Kansas Recruiting Corner: Unmet Needs For the Class Of 2010

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Kansas Recruiting Corner:  Unmet Needs For the Class Of 2010
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Going into this recruiting cycle, it is a well-documented fact that KU has to sign a smaller class. With only 17-18 scholarships currently available, KU has already received verbal commitments from 11 prospects.

That leaves the Jayhawks with roughly 6-7 more available scholarships for this recruiting class. While that number may expand with possible pro defections and player transfers, it is unlikely that it will expand by much.

With the Class of 2010 over halfway complete, it is time to get into the nitty-gritty.

There are several needs still to be filled, and the number of scholarships to fill those requirements are quickly dwindling.

Below is a position-by-position breakdown of KU's positional needs for 2010, who has already committed to fill those psitions, and who KU is targeting to fill the remaining roster spots.

Quarterback
Need: 1
Remaining Scholarships: 0
Notes: With the commitment of Walker, KU virtually wrapped up their quarterback recruiting. The only possible change would be if a player like Austin Hinder or Blake Bell decided that they want to go to KU—in which case, KU would find a scholarship somewhere.

Verbal
Jacoby Walker (Spring, TX) 6'2" 210 lbs. 4.59 forty
-Rivals 3-Star (Dual QB #35)

Running Back
Need: 2
Remaining Scholarships: 1+
Notes: Kansas will likely take at least one more running back commitment, but could take more. Beachum and Randle are both athletic enough to play multiple positions. The Jayhawks would take both in a heartbeat without giving the idea a second thought.

Verbal
James Sims (Irving, TX) 6'0" 205 lbs. 4.50 forty
-Rivals 3-Star (RB #51)

Best Available Prospects
D.J Jones (Denison, TX) 5'11" 210 lbs. 4.50 forty
-Rivals 4-Star (RB #16)

Joe Randle (Wichita, KS) 6'0" 180 lbs. 4.42 forty
-Rivals 4-Star (RB #19)

Delans Griffin (Clinton, OK) 5'10" 180 lbs. 4.49 forty
-Rivals 4-Star (RB #24)

Andre Dawson (Cedar Rapids, IA) 6'1" 210 lbs. 4.50 forty
-Rivals 3-Star (RB #39)

Jatashun Beachum (Dallas, TX) 6'2" 275 lbs. 4.65 forty
-Rivals 3-Star (ATH #33)

Tight End
Need: 1
Remaining Scholarships: 0
Notes: While KU was still recruiting athletic tight ends for awhile after the commitment of Trent Smiley, it appears that they have backed off of the idea.

Verbal
Trent Smiley (Frisco, TX) 6'4" 230 lbs. 4.60 forty
-Rivals 3-Star (TE #16)


Wide Receiver
Need: 2+
Remaining Scholarships: 1+
Notes: With Keeston Terry and Ricki Herod already in the fold, I think that KU is holding one more scholarship open for either Justin McCay or Marcus Lucas. They are both 'can't miss' prospects; McCay because of his athleticism, and Lucas because of his size/speed combination. If neither prospect chooses KU, I don't expect KU to receive another receiver commitment.

Verbals
Keeston Terry (Blue Springs, MO) 6'3" 185 lbs. 4.69 forty
-Rivals 4-Star (WR #37)

Ricki Herod Jr. (Mesquite, TX) 6'2" 175 lbs.
-Rivals 3-Star (WR #53)

Best Available Prospects
Justin McCay (Shawnee, KS) 6'3" 205 lbs. 4.53 forty
-Rivals 4-Star (ATH #6)

Marcus Lucas (Liberty, MO) 6'5" 195 lbs. 4.50 forty
-Rivals 4-Star (WR #19)


Offensive Line
Need: 0
Remaining Scholarships: 1+
Notes: This is one of the only positions that KU can afford to not sign anyone. Nine of the ten prospects on KU's two deep for 2009 return for 2010.

There are also several other players waiting in the wings to step onto the field for 2010. HC Mark Mangino has made offensive line depth a priority over the last few years, and is finally in a position to be very selective with his scholarships. Expect KU to only sign one or two OL prospects, if they sign any at all.

Best Available Prospects
Daryl Williams (Corinth, TX) 6'5" 269 lbs. 4.90 forty
-Rivals 3-Star (OT #35)

Robert Griffin (Euless, TX) 6'7" 355 lbs. 5.40 forty
-JuCo (OT NR)

Zach Bolton (Houston, TX) 6'2" 260 lbs. 4.85 forty
-Rivals 3-Star (OG #18)

Chris Littlehead (Tahlequah, OK) 6'2" 305 lbs.
-Rivals 3-Star (OG #43)

Jeremy Burton (Muskogee, OK) 6'3" 285 lbs.
-Rivals 3-Star (OG NR)


Defensive End
Need: 2
Remaining Scholarships: 1
Notes: The one remaining scholarship is basically Donovan Vestal's to give up. If Vestal wants it, it is his. However, if Vestal doesn't make a decision in the near future, he could see his scholarship be given to Texas Tech commit Jacqaylin Arps.

