

• Starks' 2015 Hudl Highlights:


Phil Leister 6 years, 10 months ago

Have we landed a single recruit in this class that had an offer from even one other Power 5 school?

I get that we don't have much of a product to sell recruits. But unless Beaty is is able to coach up a bunch of FCS-level players into guys who can compete in the Big 12, I'm not sure how we're ever going to win games.

Michael Lorraine 6 years, 10 months ago

I believe we have. I think we'll pretty much have to settle for 1 and 2 star recruits and some walk-ons plus great or at least good coaching to get us out of this hole we're in. At this point, we need to improve just to be considered a bad program.

Aaron Paisley 6 years, 10 months ago

DT Isi Holani had an offer from KSU. OL Hunter Harris had an offer from Cal. RB Khalil Herbert had an offer from Miss. St. OL Chris Hughes had offers from Cal and Texas Tech. LB Maciah Long had offers from Arizona St., Missouri, Ohio St., Texas Tech, and UCLA. DB Kyle Mayberry had offers from Illinois, KSU, Virginia Tech, and Washington St. CB Ian Peterson had offers from Colorado and Wisconsin. WR Brandon Royal had an offer from Illinois.

That's 8 out of 13 so far and that's not including last year's guys who counted forward.

Gerry Butler 6 years, 10 months ago

Well guess Aaron kinda answered that question huh Phil

Phil Leister 6 years, 10 months ago

Consider my question answered, and allow me a follow-up question... How many Power 5 schools have at least five recruits in this recruiting class that didn't have a single offer from another Power 5 school? We've gotta be leading that category.

Aaron Paisley 6 years, 10 months ago

Couldn't tell you for sure, but schools like Boston College, Purdue, Oregon St., and Illinois probably have multiple players without multiple P5 offers. They've all been bad for quite awhile as well so it's possible those schools have players like that as well.

Brett McCabe 6 years, 10 months ago

I'm excited about this signing - Tyriek seems to be a great fit for the program. Good size, good speed and a nice arm. Since there is no clear-cut number two at the QB position, he can compete there, redshirt or possibly switch positions.

Welcome Tyriek! RCJHK!

Amani....greatness awaits. There's still time!

Bee Bee 6 years, 10 months ago

Sounds like what people were saying about Cozart a while back.

Brett McCabe 6 years, 10 months ago

Good point. Because Montell has struggled, we should never recruit an athletic qb again with a good a good arm and a good football frame.

Aaron Paisley 6 years, 10 months ago

It doesn't matter how set at QB a team appears to be, at least 1 QB in every class is an absolute necessity. At one point last year, KU was down to their 6th string QB who was a walk on. KSU played a WR at QB most of the year. Baylor used a RB at QB in their bowl game.

KU currently has 6 QB's listed on the roster (Montell Cozart, Dagan Haehn, Keaton Perry, Carter Stanley, Ryan Willis, and Deondre Ford). Starks and Haehn are both freshmen and hopefully Cozart is moving to WR which would leave KU with 4 QB's for next year. As long as KU doesn't have the same injury issues as last year at QB, Starks should be redshirted.

Matt Schierlman 6 years, 10 months ago

Wow! Anybody else watch the video and notice how Tyriek moves in the pocket? I know its a highlight reel, but still, he appears to be very dangerous with his feet. Hopefully that can translate to D1.

Maria Ungaro 6 years, 10 months ago

Hey Tyriek welcome aboard, glad your part of the Jayhawk Nation... After reading this article I couldn't more excited then having players who understand what rebuilding a program means and the passion to be apart of putting a team back on the map.

Yes, I enjoyed watching the highlight reals. I was impressed with his 40 yard accuracy throws to his wide outs and of course making plays when the pocket broke down. He is a strong option in the red zone and in goal line offense.

As for the guy on here who thinks Coach Beaty is doing such a terrible job. Well, what is your expectations. The guy inherited a broken program from Coach Charlie and had a rough season going 0-12. The best way to build a winning program is to recruit 2 & 3 star players who are hungry, play with a chip on their shoulder, and put them in the best positions possible. this method worked in 2005-2009 and will work going forward. Please give this coaching staff another year before you place judgment. I read somewhere here someone mentioned Alabama and Nick Saben, WHAT??? At this time that not even a fair comparison.

