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Thursday, June 16, 2022

Kansas football prepares for yet another big recruiting weekend

Kansas football coach Lance Leipold leads his players onto the field before the start of the game against Coastal Carolina on Sept. 10, 2021, in Conway, S.C.

Kansas football coach Lance Leipold leads his players onto the field before the start of the game against Coastal Carolina on Sept. 10, 2021, in Conway, S.C.

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If the Kansas football team can have as much success this weekend with its visitors as it did a week ago, its recruiting class will be in excellent shape.

The Jayhawks will host their second of two big recruiting weekends beginning Friday as several of their top targets will be on campus for official visits.

One of them is Taylor Davis, a safety from Missouri City, Texas, who became the first player in the class of 2023 to commit to Kansas when he did so on June 6.

Davis, who has said he has been trying to sway other prospects toward Kansas since he committed, will have an opportunity to do so in person.

Perhaps the highest-profile player expected to be in town is Dillan Fontus, a 6-foot-5, 260-pound defensive end from Canarsie High in Brooklyn, New York.

Fontus, a three-star prospect, is considered the top player in New York by Rivals.com. He holds scholarship offers from more than 20 schools, including Nebraska, Virginia Tech, Missouri, Ole Miss, West Virginia, Louisville, Pitt, Rutgers and Syracuse.

The official visit to Kansas will mark Fontus' first time in Lawrence, but he has taken several unofficial visits to other schools, including two to Penn State.

Two more defensive linemen, both from Florida, have said they'll be on campus this weekend. DJ Jones is a defensive end from Tampa who has offers from Iowa State, West Virginia and USF, among others, and Marcus Calvin is a defensive tackle from St. Petersburg with offers from FIU and Marshall.

Kansas has been recruiting Jones for some time and offered him a scholarship on March 9. Calvin's offer was issued more recently as he only had the opportunity to play at Kansas beginning June 5.

Outside linebacker K'Vion Thunderbird, from Chicago, and offensive lineman Jacob Booth, from Swartz Creek, Michigan, will also be on campus, according to Rivals.com.

Thunderbird, a 6-foot-1, 205-pound outside linebacker, is considered a top-20 player in the state. He received his scholarship offer from Kansas on Feb. 9 and is also being recruited by Auburn, Michigan State, Ole Miss, Oregon, Nebraska, Tennessee and Missouri, among others.

Booth is a 6-foot-5, 250-pound offensive tackle who originally planned to attend the Jayhawks' camp before receiving a scholarship offer. It is his first from a Power 5 school, with Army, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan and Kent State also recruiting him.

Running back Brandon High, from Spring, Texas, has also said he'll be on campus. High, who is 6 feet and 200 pounds, received a scholarship offer from the Jayhawks on May 18 and has narrowed his choices to Kansas, TCU, Colorado State, SMU, UTSA, Louisiana, Grambling and Sam Houston State.

Comments

Edward Daub 2 months ago

On my recent visit to Whitewater, I walked around Perkins Stadium, home of the Wisconsin Whitewater Division 3 NCAA Warhawk football program. There was no "frozen tundra" observed.

The main two facts that struck me:

  1. The Warhawks have won 38 Conference Championships

  2. The Warhawks have won 6 National Titles

You can draw your own conclusions, but during the Lance Leipold era a good program was elevated to greatness. Rock Chalk!

Dirk Medema 2 months ago

Basically, every program needs to recruit approximately one player per position each year. That being said, we really need a boost on the DLine where there are lots of upperclassmen but relatively few underclassmen. It would be great to add this group and some more as well.

Doug Roberts 2 months ago

An outside linebacker named K'Vion Thunderbird? We MUST get this guy! Best name in sports.

Dirk Medema 2 months ago

Zac - Is LJW able to promote “The Blueprint”? Every KU fan should know about it. It’s definitely exciting to see.

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