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Originally published June 14, 2022 at 12:22p.m., updated June 14, 2022 at 02:00p.m.

Kansas football gets commitments from Keaton Kubecka, Tony Terry Jr.

Kansas head coach Lance Leipold runs onto the field with his team prior to a college football game against Texas Tech on Oct. 16, 2021, in Lawrence.

Kansas head coach Lance Leipold runs onto the field with his team prior to a college football game against Texas Tech on Oct. 16, 2021, in Lawrence.

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The Kansas football team received two more commitments from players who made an official visit over the weekend when Keaton Kubecka and Tony Terry Jr. decided to join the Jayhawks.

The additions of Kubecka and Terry mean that five of the eight players who were meeting with coaches and players from Friday through Sunday intend to play for Kansas.

A 6-foot-2, 195-pound wide receiver at Westlake High in Austin, Texas, Kubecka committed to Kansas over offers from Houston, Colorado State and Tulane. He also had interest from all three service academies, among other schools.

Terry, a 6-foot-5, 245-pound defensive end from Jackson, Missouri, accepted the Jayhawks' offer over those from Kansas State, Utah State, Central Michigan and New Mexico State, and he was also hearing from Iowa, Minnesota and Missouri.

"I loved every part of (the official visit)," Kubecka said. "It's definitely a college I could see myself at. Every little detail, I loved and fell in love with."

Kubecka received a scholarship offer from Kansas in January 2021, a little more than three months before coach Lance Leipold was hired to replace Les Miles, and made an unofficial visit to campus last summer.

He kept an eye on the Jayhawks — and Leipold had reason to stick with him.

Kubecka caught 42 passes for 714 yards and 13 touchdowns last season for Westlake, which defeated opponents by an average of 47.9 points per game and went 16-0 to win a third consecutive state championship.

Although he lined up mostly in the slot last season, Kubecka said he expects to move outside as a senior.

"I really view myself as a bigger-type receiver — one that's going to go up and win a 50-50-type ball," Kubecka said. "Or, I mean, I'll get you at the line. My route-running is pretty good."

Two of the other players who have committed to Kansas as part of its class of 2023 are also wide receivers — Surahz Buncom of Chula Vista, California, and Jarred Sample of Cypress, Texas. They, plus Kubecka, should help solidify Kansas' receiving game for several seasons.

Between Buncom, Sample and now Kubecka, the Jayhawks will have a trio of wide receivers with differing skills. Buncom, who is 6-foot-4, is a deep threat who was hand-timed at 10.53 seconds in the 100 meters during a high school meet in April. Sample, who is 5-foot-10, is another shifty playmaker with top-end speed; he has been timed at 10.67 seconds in the 100 meters.

Terry is the first defensive lineman in his class to choose the Jayhawks but the second defensive player behind safety Taylor Davis, who did so early last week. Junior college linebacker Tristian Fletcher, who will transfer to Kansas and intends to join his new teammates this week, also was on campus for an official visit over the weekend.

The Jayhawks offered Terry a scholarship following a camp at Lindenwood in St. Charles, Missouri, two weekends ago and hastily arranged to get him in for an official visit, according to 247Sports.com.

Kansas did not sign a defensive end out of high school in the class of 2022 but did add a pair of them via transfer in the past six months. Miami (Ohio)'s Lonnie Phelps and Hutchinson Community College's Davion Westmoreland will join the Jayhawks for next season, with Phelps set to be a redshirt junior and Westmoreland a redshirt sophomore.

The other three visitors were Free State offensive tackle Calvin Clements, Highland Park wide receiver Tre Richardson and Logan Brantley, a linebacker from Englewood, Colorado.

For Kubecka, the decision to join Kansas was based on a number of factors, including a series of in-person conversations with those on the team.

"I mean, all the players have a strong, strong belief that the program's about to take off and go in the perfect direction," Kubecka said. "Everybody's hopping on the train and they're all going far."

Comments

Karen Mansfield-Stewart 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Wow. Sounds like we're set for receivers for a while. Congratulations!

I'm excited to see what these big and fast receivers can do with Jalon Daniels and (in the future) with Ethan Vasko!

Brett McCabe 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Loved the uniforms in that photo.

What a great result from a weekend of visits! From zero recruits to five in about a week!

Particularly interesting to hear the comments from the kids. Very consistent from player to player which says to me that we have a unified, consistent message that resonates with players.

Great job by these coaches!

Dirk Medema 3 months, 2 weeks ago

I loved when the track and cross country uniforms were fluorescent pink (shorts) and sky blue jerseys, but otherwise could do without the powder/UNC blue uni’s.

It is good to get the size and speed at WR. Sample also has a lot more than top end speed; 4.43! Even better is that they’re still in HS, so there should be plenty more development once they get in a training program.

Wonder if Coach Leipold will share with Coach Redwine? I think that’s something that ut and Baylor have capitalized on in the past.

Dirk Medema 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Brett - Up to 57th and ahead of the kitties to the east and west per Rivals.

Pamela Shanks 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Love that! I noticed the offer from K-State, and I think there has been at least one other that also had an offer from them. How long has it been since we have had recruits take us over them with any consistency?! I hope it is evidence in a perspective shift nationwide. Good job by the coaches.

David Robinett 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Love to see a D line recruit of quality. And beating out KSU is even better!

Edward Daub 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Lance Leipold and Staff are doing an excellent job, but they are fighting an uphill battle to reclaim the local recruiting turf.

Joe Otting, a 3 star OG from Topeka Hayden, just picked Notre Dame over Kansas State (and Kansas).

It will be interesting to watch the recruiting battle for 6' 7" Calvin Clements.

Tre Richardson is being recruited as a running back by KU.

Rock Chalk!

Brett McCabe 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Hard to beat the Irish for a kid from a Catholic school. Appreciate the note on Richardson, I thought that he was probably gone based on the WR haul over the weekend. Good to know that we might still be in the mix.

Micky Baker 3 months, 2 weeks ago

This is good! With one of them on a team that won 3 consecutive state championships in Texas is a pretty big deal. Went from not even being on the list on Rivals to 57th in a week. This is a good start for the 2023 recruiting class. My interest is peaking. Given the way we finished last season, even though it was 1-3, we showed we can play with some of the teams in the conference and I think it's going to get better.

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