Thursday, November 30, 2017

Once de-committed Texas prep QB Clayton Tune back on board with KU

Kansas University football recruiting

Kansas University football recruiting


In the latest example of the mercurial nature of college football recruiting, Texas prep quarterback Clayton Tune, less than six weeks after de-committing from Kansas, has jumped back on board.

A 6-foot-2, 195-pound senior at Hebron High, Tune not only told Jon Kirby of Jayhawk Slant he will travel to Lawrence for an official visit with David Beaty and his staff Dec. 8, but also revealed his plans to sign with KU in December, graduate high school early and enroll for next semester so he can participate in spring football.

“It is exciting to know that I'm going somewhere to try and have an immediate impact,” Tune said.

Tune originally pledged to sign with KU back in February. He backed off his initial commitment to Beaty and company on Oct. 21, the same day Tune visited Baylor and the Jayhawks put forth one of the most inept offensive showings in recent college football memory, posting a meager 21 total yards in a 43-0 shutout loss at TCU.

Considered a three-star prospect by Rivals, Tune told Jayhawk Slant he stayed in contact with Kansas coaches after re-opening his recruitment. What’s more, this past Sunday, the day after KU’s 1-11 season ended, Beaty, quarterbacks coach Garrett Riley and recruiting coordinator Kenny Perry all visited the high school quarterback at his home, in Carrolton, Texas.

According to Rivals, Tune, who also received interest from Baylor, had offers from Houston and North Texas, as well.

The renewed commitment from Tune makes him the lone QB in KU’s 2018 recruiting class, which currently stands at 14 players.

Kansas remains hopeful it can make an even bigger splash when the NCAA’s new early signing period begins Dec. 20, by signing not only Tune, but also Louisiana standouts Devonta Jason, a five-star receiver, and his prep teammate Corione Harris, a four-star corner.


John Fitzgerald 4 years, 7 months ago

This is definitely good news but I'll remain hesitant to having any optimism until Beaty can figure out how to coach the talent he has.

Brian Wilson 4 years, 7 months ago

Beaty hasn't had hardly any talent on the field. This past year's Senior and Junior classes as a whole were pathetic. The only thing you can say about next year's Senior class since it is still laden with Transfers and a few walks-ons is that at least they will all have at least a year's experience and another year to add bulk and strength.

The good news is last year's Sophomores and Freshmen move up and there not only will be a lot more talent on the field there will also be greater depth, strength, and speed to go around on both offense and defense.

John Brazelton 4 years, 7 months ago

Welcome back, Tune. Next to the offensive line, QB is where we need the most help. A QB for the future.

John Fitzgerald 4 years, 7 months ago

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Jonathan Allison 4 years, 7 months ago

not cool. if I were you I'd remove this post.

Bryson Stricker 4 years, 7 months ago

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Chris DeWeese 4 years, 7 months ago

Committed to Minnesota I believe. Vic Viromontes I think (I know I didn't spell that right).

Dirk Medema 4 years, 7 months ago

You're right. Went back and noticed the article was just about offering him a scholarship. A lot like stirring the JC/HS pot to get the natives that much more restless. No hatred, but certainly fuel on the fire.

Bryson Stricker 4 years, 7 months ago




John Strayer 4 years, 7 months ago

3-33...just saying...I want Beaty to succeed as much as you do...but college football is still a performance based industry. You have to show increases in that number on the left...

Brian Wilson 4 years, 7 months ago

The get on Beaty's side.....IMO, next year we will get at least 3 W's.

John Fitzgerald 4 years, 7 months ago

Aren’t you like an adult or something? Maybe you’re mentally handicapped. If so I feel horrible for questioning your intelligence. Either way, 3-33.

Bryson Stricker 4 years, 7 months ago

I'm glad both of you said 3-33 and completely ignored that I said he doesn't know how to coach a football game. I'm more than aware of that. But this dude is gonna lay one helluva foundation for us when we can go out and get a GOOD coach, not some up and comer and that is what I'm excited about.

