Thursday, January 31, 2019

Les Miles and staff have a few days to complete 2019 recruiting class

Newly-hired Kansas football coach Les Miles shakes hands with a fan as he is introduced to the Allen Fieldhouse crowd during halftime of the Jayhawks’ game against Stanford.

Newly-hired Kansas football coach Les Miles shakes hands with a fan as he is introduced to the Allen Fieldhouse crowd during halftime of the Jayhawks’ game against Stanford.


With less than a week to go until college football’s National Signing Day, the hours between now and Wednesday figure to be critical for the Kansas football program, as new head coach Les Miles and his staff complete their first recruiting class.

Miles, with a little help from momentary offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey (before he became the head coach at Troy), already filled most of the available spots in what is expected to be a relatively small 2019 haul for the ever-rebuilding program.

Eleven prospects signed with KU during December’s early signing period.

Although Miles hasn’t spoken with local reporters since the day he was introduced as head coach, he told the Journal-World then that he anticipated signing around 15 players.

Some of KU’s most significant recruiting targets are expected to visit Lawrence this weekend, according to Jon Kirby of Jayhawk Slant.

Here are some important names to watch during KU’s final recruiting weekend before signing day:

Velton Gardner, 3-star, 5-foot-9 athlete from Dallas Skyline High: Currently committed to Texas Tech, where he was recruited this past fall by then-outside receivers coach Emmett Jones, Gardner is now interested in KU, where Jones was hired to become Miles’ receivers coach.

This past weekend, Gardner, a dual-threat QB in high school, was named Offensive MVP at the Blue-Grey Football All-American Bowl. Gardner ran for a 51-yard touchdown in the prep showcase game.

Gardner told Jayhawk Slant that most college coaches picture him as a running back, and Jones told him he could play “all over the place” at the next level.

Steven Parker, 4-star, 6-4 defensive end from South Oak Cliff High (Texas): Another Dallas area prospect who was recruited to Texas Tech by Jones, Parker decommitted from the Red Raiders in early December.

But the touted defensive lineman remains interested in Tech, despite the coaching staff changes that occurred in Lubbock, Texas.

Jones reportedly will choose between KU, TCU, Tech and Nebraska.

Paul Matavao-Poialii, 3-star, 6-3 offensive lineman from Jefferson High (Calif.): A recent visitor to Oregon State, Matavao-Poialii also previously picked up offers from Baylor, Colorado, Fresno State and Hawaii.

KU defensive line coach Kwahn Drake has been recruiting the offensive guard.

Marcus Harris, 2-star, 6-3 D-end from Park Crossing High (Ala.): Only a few Power Five programs have shown interest in Harris so far. But Washington State has offered the D-lineman, and Iowa coaches visited the prospect from Montgomery, Ala., this past week, according to Blair Sanderson of Rivals.

KU football’s 2019 recruits

(ratings from Rivals; √ = signed)

√ 3-star St. Thomas Aquinas S Jayden Russell (6-3, 190)

√ 3-star McEachern H.S. (Ga.) CB Valerian Agbaw (5-10, 170)

√ 3-star Mesa C.C. (Ariz.) QB Thomas MacVittie (6-5, 225)

√ 3-star Iowa Central C.C. WR Ezra Naylor (6-4, 210)

√ 3-star Golden West Coll. (Calif) CB Justin Ford (6-1, 180)

√ 3-star Iowa Western C.C. DE Malcolm Lee (6-5, 270)

√ 2-star Coahoma C.C. (Miss.) DL Caleb Sampson (6-4, 285)

√ 2-star Iowa Central C.C. WR Andrew Parchment (6-2, 185)

√ 2-star Meridian H.S. (Miss.) DL Da’Jon Terry (6-4, 350)

√ 2-star Andale High TE Mason Fairchild (6-5, 250)

√ 2-star Rochdale H.S. (Texas) QB Torry Locklin (6-2, 195)


Michael Maris 3 years, 10 months ago

If Les Miles and staff can get these mentioned kids to sign on the dotted line, that would be really awesome. All of the kids would be from the High School ranks. And, this would give Kansas 9 kids from High School vs. 6 from the Junior College ranks. If my memory is correct, I believe that Malcolm Lee has 3 years left.

Michael Maris 3 years, 10 months ago

Or, can Glover Cook and Anthony Booker potentially sign on the dotted lines for Kansas (both from High School ranks)?

Chris DeWeese 3 years, 10 months ago

Looks like Kenny Logan, a 6'1" athlete out of Florida might also visit this weekend. Glover Cook, 6' running back and Anthony Booker, 6'5" DE are scheduled to visit as well. Whether or not they actually show up remains to be seen, but considering they're all 3 star high school kids, it might be a nice haul.

Greg Ledom 3 years, 10 months ago

Take the road Les travelled gents! Sign with Kansas and Rock Chalk!!

Jeff Coffman 3 years, 10 months ago

Parker would be a steal. Any of these would be great, and some of you have additional knowledge that makes these last 5-7 signees really exciting to see.

Next step put these coaches and analysts to work and break down the improvement opportunities. Highlight the keys to victory and make us excited for the opening kick-off.

Thanks again administrators and donors for making these investments into our program.

Dane Pratt 3 years, 10 months ago

Haven't heard anything about the status of Pooka. Is he still a Jayhawk?

Andy Tweedy 3 years, 10 months ago

I think there was another court appearance set for Feb

Dane Pratt 3 years, 10 months ago

I'm under the impression Miles won't kick him off the team. He probably had much worse at LSU. A program that wins like they do is usually willing to look the other way when it comes to improprieties with their athletes. If you're not breaking the rules you are probably not winning.

Dirk Medema 3 years, 10 months ago

I'm recalling a previous article saying that he was going to get court diversion, which I'm recalling from a previous (bball player?) incident meaning that he would have a fine, community service, violence prevention classes, ... to complete over the next months or year. If he (or anyone else in this situation) completes the court mandated requirements, the conviction goes away. If not, the consequences are more significant, and would probably include leaving the team though the latter isn't a court condition. Someone younger; with a better memory or knowledge is welcome to correct.

Steven Haag 3 years, 10 months ago

Dane, sad but true. If the diversion is upheld, and he completes what comes along with the diversion, then I’m about giving a second chance. Especially when we don’t know the whole story. However, I’m quite sure that Les more than likely saw that or worse at LSU.

Dirk Medema 3 years, 10 months ago

I'm recalling there being ,multiple players that were told to leave LSU while Les was there.

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