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10 Days Until Kansas Football: Recruiting Update

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Despite a weird offseason, this Kansas coaching staff has been doing WORK.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 02 Kansas State at Kansas Photo by Nick Tre. Smith/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

About three months ago, back on May 30, was the last time I took a look at the 2021 recruiting class. At that point, KU had 11 verbals, which put them at #38 in the 247Sports team rankings.

Now, the Jayhawks are up to 21 verbals, including the highest-rated recruit for Kansas since recruiting rankings became a thing. Hanging on to Keon Coleman will no doubt be a tall order for Kansas coaches, but let’s see who else the Jayhawks have lined up to join the team in 2021.

2021 Verbal Commits

2021 Football Verbal Commits

Name Juco Pos Size 247 Rank Hometown Other Offers Notes
Name Juco Pos Size 247 Rank Hometown Other Offers Notes
Ben Easters QB 6'3" 195 lbs 3* Brownsburg, IN BG Interest from CIN, IU, Lou
Devin Neal RB 5'11" 188 lbs 3* Lawrence, KS Neb, OSU, KSU, Iowa Top 700 recruit
Keon Coleman WR 6'4 185 lbs 4* Opelousas, LA Everyone Top 150 recruit
Jaddai Henry WR 6'4" 192 lbs 3* Carrollton, TX Howard, W&M Top 1100 recruit
Majik Rector WR 5'9" 152 lbs 3* Lancaster, TX TTU, Rut, BG, Tul Top 1200 recruit
Kelan Robinson WR 6'2" 183 lbs 3* Grand Prairie, TX Duke, LTU, Tul, Mem, Tol -
Mason Brotherton TE 6'4" 242 lbs 3* Mena, AR CC, Lib, ULM, Mem Other P5 interest but no offers
De'Kedrick Sterns OL 6'4" 250 lbs 3* Del Valle, TX Duke, CSU, Haw, Nev, UNT Top 1200 recruit
Edgar Amaya OL 6'3" 300 lbs 3* Russellville, AL Illini, Char, AF, Navy, Tul -
Christien Hawks OL 6'4" 260 lbs 3* Norton, KS AF, Zips, CMU, EMU, WMU, CC -
Larson Workman OL 6'5" 265 lbs 3* Ganado, TX ArkSt, CC, EMU, FIU -
D'Marion Alexander DE 6'5" 215 lbs 3* China Spring, TX Minn, ASU, Bay, TCU, TTU Top 900 recruit
Deldrick Withers DE 6'4" 245 lbs 3* Little Rock, AR ULM, ULL, UCF Top 1100 recruit
Tommy Dunn DE 6'3" 255 lbs 3* Garland, TX Navy, Rice, AF, UTSA -
Andrew Simpson LB 6'1" 220 lbs 3* Bellflower, CA Oreg, CMU, USU Top 1100 recruit
Trey Staley LB 6'2" 200 lbs 3* Snellville, GA Army, Troy, CMU, Zips -
Cameron Grays CB 6'2" 195 lbs 3* Eight Mile, AL Aub, FSU, IU, MU, Tenn Top 800 recruit
DeVonte Wilson CB 6'3" 190 lbs 3* Quincy, FL Ohio, ECU, Lib, WKU, Marsh -
Omar Burroughs Jr S 5'10" 170 lbs 3* Bradenton, FL Tenn, GT, AppSt, FAU, SMiss Top 1100 recruit
Cam'Ron Dabney ATH/DB 5'11" 175 lbs 3* Gainesville, GA Syr, ASU, BG, Cin, CSU -
James Wright ATH/DB 6'1" 195 lbs 3* Sumter, SC ECU, Army, Char, Tem, WKU -

This class is currently ranked #41 in the 247Sports Composite, good for fourth in the Big 12. On the surface it appears to be a very well rounded class, with at least one player at each position. The class includes five defensive backs, four offensive linemen, three defensive linemen, and two linebackers. Take note of the high-end talent coming in on the offensive side of the ball at running back and receiver.

Also of note: Seven of the 21 recruits have multiple P5 offers (other than Kansas).

Just two recruits hail from the state of Kansas. Seven are from Texas, and the rest are scattered from California to South Carolina to Florida.

I’m not sure where Kansas is in terms of scholarship numbers available for next season; per 247Sports the Jayhawks brought in 27 players last year. I believe the rule is 50 players in a two-year span(?). If so, that would put Kansas near the limit for this season, depending on what classification some of those recruits from last year have. Look for KU to pick up two to four more verbals for this class, and who knows? Maybe Les Miles has a few more tricks up his sleeve.