It has been a pretty eventful last few days. There is lots of recruiting news to report. Today will showcase the first weekly "Way Out Prospect" report. It is a new feature to the Recruiting Corner, where we take a look at some of the prospects that Kansas University will be recruiting in 2011 and beyond.
This feature should help create some more familiarity with KU's recruiting as well as foster a little bit of excitement for the future.
Zach Bolton Commits
Zach Bolton of Houston, TX became KU's 12th verbal commitment for the Class of 2010. The offensive tackle is listed at 6'2", 260 lbs., and runs a 4.8 in the 40-yard dash.
He is listed as a three-star on both Rivals and Scout. Rivals has the Houston prospect as the 18th best offensive guard prospect in the nation. Scout has him listed as the 17th. ESPN has given him an initial rating of 76 at the guard position, despite the fact that Bolton has played as an offensive tackle since he started high school.
Bolton chose KU over offers from Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Wake Forest, New Mexico State, North Texas, Rice, SMU, Baylor, Houston, Illinois, and Iowa State
The Klein Forest High School product is very athletic and makes good initial contact. He has the speed to make impact blocks down the field and the strength to hold blocks.
His biggest weaknesses are his pad height and leverage. He will likely benefit from a redshirt year and a collegiate conditioning program. He has a good frame and can easily put on 30 pounds without sacrificing a lot of speed.
Carl Davis Update
Adlai Stephenson High School, (Sterling Heights, MI) OT/DT Carl Davis has narrowed down his list of potential suitors to four: Kansas, Iowa, Michigan State, and Wisconsin. Iowa is the current leader, although Davis is far from done with the recruiting process. The 6'5", 300-pound monster has yet to make the trek down to Lawrence.
Davis is currently listed as a three-star prospect on Rivals and has been rated a 75 by ESPN. He has not yet been evaluated by Scout.
Davis is very athletic for a big man. He has good footwork and quickness to go with long arms. He still has a little baby fat on him, but he has a solid frame and can still add quite a bit of muscle.
While KU is always looking for athletic defensive lineman, I will not be surprised if they are looking to play this prospect on the offensive side of the ball. With his frame and reach, he could be a very physically dominating guard or right tackle.
Way Out Prospect: WR Dorial Green
Dorial Green is one of those special prospects that is best described as a "freak." Despite only being a freshman, he starred for Hillcrest High School's (Springfield, MO) football, basketball, and track teams, earning honors in all three sports. Despite his youth, he has spent the better part of the summer tearing up the camp circuit.
At 6'5", 206 pounds, Green has a body that already looks like a college freshman. What really stands out is his speed. Green claims a 4.43 forty time. Unlike most people who claim sub-4.5 times, he was clocked at 4.48 and 4.49 twice this summer while attending camps. His combination of size and speed is already making college scouts drool.
The Hillcrest phenom has legitimate track speed as well. He has a PR of 10.88w in the 100m and a 22.10 in the 200m. His time in the 200m is one of the fastest in the nation for a freshman. His speed is only going to improve. Like most young sprinters, he still needs to develop the footwork needed to properly accelerate out of the blocks. This will translate well onto the football field.
On the basketball court, Green is a monster rebounder with a decent mid-range shot. He was named all-conference last year. He is also drawing interest from colleges for basketball.
As a freshman, Green had nearly 1000 yards receiving and averaged almost 24 yards per catch. The best part about him as a prospect is that he is far from being a polished receiver. He has an amazing upside and can still develop his hands, footwork, blocking, and route running.
Green is currently interested in KU, OU, and Mizzou for both football and basketball. The only downside to this prospect is that if he continues to grow, he may decide to focus only on basketball.
He is a star on the rise and is already almost certain to be a "Five-Star-Gotta-Have" prospect.
In Other Recruiting News
• Offensive Tackle Nick Demien is down to four schools: OU, Mizzou, Oregon, and Wisconsin. Oklahoma is currently at the top of his list, with Mizzou in a close second.
• Offensive Tackle Denton Simek has narrowed his list down to three schools: Arizona, Nebraska, and Oklahoma State.
• Arlington, TX Cornerback Ciante Evans is expected to narrow his list down in the near future. He has indicated that he would like to make his verbal by the end of the summer. He recently attended Nebraska's Junior Days, and while he enjoyed the visit, he was not ready to commit.
The weekend saw a couple of KU targets decide to go elsewhere. KU wasn't particularly high on either prospects' list, but they would have both been good pickups for the Jayhawks.
• Offensive Tackle Trent Spurgeon from Owasso, OK has committed to Arizona.
• Weak-side Defensive End Marcus Rush from Cincinnati, OH has committed to Michigan State.