It’s no secret that Kansas is near, if not at, the bottom of the college football world. David Beaty has done an admirable job doing what he can to get Kansas turned around, but things are not going well in Lawrence. After finishing this past season 1-11, its clear that Kansas needs help immediately. Beaty doesn’t have the luxury to wait for freshman to develop. He needs reinforcements for next season that are ready to step in from day 1. It makes sense then that Beaty would be focusing on the junior college ranks, and on Tuesday he landed some of the talent he was looking for. Cornerback Elijah Jones and defensive tackle Charles Cole both committed to the Jayhawks.
— Elijah Jones (@elijahjones0015) December 19, 2017
— Charles Cole (@Blessed__13) December 19, 2017
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With these two commitments the Jayhawks now have 15 commitments in their 2018 class. Jones is the third cornerback commit for the Jayhawks, joining fellow junior college product Elmore Hempstead, and Corione Harris. He is the only commit originally from Iowa to be committed to Kansas in their 2018 class.
Cole is the only defensive tackle commitment in this class, and the third commitment from the state of Kansas, joining Mac Copeland and Miles Emery. With these two commitments, Kansas now has the 60th ranked class nationally for 2018, and the 9th ranked class in the Big 12.
Jones picked Kansas over offers from UCF, Iowa State, Utah State, and Southeast Missouri State. Jones was a one time UCF commit earlier in his recruiting process. Cole picked Kansas over offers from Fresno State, Memphis, UNLV, and Abilene Christian.
In Jones, Kansas is getting a natural cover corner. Jones has plenty of speed, but his best trait is his ball skills. Jones is very skilled at getting his head turned, tracking the ball, and catching it at its highest point. He has the potential to create a ton of turnovers once on campus for Kansas.
In Cole, Kansas is getting a super athletic defensive tackle. Cole is only 280 pounds, which is part of biggest strength, but also could be a weakness. At that weight, he is so much quicker than the offensive lineman he is going up against that he has a significant advantage on his first step once the ball is snapped. On the flip side though, is that if the offensive lineman get their hands on him, he will be in trouble.
Cole will need to add some weight in the off-season to withstand the beating of a full Big 12 schedule, but his athleticism should allow him to see some snaps right away, even if only on passing downs.
Overall, these are the types of players that Kansas needs to be going after if they want to start seeing improvements quickly. Both of these players could be starting for the Kansas defense next year, so long as they put in the requisite work in the offseason.