Kansas Football Recruiting Class Might Not Be Finished Just Yet

Junior college players and transfers make up a big portion of the Kansas recruiting class and more transfers are on the way.

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Kansas Football Recruiting Analysis: Charlie Weis Gets 'C-' From ESPN For 2012 Class

National Signing Day was going to be a bit of a challenge for the Kansas Jayhawks this year. After all, no matter how much hype came with hiring Charlie Weis as the team's new head football coach, it's hard to erase the losing of the last few years after Mark Mangino's firing. That said, a "C-" grade from ESPN is not that inspiring.

ESPN's scouting report reads, "This is a small class, especially in regards to high school prospects, and is really heavy on junior college prospects and transfers. The headliners of this class are quarterback transfers Dayne Crist (Notre Dame) and Jake Heaps (BYU), but with the loss of Seth Russell the class lacks a promising prep signal-caller to start grooming.

"Tight end Jordan Smith (Waco, Texas/Reicher) can contribute as a blocker and receiver. He has good hands and can help move the chains. Smith is a tough football player who plays hard and with a bit of an edge and will be a productive, get-it-done type of player for a Kansas program trying to turn things around. Amongst the small group of prep signings are some solid prospects such as guard Brian Beckmann (Overland Park, Kan./Blue Valley) and defensive tackle Tyler Holmes (Sachse, Texas), but the group does not feature any prospects who show high potential to make an impact."


Schlyer Miles Picks Kansas Over Florida And West Virginia

Charlie Weis and Kansas have pulled another late surprise in their second signing day announcement of the day. This time that announcement comes out of the State of Florida where Weis has managed to pull linebacker Schyler Miles away from the home state Florida Gators.

Miles instantly becomes the biggest high school signing for the Jayhawks in this last minute class as he chooses Kansas over Florida and future Big 12 opponent West Virginia.

Weis recruited Miles during his time at Florida and it was that relationship that allowed Kansas to move in and bring Miles to Lawrence for a visit. This is a solid addition to the Jayhawk class and a potential foundational type player at the linebacker position going forward.


Kansas Recruiting 2012: Charlie Weis Lands Cornerback Nasir Moore

Just after word spread that Charlie Weis lost out on one cornerback who would have certainly helped the defensive backfield, he ends up landing what some call a surprise in a commitment from Nasir Moore on National Signing Day 2012. Moore had eight interceptions last year for East Los Angeles (Calif.) College.

Moore is a 6-4, 185 lb. cornerback who runs a 4.32 40-yard dash. He also has a 37 inch vertical leap.

Moore was a big part of a strong defense at ELAC. Yahoo! Sports notes, “ELAC’s defense, which allows 22.1 points and 333.6 yards per game, is led by cornerback Tyrone Moore. Moore leads the team with 47 tackles while strong safety Robert Felton, who has three interceptions, is second with 43 tackles. Other key defensive contributors include Nasir Moore, Christopher Floyd and Justin Munoz.”

Moore also ran track and field in high school and can play on the offensive side at wide receiver.


Kansas Football Recruiting: V'Angelo Bentley Reportedly Headed To Illinois Instead Of Jayhawks

Charlie Weis might be losing one of his targets today as Matt Tait has word that V’Angelo Bentley is reportedly ready to sign with Illinois rather than Kansas. It’s a tale of two new coaches fighting for their first class and it appears Tim Beckman is going to win this one over Weis.

V’Angelo Bentley is listed as the No. 54 cornerback in the country and he certainly would have helped a porous pass defense that ultimately led to Turner Gill’s demise at Kansas. Bentley can also help in the return game.

Rivals also confirms Bentley’s signing and notes, “When Tim Beckman took over as head coach at Illinois in December he already knew the recruiting landscape in the Midwest from having led Toledo’s program the previous three years. That experience taught him that one of the region’s most prolific prep programs is Glenville High in Cleveland, and Beckman has dipped into the Tarblooder’s talent pool for a second time in the 2012 class.”


Kansas Football Recruiting: Brian Beckmann Stays Local To Join KU's Offensive Line

Brian Beckmann followed through on the commitment he made to Turner Gill and decided to stick with the changes to sign with Kansas. The offensive lineman is a good local player who will make the offensive line better in time, and it’s nice to see a kid stay local and stick through changes, something that’s undoubtedly difficult to do.

SB Nation’s Rock Chalk Talk has the word:

Beckmann played alongside current Jayhawk Dylan Admire at Blue Valley West during his junior year and Admire’s senior season. Beckmann is one of the top ranked offensive lineman in the state of Kansas but his senior year didn’t necessarily go smoothly. Early on Beckmann sustained a shoulder injury and he missed nearly the entire season for Blue Valley West which probably helped Kansas in retaining the local product.

