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Kansas received a verbal commitment from three-star 2018 JuCo G Reuben Willis.

Willis chooses the Jayhawks over West Virginia, and also was considering East Carolina and New Mexico. The mammoth 6-foot-4, 330-pound guard ranked fourth among the junior college guards in the country by 247 Sports, and 77th overall. With his size and power, he should be a candidate for immediate playing time for the Jayhawks in 2018.
Source: KU Sports
Feb 5 - 4:45 PM

Jon Kirby of Jayhawk Slant reports that former Florida State LB coach Bill Miller will join the Kansas staff.

It's not yet known what Miller's role on the Kansas staff will be. It's a return home of sorts for the long-time assistant, who was a co-defensive coordinator for the Jayhawks in 2009. He's also been a DC for Arizona State, Michigan State, Oklahoma State and Miami.
Jan 26 - 5:21 PM

Football Scoop passes along that there is some "chatter" that Oklahoma could hire Kansas QB coach Garrett Riley to staff.

Riley is the brother of Sooners HC Lincoln Riley. He's been with Kansas for the past two seasons and earlier worked with older brother Lincoln when the latter was serving as offensive coordinator at East Carolina. There's nothing concrete, here, as of yet, but we'll pass along word if this possible connection develops more substantially.
Jan 17 - 2:32 PM

Kansas redshirt junior DT Daniel Wise will return to school for the 2018 season.

"Cannot put into words how valuable Daniel is to our program — an outstanding leader with a tremendous work ethic and an infectious personality!," Jayhawks HC David Beaty wrote to Twitter on Wednesday night, after Wise announced his intentions to return to school. The 6-foot-3, 290-pound redshirt junior registered 53 tackles (16.0 for loss) and seven sacks during the 2017 campaign, earning first team All-Big 12 recognition after season's completion. Wise's return to the line for 2018 is a key keep for the program, though it doesn't completely ease the sting of losing DE Dorance Armstrong Jr. to the NFL Draft earlier this winter.
Jan 13 - 2:39 PM

Kansas will not retain OL coach/run-game coordinator Zach Yenser.

Yenser was hired in January, 2015, as part of Kansas HC David Beaty's initial staff with the program. Prior to coming on with the Jayhawks, he worked the offensive lines at Cal (2013-14) and Louisiana Tech (2009-12)
Jan 12 - 1:11 PM

Kansas will not retain special teams coordinator Joe DeForest.

DeForest spent just one year on staff with HC David Beaty. His previous four years of employment came at West Virginia.
Jan 12 - 12:58 PM

Kansas junior edge rusher Dorance Armstrong Jr. will forego his final year of eligibility to enter the 2018 NFL Draft.

Armstrong (6'4/241) has been the crown jewel of the Kansas football program in what's otherwise been a dark time for the Jayhawks. For the 2017 campaign, the junior edge rusher registered 63 tackles (9.5 for loss), two sacks and three forced fumbles. He posted 20 tackles for loss two years ago. Just due to the team around him, Armstrong has done all this work facing near-constant double teams. While he's an athletic talent with plus-speed as a pass rusher, he occasionally has issues shedding blocks and could stand to add more playing weight heading into the professional ranks. Armstrong will likely see interest on Day 2 (Rds. 2-3) of the spring draft.
Jan 4 - 1:50 PM

Kansas signed three-star 2018 G Jacobi Lott.

Lott (6'5/308) had committed to the Jayhawks on Dec. 17 and looked to be ready to hit the early signing period all rock/chalk, but a wrench was thrown into the works when Texas offered to him just two days later. After weighing his options, he opted to stick with Kansas when he signed his letter of intent on Wednesday. The Amarillo, Texas, native is a low three-star recruit and will probably require a redshirt for his inaugural collegiate campaign unless he's able to turn heads in practice and workouts over the offseason.
Thu, Dec 21, 2017 05:59:00 PM

Kansas signed four-star 2018 CB Corione Harris.

