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Trio Of Defensive Linemen Commit To Kansas

Three defensive lineman commit to Kansas, in hopes beating Texas again.

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Copiah-Lincoln Community College defensive tackles Charles Cameron and Jonathan Lolohea, and Louisiana defensive end Josh Smith all announced their intentions to play their college ball at Kansas today. The pair of JUCO teammates were on campus this weekend, and decided to pull the trigger, announcing their dual-commitment on twitter. The two players knew they’d be playing at the same school before they visited Lawrence, but coach Beaty and his staff sold them on making that school Kansas. Smith, on the other hand, was once committed to Missouri, backed out in January, and has now decided that he too wants to play in Lawrence.


Name POS Location HT WT Committed Rivals Scout 247Sports
DT Morton
6-2 290 6/11/2017 ⭐️⭐️

Cameron is the first of the three that we’ll take a look at. He’s the third defensive lineman in Kansas’ 2018 class, along with Lolohea and Smith, and the 12th commitment overall. He chose Kansas over offers from Colorado, Louisville, SDSU, UNLV and many more G5 schools.

The big man didn’t have much interest coming out his high school, but an impressive 2016 season with Copiah-Lincoln that included 23 tackles, seven TFLs, six sacks, and a forced fumble. Kansas led his recruitment for a while, but ultimately, his visit this weekend sold him on the program, as he saw a chance to play early and often as a Jayhawk.

On the field, Cameron is a very hard man to keep away from the ball. he’s very strong, and sheds block with ease. He’s an impressive athlete for his size, and beats guards and centers off the ball regularly. He’s better than most defensive tackles at rushing the passer, and while he’s not a 1-tech that will take up two blockers every play, he is a threat to make the offense pay every single play. He should see the filed very quickly at Kansas. His ceiling comparison is Adrian Clayborn.


Name POS Location HT WT Committed Rivals Scout 247Sports
DT Lahaina
6-3 310 6/11/2017 ⭐️⭐️⭐️

The second player from Copiah-Lincoln, Jonathan Lolohea is, in many ways, very similar to Charles Cameron. Both of them were under looked coming out of high school, and both of them garnered a lot of interest after an impressive freshman season at Copiah-Lincoln. Lolohea held offers from Arizona, Colorado, Iowa State, Kansas State, Louisville, Maryland, Oregon State, TCU, Utah, Washington State and Hawaii, as well as some G5 offers. He held an impressive 21 total offers.

When looking his 2016 season, it isn’t hard to see why he’s one of the most highly touted JUCO defensive tackles in the nation. He only picked up 11 tackles, three for a loss, but looks dominant in his film. While Cameron isn’t a space filler, Lolohea absolutely is.

On the field, as I said, Lolohea takes up a lot of blockers. He’s surprisingly refined as a tackle, from years of playing defensive end, and learning various pass rushing techniques. Most young tackles have one move: bull-rush, but Lolohea can beat linemen in a number of ways. He’s obviously been coached very well, and he pairs his technical skill with a lot of size, and surprising athleticism. He compliments Cameron very well on the football field, and they should be causing nightmares for Big 12 offenses for years to come. His ceiling comparison is Gerald McCoy.


Name POS Location HT WT Committed Rivals Scout 247Sports
DE New Orleans
6-4 250 6/11/2017 ⭐️⭐️⭐️
⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️

The third defensive lineman to join Kansas’ class today, defensive end Josh Smith could be the best of the bunch. Unlike Cameron and Lolohea, Smith is coming out of high school, and while he doesn’t have as extensive an offer sheet as his fellow commits do, he still has a very impressive sheet. He picked Kansas over Houston, Iowa State, UCF, and the team he used to be committed to, Missouri.

Smith committed to Missouri back in August, but backed off his commitment in January, after landing a number of offers he was very interested in. Kansas was one of those offers, and now, a little under five months later, he’s a Jayhawk. Smith was also in Lawrence this weekend, and as noted in the tweet from coach Beaty, was being recruited by Tony Hull, the resident Louisiana expert on Kansas’ staff. Hull landed a number of Louisiana prospects already this class, and expects to land more as the 2018 cycle continues. Smith is familiar with two faces in the Kansas class already, his fellow Landry-Walker teammates Devonta Jason and Corione Harris.

On the field, Smith is the most raw of the three players, which is to be expected from a high schooler. He’s a sure tackler, and very tough player to block because of his physicality. he doesn’t have much in the way of technique, he mostly just slams into the lineman in front of him and that usually does the trick, but he definitely has the potential to provide a lot for Kansas on the defensive line in a few years, both in rushing the passer and stuffing the run. His ceiling comparison is Cameron Jordan.

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