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Monday, May 2, 2022

Kansas receives commitment from Minnesota’s Douglas Emilien

Former Minnesota wide receiver Douglas Emilien shows off prior to a game against Ohio State at Huntington Bank Stadium on Sept. 2, 2021.

Former Minnesota wide receiver Douglas Emilien shows off prior to a game against Ohio State at Huntington Bank Stadium on Sept. 2, 2021.

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The Kansas football team received a commitment Monday morning from former Minnesota wide receiver Douglas Emilien, whose addition will address what had been an emerging need.

Emilien enrolled at Minnesota in 2020, redshirted his first season and appeared in just two games last season. He has four seasons of eligibility remaining because of the redshirt and the extra year granted by the NCAA to players at the start of the pandemic.

Three wide receivers have left Kansas in the last month — Kyler Pearson, Tristan Golightly and Majik Rector — and a fourth, Lawrence Arnold, had decided to leave before he was convinced to stay.

Emilien, who is 6-foot-1, 190 pounds and from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, wrote on his social media platforms on April 12 that he had decided to transfer from Minnesota, and he took a recruiting visit to Kansas the weekend of April 23.

A consensus three-star recruit in the Class of 2020, Emilien earned scholarship offers from nearly two dozen schools. He chose Minnesota over Cincinnati and Virginia, and LSU, Miami, Iowa State, West Virginia, Kentucky, Pitt, NC State, Maryland and Boston College were among the others who extended a scholarship offer.

Emilien played at American Heritage School for coach Patrick Surtain, a three-time Pro Bowl cornerback who played seven seasons for the Miami Dolphins and four for the Kansas City Chiefs. Surtain was hired as a defensive assistant by the Dolphins in February.

Kansas' leading receiver last season, Kwamie Lassiter II, was a sixth-year senior who on Saturday signed a contract with the Cincinnati Bengals. Three other wide receivers who played significant snaps — Trevor Wilson, Luke Grimm and Steven McBride — are expected to return alongside Arnold.

Another former Minnesota player, running back Ky Thomas, transferred to Kansas in January. Thomas, who is from Topeka, made the move in order to be closer to his family.

Emilien is the second player to decide to transfer to Kansas in three days. Offensive lineman Flavio Gonzalez, formerly of Butler Community College, did so on Saturday.

Comments

Dirk Medema 3 weeks, 2 days ago

Seems like he has good speed and elusiveness after the catch. Gotta love that highlights show downfield blocking, especially with the stable of RBs we have.

Dirk Medema 3 weeks, 2 days ago

With Emilien joining Wilson, Grimm, McBride and Arnold, that should be a solid foundation for WR, and allow some time for young players to develop, though these guys all have several years remaining.

Karen Mansfield-Stewart 3 weeks, 2 days ago

Welcome to the hill. Excited to see what you can do in this offense. Looks physical and certainly passes the eye test. Great get with a couple years of college experience and four years of eligibility remaining.

Edward Daub 3 weeks, 1 day ago

The KU coaching staff will "tread lightly" after losing the "mutt and jeff" combination of Tristan Golightly and Majik Rector. Both players will be missed, KU (I think) wanted both of them to stay (#5 and #6 on spring depth chart), but Douglas certainly has the credentials to fill one void at wide receiver. Rock Chalk!

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