Friday, February 3, 2017

KU football welcoming slew of 2018 recruits to campus this weekend

Some of top prospects in Louisiana to visit

Kansas University football recruiting

Kansas University football recruiting


Kansas football coach David Beaty deemed this week’s National Signing Day a success for the rebuilding program, but that didn’t mean he and his staff could celebrate or relax.

In college football, recruiting never stops. As evidence, look no further than the Jayhawks’ weekend plans, which revolve around welcoming to campus a slew of recruits from the Class of 2018.

Beaty and company don’t yet have any commitments for next year’s recruiting haul, but they’ll keep chasing the Big 12 depth, dynamic players and “Kansas identity” that highlight their strategy this weekend as they show off KU’s facilities to at least 12 prospects graded as three- or four-star recruits by Rivals.

As of Friday, Jon Kirby of Jayhawk Slant confirmed the names of 18 high school players scheduled to be in Lawrence for “junior day,” and most of them are from Kansas, Louisiana and Missouri.

As KU’s third-year head coach referenced earlier this week, he hopes landing Derby High receiver/tight end Kenyon Tabor in 2017 will lead more highly-ranked Sunflower State athletes to join the Jayhawks. For Beaty and his staff, Blue Valley North junior defensive lineman Miles Emery will be the first coveted in-state recruit to hear their recruiting pitch.

A 6-foot-5, 235-pound weak-side defensive end, Emery reportedly already has offers from both KU and Oklahoma.

At least seven preps from Louisiana will make their way to Kansas this weekend, a sign of the impact KU running backs coach Tony Hull, a New Orleans native, is making for the program. What’s more, each prospect is ranked among the top 30 in their home state by Rivals, with three or four stars next to each of their names.

The four-star Pelican State targets visiting Anderson Football Complex and Memorial Stadium are: Rummel receiver Ja’Marr Chase, Berwick receiver Kenan Jones and Landry-Walker’s Devonta Jason, a receiver, and Corione Harris, a cornerback. KU safety Mike Lee, who had a superb freshman season in 2016, also played at Landry-Walker.

Jason is Rivals’ No. 6-ranked receiver in the nation. A 6-3, 187-pound talent, Jason already has offers from the likes of LSU, Alabama and Oklahoma, as well as Kansas and several other Big 12 and SEC programs.

His high school teammate Harris also has a long list of high-profile suitors. The 6-1, 170-pound Harris is ranked as the No. 8 corner in the Class of 2018 and already has offers from LSU, Auburn, Oklahoma, Texas A & M, KU and others.

A receiver listed at 6-2 and 185 pounds, Chase reportedly has offers from SEC programs Arkansas, Florida, Ole Miss and Tennessee, as well as the Big 12’s KU, Iowa State and Texas Tech.

Jones, a 6-2, 205-pound receiver, has an offer from LSU.

Three-star Louisiana recruits checking out KU are Chase’s Rummel teammate safety Aaron Brule, Warren Easton cornerback Damien Tate Jr., and Hahnville running back Anthony Williams. Hull was the head coach at Warren Easton from 2007 to 2015.

A 6-foot, 165-pound safety, Brule reportedly already has offers from KU, Tennessee, Arizona and other programs.

From Boutte, Louisiana, the 5-10, 165-pound running back Williams has KU, Louisiana Tech and other programs after him.

Listed as a 5-10, 172-pound corner, Tate has an offer from Jackson State.

KU football only had three Missouri natives on its roster this past season, but the Jayhawks have a handful of Show-Me-State visitors coming to town.

A four-star athlete from Lee’s Summit West, Mario Goodrich headlines the Missouri prospects. Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, KU, Kansas State and others already have offered the 6-2, 180-pound prospect, who has stood out as a defensive back in high school.

The three-star recruits coming in across the state line for junior day are William Chrisman defensive end Daniel Carson, Grandview defensive end Cartez Crook-Jones and Park Hill cornerback Devin Haney.

A 6-5, 270-pound defensive lineman, Carson already has offers from KU, Oklahoma, K-State, Missouri and others.

Another big defensive end, the 6-4, 230-pound Crook-Jones has offers from KU, K-State, Missouri and more.

A corner listed at 6-2, 165, Haney’s reported offers aren’t from Power Five schools, but Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska have shown interest, too.