Beckmann earned his offer at the Kansas offensive/defensive lineman camp last summer and ultimately chose the Jayhawks over Kansas State early in the process. Joining a former teammate certainly couldn’t have hurt. Now Beckmann joins a program where he’ll have time to develop under offensive line coach Tim Grunhard.

Check out more KU recruiting news there at Rock Chalk Talk.


Kansas Football Recruiting: Greg Allen Chooses Jayhawks Over Boise State, Utah

Charlie Weis is going to fill out the rest of his first overall draft class today for the Kansas Jayhawks football team, and Greg Allen is a nice addition to the defensive backfield. The three-star defensive back from Houston reportedly chose Kansas over others like Boise State and was even committed to Utah at one point. His 4.3 speed will certainly work well on the defensive end, which was a major issue last year under Turner Gill.

Yahoo! Sports reports, “Alief Taylor defensive back Greg Allen faxed in his letter of intent to Kansas and is now the newest Kansas Jayhawk. Allen committed to Kansas in January and was recruited by Buddy Wyatt.”

Weis has already brought in bigger recruits like Dayne Crist and Jake Heaps at the quarterback position, but it’s going to be the defensive additions like Allen and others that will turn the program around. After all, KU’s defense was among the worst in college football last year and that has to be the primary leak to plug.


National Signing Day: Charlie Weis Finds Another Quarterback As Jayhawks Pick Up Turner Baty

After visiting Lawrence over the week, junior college quarterback Turner Baty has made his decision to join the Kansas football program when he gave Charlie Weis and staff a verbal commitment on Tuesday.

Baty, 6'2" 225 lbs comes from City College of San Francisco, and according to Rivals.com, the Jayhawks were his lone offer. The three-star did have interest from many big time programs, including Big 12 foe Oklahoma.

The pro-style quarterback tallied quite the stats on the field in 2011, throwing for 3,149 yards and 22 touchdown passes.

Baty will have three season of eligibility once he arrives, as he will likely be behind recent transfer Dayne Crist of Notre Dame, and Jake Heaps of BYU.

Originally from New Canaan, Connecticut, Baty lead his high school team to a state title in high school while garnering All-State honors. You can check out footage of him from high school on youtube.

Also of note, cornerback Sean Draper of Glenville High School in Cleveland, Ohio has verbaled to the University of Iowa. Draper had visited KU over the weekend before choosing the Hawkeyes.

For more signing day coverage, make sure to check out Rock Chalk Talk, the home for KU athletics on SB Nation's network of blogs.


Kansas Football Recruiting: Busy Final Days For Charlie Weis As National Signing Day Approaches

Kansas capped off an impressive weekend as Monday they added their third recruit over the last two days as Charlie Weis tries to close ground on finalizing his first recruiting class by Wednesday's national signing day.

Tyree Williams of Sugar Land, Texas became the 14th member of the 2012 class (not counting transfers from other four-year schools), when the 6'0" 190 lb athlete picked the Jayhawks. After visiting Lawrence over the week, he choose the Big 12 school over offers from North Texas, SMU, and UTEP.

Williams spoke highly of the new coaching staff to the Lawrence Journal World -

"I felt like it was the right spot for me," Williams told Kirby. "I thought coach (Charlie) Weis and Dave Campo are great coaches. I want to be a part of the turnaround at Kansas. I love the coaching staff and how they interacted with the players."

Also picking Kansas over the week were JUCO defensive tackle Jordan Tavai from El Camino Community College and linebacker Courtney Arnick of Carter High School in Dallas.

Tavai, 6'3" 280 lbs is originally from Manhattan Beach, California and was the defensive MVP this past season in the National Northern Conference. He picked the Jayhawks over offers from Texas Tech and Washington State.

Arnick also visited Lawrence this past weekend and the 6'2" 200 lb outside linebacker had a list of offers than included Boise State and Houston.

Tavai and Arnick both have three stars according to Rivals.com, while Williams in a two-star.

Texas has been an area Kansas has zoned in on as this team looks to build. Of the 14 current commits, six come from the Lone Star State.

