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Video and notes on KU’s football 2010 recruiting class

February 3, 2010

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Today, new Kansas University football coach Turner Gill will introduce his first recruiting class as part of 2010 National Signing Day. Highlighted by four-star prospects Brandon Bourbon (running back) and Keeston Terry (wide receiver), the group is expected to include 18 players.

The following is a look at the Jayhawks’ projected newcomers:

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Keba Agostinho highlight video

Keba Agostinho

Position: Defensive end

Height/weight: 6-foot-3, 250 pounds

Hometown: Katy, Texas

Last school: James E. Taylor High

Also considered: Baylor, Houston, Texas A&M

Notable: An all-District selection last fall, Agostinho finished his senior season with 70 tackles, nine sacks, seven tackles for loss and four forced fumbles.

Jaqwaylin Arps

Position: Defensive end

Height/weight: 6-foot-3, 230 pounds

Hometown: Denison, Texas

Last school: Denison High

Also considered: New Mexico, Southern Methodist, Texas Tech, UTEP

Notable: Originally committed to Texas Tech, Arps switched his commitment in August at least in part so he could play alongside fellow KU commit Jimmay Mundine. Not the biggest guy around, but speed and athleticism are a plus.

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Brandon Bourbon highlight video

Brandon Bourbon

Position: Running back

Height/weight: 6-foot-2, 205 pounds

Hometown: Potosi, Mo.

Last school: Potosi High

Also considered: Stanford, Missouri, Notre Dame, BYU, Kansas State, Vanderbilt, Harvard

Notable: One of two four-star players in the Jayhawks’ 2010 signing class, Bourbon was a late addition after de-commiting from Stanford earlier this week. Rushed for nearly 2,400 yards with 29 touchdowns as a junior and has been compared to Stanford Heisman Trophy finalist Toby Gerhart.

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Jeremiah Edwards highlight video

Jeremiah Edwards

Position: Defensive tackle

Height/weight: 6-foot-1, 270 pounds

Hometown: Garland, Texas

Last school: Garland High

Also considered: Arizona, Houston, Southern Methodist, Texas Tech, Tulsa, UTEP

Notable: Originally recruited by Mark Mangino’s staff, Edwards kept his commitment following Gill’s arrival. A bit undersized at defensive tackle, but has been described as a high-energy player with football smarts.

Jake Farley

Position: Defensive back

Height/weight: 6-foot-2, 210 pounds

Hometown: Cedar Falls, Iowa

Last school: Cedar Falls High

Also considered: Iowa State, Louisville

Notable: Listed as the No. 9 prospect in the state of Iowa, Farley is the son of former KU linebackers coach Mark Farley, who served on Terry Allen’s staff from 1997-2000.

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Ed Fink highlight video

Ed Fink

Position: Linebacker

Height/weight: 6-foot-3, 221 pounds

Hometown: Belleville, Ill.

Last school: Althoff Catholic High

Also considered: Army, Cincinnati, Kansas State

Notable: Went highly unnoticed after missing most of his junior season with a broken leg, but caught the attention of recruiters by tallying 71 tackles and 10 sacks as a senior in ’09.

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Ricki Herod Jr. highlight video

Ricki Herod Jr.

Position: Wide receiver

Height/weight: 6-foot-2, 175 pounds

Hometown: Mesquite, Texas

Last school: North Mesquite High

Also considered: Texas Tech, UCLA, Kentucky

Notable: Ranked by Rivals as the No. 70 prospect in the state of Texas and the No. 56 receiver nationally. Averaged over 15 yards per catch and played at the same high school as current KU defensive back Daymond Patterson.

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Chad Kolumber highlight video

Chad Kolumber

Position: Offensive lineman

Height/weight: 6-foot-8, 286 pounds

Hometown: Woodberry Forest, Va.

Last school: Woodberry Forest School

Also considered: Marshall, Buffalo, Rhode Island

Notable: Received his first offer from Buffalo while Gill was still there, but followed the coach to Lawrence.

