Something is happening in Lawrence, and it’s amazing. The Jayhawks are in the midst of a historic recruiting period. They continued their recruiting dominance yesterday, as they landed Grandview, Missouri 3-Star defensive end Cartez Crook-Jones over Iowa State, Arkansas, Kansas State, and Missouri. Crook-Jones is the 8th commitment for Kansas in the 2018 class, a class that’s making a lot of noise right now. According to 247Sports, the Jayhawks 2018 recruiting class now ranks 4th in the nation. Fourth. In football. FOURTH!!!!
I’m happy to say I’ll continue my education and football career at Kansas university #earnit
— Cartez Crook Jones (@CrookCartez) February 9, 2017
THE CROOK-JONES FILE
|Name||Hometown||Position||Position Ranking||Star Rating|
|Cartez Crook-Jones||Grandview, MO||DE||Unrated||⭐⭐⭐|
Though Crook-Jones is not yet ranked by 247sports, Rivals has him as a 3-star, and while he’s currently unranked by all major recruiting sites, that will soon change, as sites like 247sports, Scout, Rivals, and ESPN all continue to evaluate players in 2018 class.
Crook-Jones visited Lawrence on junior day, and following his commitment, he told Jayhawk Slant that he “knew a return trip would have to happen soon. Not to confirm in his mind he was ready to be a Jayhawk, but to ensure his mother’s blessing by letting her meet with Beaty herself.”
As it was for many of the other commitments Kansas has landed in this class, Crook-Jones said that his main reasons for committing were the coaching staff, and the chance to play early.
The 6’5, 230 pound defensive end also said Kansas plans to use him as a pass rushing defensive end, though they would like him to add a bit more muscle so he can beat the big offensive tackles he may not frequently play against in high school. He’s very fast for his size, and while he definitely needs to add some strength, he should be a very good player very early on in his career.
Crook-Jones seems interested in expanding this Kansas class even further, a common trend we’ve seen from this group of Kansas recruits, as following his commitment he reached out to Blue Springs, Missouri defensive end Daniel Parker Jr.
@LuhhDaniel come join me FAM
— Cartez Crook Jones (@CrookCartez) February 10, 2017
Parker Jr. recently named included Kansas in his top 8, along with Missouri State, Nebraska, Iowa, Iowa State, Missouri, NIU, and Minnesota. Could Kansas be landing another recruit soon? Only time will tell, but when and if it does happen, we’ll have plenty of coverage here at LandGrant Gauntlet.