University of Kansas

Kansas football outlook for National Signing Day

Dorance Armstrong
Dorance Armstrong

Top five recruits

Name

Pos.

Rank*

Ht.

Wt.

School

1. Dorance Armstrong

DE

NR

6-4

220

North Shore HS (Galena Park, Texas)

A defensive end from the Houston area, Armstrong is a three-star recruit who had interest from Texas Tech, Cal, Illinois and Michigan State, among others. In time, he could help bolster a defense that has lacked a consistent pass rush.

2. Bazie Bates

DB

NR

6-1

190

Trinity Valley (Texas) CC

A junior-college cornerback, Bates can help make up for the departure of seniors JaCorey Shepherd and Dexter McDonald. Bates, a native of Allen, Texas, had four interceptions and 26 tackles for an undefeated team at Trinity Valley Community College.

3. Carter Stanley

QB

NR

6-2

188

Vero Beach (Fla.) HS

A late addition to the class, Stanley is listed as a dual-threat quarterback who threw for more than 3,000 yards and 40 touchdowns during his senior season in Vero Beach, Fla. He also had an offer from Connecticut.

4. Brandon Stewart

DB

NR

6-0

170

Trinity Valley (Texas) CC

Another juco corner, Stewart could be forced into immediate playing time. He had 52 tackles and 19 pass break-ups while playing alongside future college teammate Bates in the Trinity secondary.

5. Ryan Willis

QB

16

6-4

201

Bishop Miege HS

A KC-area product, Willis is a three-star prospect ranked as Rivals’ 16th best pro-style quarterback in the country. He threw for 3,003 yards and 35 touchdowns this past season while leading Miege to a Kansas 4A state title.

*Rivals.com national position rankings

One who got away …

Olathe North standout Josh Moore, who was originally committed to Ohio State, switched to Kansas in October. But in recent weeks, Moore changed his mind again, deciding that Missouri was the best place for him. Listed as a tight end, Moore could play defensive end in college.

Still fishing for …

Defensive linemen. Kansas signed juco defensive tackle Jackie Dezir during the early signing period in December, but the Jayhawks’ class is short on big, physical players who can hang in the trenches.

Position answered for …

The offensive line will again be a question mark heading into David Beaty’s first season, especially after the departure of starters Mike Smithburg, Pat Lewandowski and Ngalu Fusimalohi. KU signed five offensive linemen, including three from the juco ranks. Can they make a difference?

Early enrollees (8)

Player

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

School

D’Andre Banks

OL

6-3

325

Trinity Valley (Texas) CC

Bazie Bates

DB

6-1

190

Trinity Valley (Texas) CC

Jackie Dezir

DT

6-3

305

College of DuPage (Glen Ellyn, Ill.)

Chase Harrell

WR

6-4

200

Hargrave HS (Huffman, Texas)

Ke’aun Kinner

RB

5-9

185

Navarro JC (Corsicana, Texas)

Jayson Rhodes

OL

6-4

310

Blinn (Texas) JC

Will Smith

OL

6-4

315

Butler CC (El Dorado, Kan.)

Brandon Stewart

DB

6-0

170

Trinity Valley (Texas) CC

Signed on Wednesday (16)

Name

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

School

Dorance Armstrong

DE

6-4

220

North Shore HS (Galena Park, Texas)

Shola Ayinde

DB

6-0

168

George Ranch HS (Richmond, Texas)

Jeremiah Booker

WR

6-3

187

College Station (Texas) HS

Denzel Feaster

ATH

6-3

190

Manor (Texas) HS

Aaron Garza

OL

6-2

287

Sherman (Texas) HS

Taylor Martin

RB

5-9

187

Dunbar HS (Fort Worth, Texas)

Clyde McCauley

OL

6-5

275

Bowie HS (Arlington, Texas)

Tyrone Miller

DB

6-0

178

Saline (Mich.) HS

Emmanuel Moore

WR

6-0

190

Northwest HS (Justin, Texas)

Osaze Ogbebor

LB

6-1

215

Heritage HS (Frisco, Texas)

Marnez Ogletree

DB

5-10

190

Fullerton College (Lawrenceville, Ga.)

Shaquille Richmond

DB

6-0

180

Timberview HS (Richmond, Texas)

Steven Sims

WR

5-10

165

Travis HS (Richmond, Texas)

Carter Stanley

QB

6-2

188

Vero Beach (Fla.) HS

Jace Sternberger

DE

6-4

225

Kingfisher (Okla.) HS

Ryan Willis

QB

6-4

201

Bishop Miege HS

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