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Pat Lewandowski highlight video

Pat Lewandowski

Position: Defensive end

Height/weight: 6-foot-6, 248 pounds

Hometown: Overland Park

Last school: Blue Valley West High

Also considered: Kansas State, Northwestern

Notable: Worked himself back from a torn ACL that forced him to miss his entire junior year. Listed as the No. 11 recruit in the state of Kansas and the No. 43 strongside defensive end nationally.

Brian Maura

Position: Wide receiver

Height/weight: 6-foot-3, 190 pounds

Hometown: Miami, Fla.

Last school: Felix Varela High

Also considered: Kentucky, Mississippi State, Wake Forest

Notable: Clocked at 4.49 in the 40-yard dash, Maura finished among the top 10 in talent-rich Dade County in receiving and touchdowns caught as a senior, according to Rivals. Also returned four kickoffs for touchdowns.

Dexter McDonald

Position: Defensive back

Height/weight: 6-foot-2, 180 pounds

Hometown: Kansas City, Mo.

Last school: Rockhurst High

Also considered: Missouri, Illinois, Iowa State

Notable: Ranked as the No. 12 prospect in the state of Missouri and the No. 77 receiver in the nation. Committed to Illinois and Missouri before deciding on Kansas last week.

Quinn Mecham

Position: Quarterback

Height/weight: 6-foot-3, 195 pounds

Hometown: Ephraim, Utah

Last school: Snow College (Utah)

Also considered: Utah State, Virginia

Notable: Completed 202 of 323 passes last season for 3,091 yards, 40 touchdowns and 11 interceptions as a sophomore at Snow College last season and could battle Kale Pick for the Jayhawks’ starting quarterback spot next fall.

Ray Mitchell

Position: Safety

Height/weight: 6-foot-1, 180 pounds

Hometown: Irving, Texas

Last school: MacArthur High

Also considered: Colorado State, Iowa State, New Mexico, Tulsa, UNLV, Wyoming

Notable: Earned first-team all-district honors as a free safety last fall after finishing with 51 tackles.

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Jimmay Mundine highlight video

Check out the beginning of the video and also the 2:56 mark

Jimmay Mundine

Position: Outside linebacker

Height/weight: 6-foot-1, 225 pounds

Hometown: Denison, Texas

Last school: Denison High

Also considered: Baylor, Oklahoma State, Southern Methodist

Notable: Tabbed as the nation’s No. 79 outside linebacker, Mundine played both receiver (1,037 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior) and linebacker (27 tackles, five sacks) for Denison High.

James Sims

Position: Running back

Height/weight: 6-foot, 205 pounds

Hometown: Irving, Texas

Last school: MacArthur High

Also considered: Arkansas, Iowa State, North Texas, Purdue, Utah, UTEP

Notable: One of two running back prospects in the Class of 2010. Rushed for 1,762 yards and 20 touchdowns with a 6.8 yards-per-carry average. Also caught 12 passes for 96 yards and a touchdown en route to earning co-district MVP honors.

Trent Smiley

Position: Tight end

Height/weight: 6-foot-4, 225 pounds

Hometown: Frisco, Texas

Last school: Wakeland High

Also considered: Florida State, Iowa State, Kentucky, Oklahoma State, Rice, Wake Forest

Notable: Caught 36 passes for 405 yards and four touchdowns as a senior. Has size and speed (clocked at a 4.6 40-yard dash) and is ranked as the nation’s 17th-best tight end prospect.

Keeston Terry

Position: Wide receiver

Height/weight: 6-foot-2, 179 pounds

Hometown: Blue Springs, Mo.

Last school: Blue Springs High

Also considered: Illinois, Kansas State, Missouri, Nebraska, Stanford, Wisconsin

Notable: Terry, a four-star recruit and the son of former KU defensive back Doug Terry, headlines what figures to be a strong group of receivers in the Class of 2010.

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Andrew Turzilli highlight video

Check out the 2:16 mark

Andrew Turzilli

Position: Wide receiver

Height/weight: 6-foot-4, 185 pounds

Hometown: Butler, N.J.

Last school: Butler High

Also considered: Tulsa, Rutgers, Syracuse, Temple

Notable: A three-star recruit with great upside, Turzilli is ranked as New Jersey’s No. 29 recruit and is coming off a senior prep season in which he caught 48 passes for 888 yards and 11 touchdowns.

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