Unfortunately for first-year Kansas head coach Charlie Weis, he has not been blessed with elite high school programs to visit in the state of Kansas. However, impressive junior college prospects that have made rival coach Bill Snyder a popular man are readily available for Weis and his coaching staff.
Jayhawk fans were spoiled with the unexpected success in 2007 and 2008 under Mark Mangino and lost any patience they developed during the post-Glen Mason era in Lawrence. Mangino rarely made trips west to lure the elite JUCO players and instead recruited the state of Texas harder than any KU coach in history.
Weis has made it clear his team will recruit anywhere and everywhere in an attempt to bring sustained success at KU, including attracting in-state JUCO players.
Numerous upperclassmen litter the Jayhawks' roster and their most heralded 2012 recruit was transfer QB Dayne Crist, who boasts a whopping one year of remaining eligibility.
Junior college players might present the risk of losing the attention of prep players looking for immediate playing time, but with a thin group of local prep stars to recruit, Weis may have no other choice.