Props to the Jayhawks on this one, as they clung onto the 6-foot-1, 170-pound Harris throughout the process after he committed to Kansas in February. His sticking with KU is made all the more important for their class given that they had already lost four-star WR Devonta Jason -- who also committed in February -- to Mississippi State. Rivals recruiting analyst Woody Wommack notes that Harris has the potential to develop into a true shutdown corner, writing that "[h]is size and physicality are his best attributes and he has a competitive spirit that is contagious among his teammates." He ranks as the outlet's No. 97 overall prospect in the 2018 class.
Source: Rivals
Wed, Dec 20, 2017 02:40:00 PM

FSU redshirt junior TE Mavin Saunders transferred to Kansas as a graduate.

Moving on as a graduate, Saunders (6'5/248) will be eligible to play immediately with the Jayhawks next season. He did not record a catch this year after making 10 grabs for 182 yards during the 2015 campaign. Saunders was a three-star recruit coming out of high school, ranking as Rivals' No. 14 tight end prospect in the 2014 class. While his career never took off with the Seminoles, he's the kind of under-the-radar athletic grab that could really help a typically-rough Kansas offense.
Mon, Dec 18, 2017 02:31:00 PM

Kansas redshirt junior DT Daniel Wise will spend the next few weeks considering whether he should enter the 2018 NFL Draft.

The 6-foot-3, 290-pounder was a wrecking ball this season, posting 54 tackles, 17.5 TFL, 6.5 sacks, five quarterback hurries and two forced fumbles. "I haven’t really thought much about it yet," Wise said about his NFL intentions. "Obviously we’ve been focused on this season. But now that I have time I’m going to make the best decision based off family, sit down and talk with coaches, family, all that stuff. I’m really not in too much of a rush. Being here at the University of Kansas, I love it." Wise will seek out an opinion from the draft advisory board and talk his brother, Deatrich Wise Jr., a fourth-rounder of the Patriots in 2017.
Wed, Nov 29, 2017 04:49:00 PM

Florida State redshirt junior TE Mavin Saunders will transfer as a graduate.

Saunders (6'5/248) took a medical redshirt in 2014 and went on to catch 16 passes for 234 yards over the next two seasons. He does not have a catch to his name for the current campaign.
Tue, Nov 28, 2017 09:08:00 PM

Kansas HC David Beaty will return for the 2018 season.

"While we know the results of this season are not acceptable, the rebuilding of this program is a process, and Coach Beaty will continue to lead us through it," said AD Sheahon Zenger in a statement. Beaty and the Jayhawks just wrapped up a 1-11 season. Kansas is 3-33 in his three seasons guiding the team. Digging deeper into this return, recruiting likely played a large part in the decision to bring back Beaty -- the team currently houses commitments from five-star WR Devonta Jason and four-star CB Corione Harris, pledges that almost certainly would jump ship if there was any movement on the coaching front.
Sun, Nov 26, 2017 01:44:00 PM

Kansas junior WR Steven Sims Jr. caught nine passes for 69 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 58-17 loss to Oklahoma State.

Sims is a really good player, but he was hamstrung by Kansas' abysmal quarterback play and overall dud of an offense this year. In 11 games, he finished with a 59-839-1 line. The 1-11 Jayhawks head into a long offseason having lost their last 11 games.
Sat, Nov 25, 2017 03:53:00 PM

Kansas chancellor Douglas Girod gave a vote of confidence to HC David Beaty and AD Sheahon Zenger.

In a message sent to faculty and students on Monday, Girod wrote, "Nobody denies the challenges we are having on the field, but I maintain my belief that Sheahon and Coach Beaty have the right long-term vision and are doing things the right way. Our focus now is empowering them with the tools they need to fulfill their vision." Beaty is 3-31 at Kansas -- 1-9 this year -- and 1-24 in Big 12 play. He's recruited better in recent years and added strong coaches to his staff (including former TCU OC Doug Meacham), but had a huge hole to dig out of following Charlie Weis' disastrous tenure. We assume Kansas will give Beaty one more year -- especially because he has some star-caliber commitments in the next recruiting cycle -- but it wouldn't be a surprise if KU makes a change after the season either.
Source: ESPN
Tue, Nov 14, 2017 04:56:00 PM

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