The common word used when Shehon Zenger announced Charlie Weis as the new head football coach of the Kansas Jayhawks was "relevant." The idea was that Weis held the name recognition and credibility to put KU football on the map in the minds of recruits. Apparently that name is working at least with some early recruits as Tre Parmalee, the celebrated local wide receiver, decommitted from Northern Illinois to switch to Lawrence.
ESPN's Damon Sayles writes, "Parmalee, a 5-foot-10, 160-pound receiver who committed in November to Northern Illinois, said he received a phone call from Weis, the new head coach at Kansas, this week. Weis offered him a scholarship to play for the Jayhawks, and the offer was too good to pass up. Parmalee decommitted from NIU and announced via Twitter late Wednesday night that he has switched to the Jayhawks.
"Coach Weis called and told me he was going to offer, and I had a couple of days to think about it," Parmalee said. "That was definitely big. Anybody on the level of Coach Weis and with everything he’s done, that plays a factor.
"I feel like he can get the program turned around. He’s already out recruiting guys. He can build that chemistry and a great strategy to getting this thing going the right way."