Kansas Jayhawk Recruiting 2009: Wrapping Up The Class
Even if today was signing day, KU would still have one of the best signing classes under coach Mark Mangino. The Class of 2009 has 22 known prospects with an average rating of 3.0 stars on Rivals.com, which is currently good for 34th in the nation.
Luckily, signing day is still three weeks away. The Kansas coaching staff can still improve on their haul. There are still a few gaps that can be filled, and depth can be added.
Here is the current breakdown of Kansas Commits
Offense: nine recruits
QB: two high school recruits
RB: two high school recruits
WR: two high school recruits
OL: three high school recruits
Defense: 13 recruits
DE: four high school recruits, one junior college recruit
DL: one junior college recruit
LB: two high school recruits
DB: four high school recruits, one junior college recruit
Virtually every hole on the depth chart has been attended to already. Most of the high school recruits will have the benefit of a red-shirt year as well. From this point on, almost every additional recruit is icing on the cake for the Class of 2009.
KU may still sign as many as five additional recruits, although two to three is much more likely. Here is the best of the remaining prospects on the board for 2009:
Kenny Guiton: Three-star recruit out of Aldine, TX. He is listed at 6'2", 180 lbs, and was clocked at 4.89 seconds in the 40. He is very raw as a passer, and despite his lack of quality straight line speed, he has good hips and acceleration. He moves well in the pocket, but his judgement decreases as defensive pressure increases. He has a tendency to force the ball.
Ronnie Wingo: Four-star RB out of St. Louis, MO. He is a big, fast back that can run and catch the ball. He is one of the fastest prospects in the country. He is Mr. Everything and could fit in and excel at almost any position on either side of the ball. Wingo's recruiting has taken a life all of its own, and no one has any idea where he may land.
Dominic Wilkins: Two-star RB out of Houston, TX. He is 5'11", 180 lbs. He is a shifty back that has decent acceleration and moves. He lacks the power to bulldoze bigger defenders and the speed to burn them. He is very raw and has a good upside.
Skyler Scott: Three-star WR prospect from Lancaster, TX. Scott is listed at 6'3", 193 lbs. and has a 4.49-second 40-yard dash to his credit. His route running and hands are more than adequate, but his speed off the ball is outstanding. He could come in and play at WR and also act as a KR or PR on special teams.
Ricco Sanders: Four-star WR prospect from Duncan, SC. He is listed at 5'11", 180 lbs. and has run a lightning fast 4.36 40-yard dash. What he lacks in ideal height, he makes up for in route running, soft hands, and mobility after the catch. He would step into the locker room and easily be one of the five fastest players on KU's roster. He will be a hard prospect to land. He is from the heart of SEC/ACC recruiting country, and those schools are all recruiting him hard.
DeQuinn Evans: Four-star juco DE prospect from Wilmington, CA. He is listed at 6'3.5", 270 lbs. and has run a 4.6 40-yard dash. He is a great talent, both as a pass rusher and as a run-stopper. With KU already receiving commitments from five DEs, this makes signing him very unlikely.
Bradley McDougald: Four-star prospect out of Dublin, OH. He is the former teammate of current Jayhawk Josh Richardson. He is 6'1", 185 lbs., and runs a 4.5-second 40. He already has great natural instincts and a sound fundamental base. He would need very little coaching to be a star on the defensive side of the ball. In late January of 2008, KU was able to steal Richardson away from several Big Ten suitors...the coaching staff is hoping that they can do the same thing here.
Terrell Williams: Three-star prospect out of Tulsa, OK. He is listed at 6'3", 215 lbs. and has run a 4.58-second 40. Could be a force to be reckoned with in the next few years by forcing opposing QBs to throw to the edges, instead of the middle. He could also play on the offensive side of the ball. He has the height of KU recruits Chris Omigie and Erick McGriff, but the bulk that both of them lack.
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