Archive for Sunday, January 15, 2012

3 more junior college football prospects commit to Kansas

January 15, 2012, 2:15 p.m. Updated January 16, 2012, 12:16 a.m.

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With less than three weeks remaining before national signing day, Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis and his new coaching staff continue to make up for lost time by landing commitments in a hurry.

And their moves seem to be in direct contrast to the way Weis’ predecessor, Turner Gill, went about building his program.

Saturday night, the Jayhawks learned that junior-college All-American running back Taylor Cox and junior-college wide receiver Josh Ford had orally pledged their services to KU.

Sunday, junior-college tight end Charles Brooks decided to join them. All three were former three-star prospects, according to Rivals.com.

Gill did not bring in his first juco player until his second year in town.

In landing the three junior-college players, Weis adds both experience and talent to a KU offense that figures to look a lot different in 2012 than it did in 2011.

“At Kansas, there just aren’t enough BCS football players in the state to survive,” said Jon Kirby of JayhawkSlant.com, who has covered KU recruiting for 13 seasons. “So you have to be creative how you build your roster, and I’ve always felt that junior-college kids can be a big part of that. From what I have seen so far, the quality of the junior-college players that they’re bringing in is a great sign for KU football because these are guys that I think can make contributions right away.”

Cox, 5-foot-11, 200 pounds, of College of the Siskiyous in Weed, Calif., ran for 1,507 yards and 14 touchdowns in 10 games this season. Originally from Mill Creek, Wash., Cox owns the school record for rushing yards in a game (326), rushing yards in a career (2,744) and touchdowns in a career (31). He also knows incoming transfer Jake Heaps, a quarterback from Washington, and told JayhawkSlant.com he chose KU because of what Weis is building.

“I just know I want to be a part of it,” Cox said. “I think good things are going to happen. The coaches were all very welcoming but that they had that look they are ready to get to work. I know coach Weis wants good football players, but he also is looking for players with high character. I’m excited and honored to be a part of it.”

Ford, 6-4, 195, finished the 2011 season at Arizona Western with 845 yards and 10 touchdowns on 58 receptions. Long and tall, with 4.4-second, 40-yard dash speed, Ford, who originally hails from Washington, D.C., said he could flourish at his new school.

“I know in an offense run by coach Weis, I will get the ball thrown to me a lot,” Ford told JayhawkSlant.com. “It is the type of offense that can showcase wide receivers. Coach Weis is known for developing quarterbacks, and that is the receiver’s best friend.”

Brooks, 6-5, 245, comes to Kansas from Scottsdale Community College in Arizona as one of the top five junior-college tight ends available. He chose KU over offers from Florida International, Middle Tennessee State, Mississippi, New Mexico and Savannah State.

The addition of Brooks, Cox and Ford brings KU’s commitment list in the Class of 2012 to a dozen, about half of the yearly maximum (25) the program is allowed to sign. It remains to be seen just how many more prospects Weis will bring to town.

“I don’t want to undersign,” Weis said the day he was introduced. “I don’t want to go out there and sign 15 guys if I can sign 25 guys. I also don’t want to take people just for numbers. You want to take guys that fit what you need.”

Miller Tweets he’s gone

Darrian Miller, KU’s second-leading rusher during the 2011 season, announced on Twitter over the weekend that he is no longer a member of the KU football program.

Questions about Miller’s future at Kansas popped up shortly after Weis was hired in early December, and rumors ran wild throughout the past month about Miller’s status. The addition of Cox to an already-crowded backfield seems to indicate that the Jayhawks are prepared to move on without Miller, a freshman from Blue Springs, Mo., who missed the final game of the 2011 season because of suspension.

There has been no official word from KU officials on the status of Miller or any other current players.

Lineman to visit

Carlos Lozano, a 6-8, 360-pound offensive lineman from East Los Angeles College, is expected to take his official visit to KU early this week and may be in town today.

Lozano, who hails from Monterey Park, Calif., has scholarship offers from KU, Utah, Washington, Kansas State, UCLA and Utah State and is drawing interest from more than a dozen others.

Comments

grahambailey 3 years, 3 months ago

Numbers mean nothkng. I didn't see anything here to get excited about. We better be getting some OL and DL if we want to compete.

drnater 3 years, 3 months ago

You obviously dont follow recruiting at all. Your 2 areas that you want brought in has had an overload last year and this recruiting class. Last year we had 6 linemen sign with us. Almost all of them red-shirted. We signed 3 de's last year, and have 3 dt's already verbally committed while still being high on multiple others lists. So please before you just come out and say something do some research. Its not that hard to google something.

drnater 3 years, 3 months ago

There are far more sites than just rivals to get updates on recruiting. Rivals is a good one, but theres also Scout, 247sports, The Shiver, RockChalkTalk, bleacherreport, etc. Plus, every recruit that we've got gets mentioned on here. You also have to think about previous classes which should be part of your knowledge of the team. Its just as easy to look dumb, as it is to be educated.

