2017 Kansas Jayhawks Recruiting & National Signing Day Class Breakdown
The 2017 Kansas Jayhawks Recruiting Class. The basic overview of the class, the best area of strength, what you need to know if you don’t care about recruiting, the star, and the depth chart hole going into the season.
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Class to be updated and adjusted on National Signing Day, Wednesday, February 1
Kansas Jayhawks Recruiting Class Overview
Considering the whole David Beaty rebuilding thing isn’t really working, it’s time to go after something, anything, to try coming up with a more competitive season. It’s not the 11-player haul of JUCO transfers of two years ago, but the coaching staff leaned heavily on the ready-made players to try boosting up the depth and provide more options. They loaded up on defensive backs, while hoping for J.J. Holmes to be a factor in the interior and needing former Washington State QB Peyton Bender to be a factor in the depth chart fight. There aren’t any superstars in the class, but the pressure will be on this group to make the most of their opportunities right away.
The Kansas Jayhawks Class Is Heavy On …
Defensive backs. It’s not as cut-and-dry as Kansas losing a ton of key players in the defensive backfield, and now it’s going after them – more on that in a moment – but it’s not far off. JUCO transfer Hasan Defense has the game to go along with the name, but safety Kyron Johnson should be the star of the secondary in a few years. With three more JUCO defensive back options to go along with Defense, the coaching staff is doing what it can to patch the leak.
The Star of the Kansas Jayhawks Class Is …
RB Dominic Williams, 5-9, 175, Frisco, TX – Kansas needs weapons who can take over games, and Williams has the potential be one as either a running back or a slot receiver. He’s never going to barrel over anyone, but he’s a lightning quick scatback with the potential to be the home run hitter the O so desperately needs. Arizona State, Baylor and Purdue were the biggest schools after him.
The Kansas Jayhawks Biggest 2017 Depth Chart Hole Is …
The secondary. The last thing the Jayhawks needs in the offensive-minded Big 12 is a leakier secondary, and now they’ll have to get by with three new starters – four if you count Tevin Shaw as a nickel defender. Kansas was okay against the pass, mostly because everyone spent so much time running the ball against the D. Top tackler Fish Smithson is the biggest loss, while Shaw will be missed as a key tackler. Now the Jayhawks need to find several new starters, and they have to be better than the departed ones.