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KU football notes: Jayhawks land Texas LB

December 5, 2010

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The commitments just keep on coming for Kansas University football coach Turner Gill and his staff.

Friday, after hosting a number of big-name recruits from around the country, Gill and company learned that Texas linebacker Collin Garrett had given an oral pledge to become a Jayhawk.

Garrett, 6-foot-1, 205 pounds, hails from West Brook High in Beaumont, Texas, where he was an all-state selection at linebacker. As a junior, he tallied 137 tackles. He followed that up with 155 more this season and, earlier this week, was named the district defensive MVP.

Garrett has blazing speed and is projected as an outside linebacker in the Big 12.

The three-star prospect chose KU over Houston, Miami (Ohio), Mississippi, North Texas, Rice, Tulane, Tulsa and UTEP.

He told Rivals.com Friday night that he was ecstatic to join the Jayhawks.

“They have a great coaching staff and (KU coach Buddy Wyatt) told me I have the chance to see the field early,” Garrett told Rivals. “I felt Kansas was a great place.”

Stoudt excels in bowl game

KU recruit and Iowa Western Community College quarterback Zack Stoudt, 6-5, 235, closed his juco career in record-setting fashion Saturday.

Stoudt, whose team fell, 48-36, to Snow College in the Top of the Mountains Bowl in Sandy, Utah, completed 39 of 76 passes for a bowl-record 440 yards passing. He was intercepted once and sacked twice.

Currently ranked as the No. 2 junior college QB in the country, Stoudt will graduate this month and is expected to choose a school in time to enroll there for the spring semester in January.

KU is competing with Louisiana Tech, Mississippi, Toledo, UTEP and Wyoming, among others, for Stoudt’s services. Stoudt recently called Kansas his leader.

Laptad, Springer named honorable mention

KU seniors Jake Laptad (DE) and Justin Springer (LB) were named to the Associated Press all-Big 12 postseason squad on Friday.

Both players were tapped as honorable mention selections.

Springer finished second on the team with 85 tackles. Laptad had 38 and led the Jayhawks with 4.5 sacks.

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