The other commits for Kansas include-

Greg Allen Defensive Back - Alief Taylor HS Houston, Texas

Sean Connolly Offensive Tackle - St. Edward HS Lakewood, Ohio

Charles Brooks Tight End - Scottsdale Community College in Arizona

Josh Ford Wide Receiver - Arizona Western Community College

Taylor Cox Running Back - College of the Siskiyous in California

Tyler Holmes Defensive Tackle - Sachse HS Sachse, Texas

Tre Parmalee Wide Receiver - Bishop Miege HS Overland Park, Kansas

Keon Stowers Defensive End - Georgia Military College

Ty McKinney Defensive Tackle - Trinity Valley Community College in Texas

Jordan Smith Tight End - Reicher HS Waco, Texas

Brian Beckmann Offensive Tackle - Blue Valley West HS Overland Park, KS


Dayne Crist Focused On Kansas Success, Not NFL Potential

Dayne Crist has no choice but to become a one-year wonder for the Kansas Jayhawks. If anything, he's hoping that the word "wonder" comes true after all. The former Notre Dame quarterback is the new transfer to the KU program following former head coach Charlie Weis, and it's apparent that he's likeliest to start the 2012 season for the Jayhawks. But with only one year of eligibility, it'd be difficult to blame him for thinking about life after college football.

Yet Crist says that's not the truth at all and that his primary concern is on his current position as Kansas quarterback.

"At this point, that’s not a conversation that I’m having," said Crist on possible life in the NFL. "The conversation that I’m having is, how are we gonna be successful on offense at Kansas? That’s the most important thing to me right now."

That said, it's clear that Crist didn't just want to finish his college career or even get a diploma. No player transfers and chooses between schools like KU or Wisconsin unless there is an instant opportunity to perform well. Wisconsin's Russell Wilson just did the same thing and likely vaulted up NFL draft boards with a stellar season in his one year with the Badgers. Crist has to hope for the same, despite his recent comments.

If Crist performs well, however, the rest will take care of itself. That's a lesson he can learn from Wilson.


Dayne Crist Says Kansas Head Coach Charlie Weis Is 'Greatest Offensive Mind' He's Been Around

The Kansas Jayhawks’ primary problems were on defense last year, a unit that executed so poorly that it placed them among the worst in college football. So it was an interesting hire for Kansas AD Sheahon Zenger when bringing in Charlie Weis to become the new head coach to replace Turner Gill. After all, Weis is known for his offensive prowess, not his defensive schemes. Still, Weis brings not only a keen mind for offensive schemes but one that is renowned in both the professional and collegiate world.

New quarterback Dayne Crist said as much in a recent interview. “He’s the greatest offensive mind I’ve ever been around. So playing for him as an offensive player is very, very exciting. He’s just so knowledgeable with everything in terms of schemes and personnel and ways to take advantage of defenses. It’s really fun to play for him.”

It will be interesting to see how Weis’ first year goes in Lawrence, but having an experienced quarterback to lead his offense is going to make the transition on one side of the ball that much easier. If Weis can find a way to even bring the KU defense back to average, then that will be a major leap and the team can expect to add a couple of wins under their belt.


BYU's Bronco Mendenhall Believes Jake Heaps Will Play Quarterback In NFL

By now you’ve probably heard that the Kansas Jayhawks recruited two new quarterbacks yesterday in one of the most memorable recruiting days on record for KU. Charlie Weis had fans quite excited yesterday about transfers Dayne Crist from Notre Dame and Jake Heaps from BYU. But while most of the attention was on Crist, who will immediately be the favorite to start in 2012, Heaps might be the more promising of the two.

That’s because his current coach at BYU, Bronco Mendenhall, believes that Heaps has pro potential. As he recently told the Deseret news of his frustration that Heaps was leaving:

“I would much rather have had Jake stay. I wanted him to stay. I love him as a young man and he has such great football skill,” Mendenhall said. "I’ve said many times that I believe he is an NFL quarterback. I thought he would have done a great job leading our football program here.

“I was hopeful that the hard, valuable lessons of watching another quarterback while biding your time through a redshirt year next year would have been what he chose. But I agreed to help him. That’s what I’ve continued to do through the transfer process. I wish he would have chosen to be here.”

Even more revealing is that Heaps started more as a freshman at BYU than any other quarterback in their storied history — one that also features names like Ty Detmer, Steve Young, Max Hall and Jim McMahon. Heaps will sit out this season and then will have two years left to play at KU. While Crist will provide some headlines and notoriety for this year, it might be Heaps who pays the most dividends for KU in the long run.


Reunion With Charlie Weis At Kansas Is 'Good Home' For Dayne Crist

Dayne Crist is following his heart to Kansas, and with it Charlie Weis. The move is one welcomed by Kansas fans and even Notre Dame's Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick says the move is good for both parties.

"I’m thrilled for Dayne," Swarbrick told the New York Times Pete Thamel. "He’s one of the great young men to ever be with us and he found a good home."

"I think it’s a pretty good case for a rule people criticize working well," Swarbrick said. "He completed his degree and during his time here couldn’t have contributed more to the university and the community. Now through the graduate-exception rule he has another year of football at another great school."

