Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Lance Leipold expecting a busy June for KU football

Head Football Coach Lance Leipold talks with media members on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at the Anderson Family Football Complex.

Head Football Coach Lance Leipold talks with media members on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at the Anderson Family Football Complex.


With pandemic recruiting restrictions finally lifted by the NCAA as of Tuesday, when the calendar turned to June, Kansas football head coach Lance Leipold anticipates the next few weeks will be bustling around the facility.

“June, as they say, is going to be crazy for everyone in college football,” Leipold said recently, “as we get a chance to go out and interact and people get to come on campus.”

It figures to be a particularly important month for Leipold and his newly assembled staff. Not only will recruits be able to make official and unofficial visits to campus for the first time since normal recruiting activities were shut down due to COVID in March of 2020, but due to the unique timing of the coaching change, June also marks the first time the new coaches will be able to be around the current Jayhawks at length.

What’s more, KU football will be hosting mini-camps for high school players on June 15 and June 23, as well as a prep team camp on June 16.

“We’re looking into a lot of ways to clone ourselves and be multiple places at the same time,” Leipold joked. “But looking forward to building those relationships in a more personal matter as we go.”

With so much to attend to in the midst of transitioning to a new regime and establishing expectations for the returning players, Leipold expects it will be an “extremely” challenging month.

As important as recruiting will be, KU’s new head coach said the Jayhawks who already are on board are equally important. Leipold trusts the team’s director of sports performance, Matt Gildersleeve, to do more than help the players with summer strength and conditioning work. Gildersleeve also will introduce the Jayhawks to the culture Leipold wants to promote.

While that’s going on, Leipold and the staff will be gearing up for recruiting visits and camps as they continue to evaluate prospects. The head coach thinks the weeks ahead will enable KU to make strides toward filling its 2022 recruiting class, and he said getting started on the 2023 class will be “so vital,” as well.

“We’ve got a lot of things going and a lot of ways to get it done here,” Leipold said. “And it’ll be a busy month of June.”

A few recruits already have told Jayhawk Slant of their plans to get to campus for a visit this month, including: Kaleb Purdy, a three-star Class of 2022 defensive back from St. Louis; Jalon Peoples, a three-star 2022 cornerback from Cedar Hill, Texas; Avery Johnson, an as of yet unranked dual-threat quarterback in the Class of 2023, from Maize; and Anthony Davis, a three-star cornerback from Dallas.


Dirk Medema 1 year, 3 months ago

Had to do a double take that the recruits/names were for football and not basketball 🤪

Definitely an important time for LL to begin establishing relationships.

Brett McCabe 1 year, 3 months ago

I would think that recruits might take note of the influx of Buffalo players to KU. It speaks volumes about the coaching staff.

It also shows how important it was to bring in a guy who could bring a staff with him. All of these challenges are made easier when you have the core of your staff with you from Day One.

Len Shaffer 1 year, 3 months ago

There's just an entirely different feel to things so far compared to the last few coaches. It's nice to finally start to get excited about the future of KU football ...

Edward Daub 1 year, 3 months ago

The Intensity of Gildersleeve is a potential concern. Lance needs to prescribe Matt in "small doses". Rock Chalk!

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