Monday, December 25, 2017

KU football receives holiday gift in form of verbal pledge for Class of 2018

Kansas University football recruiting

Kansas University football recruiting


Christmas Eve for the Kansas football program included a gift in the form of a verbal commitment from a high school prospect.

Ryan Malbrough, a linebacker from Cecilia, La., tweeted out Sunday evening a note announcing his intentions to join the Jayhawks.

Rivals rates Malbrough, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound senior, as a two-star outside linebacker.

As one might expect, given Malbrough is a Louisiana resident, he was recruited by KU associate head coach Tony Hull, a New Orleans native who already has recruited and signed more heralded talents, such as Corione Harris and Anthony “Pooka” Williams, to KU’s Class of 2018.

According to Rivals, Malbrough also received offers from Kansas State, Memphis, Houston, Colorado State and several southeastern programs outside of the Power Five.

The commitment, of course, is non-binding, and came two days after the close of the December early signing period. Malbrough could sign with Kansas as early as Feb. 7.

The only 2018 Kansas recruiting target who committed prior to the early signing period but has yet to sign is Blue Valley North defensive end Miles Emery.

None by Ryan Malbrough

KU football’s Class of 2018 signees


Three-star prospects

• Charles Cole (6-3, 280; DT; Butler Community College)

• Foster Dixson (6-4, 250; DE; West Los Angeles C.C.)

• Elmore Hempstead Jr. (5-11, 175; CB; Fort Scott C.C.)

• Elijah Jones (6-1, 175; CB; Ellsworth C.C.)

• Azur Kamara (6-4, 225; DE; Arizona Western College)

• Jeremiah McCullough (6-0, 205; S; Hartnell College)

• Stephon Robinson (5-10, 170; WR; El Camino C.C.)

• Najee Stevens-McKenzie (6-3, 225; DE; ASA College)

Two-star prospect

• Davon Ferguson (5-10, 190; S; Hartnell College)


Four-star prospect

• Corione Harris (6-1, 170; CB; Landry-Walker High)

Three-star prospects

• Anthony “Pooka” Williams (5-10, 170; RB; Hahnville High)

• Nick Williams (6-8, 265; OL; Ritenour High)

Two-star prospects

• Mac Copeland (6-4, 245; OL; Wichita Collegiate)

• Jacobi Lott (6-4, 309; OL; Tascosa High)


• Mavin Saunders (6-5, 256; TE; Florida State)


Bryson Stricker 4 years, 6 months ago

Gonna be a fun 6 weeks till NSD.


John Brazelton 4 years, 6 months ago

Hopefully, at 190 pounds he has some speed to go along with his size.

Son Mac 4 years, 6 months ago

I suspect he'll be a very fast, very athletic safety at this point. Yes he is fast. Tony Hull working hard during the toughest of times. Great Job Tony.

J.L. Forge 4 years, 6 months ago

Tony hasn't gotten nearly enough credit for the job he is doing to try and build a favorable reputation for KU football on the recruiting trail. It's gotta be one of the hardest sells to make to these young athletes, who are bombarded by the lights, glitz and glamour of big time college football, to consider coming to Lawrence to play here for a program struggling mightily. Thanks for the hard work sir, we appreciate it! RCJH!

Andy Tweedy 4 years, 6 months ago

I agree 100% about his work, but I think the's been getting quite a bit of love. I'd say he's the only person on staff that's getting any right about now!

Bryson Stricker 4 years, 6 months ago

On mobile so can't reply to comment JohnB.

He's the louisiana 200m state champion and runs a 4.4 40. Kid is unreal in terms of athleticism.

I would be disappointed if Daniel & Dorance return if we don't move to a 3-4. We've stacked up on OLB in this class and Dorance, Daniel & Azur could eat all by themselves.

This kid would be massive in a 3-4. Especially if we could afford to RS him.

Edward Daub 4 years, 6 months ago

I sure hope he plays with the Intensity of another Legendary Cajun , Bobby Boucher!

The verbal commitment from Malbrough has temporarily silenced the Malcontents, during this festive, holiday season!

I will be surprised if either Wise or Armstrong returns to KU, I figure they will both declare for the NFL Draft.

Jim Stauffer 4 years, 6 months ago

How high do you think a DE who had a sub par season will go in the draft after his junior season? He has had one good year in college. What would make anyone feel certain he would be successful in the league?

Bryson Stricker 4 years, 6 months ago

He's projected first or second round by almost everybody. We live in an era that potential is all that really matters, not on the field results.

For example, Baker Mayfield & Lamar Jackson by far put up better numbers than Rosen, Allen & Darnold.. but the three of them are projected to be very early picks over the two players who will be lucky to go in the first round.

Another example, De'aaron fox going top 5? I think it was, when frank went in the mid 30s. Frank is CLEARLY better, always has been and schooled Fox when they played. However, We haven't seen everything Fox can do yet because he is younger and left school early so it leaves a tremendous ceiling compared to what we would know if he had played 4 years.

This trend is what leads to absolute busts and leads to all time greats/the best players not actually being first round picks.

Aaron Paisley 4 years, 6 months ago

Armstrong won't be a 1st round pick, but being a 2nd or 3rd round pick is pretty realistic for Armstrong. Daniel Wise on the other hand is likely to be back next year and probably a preseason 1st team all Big 12 choice.

Doug Cramer 4 years, 6 months ago

This class is not looking good with all these juco players.

What happened with “not taking shortcuts” ?

Dirk Medema 4 years, 6 months ago

This is an article about a HS commit. The JC dead horse is out back.

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