One of the most surprising storylines of this current recruiting cycle is the sudden emergence of Kansas as a serious contender for talented recruits, that in the past would’ve never given Kansas a look. The Jayhawks pulled in a number of highly rated recruits earlier this year, when they went into Louisiana and turned the recruiting world on its head, even if it was just for a few days. A little over a month after landing their last commitment from offensive lineman Mac Copeland, the Jayhawks have struck again, landing a commitment from Leawood defensive end Miles Emery.
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THE EMERY FILE
Emery is the ninth commitment in Kansas’ 2018 class, and the second defensive lineman, along with Cartez Crook-Jones. This isn’t just a big get for David Beaty and Kansas because of Emery’s talent though that’s certainly very important, but also because it helps illuminate the state of the program in Lawrence.
Emery is the second best player in the state of Kansas. In years past, we’ve seen the top players in Kansas, a state that doesn’t produce a ton of D1 talent, snubbing the Jayhawks, instead opting to play their college ball elsewhere, be it in the Big 12, or just at another power five school. the more in-state talent the Jayhawks can keep in state, the better.
Emery had offers from Iowa State, Louisville and Oklahoma. Texas was reportedly close to offering him as well, after he visited back in March. Oklahoma was long thought of as being the favorite, so for Kansas to hold off the Sooners for in-state talent is a huge deal for David Beaty and his staff.
On the field, Emery is almost certainly deserving of a rankings bump. Coming from Kansas, he doesn’t get very much exposure, but with interest from schools like Oklahoma and Louisville, and very impressive film, Emery would absolutely be a four-star if he was from Texas rather than Kansas. Two things stand out very quickly in his game. Firstly, he’s a very long, not very heavy edge rusher. Secondly, he’s a freak athlete. these two things go hand in hand, and make for a very attractive prospect.
He has to clean up a lot of things, technically speaking, including his footwork, use of hands, and even his bend and flexibility, but with his athleticism, Emery has a very high ceiling. At a place like Kansas, where talent is desperately needed, and good players will play, regardless of age, Emery should thrive, and after a few years of playing experience he could be a star in Lawrence. His ceiling comparison is another long, athletic end, Ezekiel Ansah.