Below are the names of the unranked prospects scheduled to be at KU, as reported by Jayhawk Slant, separated by their home states.


OT Evan Clark, Derby (6-3, 265)

OT Mac Copeland, Wichita Collegiate (6-5, 250)

Athlete Dante Jackson, Lawrence (5-7, 150)


ILB Ayodele Adeoye, Ritenour (6-2, 220)

RB Jaylen Ivey, Blue Springs (5-10, 188)


QB Clayton Tune, Hebron (6-2, 195)


John Brazelton 5 years, 6 months ago

Now that we have the athletes, it's time to bring the housing and stadium up to Big 12 standards. Also assistant coaches need a pay raise.

Chris Spangenburg 5 years, 6 months ago

All the AC's just got pay raises along with Beaty. Hopefully they can double up or more on wins again this year and loosen the checkbooks of some bmd's to get the stadium reno off the ground.

Dirk Medema 5 years, 6 months ago

I hadn't read about the assistants getting raises, though that is good to hear. It seems like we've got a good group, and continuity would go a long ways toward continuing the program develop.

It's good to see the LA pipeline remains open, and would be great to have a few more make big contributions like Mike, and hopefully Tyriek in a few years if not sooner.

Waylon Cook 5 years, 6 months ago

Like the housing already being built? The fundraising going on for the stadium? And bump assistants just received? Beaty is doing things that are impressive and people don't see it yet... certain p5 o lineman that is eliglble next year ends up here and watch how quickly people see it.

Gerry Butler 5 years, 6 months ago

Mercy, this is great news. - -Granted it's possible that in the end run, we don't land any of these guys BUT just getting visits show that this staff is making head way. - -I mean the se guys are either being recruited or interested in BIG TIME schools, some of the blue bloods in football

In the past we wouldn't of even gotten ANY kind of consideration from these guys, now we are at least getting them to let us in the door, getting them to come see what we have to offer. - -It's progress to even to get them to talk with us. Use to be in years past we would be lucky to get a 3 star player to even consider us now we are having multiple big players coming to visit. - -That's huge in my book. Again I fully realize along way to go but at least that taking a look.

Even if it turns out, if we could even get two or three out of this group, that would be big strides. - -I think Coach has a really good group of coaches hittin the trail - -Coach Hull right?- -must be killing it in Louisiana. - -Future looking better - Maybe we finally getting this turned around. - You look first year zero wins, - this year two wins - -now this recruiting effort, let's hope turns out well, you know this staff is humpin butt trying to get this program turned around. - -I like it .,

Dave Roberts 5 years, 6 months ago

The proverbial corner has already been turned and you can see it in your back mirror. The low mark was Beaty's 1st season with its 0-12 record. But last year was a considerable improvement on that although the record doesn't show it all. The w/l record is always the last factor to pick up in a massive turnaround like the one being conducted in Lawrence.

Dirk Medema 5 years, 6 months ago

Actually, attendance always lags behind the performance on the field by 2 - 3 years, unless it's a program that has already had tradition. It will take several years to fill Memorial again and a few more to get the upgrades improved and then filled again.

David Leathers 5 years, 6 months ago

There a good chance Landry-Walker wins state championship again. Especially with Devonta Jason and Corrione Harris. Tony Hull is so well respected in his hometown that he will most likely continue bringing these guys up year in and year out. David Beaty and Co are so good at building relationships and selling the program that with a bowl appearance I wouldn't doubt KU gets at least four 4 star type players in this class. Mark my words, if KU game to a bowl game, they will have top 5 recruiting class next year ( in the big 12 ) and maybe top 30 nationally

Randy Bombardier 5 years, 6 months ago

David, i like your optimism. I think if this crew had come off an orange bowl win we would have seen a vast improvement in recruiting. I have always thought that KU undersells itself. Seems this staff has enthusiasm and a genuine belief in what they are doing, what they're about and I believe that will go a long, long way. Looking forward to a significant improvement in the offense this year. If the defense does not drop off we could have a pretty good season. Next step, win all the non-conference games.

Dirk Medema 5 years, 6 months ago

The JC recruiting pretty much filled the D-holes left by graduation. It sounds like the DB recruits are at least decent, so hopefully not taking a step back. Hopefully, Dineen can return strong. If we have fewer multi-interception games on O, the D should look a lot better.

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