Two weeks remain until the national football letter of intent signing date, and Kansas has almost all of its scholarships spoken for.
"We're pretty close to full," KU recruiting coordinator R. D. Helt confirmed. "We're about done. . .hopefully."
One reason Kansas is close to fulfilling its scholarship allotment is because it has only 15 to 18 grants available. The NCAA maximum is 25, but that number would put Kansas above the overall 95-scholarship limit.
"We've had to be more selective, but we've been fortunate," Helt said. "I think our record this season opened us to some attention and, second, we've been successful getting local kids interested in us."
Kansas has received verbal commitments from two consensus all-staters quarterback Brian Schottenheimer of Blue Valley and lineman Chad Jones of Atwood and five other in-state players as well as quarterback Johnny Mattress of Coffeyville CC.
KANSAS LOST a potential signee on Wednesday when Curtis Turner, a consensus all-state end from Scott City, picked Kansas State. The 6-5, 215-pounder had narrowed his choices to KU and K-State, the only schools he visited.
"I like K-State because there were more people from Scott City and more people from Western Kansas there," Turner said.
Kansas is interested in at least one more Sunflower State prep end Jim Moore of Garden City, a two-time consensus all-stater.
Moore, a 6-3, 225-pounder, is scheduled to visit the KU campus next Monday and Tuesday. He can't visit this weekend because he plays on Garden City High's basketball team.
According to Garden City football coach Dave Meadows, Moore has visited Southern Cal and Wisconsin, and has cancelled trips to Notre Dame and Ohio State.
"After he visits KU, I think he'll make his decision," Meadows said.
KANSAS APPARENTLY will not hold a scholarship for two-time all-state running back Michael Cosey of Lawrence High. Cosey hasn't made any recruiting trips.
Cosey, generally regarded as the most talented high school running back from Kansas since Barry Sanders, may wind up at a junior college.
"I've got to take the ACT again," Cosey said. "If I doesn't work out, I'll probably go juco."
Andy Ball of Riverton, another two-time all-state running back, will reportedly go the junior college route.
In-state prospects who have announced they'll sign with Kansas, in addition to Schottenheimer and Jones, are Bob Goltra of Fort Scott, Jason Brown of Blue Valley, Chris Jones of Newton, Jared Smith of Pittsburg and Keith Rodgers of Shawnee Mission Northwest.
The first day national letters of intent can be signed is Feb. 5.