KU football adds unanticipated 3-star linebacker on National Signing Day


Kansas University football recruiting

Kansas University football recruiting

National Signing Day has arrived for the Class of 2018, but Kansas football coach David Beaty and his staff don’t have to worry much about in terms of which of their recruiting targets will follow through and sign letters of intent.

The time for heightened anxiousness came and went in December’s three-day early signing period, when Louisiana standouts Corione Harris and Anthony “Pooka” Williams joined three other preps and nine junior college prospects in making their commitments official.

Throw in Florida State graduate transfer Mavin Saunders and juco quarterback Miles Kendrick, who joined the program for the spring semester, and the KU staff entered the traditional February signing day with most of its business behind them.

Only four players who had previously announced their commitments to Kansas came into Wednesday unsigned: Blue Valley North defensive end Miles Emery, Louisiana linebacker Ryan Malbrough, Texas prep quarterback Torry Locklin and Coffeyville Community College offensive tackle Reuben Lewis.

That group gained a welcome addition Wednesday morning, though, when Kenny Bastida, an uncommitted three-star linebacker from Deerfield Beach, Fla., decided he would sign with Kansas.

According to Jon Kirby of Jayhawk Slant, Bastida visited KU this past weekend after being recruited by new linebackers coach Bill Miller. Prior to his senior season, Bastida reportedly had offers from Penn State, LSU, Michigan State, Wisconsin, North Carolina State and several other programs. He told Kirby in the past month he visited with coaches from Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Colorado and “a lot of other schools.”

A 6-foot-4, 330-pound tackle originally from Apopka, Fla., Lewis was the first of the group to sign Wednesday morning.

The letter for Malbrough, a 6-1, 180-pound linebacker from Cecilia, La., came through next.

Bastida signed Wednesday morning, as well.

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In total, KU’s 2018 class projects to include just nine high school players, 11 from the junior college ranks and one graduate transfer.

Class of 2018 signees

Reuben Lewis | 6-4, 330 | OL | Coffeyville C.C.

None by David Beaty

Ryan Malbrough | 6-1, 180 | LB | Cecilia High (La.)

None by David Beaty

Kenny Bastida | 6-1, 230 | OLB | Deerfield Beach High (Fla.)

None by David Beaty

Below is the list of recruits who KU already had in place heading into February.

Mavin Saunders | 6-5, 256 | TE | Florida State

Jeremiah McCullough | 6-0, 205 | S | Hartnell College

Davon Ferguson | 5-10, 190 | DB | Hartnell College

Elijah Jones | 6-1, 175 | CB | Ellsworth Community College

Najee Stevens-McKenzie | 6-3, 225 | DE | ASA College

Azur Kamara | 6-4, 225 | DE | Arizona Western College

Jacobi Lott | 6-4, 309 | OL | Tascosa High (Texas)

Charles Cole | 6-3, 280 | DT | Butler Community College

Foster Dixson | 6-4, 250 | DE | West Los Angeles Community College

Stephon Robinson | 5-10, 170 | WR | El Camino Community College

Mac Copeland | 6-4, 245 | OL | Wichita Collegiate High

Nick Williams | 6-8, 265 | OL | Ritenour High (Mo.)

Corione Harris | 6-1, 170 | CB | Landry-Walker High (La.)

Elmore Hempstead Jr. | 5-11, 175 | CB | Fort Scott C.C.

Anthony “Pooka” Williams Jr. | 5-10, 170 | RB | Hahnville High (La.)

Miles Kendrick | 5-10, 200 | QB | College of San Mateo


Kevin Robert Fest 4 years, 6 months ago

We can only hope for the best from each one that they can make an impact to the program whether immediately or down the road in a few years.

John Fitzgerald 4 years, 6 months ago

I'm curious, are we allowed to have up to 25? Or is 20 our number?

Benton Smith 4 years, 6 months ago

It's all very fuzzy. Beaty doesn't like to talk about how many scholarship players they have and which guys who have already been on campus and/or playing they had to get creative with and count forward, and that sort of thing. 25 is still the national number.

John Fitzgerald 4 years, 6 months ago

I'm sure he just doesn't want to bring to light anymore dysfunction than he's already shown. But good information to have. Thanks, Benton.

Titus Canby 4 years, 6 months ago

Based on what Benton wrote in the article, we're signing 9 high schoolers, 11 juco players, and 1 grad transfer. That's 21. (Yeah, I learned my arithmetic.) If we can "legally" sign 25, we've fallen short. If that number is less, then we can't use "not enough bodies" as an excuse anymore. Now, if we don't have enough bodies, it's our fault, not Charlie's.

Kevin Robert Fest 4 years, 6 months ago

This is the problem I have with Juco players for example Cole and McCaleb from last years class both these Juco players only have two years in the program neither one of them started a game last year, now they only have one more year to play in the program then they are out.

If they had been high school players they could have redshirted like a number of high schoolers did in the 2017 recruiting class then have four more years to make an impact on the program. You have guys are coming from Junior College that don't play a down or only played because of injuries to others one year and may have little impact the next and then they're out. Beaty could have had a high school player for 3 more years, this is where Juco problem comes into play but everybody on this board wants to look the other way and say David paid he's doing a great job recruiting. Really?

