KU recruiting class long on high school blockers

Free State senior quarterback Gage Foster is lifted up in the air by Jalan Robinson after a touchdown against Olathe Northwest on Thursday at College Boulevard Activity Center.

Kansas went heavy on junior-college recruits, using 11 of an estimated 20 or 21 available scholarships on them.

Still, KU was able to recruit a decent foundation of high school blockers to try to build with in the weight room and on the practice field.

Guard Jacobi Lott of Amarillo, Texas probably projects as the player most likely to play as a true freshman. Offensive tackles Mac Copeland from Wichita and Nick Williams from the St. Louis area are likely candidates to spend their first season in the program as redshirts.

Kansas has a good shot at adding a fourth high school offensive lineman from right down the road. Free State High’s Jalan Robinson will announce his college choice at 2:45 p.m. today. KU offered a scholarship late in the process, after Mississippi State offered. Nebraska got involved late, but the Cornhuskers appeared to have him as a backup plan in the event they didn’t land Will Canty, a three-star lineman from Florida. The Cornhuskers beat out Louisville for him, so it looks as if Robinson is down to Mississippi State and Kansas.

Robinson appeared to have more interest in Nebraska than Mississippi State because it’s closer to him, so that bodes well for KU’s chances of landing the blocker who didn’t become a starter until his senior year, but has a high ceiling because of his frame and quick feet. He starts for Free State’s basketball team.

In a class that for the most part is all about winning now, it’s refreshing to see Kansas continue to try to build an offensive line with primarily prospects from high school.