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Kansas Jayhawks Football Recruiting: JJ Holmes pledges to KU

JJ Holmes out of Hutchinson CC has pledged to the Jayhawks.

NCAA Football: Texas at Kansas Gary Rohman-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas added another defensive lineman to the 2017 recruiting class when JJ Holmes from Hutchinson CC pledged to Beaty and the Jayhawks.

Holmes chose KU over K-State, Iowa State, Kentucky, and just last week took a visit to Missouri. He joins KeyShaun Simmons, another DL JUCO recruit who committed earlier this week.

These two recruits look to add depth to what should be a strength for KU next season - its defensive line. DE Dorance Armstrong was named first team All-Big 12 this week, and DT Daniel Wise was named second team All-Big 12.

Here is a look at KU’s current commits for 2017:

Name JUCO Pos Size 247 Rank Rivals Hometown Other Offers
Peyton Bender X QB 6'0" 187 lbs *** *** Ft. Lauderdale, FL WKU
Dominic Williams RB 5'8" 185 lbs *** **** Frisco, TX ASU, BSU, Illini, Pur
Travis Jordan WR 6'2" 185 lbs *** *** Marrero, LA Neb, CSU, ULM
Takulve Williams WR 6'0" 199 lbs *** ** New Orleans, LA ULL, Mem, Troy, Tul
Kenyon Tabor WR 6'3" 202 lbs *** *** Derby, KS KSU
Joseph Gilbertson OL 6'3" 284 lbs *** ** Wichita, KS Tul
J.J. Holmes X DT 6'2" 310 lbs *** *** Chipley, FL MU, KSU, UK, Syr
Jamie Tago X DE 6'2" 250 lbs *** *** American Samoa Utah, Ark St, Oreg St
KeyShaun Simmons X DE 6'2" 270 lbs ** ** Ridgeland, MS Mem
Kyron Johnson LB 6'1" 188 lbs *** *** Arlington, TX SMU
Jay Dineen LB 6'2" 215 lbs ** ** Lawrence, KS
Robert Topps DB 6'2" 180 lbs *** *** Chicago, IL CMU, Nev, Tol, Wyo
Hasan Defense X DB 6'0" 180 lbs *** *** Jacksonville, FL UCF, Cin, Utah, ECU
Liam Jones K 5'10" 160 lbs ** ** Choctaw, OK

RB Dominic Williams was just recently upgraded from 3-stars to 4-stars by Rivals.

Kansas currently has five JUCO recruits lined up to go with nine high school recruits.

Kansas has had several recruits back out of a verbal commitment:

Name JUCO Pos Size 247 Rank Rivals Hometown Other Offers
Reggie Roberson WR 6'0" 180 lbs *** *** Mequite, TX Illini, ECU, IU
Grant Polley OL 6'4" 265 lbs *** *** Denton, TX Col (Committed)
Jared Hocker OL 6'5" 296 lbs *** *** N Richland Hills, TX TAMU (Committed)
Troy James DE 6'4" 275 lbs *** *** Baton Rouge, LA Ark (Committed)

WR Reggie Roberson is still reportedly interested in Kansas, but the rest have committed elsewhere.

As for remaining targets, this is not a comprehensive list, but should give you a few names to keep your eye on.

Name Pos Size Rank Rivals Hometown Other Offers
Tevin Bush RB 5'5" 155 lbs *** *** New Orleans, LA WVU (Committed)
Jordan Hill WR 6'3" 180 lbs *** *** Crosby, TX Illini, BGSU, CSU
Salvatore Cannella X TE 6'6" 230 lbs *** NR Arlington Heights, IL Terps, Aub, Minn, Tex
Adrian Ealy OL 6'7" 300 lbs **** **** Gonzales, LA OU, LSU, Aub, Tenn
Eleasah Anderson OL 6'3" 280 lbs *** *** Houston, TX KSU, BGSU, CSU
Lamonte McDougle DT 6'1" 295 lbs *** *** Deerfield Beach, FL WVU, Wazzu, Ark, Tenn, TTU
George Hunter DB 6'1" 170 lbs NR NR Delray Beach, FL KSU, Terps, Tol, Ohio
Peyton Jones DB 6'1" 180 lbs NR NR Kansas City, MO NDSU

TE Salvatore Cannella just picked up an offer from Tom Herman and Texas on Tuesday, so no doubt he’ll be a five-star recruit next week, amirite?

Four-star offensive lineman Adrian Ealy just took a visit to Kansas over the first weekend of December along with RB Tevin Bush, who is currently committed to West Virginia.

All in all, the 2017 class is coming along nicely, and if Beaty can pick up a few more recruits to round this out, it looks like the Jayhawks will have some talent to build on.