Gerry Butler 3 years, 3 months ago

well i see plenty to get excited about. coach weiss and staff is bringing in prospects and recruits that wouldn't have given ku the time of day with former ku coaches. i am really excited about the coaching staff that has been put together and the idea of the two former 5 star quarterbacks being at ku is going to do nothing but be a very positive thing for us. it is going to attract future more highly touted QB'S and receivers. and i have no doubt that we are in good hands with tim and our defensive cordinator from dallas. i don't give a rats rear about his age he has proven experience or he wouldn't of had the job he has had. i will definetely take our chances with what is at hand now far over what we have had in the past. we don't need bandwagon fans quit looking for negatives and look at the positives we have going for the program i see brighter things on the horizon for our football program. GO HAWKS

stevieboy 3 years, 3 months ago

The reason they went to a junior college is because they are not that good..Ku might win 1 conf game next year,but I doubt it..EMAW

hesshawk 3 years, 3 months ago

didn't your savior of the universe sign a crapload of juco players when he started there, both times ? I assume, based on your "theory" that they weren't any good either....... Go somewhere else with your "Every Man A Wuss" garbage.

Mandie Eutsler 3 years, 3 months ago

Hahahaha, this is entertaining. Snyder has made a living on JuCo players. And as long as that win takes place in Manhattan, I'm good...

fu7il3 3 years, 3 months ago

Most of the time, going to junior college for an athlete is less about not being that good and more about not having the grades to go to a university. They might be good players.

Richard Payton 3 years, 3 months ago

K-State had some quality seasons with junior college players.

stevieboy 3 years, 3 months ago

right, but this is ku...bottom feeders in all of college this year. This program is a total em barrassment to college football. Worst fans in the entire nation,hardly anyone goes to a game, then they leave at halftime...You will always be a 2nd tier team in football...Accept it..EMAW !

Richard Payton 3 years, 3 months ago

I recall when KSU fans left at halftime back in the toilet bowl era. Kansas will build a quality program.

Bob Reinsch 3 years, 3 months ago

I remember when KSU was considered the worst football program in the history of D-1, with the possible exception of Rice. KSU's stadium was regularly as empty as a Mizzou bowl game. The fall after Wichita State cancelled their football program, Street & Smith still had WSU ranked higher than K-State.

You still have to win 26 games straight to get to .500 against the Jayhawks... and I doubt OBZ is going to be coaching that long, and even then, it might not matter. Snyder kept KSU from cancelling their program (yes, they got that close), but when he's gone, good luck with your next Ron Prince wannabe.

Mandie Eutsler 3 years, 3 months ago

KSU all time record 476–612–41 KU all time record 573–570–58. KU vs. KSU 65-39-5 Ku has the NCAA record for most tie games all time, which will never be broken unless the tie breaker rule is changed.... Basically, WE SUCK LESS!

DocPossum 3 years, 3 months ago

I like the idea that they are high character guys! Coaching staff is doing a great job after starting in December. Shamrock chalk Jayhawks!

drnater 3 years, 3 months ago

The problem I have with this is we have a ton of defensive talent. Half of our recruiting class last year were on the defensive side of the ball. Plus, we return all of our starters on defense except 3 I think. Add in the defensive recruits we've added this year, and a coaching staff that still has some recruits to pull out of their sleeves and our defense has plenty of talent. They just need the coaching and schemes to be put in the position to win. After all, a KSU fan should know the impact good coaching can have on a team.

Gerry Butler 3 years, 3 months ago

ku you had trouble on both sides of the ball. true there was no defense last year totally ridicilous scores but i still beklieve we will be markedly improved there as well. got some nice recruits comin in to visit plus some commits, hopefully the 6ft 8 360 boy would be a nice get

jaywalker 3 years, 3 months ago

Stoopid bathketball thkool! B^{>

There ya go. Think I captured the grade level you were comin' from. Welcome.

drnater 3 years, 3 months ago

Matt any news on where we can watch the press conference at 3?

drnater 3 years, 3 months ago

Looks like Saunders, Berglund, Miller, Terry, Arps, and Mcdonald are all dismissed. Webb, Sellers, and Mabry are still in school but not on team. Bodenstein transferring.

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