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Weekly Recruiting Letter: The Opening Special 7.7.15

This weekend The Opening finals will take place in Beaverton, Oregon and Kansas has a few people of interest in attendance.

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As the men's basketball team is competing overseas and doing a wonderful job of representing not only the university but the country as well, I ask you to turn your attention to a very special weekly recruiting letter edition.

As I have mentioned before the Kansas Jayhawks have extended scholarships to many football recruits some who may seem "unattainable" and others who have narrowed their lists down to only a handful of school's including the Kansas Jayhawks. Some of these prospects will be participating in "The Opening" Finals this weekend. Those who are not familiar with the event, The Opening is a tour of football camps that stretch from February to July. These camps measures a prospects skillset, mainly testing them in position drills, positional competitions and the ever so exciting one on ones. A total of 150 prospects are invited to the finals which is held in Beaverton, Oregon which is home to the Nike Football Headquarters. This location is often referred to as "Football Heaven". I should note that as I write this post, the Elite 11 Finals has already begun. I know this post may not be KU specific but it does mean a lot of the Big 12 competition and see which schools are gaining recruits, losing recruits and staying the same.

Below is a look at the Elite 11 Finals. As you can see there are only three QBs committed to play in the Big 12, though that is a low number in the grand scheme of things it means that Kansas could someday play against three of the top QBs in the class of 2016. There are two uncommitted QBs in this group which is slightly uncommon. Usually there is one guy who hasn't committed by this time in the summer but this is also one of the biggest decisions in a young man's life so who can't really blame them. It is worth noting that Alabama holds the crystal ball prediction on Jawon Pass and Sterling - Cole is considered a heavy Florida Gator lean. It's always hard to predict who wins these things but look for Jacob Eason and Shea Patterson to look locked in and ready to prove their worth. These two have been flip flopping as number one and two on the recruiting boards for the last year.

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The prospects will be split into 6 different teams. These teams will compete against one another not only within their team or group but as well as the other teams. There will be a 7on7 tournament that will tie everything together at the end. This is where the QBs usually separate themselves and playmakers alike. And don't forget about the big guys. These hog mollies will face off man to man. Have you ever wondered or thought a big guy is only ranked in the top five in a class because of his height and weight? I know I have, I encourage everyone to watch this event. It isn't the sexiest drill in the world but it sure is fascinating to see these young men compete.  The Kansas Jayhawks have a total of eight players that are viewed to still be in the running for the services of the names I have highlighted below. As it currently stands the Jayhawks are ranked above the Iowa State Cyclones and Kansas State Wildcats in in the 2016 Big 12 recruiting rankings. I did not see Iowa State in play for any of these 150 recruits and Kansas State was in the running for a little over a handful as well. It looks like Kansas is pushing hard to get out of the bottom of the cellar and with a possible Tre Bryant commitment on the way. Look for the other schools in the Big 12 to notice.

Here is a complete list of the competitors.








Jett Duffey

Shane Buechele

K.J. Costello

Shea Patterson

Jarrett Guarantano

Feleipe Franks


Patrick O'Brien

Messiah deWeaver

Jawon Pass

Anthony Russo

Malik Henry

Dwayne Haskins


Brandon Peters

Jacob Eason

Nick Starkel

Dillon Sterling-Cole

Jake Zembiec

Brandon McIlwain


Najee Harris

Tavien Feaster

Elijah Holyfield

Demario McCall

Tre Bryant

Travis Homer


Vavae Malepeai

Tony Jones

Sean McGrew

Kareem Walker

Miles Sanders

D'Andre Swift


Nate Craig-Myers

A.J. Brown

Chase Claypool

Tyrie Cleveland

Devin Duvernay

Sam Bruce


Theo Howard

Donnie Corley

Javon McKinley

Josh Imatorbhebhe

Darnell Salomon

Bryan Edwards


Dillon Mitchell

Dylan Crawford

Elijah Stove

Austin Mack

Freddie Swain

Stephen Sullivan


Kalakaua Timoteo

Kyle Davis

Tyler Vaughns

Dekaylin Metcalf

Binjimen Victor

Darryl Turner


Miller Forristall

Devin Asiasi

Kaden Smith

Jake Hausmann

Isaac Nauta

Naseir Upshur


Camilo Eifler

Devin Bush

Jonathan Jones

Krys Barnes

Markail Benton

Aaron Hansford


Lyndell Wilson

Ben Davis

Caleb Kelly

Daelin Hayes

Carter Coughlin

Dontavious Jackson


Jaquan Yulee

Rahshaun Smith

Jeffrey McCulloch

Mique Juarez

Lamar Winston

Keandre Jones


Shyheim Carter

DeAngelo Gibbs

Obi Eboh

Traveon Beck

LaVert Hill

Jordan Fuller


Kristian Fulton

Damar Hamlin

Chauncey Gardner

Eric Cuffee

Kyle Meyers

Khalil Ladler


Nigel Knott

Byron Murphy

Jaylon Jones

Trayvon Mullen

Marquill Osborne

Saivion Smith


Jared Mayden

Jamyest Williams

David Long Jr.

Jordan Parker

Levonta Taylor

Andraez Williams


Lamar Jackson

Nigel Warrior

Deontay Anderson

Sewo Olonilua

Brandon Burton

Brandon Jones


C.J. Pollard

JoeJuan Williams

Stephen Davis Jr.

Christian Wallace

Jamel Cook

Brady Breeze


Jack Jones

Demetris Robertson

Tyjon Lindsey

Mecole Hardman

Donovan Peoples-Jones

Trevon Diggs


Trevon Sidney

Curtis Robinson

Melquise Stovall

Devin White

Dylan Moses


Johncarlo Valentin

Parker Boudreaux

Michael Eletise

Jack Anderson

Tommy Kraemer

Landon Dickerson


Terrance Davis

Drake Jackson

Gregory Little

Frank Martin

Baveon Johnson

Sean Pollard


Michael Onwenu

E.J. Price

Frederick Mauigoa

Austin Myers

Brett Heggie

Taleni Suhren


McTelvin Agim

Oluwole Betiku

Mark Jackson

Jonathon Cooper

Brian Burns

Erick Fowler


Rashan Gary

Boss Tagaloa

Dexter Lawrence

Antwuan Jackson

Derrick Brown

Rashard Lawrence


Raekwon Davis

Julian Rochester

Mike Panasiuk

Connor Murphy

Janarius Robinson

Caleb Roddy


Kendell Jones

Trey Smith

Calvin Ashley

Ed Oliver

Shane Simmons




Craig Nall

Jordan Palmer

Adam Tafralis

Kerry Joseph

Charlie Frye

Jerrod Johnson


Dennis Gile

Sione Taufoou

Lavelle Durant

Matt James

Quincy Avery

Justin Hoover


Damon Griffin

Natrone Means

Curtis Conway

Jamal Robertson

Bucky Brooks

Matthew Hatchette


Ray Mickens

Aeneas Williams

Willie McGinest

Harold Nash Jr.

Keith Bulluck

Chris Gizzi