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Sunday, November 28, 2021

2-star juco TE Tevita Noa commits to KU football

Kansas University football recruiting

Kansas University football recruiting

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A day after the conclusion of his first season as the Kansas football head coach, Lance Leipold received a commitment from a junior college tight end who could help the Jayhawks in his second season.

Tevita Noa, a 6-foot-4, 245-pound prospect from Salt Lake City, Utah, told Leipold and the KU coaches Sunday he wanted to join the program’s 2022 recruiting class.

Noa, who recently played his sophomore season at Snow College (Utah) in the juco ranks, is rated a two-star prospect by Rivals. He used to be committed to TCU, but changed those plans when the program decided to part ways with head coach Gary Patterson.

The tight end, who also recently visited Boise State, was in Lawrence for a visit this weekend and the experience helped shape his decision, he told Jon Kirby of Jayhawk Slant.

Once Noa’s recruitment opened back up recently, he said KU offensive coordinator and tight ends coach Andy Kotelnicki began talking to him regularly.

Those conversations led to this past weekend’s visit, when Noa was able to meet the staff, some players and see KU’s finale versus West Virginia.

“When I went to the game and I was talking to the coaches, you could feel there was something brewing in Kansas,” Noa told Jayhawk Slant. “I sat in the game and I was listening to the fans and seeing how passionate they are. Something big is coming in Kansas and I just wanted to be a part of it. Kansas is a Big 12 school and they're a sleeping giant. I just wanted to wake that beast. I wanted to be part of that culture.”

Noa plans to sign in December and enroll at KU in January, which would allow him to go through spring semester workouts and practices with the program, far ahead of the start of the 2022 season.

He became the second juco prospect to join KU’s 2022 class, a little more than a week after linebacker Mike Smith of Gulf Coast Community College (Miss.) became the first.

KU currently has seven commitments for its next recruiting class, and plenty of available spots to fill. It’s expected Leipold and his staff could use the transfer portal to fortify much of its 2022 class.

In just a few weeks, the prospects who already are on board have the option of making their commitments to KU official when the early singing period begins on Dec. 15. National Signing Day for the 2022 recruiting class will be Feb. 2.

All verbal commitments, of course, are nonbinding.

KU football Class of 2022 commitments

(Rivals rankings)

• Nikki Taylor — 3-star Alabama athlete

• Anthony Davis — 3-star Texas CB

• Kaleb Purdy — 3-star Missouri S

• Joey Baker — 3-star Texas OT

• James Livingston — 2-star Michigan OT

• Tevita Noa — 2-star juco TE from Utah

• Mike Smith — juco LB from Mississippi

Comments

Dirk Medema 1 year ago

Good to get a recruit and glad to hear he’s excited after visiting.

Is a transfer similar to a juco player in that too many undermine the roster long term?

Robert Brock 1 year ago

What can a “two-star” player accomplish? Probably not much.

Bryan Reed 1 year ago

Except win an Orange Bowl. Play in the NFL. Get his name in the Ring of Honor.

Glen Miller 1 year ago

Aquib Talib holding for you on line 2..........

Brett McCabe 1 year ago

You can’t build an entire roster out of two-star players or JUCO recruits, and succeed over the long term. But Leipold and Ianello have done the math. They know where the roster numbers stand, where their depth is and isn’t. Those components don’t worry me.

The issue, as always, is wether you can identify talent and develop a complete roster.

Historically in the Big 12, teams that weren’t coached by Bill Snyder needed to average 2.9 stars per recruiting class if they wanted to finish in the middle of the conference or higher. This, of course, was pre-portal.

What we need early are wisely comprised classes. Smart decisions that fill holes, improve depth and reduce washouts in the future.

And Robert, in addition to Aquib, look up Jordy Nelson’s career stats. He did pretty well.

Dirk Medema 1 year ago

Well said Brett, and analytics to boot.

Coach has shown at previous stops that he can develop players. Eventually, we’ll need better players if we’re going to win at a high level, but we can become competitive with well players giving great intensity. They’re already proving that is true.

David Robinett 1 year ago

Hey, if Turner Gill and Charlie Weiss can get three and four star recruits, without much of a track record at the college level, so can coach Lance.

Charlie Gaughn 1 year ago

The number of stars is more of a measure of how many big time programs are recruiting a player rather than their talent level. If Texas goes after a player they are almost assured to be a 5 star recruit. We've seen what that gets them.

As for juco transfers, I've never been a fan but the current situation is a bit different. As I understand it, the juco ranks also got a Covid year. So if they played the last two years in juco they come in with three years of eligibility remaining with the ability to redshirt if necessary. That certainly merits looking at them more closely than in a typical year.

Andy Godwin 1 year ago

I will trust coach Leopoldo and his staff to evaluate the talent needed to make KU more competitive in the Big 12. Texas was loaded with 4 and 5 star talent and see how well that worked out for their new coach. It is a process and will take time to rebuild the program in the vision of the head coach. You can also see he is reshaping the coaching staff (departing coaches Drake and Jackson who help keep some consistency when Leipold took over from Miles). Leipold has a short and long-term plan and the alumni and students need to show patience and support. I believe we finally have the right coach (and AD) in place after multiple swings and misses - time will tell. This time more steak than sizzle. “In Leipold we trust”.

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