KU football recruiting outlook

02/04/2014 10:08 AM

02/04/2014 11:35 AM

Top five recruits
Name Pos. Rank* Ht. Wt. School
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, doesn’t 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, it’s not really a position. But for two years, KU’s offense has lacked playmakers. The addition of Corey Avery, who can play running back or receiver, Traevohn Wrench and juco running back De’Andre 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.

Signed (3)
Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School
Ronnie Davis DB 6-1 170 Northeastern Oklahoma A
Keyon Haughton OL 6-2 295 Georgia Military (Milledgeville, Ga.)
Anthony Smithson DB 6-0 180 Hartnell College (Salinas, Calif.)
Commitments (20)
Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School
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.

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