KU football 2014 recruiting class

Name Pos. Height Wt. Hometown (High school/Previous school) Bio
Corey Avery Athlete 5-10 175 Dallas, Texas (Carter High) A three-star prospect, Avery played safety and running back in high school, ranks as the 87th best player in Texas and the 43rd best “athlete” in the nation. He chose Kansas over Nebraska and Texas.
Matthew Boateng DB 6-0 180 Bradenton, Fla. (IMG Academy) KU recruiting coordinator Rob Ianello was one of the first coaches to discover Boateng, originally from Canada, and that early interest appears to have paid off for the Jayhawks. Boateng chose Kansas over offers from Indiana, Marshall, Villanova and Wake Forest. He said as recently as November that Baylor, Florida State, Mississippi and Toledo also were showing serious interest.
Jacob Bragg OL 6-4 308 Nagodoches, Texas (Nagodoches High) Bragg, the No. 8 rated center in the Class of 2014 according to, became the fourth member in the class to pledge his services to KU.
Darious Crawley WR 5-11 191 Houston, Texas (Cypress Ridge High) A three-star wide receiver, who also played quarterback his senior season, Crawley credited his connection with the KU coaching staff as the deciding factor along with KU's presence in the Big 12, which will bring him back to his home state multiple times throughout his career.
Ronnie Davis DB 6-1 170 Miami, Okla. (Northeastern Oklahoma A&M J.C.) Davis, who can play multiple secondary spots, chose KU after the Jayhawks jumped into the recruiting process late. He previously had been committed to Utah State but picked Kansas because he grew up in Big 12 country (Oklahoma) and always wanted to play in the Big 12.
Joe Dineen DB 6-2 197 Lawrence, Kan. (Free State High) Dineen, at 6-foot-2, 197-pounds, is a do-it-all athlete who projects as a safety at KU. A three-star athlete according to, Dineen admits that KU was a school he grew up rooting for and watching.
Josh Ehambe OLB 6-3 230 Arlington, Texas (Prime Prep Academy) KU secondary coach Scott Vestal was the lead recruiter for Ehambe, who chose Kansas over offers from Washington State, Colorado State, SMU, Louisiana Tech and others.
Kapil Fletcher DE 6-4 255 Salinas, Calif. (Hartnell Community College) A two-star edge rusher with just two years of football experience, he chose KU over interest from Colorado, Hawaii, Mississippi State, New Mexico and others. KU defensive line coach Buddy Wyatt played a big role in landing Fletcher.
Bobby Hartzog WR 5-11 182 Houston, Texas (Westside High) Hartzog, who led his prep district with 506 receiving yards and six touchdowns through September 2013, committed to Utah and Houston before opening his recruiting back up. He also had been offered by Iowa State.
Keyon Haughton OL 6-2 300 Milledgeville, Ga. (Georgia Military College) Just a day after offensive line coach Tim Grunhard officially resigned his post, Keyon Haughton became the third offensive lineman in the Class of 2014 to commit to the Jayhawks.
Lay'Trion Jones DT 6-3 285 Garland, Texas (Garland High) Jones picked Kansas over offers from New Mexico, New Mexico State, UTEP and late interest from Arizona State. An avid musician, he wants to major in music in college.
Nigel King WR 6-3 201 Raleigh, North Carolins (Oak Ridge Academy / Maryland) A former Maryland standout, the graduate transfer was announced as a KU addition the day before the first fall practice, and will be eligible to play in 2014 for the Jayhawks. King played in all 24 games for Maryland during the last two seasons.
Andre Maloney DB 6-2 180 Overland Park, Kan. (Shawnee Mission West) Former KU commitment Andre Maloney passed away following a stroke suffered during a game in his senior season.
Larry Mazyck OL 6-8 340 Council Bluffs, Iowa (Iowa Western CC) The huge lineman had planned to go to Maryland but found out those plans fell through. That's when he developed a deeper connection with KU and recruiting coordinator/running backs coach Reggie Mitchell.
