Last year the Jayhawks were ready to start the season with a former five star recruit playing quarterback. Dayne Crist was going to come in and save the day. That unfortunately didn't happen and Kansas will hope to avoid the disappointment of transfer expectations twice when they turn the ball over to Jake Heaps in 2013. As for the future, Charlie Weis is signing his first pair of freshman quarterbacks today and both are local products out of the Kansas City area.
|Roeland Park, KSBishop Miege
Cozart committed to Kansas early and he has stuck by that commitment despite repeated interest from Kansas State, Indiana, Minnesota and Northern Illinois. It's probably a safe bet that the Jayhawks had an advantage with Tim Grunhard on staff here. Cozart is a dual threat quarterback which might not necessarily be the prototypical style that Weis prefers, but if last year was any indication, Weis prefers winning more than sticking with a system. The willingness to adjust and go with Michael Cummings was a clear indicator of that and in all reality, Cozart can throw the ball just fine. Just because he has mobility, doesn't mean he can't provide a pocket passing presence just as well.
|Prairie Village, KSShawnee Mission East
Darling fit the more prototypical build that you might expect from a Charlie Weis recruited quarterback. He's a big kid at 6'4" 230 pound and he is more of a pro style quarterback. Darling has also received steady interest from K-State despite his commitment to Kansas, but Charlie Weis is batting pretty well head to head in that department so far. Darling played this season at Shawnee Mission East where he did some good things, but it was really his junior year where he initially drew the attention of the Jayhawk staff. Last year Darling helped lead Waco Midway to the state title game in Texas before moving North this past summer. The appeal of being close to where his parents have settled was a nice draw and obviously Weis has a strong reputation with quarterbacks so that helped as well.