University of Kansas

This player from New Orleans is KU football’s first top-100 signing ... ever

Kansas coach David Beaty accomplished something Wednesday that has never been done in the football program’s history: He received an official commitment from a player ranked in the Rivals Top 100.

Corione Harris, a cornerback who ranks 97th in Rivals’ 2018 class, stuck with his longtime pledge to KU on Wednesday, signing with the Jayhawks over Mississippi State. He is former high school teammates at Landry-Walker High School in New Orleans with KU safety Mike Lee.

In an article posted Wednesday, Rivals analyst Woody Wommack said Harris “projects as a shutdown corner at the next level” before saying the news “marks a major recruiting victory (for KU) and puts other programs on notice that the Jayhawks are going to be a presence in New Orleans going forward.”

Harris originally gave an oral commitment to KU in February along with many others from the state of Louisiana. The other top-100 player, receiver Devonta Jason, reopened his recruitment Dec. 10 before signing with Mississippi State.

Rivals’ rankings go back to 1999, so even after KU’s most successful seasons, it has never landed someone as highly ranked as Harris.

“He has all the tools you want to see from a corner on film to challenge for a starting job the minute he steps on campus,” said Jon Kirby, recruiting analyst for Jayhawk Slant and Rivals.

Harris, who is a four-star recruit on Rivals and 247Sports, is 266th in 247Sports’ composite ranking.

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2018 KU football recruiting class

Name

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

Last school

Charles Cole

DT

6-3

280

Butler County CC (El Dorado, Kan.)

Mac Copeland

OL

6-5

250

Wichita Collegiate HS

Foster Dixson

DE

6-5

250

West Los Angeles CC

Miles Emery*

DE

6-5

235

Blue Valley North HS

Davon Ferguson

ATH

5-11

185

Hartnell CC (Salinas, Calif.)

Corione Harris

CB

6-1

170

Landry-Walker HS (New Orleans)

Elmore Hempstead

DB

6-0

185

Fort Scott (Kan.) CC

Elijah Jones

DB

6-3

185

Ellsworth CC (Iowa Falls, Iowa)

Azur Kamara

DE

6-6

230

Arizona Western CC (Yuma, Ariz.)

Jacobi Lott

OL

6-5

308

Tascosa HS (Amarillo, Texas)

Jeremiah McCullough

DB

6-0

205

Hartnell CC (Salinas, Calif.)

Stephon Robinson

WR

5-11

170

El Camino CC (Narbonne, Calif.)

Najee Stevens-McKenzie

DE

6-4

215

ASA College (Brooklyn, N.Y.)

Anthony “Pooka” Williams**

RB

5-10

165

Hahnville HS (Boutte, La.)

Nick Williams

OL

6-8

260

Ritenour HS (Overland, Mo.)

*Signing not official; **expected to sign with KU or another school Thursday

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