Beaty is good at a lot of things and now that the only thing he can't do is out of the picture, I'm excited for it. Both of you commenting didn't address what I said at all. You just want to point out Beaty's failure.

John Fitzgerald, don't ever call me mentally handicapped lmfao.

John Fitzgerald 4 years, 7 months ago

And what are you going to do about it, Bryson? Throw all caps at me?

Bryson Stricker 4 years, 7 months ago

No laugh about the fact that you wake up every day to complain about a program that probably doesn't know you exist :D.

John Fitzgerald 4 years, 7 months ago

Nothing wrong with being passionate about sports. But there is something wrong with you using derogatory language on a public sports news site. And it makes you look really stupid. Time to grow up, buddy.

Bryson Stricker 4 years, 7 months ago

Dude, you commented on every post for 5 days straight saying 3-33.. you need to grow up.. thats not being a passionate sports fan lmao

Micky Baker 4 years, 7 months ago

That's right. It is 3-33 therefore Beaty is a bad coach. Not 3-33 for other obvious reasons, like let me see, almost 20 scholarship players short on the roster.

It's a classic fallacy of logic being used and it is used by those that normally aren't that informed about what they're talking about.

Marc Frey 4 years, 7 months ago

Down of the South 40 in Austin, Tx they called Mac Brown "Mr. February". Until we can develop our players into Big 12 players, then I can only show mild excitement for these commitments.

Len Shaffer 4 years, 7 months ago

Yep. And you can add the fact that Beaty has shown NO ability to coach QB's or to even make up his mind re which one(s) to play consistently.

Not only that, but we've all been fooled WAY too many times recently by hyped-up QB's. I'll withhold my excitement until I see some actual results.

Phil Leister 4 years, 7 months ago

It's so difficult to get excited about any recruit. Players need good coaching to develop into an actual contributor, and Beaty hasn't yet demonstrated that ability.

Kevin Robert Fest 4 years, 7 months ago

Great news if hes not back we have 3 qbs next year and no new body at the position going forward.

Doug Cramer 4 years, 7 months ago

It will be a miracle if he can pull in a top 50 class

Jonathan Allison 4 years, 7 months ago

Glad that Tune plans to sign and arrive early. Hopefully this helps to influence the Louisiana recruits as well. Tune, Jason, and Harris could be the leading indicators of a changing outlook for KU football.

Jeff Coffman 4 years, 7 months ago

I get it now....Beaty and Company devised a plan to only get 21 Yards in order to show how much Tune would mean to the program. I see how Beaty recruits now.

I'm grateful for the recruit, but next year a likely red-shirt, I wonder which coach he'll play for.

Michael Bowden 4 years, 7 months ago

I wouldn't be to sure about that he turned down Tennessee, so perhaps he is content where he is. I feel the same way as you though.

Austin Bergstrom 4 years, 7 months ago

Why on earth would he want to leave NC State for KU? Get a clue!

Jeff Coffman 4 years, 7 months ago

He should have been run out of town after Year2, but we gave him an extension. This year was abominable by even his standards, and according to Zenger the results were unacceptable (However he accepted them). You really think he is going to get another year after this.

He needs 6 and 6 to keep his job, he won't do that. I'm guessing 0-12, but he might pull off the upset of Nicholls.

Chris Bailey 4 years, 7 months ago

Yeah right. If you think they kept him on to go 6 and 6 you're living in a dream world. Do you really think that's gonna happen? I think they'll go 0-12 and I don't think he gets fired unless Zinger is fired!

Barry Weiss 4 years, 7 months ago

This will not change the fact that we will probably win one game next year.

Jeff Coffman 4 years, 7 months ago

I hope we beat Nicholls, don't put that one in the bank yet.

Richard Wright 4 years, 7 months ago

Benton: Just for future reference "Carrollton" is spelled with two "L"s. Not nitpicking, but recruits / players probably like their home towns spelled correctly.