Yes was I disappointed with Armani, but if you listened to him he choice OU because of the relationships he has had with there coaches. I thought he had an awesome chance to come in here and be a huge part of our future success. But we will move forward.

Lastly, for the guy who dislikes all of these Texas state recruits. You clearly don't know anything about football. How many NFL players are from Texas? Why is EVERY college down there recruiting. Texas HS football is the closest thing to college. The coaches run there programs like a college and they play spring ball. Check yourself and come down to Dallas or Houston and watch the talent on the field. I am by no means knocking any of the Kansas players or recruits. But don't say we are in trouble because we only land texas players.

Brett McCabe 6 years, 10 months ago

Also, for the Bill Snyder wannabe's on this site, 1/3 of his current recruiting class is from Texas.

Brennan Keller 6 years, 10 months ago

These are the types of recruits KU football can build a foundation on. Virtually an unknown player to other power 5 football programs, this young man seems hungry and willing to "EARN IT." I do not care if he is a 1 star or a 3 star, this young man seems willing to work hard to help KU football get back on the map again. Glad Starks decided to bring his energy, enthusiasm, and talent to Lawrence. Rock Chalk.

Welcome to Lawrence, Mr. Starks! Welcome aboard.

Steve Corder 6 years, 10 months ago

Don't get overly excited about "star ratings" by the various services.

Reality says that, at the next level, these lower ratings (2,3 & some cases 4) often never pan out, that is a 1 or 2 star kid ends up contributing while the 3 or 4 drop out or ride the bench. The real value of the coaching staff is in their ability to accurately evaluate a kid as well as knowing which high school coach is offering KU coaches a true recommendation of the kid's ability or just trying to help get the kid some help.

Many years ago KU signed an All-State player out of a class 5-A Oklahoma school. He quit after his freshman year, because when he got to campus he wilted under the competition from lesser rated players.

Place the focus on finding competitors and not as much on "star-rated" prospects from BS rating services!

Adam Ewald 6 years, 10 months ago

Talib was a 2 star recruit and turned into an all-pro DB in the NFL. Hopefully KU can find some diamonds in the rough with this recruiting class.

Bee Bee 6 years, 10 months ago

Talib was coached by a guy that could get 12 wins and an Orange Bowl victory out of two star players. He was fired because he was, "Mean."

Brett McCabe 6 years, 10 months ago

Never has one man been given more credit for another man's success than Mangino. AP style now actually requires all mentions of Mangino to include a footnote mentioning that he was nothing without Todd Reesing.

Joe Joseph 6 years, 10 months ago

Gotta feel good about any recruit who's willing to commit to this program, regardless of stars.

Michael Bennett 6 years, 10 months ago

I'm one of the guys you all keep griping about. You clearly have no fricking idea what you are talking about. Is there anything wrong with recruiting Texas, absolutely not. The problem is not recruiting KS kids to go with Texas. 0, Nada, Zilch from KS and from what I can tell, no effort to either. 9 of the top 10 Kansas players signed with power 5. And we got goose egged. Has there ever been a single KU recruiting class in the last 50 years w/o at least 1 Ks or Kansas City kid? When 1/2 the schools in the Big XII are from Texas, you're not going to beat them recruiting the 50th best receiver in Texas when they are landing the top 25. Go back and look at the 2007 team. Rivera, Stuckey, McAnderson, Quick, Haselhorst.., all KS kids. Beatty 0, zilch & Nada. When you're in the muck and mire like KU, you need kids that care about more than just football to get you through the crap. Stuff like home state pride.

Aaron Paisley 6 years, 10 months ago

Has it occurred to you that maybe those kids don't want to come to Kansas right now?

Michael Bennett 6 years, 10 months ago

Yes Aaron and I'm good friends with the parents of one of them. KU made little attempt to sign him. And, has it ever occurred to you that Beatty didn't put forth the effort and/or doesn't value KS players?

Doug Cramer 6 years, 10 months ago

Aaron I hear what ur saying...but it is a sign of things to come when we've missed out every single Kansas player that has true D-1 talent.

It just not looking good. I like Beaty...but it's not looking good

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