Four high school basketball players Greg Gurley, Greg Ostertag, Sean Pearson and Calvin Rayford were expected to sign letters of intent with Kansas today, the first day of the week-long early signing period.
The Jayhawks, however, lost a potential signee when Eric Meek, a 6-10 center from Escondido, Calif., announced he would sign with Duke. Meek picked Duke over Kansas, Vanderbilt and Stanford.
Thus the Jayhawks will have one or two scholarships left for the April signing period, depending on the decision of 6-8 Ben Davis of Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va.
Davis will reportedly select either Kansas or Pittsburgh before the early period closes next Wednesday.
Rayford, a 5-8 guard from Washington High in Milwaukee, Wis., is the Jayhawks highest-rated recruit, tabbed the 30th best player in the country by recruiting expert Bob Gibbons of Lenoir, N.C.
As a junior, Rayford averaged 15 points, 10 assists and five steals a game for Washington High. He picked KU over Marquette and Arkansas.
"He's the quickest I've seen on all levels and that includes the pros," said Washington High coach James Gordon.
Ostertag, a 7-1, 250-pound center from Duncanville, Texas, averaged 16.9 points and 15 rebounds last season. He picked KU over Syracuse, Arizona State and several Southwest Conference schools.
Gurley, a 6-5 guard/forward from Shawnee Mission South, averaged 21.3 points, 7.6 rebounds and 5.2 assists for last year's undefeated state champs. He shot 64 percent from the field; 70 percent at last summer' prestigious Nike camp. He picked KU over Notre Dame, USC, Syracuse and all the Big Eight schools except Oklahoma. He didn't consider the Sooners.
Pearson, a 6-5 guard/forward from Nazareth Academy in LaGrange Park, Ill., averaged 23 points and 10 boards as a junior. He picked KU over Marquette and Michigan.
Pearson, Ostertag and Gurley are all ranked in Gibbons' top 100.
During the November signing period, recruits must mail in their letters of intent. Consequently, coach Roy Williams will not announce the signings until he has received the letters.