The Kansas football program just got a lot better over the span of the last 24 hours. Our new Jayhawk overlords landed six commits yesterday, including three 247Sports 4-star recruits and the Coach Beaty’s top quarterback prospect. Truly a historic day for the Rock Chalk nation.
Blazing 3-star running back Anthony Williams started the fireworks and the booms kept coming with the final commitment coming from 3-star safety Aaron Brule. In between those two, 3-star quarterback Clayton Tune, 4-star cornerback Corione Harris, 4-star wide receiver Devonta Jason and 4-star wide receiver JaMarr Chase all committed to Kansas.
Five of the six players that committed yesterday will be coming to Lawrence via Louisiana, and Harris and Jason are teammates at Landry-Walker High School. The raid of SEC territory can likely be directly attributed to new running back’s coach Tony Hull. Hull turned Warren Easton High School in New Orleans into one of the top programs in the state before being hired by David Beaty last season and his connection to Louisiana obviously helped in the recruitment.
That connection shows in quotes like this one from Corione Harris, via JayhawkSlant.com:
“I have known coach Hull since he coached at Warren Easton,” Corione Harris said. “He knew me back when I was playing little league football. He is an awesome man. He has a great personality and always wants what is the best for the kids. That has always stuck out to me and he treats me like he is a father.”
Another factor is the addition of Doug Meacham, former TCU offensive coordinator, to the Jayhawk staff. Meacham is considered one of the best offensive minds in college football.
Kansas likely sold all of these young men on playing time, as well as the opportunity to be the faces of the program for the next four years while they transform the program. Kansas plays more freshman than anyone else, and the success of guys like WR Steven Sims Jr and CB Mike Lee will only help showcase what these recruits could become very quickly in Lawrence.
Coach Beaty has vaulted Kansas in uncharted territory as the Jayhawks currently have the 9th-best 2018 class in the nation. Now the hard part begins: keeping them committed. It’s hard to imaging that a few SEC programs won’t come calling on these guys, but for Kansas, this is an announcement to the Big 12 and the rest of college football; ‘We’re coming’.
Most of these commitments may take some work to maintain for the next year, but with all these guys in, Kansas is currently out recruiting the likes of Alabama, Oklahoma, Georgia, Ohio State, Michigan, and Florida, and if you ask me, that’s a very #NeatDeal.
— Aaron Brule (@_AllOutAaron_) February 5, 2017
— Ja’Marr Chase. (@10jayy__) February 5, 2017
— Whop (@TheRealWhop3) February 5, 2017
— Coe (@CoeHarris9) February 5, 2017
— Benton Smith (@BentonASmith) February 4, 2017
Excited to announce my commitment to play football for the University of Kansas! Thanks to those who have supported me along the way.🔵🔴pic.twitter.com/Kdw9itF0vV
— Clayton Tune (@ClaytonTune7) February 4, 2017