Everyone here thinks JUCOS are more experienced, more ready to play over high school kids well based on yesterday's article on the review of last year's class that isn't true. If these players didn't play a down last year or very little what experience or play readiness do they have or does anyone think they have a chance to start with MORE players coming in this year? 2 years and gone maybe they needed more time to develop but with only having 2 years isnt enough. Now l know thats only 2 players but that's still 2 players who wont be around after 2018 and 2 more spots to fill from JUCOS who had no impact on the program. Now maybe after 2 years a high schooler wouldn't have had any impact on the program but at least with three more years to develop you never know. Unless you get the cream of the crop from the Juco level I think you that you are just swimming against the current with these lower level Juco guys who will probably never have any real impact on the program anyway.

I know it's Signing Day and everybody's supposed to be in a good mood and I'm sure there's certain people on this board that will skewer me for writing this but who cares the facts are the facts we have more jucos in this class then high schoolers who have only 2 years or 3 years to play when we could have some of these high schoolers for 5 years. Go ahead with your slings and arrows I'm a big boy I can take it.

Mike Hart 4 years, 6 months ago

Uh... are you unaware that you can redshirt a juco transfer too?

Dillon Davis 4 years, 6 months ago

Is there a press conference today? I haven't seen anything about it.

John Brazelton 4 years, 6 months ago

JUCOs are just like high school recruits, some become starters or back-ups and some don't make the grade. Out of every recruiting class, you lose about 5 or more players for various reasons and that includes programs like Texas and OU where you only recruit 4-star and highly ranked 3-star athletes. Everyone has made this season for Beaty a make or break year, since we lost most of our Louisiana recruits and others backed-out because our win and loss record, Beaty went with JUCOs to get immediate starters or back-ups. KU football coaches use to be given 5 years to re-build a program, no one is willing to wait that long any more. Go Hawks!!!

Brett McCabe 4 years, 6 months ago

Five years is a myth. It's never been a thing, anywhere. Repeating it over and over is meaningless. Bob Valesente wasn't given 5 years. Terry Allen was, but he was far more successful than Beaty. Your current A.D. gave Turner Gill and Charlie Weiss less than three years. Yes, the same A.D. who says he knows how to build a football program. So, who is it that's not giving the coaches enough time?

Kevin Robert Fest 4 years, 6 months ago

They are not the same John, jucos have 2 years maybe three in certain cases, high schoolers have up to 5 years. Yes some become starters backups etc but not the same regarding years of eligibility. Not even close.

Read the article

Bryson Stricker 4 years, 6 months ago

Rock chalk talk is a highly reputable source indeed.

Here’s a breakdown of the class. 1 Senior 7 Juniors 4 Sophomores 8 Freshmen

1 Senior to replace a senior while our Beast TE gains much needed experience and size.

7 juniors to come in on th DL where we lost a 2nd round pick and an up and comer (bean). Come in the secondary where we need IMMEDIATE help. 4 sophomores who most have 4 to play 3 so can redshirt if not ready to play and one of them is a potential starter at QB.

8 freshmen who for the most part will not play. Lott, Harris & Pooka more than likely will play because of how good they are already. I could also see the new kid playing a bit if he can have a good summer.

Our recruiting class is pretty solid. If they all had 5x4. The staff would be nutting over them all. The problem is the staff is quite unaware of how they think we should just magically be good next year so they put a negative connotation again on JUCO kids.

We are in no way screwed in the future and we are looking to have grabbed close to a top 50 recruiting class in the country.

IF you are mad at where we are heading into spring football, you just don’t sctually want us to succeed or want Beaty fired for personal reasons. If the guy can win games next fall, he’s going to turn the corner and be a tremendous asset to our university.

Rock mfin Chalk boiz

Andy Hess 4 years, 6 months ago

Any news or idea on what's keeping Miles Emery? He didn't sign at the early signing period and now still hasn't signed today.

Benton Smith 4 years, 6 months ago

KU hasn't officially announced Emery yet. Jayhawk Slant thinks he is in, though.

Brett McCabe 4 years, 6 months ago

Finally, the Beaty recruiting class that virtually destroys Kansas football. What's the new guy going to do in 2 years with no seniors on the team? An idiotic approach to building a football program by an A.D. and coach who seem to know everything about football except how to win at football. Put a fork in it.

Mike Hart 4 years, 6 months ago

Funny who you guys who have quit the program from a fan perspective... still come here and chime in anyway.

Bryson Stricker 4 years, 6 months ago

No seniors in 2 years? We are projected to have 28 ¿¿??

Bryson Stricker 4 years, 6 months ago

Miles Emery is focusing on academics. He’ll be announced once he has followed through on that part.

Kenneth Hillman 4 years, 6 months ago

Rock Chalk! Class is shaping up pretty well, a top 60 class. Was hoping for a Top 50 but that's a top 60 is a pretty big accomplishment with the win/loss record in 2017. We need some studs and I think there are several in this class. A Jalan Robinson signing today would help!

David Kemp 4 years, 6 months ago

Bastida signing is huge. He is a beast and could play as a freshman!

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