After last week's Recruiting Update, it a majority of commenters expressed concern for the defense. This week's article will focus on the class of 2016 and its up-to-date defensive commits.
Ian Peterson: Peterson is a 3 star prospect from Round Rock, Texas and attends the power program of Cedar Ridge High school. Ian is ranked as the 57th best Cornerback in the country and 123rd best player in the state of Texas. ESPN.com has awarded Ian with an updated scout grade of an even 75. Kansas was able to edge out Colorado, Houston, SMU and most notably Wisconsin for his verbal.
Kyle Mayberry: Mayberry is a 3 star prospect from Tulsa, Oklahoma and attends the very solid program at Booker T. Washington High School. Kyle is rated at the 58th best Cornerback in the country and 10th best player in the state of Oklahoma. ESPN.com has awarded Kyle with an overall scout grade of 74. Kansas was able to edge out many teams for Mayberry's services but most notably Kansas State.
Marquis Smith: Marquis is a 3 star prospect from Ypsilanti, Michigan and attends Ypsilanti High School. Ypsilanti isn't a power house high school BUT Ypsilanti is the birthplace of Dominos pizza. Listed as an athlete, ESPN.com has Smith ranked as the 92nd best in the country and the 28th best player in the state of Michigan. Kansas beat out Ball State, Eastern Michigan, Toledo and Western Michigan for his verbal.
JUCO COMMITS: Kurtis Taufa and Manaia Perese are the two remaining defensive commits for the Jayhawks at the moment. Kurtis is from Ephraim, Utah and attends Snow College. Listed at 6'2'' and 235 lbs Kurtis plays the Inside Linebacker position. Kansas was able to edge out Utah for his services. Perese is from Mililani, Hawaii and believe me when I say I had a heck of a time pronouncing that city. Perese attends Snow College as well and plays Defensive Tackle. Manaia is listed at 6'2'' and 280 lbs. Kansas edged out Tulsa for his commitment.