Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Notebook: Class of 2022 3-star CB Jalon Peoples decommits from KU football

Kansas University football recruiting

Kansas University football recruiting


The first high school recruit to publicly commit to Kansas football after Lance Leipold took over the program, Texas prep cornerback Jalon Peoples backed out of that decision on Tuesday.

Peoples, rated a three-star prospect in the Class of 2022 by Rivals, announced on Twitter his decision to decommit from KU and reopen his recruitment.

The standout defensive back from Cedar Hill, Texas, picked up several scholarship offers over the past year before visiting KU this past June and making a nonbinding pledge to Leipold and his staff on June 27.

Peoples, who has received more than 30 scholarship offers during his prep career, decided to reopen his recruitment three days after the Jayhawks’ blowout home loss to Baylor.

During the summer, Peoples made visits to not only KU, but also Baylor, Texas Tech and Iowa.

KU currently has seven high school seniors committed in its 2022 recruiting class. The earliest any of the prospects can sign with KU and make their ties to the program official is in December.

None by Jalon Peoples

KU football Class of 2022 commitments

(Rivals rankings)

• Dewuan Mack — 3-star Missouri DB

• Jacobe Chester — 3-star Texas athlete

• 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

Grunhard expected to miss more games

Leipold said Tuesday during his weekly press conference that veteran offensive lineman Colin Grunhard will continue to miss games, projecting it will be “awhile” before Grunhard might return.

At the very least, Leipold said, Grunhard will miss KU’s next two games “for sure” — at Duke on Saturday and at Iowa State on Oct. 2.

“And then we’ll see where we are after the open week,” KU’s head coach said of Grunhard’s recovery, pointing to the week leading up to an Oct. 16 home date with Texas Tech as a possible time to reassess.

Grunhard, a former walk-on at Notre Dame who joined KU football this past January as a graduate transfer, started at right guard in the season opener.

The 6-foot-1, 295-pound junior played through some pain in Week 1 after getting slowed by an injury during the preseason. He has yet to recover and missed the past two games as a result.

Redshirt freshman Michael Ford Jr., who transferred in from Buffalo during the summer, replaced Grunhard in the starting lineup.

Former KU OC DeBord hospitalized

Former KU offensive coordinator Mike DeBord earlier this week suffered a stroke and a brain bleed and is an intensive care unit at a University of Michigan hospital, according to a report from Football Scoop.

Hired earlier this year by former head coach Les Miles, DeBord led the Jayhawks’ offense throughout spring football. KU then hired Leipold as Miles’ replacement, and the program transitioned to a revamped staff without DeBord and some other former Miles assistants.

Previously DeBord, 65, worked as the offensive coordinator at Indiana, Tennessee and Michigan.


Brett McCabe 9 months, 2 weeks ago

This doesn’t worry me a bit. They come and go until signing day. And as we have learned, sometimes they go after that.

We will likely have the lowest rated recruiting class in the conference, and it will take awhile for those kids to develop. And this is no joke, we have to find the Sun Belt, Mountain West and Missouri Valley type kids who can actually play. That’s the job for Leipold right now. Fortunately, he has spent his entire career recruiting kids with very few stars next to their names. I thinks we have the perfect guy for the job.

Rodney Crain 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Agree. Coach is perfect for where are our program is at.

NIL money opportunties are slim for football players here. If any recruit hears SEC, or B10 he is going to jump to those conferences. Real any other school for that matter. On and on and on it goes. The hole is deep and will take a few years to fill in.

He will find his players.

Just hope our Wunderkind AD can use his fund rasing skills in the meantime and make some upgrades to our program. I don't even mind if he takes some road trips for ideas and stays away from the press for a while. He looks like he is a photo bomb in pictures.

Dale Rogers 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Yes, his history is finding underrated players who can be developed to perform above their "star" level. So, I'm not worried about how many stars our recruits have nor our recruit rating in the conference. Obviously, I wouldn't turn down a 4-star or better player so long as Coach feels they fit.

Dale Rogers 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Sadly, decommitting at this stage says they are looking only at current results, not seeing that this team is dealing with very little time to develop and to install schemes. With the remainder of this season plus an entire off-season to come, next season will be the one with opportunities to be noticed, to stand out. So sad to see youngsters not seeing that, probably swayed by others who would like to latch onto their talents for their own teams.

Austin Lopez 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Is this the recruit that had decommitted from about 2 or 3 previous schools or am I thinking of another player?

Dirk Medema 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Austin - I’m seeing lots of offers and predictions at 24/7, but no other commits.

Dirk Medema 9 months, 2 weeks ago

In many ways, this isn’t different than what we’ve seen in the past. We’re a long ways down; so far down the totem pole that we’re in the dirt. Ultimately it will come down to the ability of the coaches to develop the players and schemes to at least get competitive games. For the most part that hasn’t happened in the recent past.

Keith Gellar 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Not shocking, but optics look bad. I can say this type of news doesn't help and only hurts.

Greg Ledom 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Don’t think optics are bad at all, it is what it is at this stage of our program. Does it hurt? Well, I suppose we’d prefer he stayed with his commitment but only if he was all in. He wasn’t, so move on as will Kansas with those that are all in.

Glen Miller 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Unfortunately, this week has shown to be more of the same. One kid leaves during the season when he's a starter. Our best recruit decommits.......... Kids have no vision for the future, it's about the here and now and right now 45-7 is all these kids can see. Hopefully we see improvement throughout the season and we can get some hard nosed workers and diamonds in the rough to come in here and change this culture. I think we have the right coach to work that direction, time will tell if we get there.

Ryan Mullen 9 months, 2 weeks ago

If he was coming to KU he would have sucked anyway.

Austin Lopez 9 months, 2 weeks ago

As someone who is born and lives in Buffalo, NY coach has a eye for finding under the radar players. The local kids will be beneficial to turning the KU program around, here at UB he went after under the radar local kids that weren’t being recruited heavily and my area isn’t producing 4 or 5 stars. Coach knows what’s best, you want people that will buy in, better this recruit left now instead of coming here and transferring out down the road.

Commenting has been disabled for this item.