Kansas had a football player named Mike Arbanas in the 1980s. Now they'll have one in the 1990s.
Mike Arbanas, a 6-5, 275-pound offensive lineman from Thornwood High in suburban Chicago, has verbally committed to sign a national letter of intent with the Jayhawks.
"I think he'll be a great player at Kansas," said Terry Kennedy, head coach at Thornwood High. "He was widely recruited."
Arbanas is not related to the Mike Arbanas who lettered for Kansas as a linebacker and defensive lineman in the early 80s. That Mike Arbanas, who prepped at Kansas City Grandview, is the son of former Chiefs tight end Fred Arbanas.
Thornwood's Mike Arbanas could be classified as a late bloomer, according to Kennedy.
"MIKE DIDN'T play very much at all as a junior," the Thornwood coach said. "He came on slowly and wasn't a big standout. He's just one of those kids who stepped up and just gotten better and better."
Kennedy said Nebraska showed early interest in Arbanas and that Minnesota was "extremely interested, but he committed shortly after his visit to Kansas. He was very impressed by the school."
Arbanas is the first out-of-state player known to have announced his intention to sign with with KU. National letters of intent can be penned for the first time a week from Wednesday.
KU has non-binding commitments from seven in-state players, including consensus all-staters Brian Schottenheimer of Blue Valley and and Chad Jones of Atwood.
Schottenheimer, son of Chiefs head coach Marty Schottenheimer, is a quarterback, Jones a lineman.
KANSAS ALSO has a verbal commitment from another Blue Valley player lineman Jason Brown and another Jones Chris Jones, a wide receiver from Newton.
KU's other prep commitments are from Bob Goltra, a lineman from Fort Scott; Keith Rodgers, a defensive back from Shawnee Mission Northwest; and Jared Smith, a lineman from Pittsburg.
In addition, the Jayhawks have one junior college signee quarterback Johnny Mattress of Coffeyville CC.
Kansas has no more than 18 scholarships to award this year and most of those grants are accounted for. KU is limited to that number the NCAA maximum is 25 because any more would put the Jayhawks over the 95-scholarship limit.
A current focus of the recruiting process is Jim Moore, a two-time consensus all-state linebacker and tight end from Garden City. The 6-3, 225-pound Moore was on the KU campus Monday and today. He's narrowed his college choices to USC, Kansas and Wisconsin.