Up Next: 1:30pm CST a defensive back preview. This is by far the largest group and I've got video on a handful and audio from Tyler Patmon.
An important position in this class with the departure of three seniors was that of the linebacker spots. Mike Rivera, Joe Mortensen and James Holt continued Kansas' recent tradition of linebacking excellence and with their departure some big shoes need to be filled. Now it's hard to say if any of the incoming guys will step in immediately, but they certainly are a good looking crew for down the road.
Julian Jones, Huldon Tharp and Jacoby Thomas make up this class. Each one brings a different style and unique abilities to the unit and certainly with some solid coaching and work in the training room they look to have a bright future.
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The first commitment for the linebacker position came from a home grown talent in Mulvane Kansas product Huldan Tharp. Tharp may end up being a steal in this class due to the fact that as he was seeing interest really pick up last summer he was struck by a pretty serious injury. Tharp would sit his entire senior season but while others waivered Kansas never did and Tharp committed in late August.
Standing 6' and 210 pounds Tharp is considered an outside prospect with good speed to go along with his frame. Reports are that he is recovering extrememly well from his ACL injury and from what is said about Tharp he will be working as hard as anyone come time for football.
Here's a nice interview from Tharp at the Nike combine in Dallas very early on in the process talking about early recruiting. 1900 yard rusher as a LB!!!!