At this point, it’s pretty difficult for Kansas fans to feel much optimism about their football program. The Jayhawks haven’t won more than three games since 2009, and they’ve had three coaches in that time frame after letting Mark Mangino go. After the unsuccessful tenures of Turner Gill and Charlie Weis, Kansas fans were hoping David Beaty could finally fix the program. However, the first time head coach is 3-33 in three seasons, and after seeming to build momentum in 2016, the Jayhawks regressed yet again, leading to the creation of sites like this one, calling for the firing of Beaty, and athletic director Sheahon Zenger.
However, just as we saw last season around this time, Beaty is inspiring some hope on the recruiting path. After a massive February last year, Kansas continued the tradition today, as they landed a commitment from New Orleans quarterback Lance LeGendre. Beaty and his staff loves to recruit Louisiana, and they could be very busy in the Bayou again this year. They might need to be to save his job.
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LeGendre is the first member of Kansas’ 2019 class, and could be a massive leader in the class if he wants to be. Kansas is targeting a massive amount of Louisiana recruits, including cornerbacks Chester Kimbrough, Devin Bush and Gregory Brooks Jr, wideouts Kash Foley, Quinton Torbor, Makiya Tongue and Charvis Thornton, running backs Tyrion Davis and Tyreese Jackson, and defensive stars Bryton Constantin and Billy Sonnier. Obviously, the Jayhawks aren’t in play for many of those players, but fellow New Orleans products like Kimbrough (a teammate of LeGendre) and Bush could be huge for Kansas.
LeGendre picked Kansas over 16 other offers, many of which came from top-level power five schools. He held offers from Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Oklahoma State, Oregon State, Tennessee, and Virginia, among others. Kansas offered back in January, and LeGendre visited in early February, but Kansas could still be in for quite a few more offers in the next year. It’s not impossible, but this one still has quite a bit to go, and Kansas is going to have to work hard to hold on to LeGendre.
On the field, LeGendre gives Kansas, and all teams, plenty of reasons to want him. He’s got a very strong arm, and flashes it frequently, tearing defenses apart down the field, usually on the outside. He’s accurate, a good decision maker, and has a really impressive knack for avoiding pressure. He’s a great athlete, and uses his speed to extend plays very well. If there’s one knock on him, it would be his unconventional throwing motion. His wind up is a bit extended as he whips his arm backwards, and while it doesn’t hurt him at the high school level, it may not work against faster defenses, though I imagine it’ll be a non-problem.