As frustration from early season late-game losses mount for the Jayhawks football program, it might be a good time to look ahead at what most Kansas fans were excited about when Sheahon Zenger lured Charlie Weis to Lawrence: Recruiting.
As the bye week approaches and with in-state rival and national title contending Kansas State preparing for a visit from Kansas in two weeks, the first full recruiting year awaits for Weis. Upon arrival, the former Notre Dame coach immediately stressed the importance of competing with Bill Snyder's staff for in-state recruits and reiterated his desire to quickly close the enormous talent development gap.
Two high-profile transfer quarterbacks gained national attention as they chose Kansas over elite programs across the country but there has been mediocre interest from upper tier Midwest prep recruits. Although early in the 2013 recruiting season, a sluggish start to 2012 has many looking ahead to QB-in-waiting Jake Heaps and a new wave of prep players and JUCO transfers.
Kansas regularly attracts dozens of two and three-star prospects, but rarely garners more than one four-star player and hardly ever receives a second glance from the elite five-star prep phenoms. Weis has his eye on a few of those elite players across the country and could land a couple as he dangles name recognition and immediate playing time as temptation. As the season progresses, a few of these out-of-state, higher profile targets will be highlighted.