Tuesday, January 12, 2021

3-star Missouri prep QB Conrad Hawley joins KU’s 2021 class

Kansas University football recruiting

Kansas University football recruiting


The Kansas football program is now poised to bring in two first-year quarterbacks in time for spring practices. Conrad Hawley, a state title-winning QB from Ray-Pec High, in Missouri, announced Tuesday he plans to not only sign with the Jayhawks but also enroll early.

Just like Indiana prep QB Ben Easters, who signed with KU in December, Hawley will enroll for the spring semester and be able to train and practice with the Jayhawks throughout the next several months, leading up to the 2021 season.

Rated a three-star prospect by Rivals, Hawley made his plans public on Twitter.

“I cannot wait to bring winning back to Kansas,” a note accompanying his announcement concluded, along with a “rock chalk.”

Listed at 6-foot-5 and 220 pounds, Hawley led Ray-Pec to the Class 6 state championship this past November. He also won the Simone Award, given annually to the top high school football player in the greater Kansas City area.

According to what Hawley told Jon Kirby of Jayhawk Slant, as he made his college decision his final three choices came down to KU, Missouri and Purdue, and he also had a preferred walk-on spot with Alabama to consider.

Obviously Hawley had a good source, former Ray-Pec teammate turned Kansas receiver Luke Grimm, for information about KU football and how the program operates under head coach Les Miles. But Hawley also got to know offensive coordinator and QBs coach Brent Dearmon well during the recruiting process, Hawley told Jayhawk Slant.

“And they've shown me that they have all the tools to help me be successful and help change the program around,” Hawley said. “I want to go there and bring life to Kansas and get to the league.”

With the addition of Hawley, KU now has two of the top local high school players in its 2021 recruiting class, having already signed three-star Lawrence High standout Devin Neal, a running back.

Hawley said KU recruited him harder than any other program. He also reportedly had scholarship offers from Akron, Missouri State, Northern Iowa, South Dakota and Tennessee-Martin.

“They've been there the longest,” Hawley said of the Jayhawks, “and they made it apparent that they want me to come work my butt off and see what happens in the fall of my freshman year.”

KU has now added two commitments since the end of the early December signing period. Hawley gave his verbal pledge to the Jayhawks 10 days after the coaching staff, with the help of receivers coach Emmett Jones, landed a commitment from highly touted four-star receiver Quaydarius Davis, from Dallas.

KU already signed 20 high school seniors during the early period in December. They currently have four unsigned recruits in the 2021 class.

None by Conrad Hawley

Unsigned KU football Class of 2021 recruits

(Rivals rankings)

• Quaydarius Davis — 4-star Texas prep WR

• Kameron Grays — 3-star Alabama prep DB

• Garfield Lawrence — 3-star Texas prep DE

• Conrad Hawley — 3-star Missouri prep QB

KU football Class of 2021 December signees

√ Ben Easters — 3-star Indiana prep QB; 6-3, 195

√ Omar “O.J.” Burroughs — 3-star Florida prep S; 5-10, 167

√ Cam’Ron Dabney — 3-star Georgia prep CB; 5-10, 175

√ Corey Robinson II — 3-star Georgia prep OL; 6-5, 270

√ Majik Rector — 3-star Texas prep WR; 5-9, 152

√ DeVonte Wilson — 3-star Florida prep CB; 6-3, 192

√ Kelan Robinson — 3-star Texas prep WR; 6-2, 183

√ Tommy Dunn Jr. — 3-star Texas prep DL; 6-3, 277

√ Deldrick “D.J.” Withers — 2-star Arkansas prep DL; 6-4, 245

√ James Wright — 3-star South Carolina prep S; 6-1, 195

√ D’Marion Alexander — 3-star Texas prep LB; 6-5, 215

√ Trey Staley — 3-star Georgia prep LB; 6-2, 200

√ Mason Brotherton — 3-star Arkansas prep TE; 6-4, 242

√ Devin Neal — 3-star Lawrence prep RB; 5-11, 208

√ Jayson Gilliom — 2-star Georgia prep S; 6-2, 190

√ Andrew Simpson — 3-star California prep LB; 6-1, 220

√ De’Kedrick Sterns — 3-star Texas prep OT; 6-4, 272

√ Larson Workman — 2-star Texas prep OT; 6-5, 270

√ Tanaka Scott Jr. — 3-star Alabama prep WR; 6-4, 192

√ Edwin White — 3-star Alabama prep S; 6-0, 196


Dale Rogers 1 year, 10 months ago

Sounds like we will have some really good, but young, options at QB this next season! Can't wait!

Ashwin Rao 1 year, 10 months ago

Cool! I didn't realize that he picked us over Alabama! :)

I am very excited about his prospect. Great days are ahead for KU FB!

Dirk Medema 1 year, 10 months ago

Preferred walkon at Bama but at least noticed. Mizzoo and Purdue are quality competition.

Gotta like that he’s a proven winner both as a team and individually. IIRC, Grimm end up being a contributor at WR as the season went on. I also seem to recall that his HS performance took off his senior year, which might correlate with a new QB. Haven’t seen any video or stats for Hawley. I was a little concerned that Easter’s comp% was in the 50’s, but maybe that’s a reflection of the receivers as much as his performance. The 2 are so much more related than we commonly recognize in discussions.

Brian Wilson 1 year, 10 months ago

The kid has a decent arm and can throw on the run. Fairly accurate and strong but can also float it too much. I'm not saying he is Mahomes or anything like that but there is a lot to like and develop and you won't have any issues with him seeing over the line. There are a couple of videos on youtube that show a smidge of what he can do. IMO, KU may have something to develop and build around.

David Robinett 1 year, 10 months ago

Good to have competition at the QB position (as opposed to jucos who might have flashy numbers, but they already failed at P5 programs or whatever).

KU was basically 0-fer on all the Gill-Weis-Betty QBs except for Carter Stanley.

It seemed a lot easier to find a QB that knew what they were doing, such as Norseth for Mason (I think) and Whittemore for Mangino. I wonder why it's been such a struggle recently?

Jim Stauffer 1 year, 10 months ago

Most likely because our OC has not yet had a Spring Practice to work with his QB's. I believe there should be a quantum leap in the confidence of our QB room this next season.

Dirk Medema 1 year, 10 months ago

Brian - The 24/7 site has a nice compilation video for him. It lists him as a pocket passer but there’s also a section of his runs. At 6-5, he’ll never be called shifty, but does have some athleticism as well as a bit of bull to get the first down. Who was it a few years ago that ran out of bounds on third down a yard short of the first down with no one within 5 yards of him?

Doug Roberts 1 year, 10 months ago

IMO, As the offensive line goes, so goes the offense.

Tim Orel 1 year, 10 months ago

Is he related to US Senator Josh Hawley from Missouri?

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