Saturday, June 22, 2019

3-star DL Kenean Caldwell becomes 7th prep to commit to KU football in whirlwind weekend

Kansas University football recruiting

Kansas University football recruiting


A lively weekend for the Kansas football program’s recruiting efforts kept jetting along Saturday night.

Fewer than 24 hours removed from the first commitment of a dizzying span featuring high school prospect after high school prospect announcing his plans to join the Jayhawks, the weekend total for new Class of 2020 pledges hit seven when a defensive lineman from Louisiana added his name to the list.

Just like many of his fellow members in KU’s seemingly constantly multiplying recruiting class, Kenean Caldwell jumped on Twitter, posted some photos of himself decked out in a Kansas uniform and declared himself “110%” committed to head coach Les Miles’ program.

“After visiting and talking with Coach Les Miles and Coach Kwahn Drake,” Caldwell wrote, referencing both the man in charge and KU’s defensive line coach, in a note that accompanied his announcement, “I have decided to continue my academic and football career at the University of Kansas. … I would like for everyone to respect my decision.”

Per Rivals, Caldwell, a three-star prospect from Oak Grove, La., previously took an official visit to Ole Miss, and the 6-foot-2, 305-pound defensive tackle also had offers from the likes of Oregon, TCU, Texas A & M, Mississippi State and Colorado.

A flurry of commitments began piling up for KU on Friday night and Saturday morning on a weekend that Miles and his staff planned to play host to 14 players on official visits, with about five others making unofficial visits.

Offensive lineman Garrett Jones and cornerback Ja’Cobee Bryant were the first KU recruits to announce their college football plans on Friday night, before five more hopped on for the ride Saturday: O-lineman Nicholas Martinez, receiver Malik Johnson, defensive end Caleb Taylor, O-lineman Tommy Brandt and finally Caldwell.

Caldwell became the third member of KU’s class from Louisiana, joining linebacker Kershawn Fisher and D-end Khari Coleman.

Thanks to a bountiful recruiting weekend, the Jayhawks now have 19 players in their 2020 recruiting class, with 14 of those coming during a frantic June.

Thirteen of the 19 prospects currently attached to KU are rated as three-star talents. All verbal pledges, of course, are nonbinding. The earliest any of the recruits for the 2020 class can sign and make their ties to KU official is December.

None by Kenean Caldwell

2020 KU football recruiting class

- Verbal commitments

• Kershawn Fisher - 3-star LB from Louisiana

• Duece Mayberry - 3-star CB from Oklahoma

• Jackson Stoefen - 3-star OL from Iowa

• Keenan Hambrick - 3-star WR from Alabama

• Trevor Kardell - 3-star TE from Missouri

• Will Huggins - 3-star TE from Kansas

• Krishawn Brown - 3-star LB from Oklahoma

• Khari Coleman - 3-star DE from Louisiana

• Garrett Jones - 3-star OL from Michigan

• Ja’Cobee Bryant - 3-star CB from Alabama

• Malik Johnson - 3-star WR from Texas

• Caleb Taylor - 3-star DE from Missouri

• Kenean Caldwell - 3-star DT from Louisiana

• DaVonshai Harden Jr. - 2-star QB from Kansas

• Luke Grimm - 2-star WR from Missouri

• Tommy Brandt - 2-star OL from Minnesota

• Kyler Pearson - WR from Oklahoma

• Jaylin Richardson - Athlete from Kansas

• Nicholas Martinez - OL from California

- Former commitments

• Keith Miller III - 3-star WR from Texas (flipped to Colorado)


Dirk Medema 3 years, 5 months ago

Great to get a big DT!

It would be nice to finish the class with a few elite 4*s.

Matt Stone 3 years, 5 months ago

Amazing haul last 24 hours! If we get a CPL 4* that would be awesome, but am happy to get this many 3 stars and betting Miles knows the talent he is looking for to fit what he wants to accomplish. #RCJH

Dale Kroening 3 years, 5 months ago

Not that rankings mean much , but we are sitting at 18 now not including the unranked receiver from Oklahoma . Likely end up in the 25-35 range after all said and done . Best class Beaty had was 45 so definitely an improvement as long as they all sign .

Brian Wilson 3 years, 5 months ago

I don't think Beaty ever had 45. The most you can sign in one season is 25. However in Beaty's first season he some how found over 60 walk-ons.

Stephen Johnson 3 years, 5 months ago


I think you are confused. I don't know if you are familiar with Rivals but it ranks classes. Dale was saying that right now our class is ranked 18th, but will likely drop some. Dale doubted that Beaty ever had a class ranked 45th.

Karen Mansfield-Stewart 3 years, 5 months ago

Exciting news! If we can get to a normal 25 this season it would be very exciting.

Randy Bombardier 3 years, 5 months ago

Several things stand out to me. Way more players visiting campus and the KU campus sells itself. Great college town. The more that visit, the more we'll get.

A lot of the players are talking academics, that they know what a great school KU is surprises me even more. Are we recruiting brighter players or just talking up our academic programs? To these first two I say, it's about time!

Third, this staff is working hard and following through on what they said they would do about getting the local kids. That was the foundation of this drive. Glad to See Tony Hull and Clint Bowen get to be a part of this.

Finally we have a top notch Chancelor who hires a top notch AD who hires a top notch coach. They all see what we've said, that KU is a sleeper, has huge potential, is great academically, in a beautiful college town. When the people at the top see it and believe it, it makes it believable when you try to sell it. Not only are they selling it, they're working hard AND smart.

Future looks very promising. I am looking forward to seeing inevitable improvement.

Andy Godwin 3 years, 5 months ago

Greatly expanding the support staff under Miles and his assistant coaches has made a huge difference. Being able to personally experience, although briefly, how the staff works, it was clear that they are very professional and well organized. Nice to see the substantial interest in the developing program, but will be more interested once the upcoming season unfolds, to see how many early recruits stick if KU only wins a couple of games.

Jeff Kallmeyer 3 years, 5 months ago

"Caldwell, a three-star prospect from Oak Grove, La., previously took an official visit to Ole Miss, and the 6-foot-2, 305-pound defensive tackle also had offers from the likes of Oregon, TCU, Texas A & M, Mississippi State and Colorado."

Impressive get, considering the other schools wanting him!

Brett McCabe 3 years, 5 months ago

That caught my eye, too. We got him after a visit to an SEC school. That's impressive.

Dirk Medema 3 years, 5 months ago

If you sort the rivals list by avg stars, which removes the bias of a more complete class, we’re just inside the top 50. Great to get a good start on the class!

David Robinett 3 years, 5 months ago

Caldwell sounds like he could be the next James McClinton on our D line.

Ryan Ferree 3 years, 5 months ago

Great start to the class, would love to see a 4 Star QB added to this group of solid players. At least we have a coach that wont run the "Air Raid" with 3 good running backs and a terrible QB.

David Kemp 3 years, 5 months ago

Just added number 8 minutes ago, an outside lb 3 star. Les Miles is kicking butt

Thomas Green 3 years, 5 months ago

The beginnings of real D1 football in Lawrence, Kansas once again! I love it!

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