Jack Hoff 4 years, 7 months ago

I feel like you "fans" are hoping we only win 1 game next year so you can prove you were right. Anything positive that presents itself ya'll spin it to a negative. Obviously this kid stuck with KU because he believes in the coaches and trust the direction they are going as a program. Why trash someone who could potentially help us turn around the program? Ya'll realize it took Greg Schiano 5 years to get a winning record at Rutgers right? And they weren't even half as bad as KU was when Beaty took over! They've done a good job recruiting thus far and deserve to have more than 8 seniors on the field! As our friend Joel Embiid would say... Trust the process! Rock chalk!

Jeff Coffman 4 years, 7 months ago

Year 3...he won 5 games, is that better or worse than Beaty's record? 8 games won in his first three many has Beaty won?

He also played 5 non-conference games a year.

It's not that we want or cheering to be bad, it is that based on everything we have seen and history and all, nothing points to wins. SEMO, CMU, and Ohio were all three mediocre teams, and we didn't fair well in any of those three games.

Everything I've heard is that Seniors if we had seniors we would win. Why is it the Baylor crushed us, how about Iowa State, if you have bad juniors they don't become great seniors. Only with good coaching do your players get better.

In three years the only players that have gotten better year over year. Wise, maybe Sims, Loneker, and Dineen. Four players in 3 years is not a good indicator of talent development.

Brian Wilson 4 years, 7 months ago

Check before you speak... look. From Ourlads....Not including Special teams. My analysis based upon team depth and development (which is not always the factors.)

Iowa State (7-5) 2017:

Iowa State had 126 players on it's active Roster
Breakdown of Starters:
11 Seniors (9 are RS)
4 Juniors ( 3 are RS)
7 Sophomores (3 are RS)
2 Freshmen both of which were RS.
19 out of 22 where Red Shirts.
5 Transfers started.

Analysis: Almost 3/4 of the team were upperclassmen. All players had at least one year in the system, the Freshmen were RS, and 3 of the So. were RS. Appears to be team that has to replace a lot of starters and may struggle to repeat 7 wins having a thin Junior class that needed to be supported with a significant number of Sophomores.

Baylor (1W-11L):

Baylor had 112 Players on their active roster.
Breakdown of Starters:br> 4 Seniors (0 RS, 2 were Transfers)
5 Juniors (5 RS. 0 Transfers)
10 Sophomores (7 are RS, 0 Transfers)
2 Freshmen (both of which were RS) - one was the QB!.
12 out of 22 where Red Shirts
1 Transfers

Analysis: A very young team with very few transfers. No player started with out having at least 1 years in the system. The Freshmen were all RS. They had 1 win and 11 losses. The team is very young with the strength of the team developing in the Sophomore class. Having 126 active players Baylor has much to develop and chose from and appears to moving up from having just one loss in 2018.

KU, 1-11:

KU had 99 Players on their active roster.
Breakdown of Starters:br> 2 Seniors (2 RS, 0 Tr)
9 Juniors (3 RS. 4 Tr)
11 Sophomores (4 RS, 1 Tr)
1 Freshmen ( 0 RS 0 TR)
9 out of 22 where Red Shirts
5 was a Transfers

Analysis: What I expected. Although we had 11 upperclassmen we started near the highest number of Transfers, the least number of Red shirts, We had the smallest total active players at 99. 12 of those are Redshirts Freshmen, which is the most in the past 5 years we have ever had. The Team is very young and when you look at the roster for next year KU's Junior class will have 32 active players and the sophomores will have at least 30.

And what a difference 3 years and redshirt program will do. Back in 2015, KU had less than 60 active players which is less than the current up and coming Junior and Sophomore classes combined. Based upon numbers, and the experience being accumulated, KU' future looks to be brightening. In 2018 KU's roster finally climb's over 100 up to 110+ players and finally the roster and scholarships will be full. The era of transfers and walk-ons just to add bodies appears to be coming to and end.

Chris Bailey 4 years, 7 months ago

No he stuck with KU because his only other real offer was from Baylor. He figured he could watch KU basketball for 4 years.

Dennis Mahorney 4 years, 7 months ago

I think "Trust the process" referred to purposefully filling your team with D League players and tanking for multiple years to get a top draft pick. BTW Sam Hinkie was fired during "The Process".

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