DeAndre Mann RB 5-10 205 Salinas, Calif. (Hartnell C.C.) The powerful back, who earned first-team All-American honors after rushing for 1,706 yards and 30 touchdowns for Hartnell College during 2013, said the opportunity to be tutored by coaches with NFL ties and test himself in a power conference played big roles in his decision.
Damani Mosby DE 6-3 235 Mesa, Ariz. (Mesa C.C.) A three-star defensive end, Mosby chose Kansas over offers from Kansas State, Hawaii, North Texas and New Mexico. Cal, Arizona State and Indiana also had shown interest.
Derrick Neal WR 5-10 155 Dallas, Texas (Lincoln High) A three-star prospect who originally committed to Texas Tech but then changed his mind and committed to play basketball at UT-Arlington, Neal decided to go the football route again. He chose KU over New Mexico and late interest from TCU and Baylor.
Anthony Olobia DE 6-5 240 Yuma, Ariz. (Arizona Western C.C.) He chose Kansas over offers from Oklahoma, Texas Tech and Utah. Olobia made an official visit to Auburn in December and later described the experience as “the perfect visit.” Despite Auburn's interest, the database shows no offer was ever extended, which helped KU land Olobia.
Tyler Patrick WR 5-11 171 The Woodlands, Texas (The Woodlands) At the time of his commitment, Patrick had just a few offers (Air Force, Lamar and Louisiana-Monroe) but was receiving interest from several BCS programs, including Iowa State and Oklahoma State. The aspect of his game that seemed to attract the most interest was his speed, as he ran a 4.4-second 40-yard dash time at KU’s Friday Night Lights camp earlier this summer and has been clocked as fast as 4.38.
Anthony Smithson DB 6-0 180 Salinas, Cal. (Hartnell C.C.) The strong safety who has three years of eligibility remaining and four years to use them, chose Kansas over Oregon State, Utah and Wisconsin. Smithson seemed Utah-bound for much of the recruiting period but a recent change in the Utes’ coaching staff led Smithson away from the school where his older brother played and onto the roster at Kansas.
Kent Taylor TE 6-5 223 University of Florida / Land O’ Lakes, Fla. The No. 1-ranked tight end in the Class of 2012, Taylor played in six games in 2012 with Florida — including a touchdown catch in the Sugar Bowl against Louisville — but did not play in 2013 and elected to transfer at the end of the season. He is expected to sit out the 2014 season due to transfer rules but will be able to go through spring football in a few months and will have two years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2015.
Apa Visinia OL 6-5 375 Grandview, Mo. (Grandview) Though Visinia had received interest from other schools, KU was the first to offer him a scholarship. The senior-to-be, who was unranked by Rivals at the time of his commitment, was KU's sixth commitment for the class of 2014.
Kyron Watson LB 6-1 210 East St. Louis, Ill. (East St. Louis)'s No. 4-ranked outside linebacker chose the Jayhawks over an impressive list of suitors that included Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, Purdue and TCU. Watson also is a four-star prospect according to
D.J. Williams DT 6-3 244 Lufkin, Texas (Lufkin High) On paper, Williams is definitely one of the biggest pick-ups in the current class, if not the biggest. He ranks as the 38th best defensive tackle in the nation, the fourth best defensive tackle in Texas and the 75th best player regardless of position in his home state.
Devon Williams OL 6-5 335 Milledgeville, Ga. (Georgia Military College) Despite KU transitioning from former offensive line coach Tim Grunhard to its next O-line coach — Rice’s John Reagan — Williams said he felt a lot of love from the existing KU coaches and was not worried about his future position coach.
Daniel Wise DE 6-2 244 Lewisville, Texas (Hebron High) A two-star prospect who made an official visit to KU last fall, Wise had offers from Colorado, Louisiana Tech, Missouri and Texas Tech. He committed to Kansas and canceled an upcoming recruiting visit to Missouri.
Traevohn Wrench RB 6-0 191 Gardner, Kan. (Gardner-Edgerton) The four-star Rivals recruit Wrench chose KU over offers from Iowa, Kansas State, Missouri and Nebraska. However, Wrench wouldn't have been eligible at KU for the 2014 season, so he enrolled at Butler Community College.
* — Updated Aug. 7, 2014

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