University of Kansas

Kansas football gets commitment from high school defensive back

Kansas added to its growing stockpile of defensive backs Friday, landing a commitment from high school cornerback Matthew Boateng, according to Rivals.com.

Boateng, a senior at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., becomes the fourth defensive back in the Jayhawks’ 2014 recruiting class, joining junior college signees Ronnie Davis and Anthony Smithson and Lawrence Free State senior Joe Dineen, a safety. Kansas is slated to return its entire starting secondary, including cornerbacks Dexter McDonald and JaCorey Shepherd and safeties Isaiah Johnson and Cassius Sendish.

The Jayhawks are also expected to benefit from the addition of cornerback Kevin Short, a highly touted juco transfer who sat out this past season for academic reasons.

Boateng, 6-0 and 180 pounds, also had offers from Indiana, Bowling Green and Wake Forest, among others. A native of Canada, Boateng played for Pickering High outside Toronto before arriving at IMG Academy, where he was coached by former Florida State and NFL quarterback Chris Weinke. He becomes the 14th member of KU’s 2014 class, a number that includes three junior college players who signed Wednesday.

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