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KU's Ultimate Pick Up: Kyle "Money" Mayberry

Mayberry could be one of the best recruits in the 2016 class in more ways than one.

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The story goes something like this: In the summer of 2014, Kyle Mayberry was attending a summer football camp in his home state of Oklahoma.  At the time, Mayberry was primarily a wide receiver.  He ran into Denver Broncos All-Pro and former KU football player Chris Harris, who was hosting the camp.  When Harris asked who he was, Mayberry replied, "I'm the best cornerback in the state of Oklahoma."

By the end of his junior year, Mayberry was indeed rated as the best corner in Oklahoma.  He began to attract the attention of college scouts from places like Oregon, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Missouri, and Nebraska.  Eventually, scholarship offers began pouring in, at first from smaller schools like South Dakota and Missouri State.  But then Wyoming, Kansas, Washington State, Illinois, and Kansas State came calling.

Mayberry verbally committed to KU in July of 2015.  But the offers kept coming in, with Virginia Tech and Memphis throwing their hats into the ring.  Eventually, Mayberry had 37 offers sitting on the table.

But through it all - through the 0-12 season, through the recruiting process, everything, Mayberry has never wavered in his commitment to David Beaty and the Jayhawks.  In fact, Mayberry is one of the biggest recruiters on social media for Kansas.  At least four of the members of KU's 2016 recruiting class credit Mayberry for helping sway their decision, including Tyriek Starks, Khalil Herbert, Julian Chandler, and Evan Fairs.

Mayberry stood by Kansas partially because of what he perceived as negative and deceptive recruiting tactics by other programs.  He also stood with them because of his connection to Chris Harris one year prior, and has since referred to Harris as his mentor.  In addition, Mayberry says he's always been the underdog, and part of what appealed to him about KU was that KU football's underdog status appealed to him.

Mayberry's recruiting efforts aren't limited to football players considering becoming Jayhawks, either.  He has reportedly reached out on Twitter to players like fellow Oklahoma native Trae Young, the top basketball player in the state of Oklahoma in the 2017 class and #2 PG nationally (#20 overall).

Oh, and as for the "Money" nickname?  Mayberry has never been one to lack for confidence, as the moniker was bestowed upon him in the eighth grade as a reference to Floyd "Money" Mayweather.

Look for Mayberry to #EarnIt and make his way onto the two-deep as early as this fall while continuing his efforts on social media.

Money Mayberry, going the extra mile for KU.


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