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New Jayhawks football coach Les Miles gets first two commitments ... from Kansas kids

New KU football coach Les Miles eats grass at halftime of basketball game

New KU football coach Les Miles made a halftime appearance Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, at the Jayhawks' basketball game against Stanford and ate some grass.
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New KU football coach Les Miles made a halftime appearance Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, at the Jayhawks' basketball game against Stanford and ate some grass.

Kansas football coach Les Miles picked up his first two commitments since taking over his new job three weeks ago, with both pledges coming from in-state kids.

Jayden Russell, a three-star Rivals cornerback from St. Thomas Aquinas in Overland Park, and Mason Fairchild, a two-star athlete from Andale, both announced their intentions Sunday.

Russell, the state’s eighth-best player according to Rivals, officially visited KU on Nov. 30. He won the 5A state championship with Aquinas this past season.

“Since Coach Miles got the job he just made me a priority,” Russell told Jon Kirby of JayhawkSlant.com. “When I talked to him he told me to come to KU and let’s change the culture. Once he was announced as the head coach I was the first person he called. It just showed me how much they really wanted me.”

Fairchild, a 6-foot-5, 250-pound player who will likely start his college career at tight end, had previously been committed to South Dakota since June. He visited KU this weekend.

“Honestly there wasn’t like one given point during the visit where I decided that I want to go there. It was just like the whole visit in general,” Fairchild told JayhawkSlant. “I really liked the place and the new coaches are all great.”

The new additions take KU’s commitment total from one to three. Before Sunday, running back Cole Mueller from Wentzville, Mo. had been the only member of the Jayhawks’ 2019 recruiting class.

Jesse Newell — he’s won an EPPY for best sports blog and previously has been named top beat writer in his circulation by AP’s Sports Editors — has covered KU sports since 2008. His interest in sports analytics comes from his math teacher father, who handed out rulers to Trick-or-Treaters each year.

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