Verbal
Geneo Grissom (Hutchinson, KS) 6'4" 230 lbs. 4.63 forty
-Rivals 3-Star (SDE #25)

Best Available Prospects
Donovan Vestal (Arlington, TX) 6'5" 240 lbs. 4.70 forty
-Rivals 3-Star (SDE #33)

Derrick Bryant (Columbus, OH) 6'4" 230 lbs. 4.55 forty
-Rivals 3-Star (SDE #29)

Jaqwaylin Arps (Denison, TX) 6'3" 230 lbs.
-Rivals NR (WDE NR)


Defensive Tackle
Need: 1
Remaining Scholarships: 0
Notes: KU was done searching for a defensive tackle the second Jeremiah Edwards came on board.

Verbal
Jeremiah Edwards (Garland, TX) 6'1" 270 lbs. 4.90 forty
-Rivals 3-Star (DT #71)


Linebacker
Need: 1
Remaining Scholarships: 1+
Notes: The switch to a base 4-2-5 defense has lowered this as a positional need quite a bit. While the Jayhawks may take a second linebacker, but they don't necessarily have to. There is now a premium on speed rather than sheer bulk.

Verbal
Jimmay Mundine (Denison, TX) 6'1" 225 lbs. 4.60 forty
-Rivals NR (ILB NR)

Best Available Prospects
Courtney Gaston (Ft. Gibson, OK) 6'4" 215 lbs. 4.55 forty
-Rivals 3-Star (OLB #42)

Austin Wilson (Tyler, TX) 6'0" 200 lbs. 4.60 forty
-Rivals 3-Star (OLB #46)

Nduka Onyeali (Denver, CO) 6'1" 225 lbs. 4.50 forty
-Rivals 3-Star (OLB #50)

Jeremiah George (Clearwater, FL) 5'11" 191 lbs. 4.60 forty
-Rivals 3-Star (OLB #54)

Jayrone Elliott (Cleveland, OH) 6'3" 207 lbs. 4.94 forty
-Rivals 3-Star (OLB #75)


Defensive Back
Need: 2+
Remaining Scholarships: 1+
Notes: With the abundance of spread offenses in the Big XII, there is a greater need for speed and depth in the defensive backfield. Despite the fact that Kansas signed five DB's in 2009, expect KU to sign at least another three in 2010.

Verbals
Antonio Burton (Denton, TX) 5'11" 180 lbs.
-Rivals 3-Star (S #74)

Dave Clark (Baton Rouge, LA) 6'2" 181 lbs.
-JuCo NR (CB NR)

Best Available Prospects
Tre'Vante Porter (Midwest City, OK) 6'0" 185 lbs. 4.40 forty
-Rivals 3-Star (CB #37)

Ciante Evans (Arlington, TX) 5'11" 170 lbs. 4.50 forty
-Rivals 3-Star (CB #44)

Toney Hurd Jr. (Missouri City, TX) 5'9" 184 lbs. 4.48 forty
-Rivals 3-Star (CB #46)

Damion Payne (Klien, TX) 6'0" 185 lbs. 4.41 forty
-Rivals 3-Star (CB #62)

Isaac Umesi (North Richland Hills, TX) 5'10" 182 lbs. 4.40 forty
-Rivals 3-Star (CB #74)

Tommie Saunders (San Antonio, TX) 6'1" 200 lbs. 4.50 forty
-Rivals 3-Star (S #26)

Jeremy Deering (Tampa, FL) 6'2" 198 lbs.
-Rivals 3-Star (S #46)


Specialists
Need: 0
Scholarships Available: 0
Note: While Kansas didn't exactly have a lot of room to pick up players that weren't needed, they were happy to make room for Justin Castor. His ability to create touchbacks on kickoffs makes him a valuable commodity.

Verbal
Justin Castor (Arvada, CO) 6'5" 180 lbs.
-Rivals NR (K NR)

While Kansas may be running a little short on scholarships this year, they have been able to get enough early commitments to really be able to focus on getting the right recruits for the class, as opposed to the right number of recruits.

While KU still has several needs, there also exists several options for each of those positions. The next couple of months could get very interesting on the recruiting trail.

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