Today we take a look ahead at what’s in store for the 2019 recruiting class - we’ll see if David Beaty is around to complete it.
Actually, this could have been a really short article. KU has just one commit so far for 2019, but it’s an impressive one in four-star QB Lance Legendre, out of, you guessed it, Louisiana. Specifically, Warren Easton, the same high school that produced KU players Mike Lee, Corione Harris, and Tyriek Starks.
Legendre is the #6 dual threat QB per 247Sports and a top-300 player overall. Rivals has him rated as the #8 overall QB in the country. He stands 6’3” tall, 205 lbs, and has an impressive offer list that includes: Georgia, Alabama, Florida State, Missouri, Oklahoma State, Tennessee, and Virginia, among plenty others.
There are two other recruits out of Warren Easton High School in New Orleans that KU is in on as well: 4-star CB Chester Kimbrough and three-star OL Caleb Etienne.
As for the rest of the class, 247Sports reports that KU currently has 143 scholarship offers out. Summer is generally a down time for recruiting news, but one recruit who seems to be heating up is three-star DE Sulaiman Kpaka out of Grand Prairie, TX. Kpaka appears to be down to Kansas, Purdue, and Vanderbilt.
As for higher ranked recruits to keep an eye on, KU has offers out to the following 4-star players:
RB Noah Cain (Bradenton, FL)
RB Titus Swen (Haslet, TX)
Fifteen 4-star WRs that I’m not going to list
TE Isaiah Foskey (Concord, CA)
OL Stacey Wilkins (Camden, AR)
OL Danielson Ike (Kansas City, MO)
OL Jack Buford (St. Louis, MO)
C Branson Bragg (Crandall, TX)
DE Jermaine Johnson (Independence CC, KS)
DE Nelson Caeser (Missouri City, TX)
DE Marcus Hicks (Wichita, KS)
DE Marcus Stripling (Houston, TX)
DE Stephon Wright (Los Angeles, CA)
LB Derick Hall (Gulfport, MS)
CB Devin Bush (New Orleans, LA)
CB Chester Kimbrough (New Orleans, LA)
ATH Makiya Tongue (Baton Rouge, LA)
ATH Jaren Mangham (Detroit, MI)
Obviously KU won’t be getting all of these guys, and recruiting is going to be a bear this year anyway with Zenger gone and Beaty now firmly planted on the hot seat.
What surprised me was the lack of Juco recruits in this list - just one. It should also be noted that of the 143 offers reportedly out for the Jayhawks, only four of those players are Juco recruits.
The 2019 class has a LONG ways to go. Obviously, it remains to be seen as to whether or not it will be a haul, or if will it be the typical class full of three stars with one or two four-star guys mixed in.