By RUSTIN DODD
The Kansas City Star
Top five recruits
|Corey Avery||ATH||43||5-10||170||Carter HS (Dallas)|
Avery was one of the top prospects in the Dallas area. Texas interest cooled when Mack Brown left, but Nebraska was recruiting Avery until the end. He could play in the slot, similar to KU receiver Tony Pierson.
|Traevohn Wrench||RB||25||6-0||180||Gardner Edgerton HS|
A prolific and powerful running back, Wrench was rated as the No. 2 prospect in Kansas by Rivals.com. He put up video-game numbers at Gardner Edgerton.
|Jacob Bragg||OL||11||6-4||308||Nacogdoches (Texas) HS|
Bragg is the kind of talent that new offensive coordinator John Reagan will attempt to mold into a difference-maker up front. Bragg was a top-100 player in Texas.
|Kyron Watson||LB||22||6-0||226||East St. Louis (Ill.) HS|
Rated as a four-star recruit by some services, Watson was rated as the No. 21 prospect in Missouri by Rivals.
|Joe Dineen||DB||N/R||6-2||197||Lawrence Free State HS|
Perhaps Dineen, a KU legacy, doesnt have the high ceiling of some prospects. But he has the blend of athleticism, talent and character that all programs covet.
*Rivals.com national position ranking
The one that got away
Kansas devoted plenty of resources to the recruitment of defensive lineman Peyton Newell, a four-star recruit from Hiawatha, Kan. But in the end, Newell picked Nebraska over KU and K-State.
Still fishing for
Offensive linemen? The Jayhawks signed a handful of them, but after last season, KU could use some immediate upgrades in the trenches.
Position answered for
Athletes. So, its not really a position. But for two years, KUs offense has lacked playmakers. The addition of Corey Avery, who can play running back or receiver, Traevohn Wrench and juco running back DeAndre Mann should help upgrade team speed.
Position unanswered for
Receiver. Charlie Weis signed some prospects from Texas who could make an impact in the long-term. But the receiving corps will be a question mark until the Jayhawks see some results on the field.
|Ronnie Davis||DB||6-1||170||Northeastern Oklahoma A&M|
|Keyon Haughton||OL||6-2||295||Georgia Military (Milledgeville, Ga.)|
|Anthony Smithson||DB||6-0||180||Hartnell College (Salinas, Calif.)|
|Corey Avery||ATH||5-10||170||Carter HS (Dallas)|
|Matthew Boateng||DB||6-0||180||IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)|
|Jacob Bragg||OL||6-4||308||Nacogdoches (Texas) HS|
|Darious Crawley||WR||5-11||191||Cypress Ridge HS (Houston)|
|Joe Dineen||DB||6-2||197||Lawrence Free State HS|
|Josh Ehambe||LB||6-3||230||Prime Prep Academy (Arlington, Texas)|
|Kapil Fletcher||DE||6-4||255||Hartnell College (Salinas, Calif.)|
|Bobby Hartzog||WR||5-11||182||Westside HS (Houston)|
|LayTrion Jones||DT||6-3||285||Garland (Texas) HS|
|DeAndre Mann||RB||5-10||205||Hartnell College (Salinas, Calif.)|
|Damani Mosby||DE||6-3||235||Mesa (Ariz.) Community College|
|Derrick Neal||WR||5-10||155||Lincoln HS (Dallas)|
|Anthony Olobia||DE||6-5||230||Arizona Western Community College|
|Tyler Patrick||WR||5-11||171||The Woodlands HS (The Woodlands, Texas)|
|Apa Visinia||OL||6-5||380||Grandview HS|
|Kyron Watson||LB||6-0||226||East St. Louis (Ill.) HS|
|D.J. Williams||DT||6-3||270||Lufkin HS (Lufkin, Texas)|
|Devon Williams||OT||6-5||335||Georgia Military (Milledgeville, Ga.)|
|Daniel Wise||DE||6-2||242||Hebron HS (Lewisville, Texas)|
|Traevohn Wrench||RB||6-0||180||Gardner Edgerton HS|
NOTE: Players who have made commitments have not signed a letter of intent; National Signing Day is Wednesday.