Jayhawks add CBs Dotson and Bryant, DE Anokwuru to 2020 class on National Signing Day

photo by: Journal-World illustration

University of Kansas football recruiting

National Signing Day looked relatively uneventful for the Kansas football program for a while Wednesday morning, as the program’s 2020 recruits validated their commitments with signatures as planned.

The scene heated up by midday, though, as the Jayhawks officially added three of its targets to the class.

First, cornerback Ra’Mello Dotson and defensive end Clinton Anokwuru signed. Then even more surprising, JaCobee Bryant, who decommitted from the Jayhawks eight days earlier, signed with the KU program he had seemed ready to spurn.

During his prep career at Hillcrest High in Evergreen, Ala., Bryant picked up scholarship offers from several Power Five programs, including Ole Miss, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia and Virginia Tech.

A 6-foot, 170-pound cornerback, Bryant is a three-star talent and rated by Rivals as the No. 27 overall prospect in the state of Alabama for 2020.

Anokwuru, a 6-foot-3, 235-pound recruit considered a three-star weakside D-end by Rivals, chose KU over Washington State, Virginia Tech, Colorado State and Louisiana-Lafayette.

This past season, Anokwuru racked up 43 total tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, four fumble recoveries and three sacks at Fort Bend Bush High, in Richmond, Texas.

Dotson, a 6-foot-1 and 170-pound two-star recruit, made five interceptions and 46 total tackles during his senior season at Mainland High in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Much earlier in the day, Jackson Satterwhite, a three-star the offensive lineman prospect from Miami, Okla., became the first of the known members of KU’s 2020 class to sign during the February period, and others soon followed.

Kenean Caldwell, a three-star defensive lineman from Oak Grove, La., and Bryce Cabeldue, a two-star O-lineman from Clovis, N.M., signed, as well. And KU announced the signing of Kyler Pearson, a two-star receiver from Tulsa, Okla.

The Jayhawks missed out, however, on three-star defensive end Philip Blidi. The D-lineman from New Mexico, who had been committed to Texas Tech, signed with the Red Raiders just two days after reopening his recruitment and identifying KU as one of his top two choices.

Elsewhere, former KU commit Da’Vonshai Harden, a two-star quarterback from Topeka, signed with Northern Iowa.

KU football also announced Wednesday the official additions of some preferred walk-ons:

• Jared Casey – FB from Plainville

• Quentin Skinner – WR from Claremore, Okla.

• Reis Vernon – P from Bixby, Okla.

• Danny Robinson – OL from Overland Park