Riverton (Kan.) junior middle linebacker Brad Hefley has received an official offer from the University of Kansas. He is listed at 6'4", 251 lbs., and has been clocked at 4.6 seconds in the 40-yard dash.
Hefley looks to be a throwback middle linebacker, similar to former Kansas linebacker Gabe Toomey and graduating senior Joe Mortensen. He is a physical presence, with a solid frame and good lateral mobility. He is above average at shedding blocks from bigger lineman, but doesn't use his hands as well as he could.
He is very aggressive as a run-stopper, and bites on several play action passes. Both of those problems will be easily fixed with proper coaching and adequate film study.
While still early in Hefley's recruiting, one of the biggest factors in his decision will be whether he wishes to stay at the linebacker position or if he is willing to change positions. He has a unique combination of size and speed, which may push several schools to recruit him as a defensive end.
Unlike most schools that recruit smaller, faster linebackers, the Jayhawks have preferred a larger, run-stopping backer in the past. If Hefley wants to stay at linebacker, it could be a huge edge for Kansas to land this local prospect.
Hefley is also being recruited by Kansas State, Oklahoma, Alabama, Oregon, and Arkansas.