Originally published January 22, 2017 at 12:26p.m., updated January 22, 2017 at 03:03p.m.

KU football adds to 2017 recruiting class

Jayhawks add CB and WR, with more help on way

Kansas University football recruiting

Kansas University football recruiting


As the February 1 National Signing Day gets closer, the Kansas football team continues to add to its Class of 2017.

Two new recruits — defensive back Antonio Cole and receiver Quan Hampton — confirmed their commitments to Jon Kirby of Jayhawk Slant Sunday, after weekend visits to KU.

Rated a three-star junior college cornerback by Rivals, the 6-foot-1 Cole spent his 2016 season playing for Highland Community College. Cole, originally from Edmond, Oklahoma, recorded 44 total tackles, made four interceptions and broke up six other passes for H.C.C. as a sophomore.

Cole’s college career began at Northeastern Oklahoma A & M, at the juco level, but he transferred to Utah State after one season. That decision didn’t stick for Cole, though, and following a brief stint at Utah State, he returned to the junior college ranks to play at Highland C.C.

Following a strong sophomore year, Cole also received offers from Iowa State, Minnesota, Arkansas State and Louisiana-Monroe.

After visiting KU, Cole told Jayhawk Slant he will not make a visit to Iowa State, as previously planned.

“It was more than I expected it to be,” the defensive back said after his trip to Lawrence, in an interview with Jayhawk Slant. “The facilities were very nice. The locker room was ridiculous. It was awesome. Everyone from the players and coaches were genuine. It was really cool. I have been down this road before but this time I know I will be happy. KU is a place I want to be.”

Hampton, a three-star prep wide receiver from Texarkana, Texas, previously committed to Texas State. However, after visiting KU this weekend with Cole and others, the 5-foot-8 receiver with a reported 40-inch vertical leap committed to the Jayhawks and head coach David Beaty.

“I really liked the coaching staff from the time I got there,” Hampton told Kirby, of Jayhawk Slant. “I wondered if they were always like that and when I met with the players they told me they were.”


While only Cole and Hampton are confirmed, Beaty essentially announced he received a verbal commitment from a third recruit, as well. Three times, within three minutes Sunday morning, Beaty took to Twitter to tweet out his signature “#NeatDeal” message, as he does every time a new player tells the coach he will play at Kansas.

It’s possible the third recruit to give Beaty his word was Darreon Jackson, a safety from Coffeyville Community College, who visited KU this weekend, too. Jackson, who played high school football at Derby, told Jayhawk Slant he would announce his decision Monday.

Rated a three-star safety by Rivals, the 6-foot-1 Jackson also reportedly has offers from Tulane, Southern Miss and Arkansas State.


Dirk Medema 5 years, 6 months ago

Will some of the commits be blueshirts or is this just overrecruiting in anticipation of defections?

Because of last year's blueshirts, aren't we now past the limit for the year? Trusting you'll be asking this at HCDB's presser.

Micky Baker 5 years, 6 months ago

Before this, I think we had 18 commits and/or signees. I know of only 2 transfers that count against this year's class. Plus, Mike Lee went against last year's class.

Dirk Medema 5 years, 6 months ago

You are right about the 2 'bama transfers, but should go back to December to read TK's article on recruiting. He had 9 (?) players from last year as blueshirts - coming to campus without a LOI but being on full scholarship and counting towards this year. I think the RB from Wichita via CSU and Adeniji are 2 more

Tom Keegan 5 years, 6 months ago

Yes, you're right there were nine, which tells you some of the verbals will not be signing on signing day and will delay. So if they don't sign, that doesn't mean they have backed out. It means they have delayed. But the delayed guys can be plucked away by other schools, so it's a little risky.

Dave Roberts 5 years, 6 months ago

As per JayHawk Slant, all 3 are full offers.

Tom Keegan 5 years, 6 months ago

Yes, there will be blue shirts and some of the previous commitments might have been walk-ons but the players who talked about committing chose not to reveal they are walk-ons. We will not be asking Beaty about blueshirts because coaches are not allowed to talk about recruits who have not signed.

Dirk Medema 5 years, 6 months ago

Great clarification regarding Beaty's ability to comment. Thank you.

Question for you (or someone you might know), if a player signed a LOI but KU didn't turn it in to the NCAA (similar to BU and the twin that ended up going to UT), but let him show up on campus and gave him the scholarship they had been expecting/offered, wouldn't that allow KU to count them as blueshirt?

John Brazelton 5 years, 6 months ago

We need one to three offensive linemen per recruiting season. We currently have only one pledged. We need another one or two on Blue Shirt. We are being out-recruited in this area by everyone else in the Big 12, including Iowa-state and K-state. As KU football has discovered over the last two seasons, it all begins with the offensive line.

Dirk Medema 5 years, 6 months ago

It's always good to get big guys in the trenches. At the same time, we have a lot of young OL on the roster so there is already lots of depth to be developed. (21 total including Jordan Shelley-Smith, with only 3 seniors and 11 freshmen or RSF) Only 2 will be seniors next year. Next year, I would expect to see a more normal number (4 - 6). It will help to be closer to the 85 man limit by then.

Dirk Medema 5 years, 6 months ago

We could still get Colin Grunhard (Bishop Meige).

Dirk Medema 5 years, 6 months ago

It's fun to watch Quan's highlights on Hudl. My guess is he'll see the field at least as a P/K return. He gets a lot of YAC.

Dirk Medema 5 years, 6 months ago

P/K returns are a big part of Jackson's highlights also. Do they make a dynamic duo, one takes PR and there other takes KR, or does getting Jackson allow the coaching staff the opportunity to RS Quan?

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