Joey Gilbertson, a 6-foot-3, 280-pound offensive lineman from Wichita Northwest, orally committed to the Kansas football team on Monday afternoon. The senior-to-be was a Wichita Eagle All-Class 6A selection a season ago.
“It was a no-brainer for me to commit,” Gilbertson told Jon Kirby of Rivals.com. “It’s a big lift off my shoulders. Now I can just focus on getting better and help my team try to win a state championship.”
Gilbertson is KU’s second 2017 commitment from the state of Kansas. He joins Lawrence Free State linebacker Jay Dineen, whose older brother, Joe, is already on KU’s roster.
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In coach David Beaty’s first recruiting class last year, he had only one high school player from Kansas: Free State defensive back Bryce Torneden.
“I hope that (the commitment) opens doors to KU,” Gilbertson told Rivals. “I hope recruits realize it’s not about winning now but also winning later.”