KU fans are going to place a lot of hope in that first year -- maybe unfairly so. It takes more than just a quarterback and coaching change to turn around a last place team that failed to win a single game in the Big 12 this season. Yet it clearly signals a turning of the corner for KU. If they have hopes of leaving the conference basement, then importing a former five-star quarterback isn't a bad place to start.


Will Jordan Webb Leave Kansas Football Due To Jake Heaps, Dayne Crist?

First it was Dayne Crist. Then came Jake Heaps. Suddenly, Kansas Jayhawks football fans were christening both as the starting quarterbacks for the next two seasons — the junior and senior years ahead for incumbent starter Jordan Webb. And while both quarterbacks are hardly a sure thing and are only around for one year apiece, you have to wonder just how Jordan Webb is feeling right now given the attention paid to the newcomers by both the head coach and the fan base.

Of course, even Webb himself would have to admit that this last year was miserable for Kansas football. The Jayhawks went 2-10 overall and were winless in the Big 12. While their in-state rivals find life despite the lack of high-profile recruits and are playing in the Cotton Bowl, the post-Mark Mangino years have been devoid of any success to speak of. Thus it’s hard to fault Webb for a poor overall results.

In fact, Webb was just a sophomore this year and had been the starting quarterback at KU for most of the last two years. That sort of commitment, growth and maturity has to count for something. Even though he was often forced to throw early and often given the losing situations KU would find itself in game after game, Webb upped his completion percentage from 56.5 percent his freshman year to 63.7 this year. Given more talent around him, it’s possible Webb would be a decent starter in the Big 12.

It’s hard to tell what will happen at this point given that everyone is in celebratory mode over the dual commits that Charlie Weis received today from Heaps and Crist. However, no one could fault Webb for wanting out. It’s clear he’s not wanted here and that his only chance will be if someone else falters. Fair or not, he cannot change the fact that he’s caught in the middle of a complete overhaul of KU football. While it’s what everyone has wanted, some good people can get caught up in the undertow.


Dayne Crist And Jake Heaps Could Give Charlie Weis 'Most Important Recruiting Moment' At Kansas

Charlie Weis needs to pull off something amazing here. After all, if he fails to lure in Dayne Crist, the former Notre Dame quarterback who has one season of eligibility left starting in 2012, and/or Jake Heaps, the BYU transfer who will be eligible at quarterback starting in 2013, then Weis will be left with Jordan Webb, the incumbent Kansas quarterback who will feel like the leftovers on the roster. And that might prove to be too much to overcome.

As Charlie Weis publicly flirts with possible transfers to come in and help rejuvenate the KU offense, it’s also clear that he needs to pull something in to show that the “relevance” talked about by athletic director Sheahon Zenger is, in fact, a real thing. That’s what Dave Miller of the National Football Post writes about in his latest column:

Miller writes, "We know that Weis’ tenure will ultimately be defined by whether he’s able to field competent defenses and bring in solid recruits who are able to develop under this coaching staff. The Jayhawks have been unable to field enough speed to remain competitive in the Big 12, and the team’s youth hasn’t developed quickly enough to make a big impact.

“But having strong play at the quarterback position is a big start to the rebuilding project. And although Crist only has one year of eligibility remaining, a talent like Heaps could await in 2013 to give the Jayhawks potential stability for two consecutive seasons. In many ways, this could be the most important recruiting moment for Weis at his new home.”


Dayne Crist Checking Out Delaware, Wisconsin After Kansas Football Visit

Dayne Crist is scoping out the entire scene, and it’s hard to blame the former Notre Dame quarterback for wanting to make certain that his next stop is the best one for him. After all, he’s got one season left to try to turn in his most productive season in college football yet and make pro scouts turn their heads a la Russell Wilson at Wisconsin this season.

Brian Hamilton of the Chicago Tribune reports that Crist has visited Delaware already this week and spent two days there. He’s also expected to his Wisconsin as well. Hamilton writes, "Delaware, in fact, was the first program to visit Crist in South Bend, Ind., after the erstwhile Irish starter received his release from coach Brian Kelly on Dec. 2, according a source familiar with the situation.

“The Blue Hens, a longtime Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA) power, have been down the road of absorbing post-graduate Notre Dame players before. Former Irish players like Ronald Talley, Leo Ferrine and Junior Jabbie finished their careers at Delaware after not returning for fifth seasons in South Bend.”

If Crist likes Kansas enough, it should win considering his former head coach Charlie Weis is now leading the program here. But if KU football is not deemed the best opportunity to succeed, Weis or not, it might not matter.

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