The 2018 Kansas Recruiting Class. The basic overview of the class, the relative strength, what you need to know if you don’t care about recruiting, the star, and the depth chart hole going into the season.
Kansas Recruiting Class Overview
Did bringing back David Beaty for another year – and possibly more – do anything for the recruiting class? Sort of, but once again, the idea is to go as quick-fix as possible wherever he could to get this thing going already.
The secondary is the star, starting with corner Corione Harris from New Orleans – every SEC team but Alabama went after him – but JUCO transfer Elmore Hempstead out of Fort Scott, and fellow JUOCer DE Azur Kamara out of Arizona need to be the main men for the D this year.
Throw in Najee Stevens-McKenzie from ASA College in Brooklyn along with Kamara, and there might be your starting ends.
The offensive line went JUCO, too, getting Reuben Lewis from Coffeyville CC to push for a right tackle spot, with the job to – potentially – block for Miles Kendrick, a dual-threat quarterback transfer out of the College of San Mateo.
Helping the offense right away should be Anthony Williams, a speedy do-it-all back out of New Orleans, and another JUCO transfer – Stephon Robinson – out of Los Angeles for the receiving corps.
The Kansas Class Is Heavy On …
And, again all the JUCO transfers.
Like all Big 12 teams, having a good secondary is a must, and Kansas is trying to throw prospects at the problem. Safety Jeremiah McCullough is a terrific JUCO player out of San Jose, and 6-3, Elijah Jones – from Ellsworth CC out of Iowa – is a big corner to work on the other side of Harris.
The Star of the Kansas Class Is …
CB Corione Harris, 6-1, 170
One of the most shocking gets by anyone this recruiting season, Kansas landed the feisty Harris early last year, getting him away from LSU, Oklahoma, Georgia, Florida, and Texas. This is his secondary now – he has to be a starter right away.
The Kansas Biggest 2018 Depth Chart Hole Is …
There aren’t a lot of big losses. It’s a veteran team, but everyone has to be better.
Miles Kendrick is only 5-10, but the JUCO transfer is dangerous with the ball in his hands. He’s a baller, he’s a playmaker, and he’s fearless – but he’ll throw too many picks.
Carter Stanley threw four touchdown passes and seven picks, and Peyton Bender showed promise, but threw ten touchdown passes and ten picks. The Jayhawks need a star who can do enough to keep up in shootouts.