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Last but certainly not least the final breakdown is the defensive backfield.  It's no secret in the spread you need defensive backs.  You need good ones, you need versatile ones and you need a lot of them.  Kansas appears to have fulfilled those needs with this group.


Get ready for this one there's a bunch.  Prinz Kande, Tyler Patmon, Dexter Linton, DJ Beshears, Calvin Rubles, Darian Kelly and arguably the most excited about becoming a Jayhawk of all of them Rashawn Copeland. 

jump into the post for more breakdown, video and interviews...

Prinz Kande

The highest rated of any of the incoming defensive backfield is safety Prinz Kande.  Prinz is a 4 star talent out of perennial power Trinity High School in Euless Texas.  Kande stands 6' 185 and brings 4.5 speed to the position.  Kande is one of only two players to ever start as a freshman within the Trinity program and has the opportunity to be an absolutely huge pickup for the Jayhawks. 

Kande is a fairly reserved guy and despite having many coversations with his teammate and one time Kansas commit Earnest Norman, I have never been able to line anything up with Prinz. 


Prinz had a variety of solid offers including Wisconsin, Utah and Nebraska but chose Kansas early and didn't budge on the decision. 

Kande is the #16 rated safety in the country by Rivals and was recruited by defensive coordinator Clint Bowen.

Link to highlight video of Kande

 

Dexter Linton

Dexter Linton is another incoming defensive back with high expectations.  Linton joins fellow Bowie High teammate Christian Matthews in his journey to Lawrence and at 6' 185 with 4.4 speed will be another force to be reckoned with in the future of the Jayhawks secondary. 

Linton is another recruit out of the Dallas Fort Worth area and Kansas went toe to toe with some big programs for his services.  Nebraska, Purdue, Okie State, Wisconsin, Texas Tech and Louisville all reportedly offered this 3 star prospect. 

In the end David Beaty landed another one for the Jayhawks and secured Dexter's commitment and like so many others in this group he has never waivered.

 

Tyler Patmon

One of the unsung members of the class but a RCT favorite is Tyler Patmon.  Patmon joined us early in the season to talk about his commitment and the Cedar Park Texas recruit assured us his commitment was solid and he's been true to his word. 

Patmon will likely play the corner spot for the Jayhawks and while I don't have any footage to speak of on him I did get a chance to talk with him about signing with the Jayhawks.

 

Tyler Patmon Signing Day Interview

 

Patmon is another 3 star defensive back coming into the Kansas program and chose the Jayhawks over offers from Big 12 opponent Iowa State among others.

 

DJ Beshears

This one came late in the process and came as a bit of a surprise to everyone.  As we learned from the guys over on Jayhawkslant, despite his clear ability as a slot reciever Beshears joins the class with his eye on the cornerback position.

At 5'9" 185 with solid spead and great hips the Kansas staff must have felt at least to start out with that he can best serve the program on defense.  Perhaps a sign of what they learned from Daymond Patterson's contributions this year.

Beshears committed to Iowa State early on but with the departure of Gene Chizik the Kansas staff brought DJ in for a visit and he committed to Kansas prior to his departure. 

It hasn't been too long since we've seen this one but here's another look at his highlight tape.  Again mostly offense but you get an idea of what he brings as an athlete.

Video Link

Of course there is this one as well that shows his ability to go up and get the ball.


Beshears recruitment at Kansas was led by Je'Ney Jackson.


Darian Kelly

There seems to be a common theme developing amongst this group and that's that they are a quiet crew an there isn't a lot out there about them.  Kelly is a 6'2" 195 pound safety from the state of Kansas.  Girard Kansas to be exact is where Kelly played his high school ball and after battling injuries his junior year many felt he was underrated going into his senior campaign.

The good news is Kansas secured his commitment early in June and it would appear the secret is safe.  Rumors are that Kansas State made a strong push with Joe Bob and Bill Snyder but he remained steadfast in his commitment. 

Kelly will likely remain at safety despite widespread speculation of him being used as the elusive "S/LB" hybrid that so many see as the answer to the spread.  Obviously that will remain to be seen but nonetheless a home state commitment from a top 10 player in the state is always a positive sign in my book

Brandon Blaney handled the recruitment of Kelly.


Calvin Rubles

Winding down the list and I'm losing track of all these guys.  How could I forget though the guy that played with our very own Aquib Talib.

Rubles comes to Kansas by way of Tyler Community College after a high school career in the same program as Talib. 

At 6'2" 180 lbs and 4.4 speed there are a lot of similarities between Rubles and Talib physically as well.  However, we won't dwell on that Rubles has to pave his own way and will bring size and a physical presence to the corner spot for the Jayhawks next year.

The Kansas staff has had a good amount of success with big physical corners in the past and if this move works Rubles could see immediate time and make an immediate impact

Once again very little out there on Rubles but he is already on campus and David Beaty of Kansas handled the recruitment for the Jayhawks.


Rashawn Copeland

The final peice to this class is a personal favorite of mine.  Copeland is a preferred walk on out of Highland Community College.  We had a chance to speak with him immediately after he made his decision and Copeland is a Jayhawk all the way.

6'2" 190 playing at either safety or corner Copeland will look to prove himself in spring ball and earn a scholarship from the University of Kansas. 

Here's a pretty extensive highlight video of Copeland.





Offers from Memphis, Akron and Louisiana Tech didn't keep Copeland from deciding to go play for Clint Bowen who handled the recruitment of Rashawn for the Kansas staff.