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Kansas redshirt senior QB Montell Cozart will transfer.

We assume Cozart is leaving as a graduate, but neither his farewell message to fans nor early news stories covering it indicated whether he's chucked a mortarboard skyward yet. Cozart is the third Jayhawk QB to leave the program this offseason, following Ryan Willis and Deondre Ford. That trio had been bypassed on the depth chart by Carter Stanley and former Washington State QB Peyton Bender, a JUCO signee. Cozart started 18 games -- generally ineffectively -- for the Jayhawks over the past four seasons.
Source: KU Sports
Feb 21 - 3:50 PM

Kansas hired Ohio DL coach Jesse Williams to serve in the same capacity.

"Jesse brings a wealth of technical knowledge that will be extremely valuable in our defensive line room because it all starts with those guys up front, especially in the Big 12 Conference," said HC David Beaty in a statement. Prior to this jump to Kansas, Williams had spent the last five seasons coaching up the Ohio defensive line. With the Jayhawks, he will try to coax the best out of All-Big 12 notables Dorance Armstrong Jr. and Daniel Wise.
Feb 18 - 12:25 PM

ESPN's Chris Low pointed to Kansas as having the third-weakest non-conference schedule for 2017.

A team like Washington will get roasted for a soft non-conference schedule (Low ranks theirs as the easiest in the country), but Kansas is not in the same situation. As a developing team, the Jayhawks will be looking to use their early schedule to springboard toward an improved 2017. They will open against Southeast Missouri State on September 2, with games against Central Michigan and Ohio to follow. Both of the former contests will be played at home. There is a ton of positive buzz around KU at this point, particularly on the recruiting front.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 12 - 5:54 PM

Kansas added associate head coach to RB coach Tony Hull's title.

Hull has been on an incredible recruiting heater to start the 2018 cycle, helping the Jayhawks to a top-10 standing at this early juncture. He's a long-time coach in the Louisiana high school ranks who has deep connections in New Orleans. Hull looks like a rising star in the coaching industry.
Feb 8 - 4:24 PM

Four-star 2018 WR JaMarr Chase committed to Kansas.

Score another one for ace recruiter Tony Hull, who has deep in-roads in Louisiana. Chase is the No. 256 overall prospect in the 247Sports composite ranking. Incredibly, Kansas has the No. 9 2018 recruiting class in the country right now. Much can change, but the Jayhawks have come out of the gate firing in the new recruiting cycle.
Source: 247 Sports
Feb 6 - 3:52 PM

ESPN's Jeremy Crabtree believes Kansas redshirt junior QB Peyton Bender could start from Day 1.

Bender, a former Washington State quarterback, is the No. 3-ranked junior college quarterback. The 6-foot, 187-pounder "fits perfectly what the Jayhawks want from quarterbacks in their Air Raid offense, and he'll get every opportunity to earn the starting spot in spring and summer drills," Crabtree wrote. Kansas HC David Beaty has said that he expects Bender to battle for the starting job with incumbent Carter Stanley. Beatty said Bender has a "freakish" arm: "His release is about as clean and as quick as I’ve been around," Beaty said.
Source: ESPN
Feb 6 - 12:40 PM

Kansas received a verbal commitment from 2018 QB Clayton Tune.

Tune was one of four recruits to commit to the Jayhawks on Saturday. The Lewisville, Texas, native measures out at 6-foot-2, 195 pounds. He brings a dual-threat aspect to the field. Expect his standing as a recruit in the 2018 class to clarify over the spring and summer. For the time being, he does not receive a star rating on Rivals, Scout.com or ESPN. Still plenty of time for that to change.
Source: Scout.com
Feb 5 - 4:16 PM

Kansas received a verbal commitment from four-star 2018 CB Corione Harris.

Harris was on-hand for KU's junior day on Saturday. He and four-star WR Devonta Johnson -- both of whom attend Landry High (Louisiana) -- subsequently took the commitment plunge with the Jayhawks. That HC David Beaty is finding some luck with form LSU pledges is a great sign for the program as they look to extricate themselves from the Big 12 basement. In the ESPN Jr. 300, the 6-foot-1, 170-pound Harris slots in at a respectable No. 95. "Harris has all the tools you look for in a cornerback - size, speed, athleticism and toughness," notes the Worldwide Leader. ESPN adds that they believe Harris has the chops to succeed in both man and zone schemes.
Feb 5 - 1:39 PM

Kansas received a verbal commitment from four-star 2018 WR Devonta Jason.

Jason was an early commit for LSU, but he reopened his recruitment over the summer. He opted to pledge himself to the Jayhawks' cause after visiting for the Kansas junior day. The 6-foot-2, 194-pounder ranks as Scout.com's No. 165 overall prospect for the 2018 cycle. Notes the outlet, "Where he may surprise some is how he adjusts to the ball with body control at his size. He is a true outside receiver who can get vertical and work the middle of the field. Jason can still improve his get-off, his burst of speed and his route running." Kansas is running hot for 2018 right off of National Signing Day -- Jason was one of four commitments they received on Saturday.
Feb 5 - 1:14 PM

Kansas graduate QB Deondre Ford will transfer.

Boy, the Jayhawks are just bleeding quarterbacks right now. Ryan Willis transferred to Virginia Tech late last month. Now, it's the 6-foot-1, 200-pound Ford saying farewell to Kansas. He will have two years of eligibility remaining with his eventual new program and will be eligible to play immediately in 2017. Ford appeared in just two games in 2015 before being sidelined by a thumb injury (one which ultimately earned him a medical hardship waiver) and did not attempt a pass during the past season. It isn't clear yet where Ford might be eyeing as a transfer destination.
Feb 4 - 1:46 PM

Kansas signed three-star WR Quan Hampton.

Hampton, originally committed to Sam Houston State, reportedly has a vertical jump of 40 inches. At 5-foot-8, 165 pounds, Hampton likely projects to the slot in Kansas' Air Raid attack.
Source: SB Nation
Feb 1 - 3:59 PM

Kansas signed three-star 2017 WR Travis Jordan.

The Jayhawks return four of their top five wideouts from 2016, but they've added five wide receivers in this class anyway to stock the depth chart for Doug Meacham's Air Raid offense. To land Jordan, Kansas beat out Nebraska, Arkansas State, Colorado State, Louisiana-Monroe and UTSA.
Source: SB Nation
Feb 1 - 1:53 PM

Kansas signed four-star JUCO RB Octavius Matthews.

Scout ranks Matthews as the ninth-best JUCO recruit in the country. The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder took a winding rode to Lawrence. He committed to the Louisville Cardinals last April and then flipped to the Auburn Tigers in June. Matthews only reopened his recruitment last week. Matthews will compete for a starting job in Doug Meacham's offense immediately.
Feb 1 - 12:56 PM

Four star 2017 RB Dominic Williams reaffirmed that he intends to sign with Kansas on Wednesday.

Williams committed almost 16 months ago and David Beaty has been counting down the days until he could sign ever since. He's No. 10 on the all-time rushing list in Texas high school history. Williams mentioned being impressed by new offensive coordinator Doug Meacham, brought over from TCU. "I love Coach Meacham," Williams said. "He’s a funny guy and isn’t serious all the time. That is a good thing. He knows how to make you laugh. He is a very good coach."
Source: Rivals
Jan 30 - 2:46 PM

Auburn three-star 2017 verbal JUCO RB commit Octavius Matthews has reopened his recruitment.

While Matthews confirmed to AL.com that he has decommitted, he would not divulge as to the reason why. Regardless, the 6-foot-2, 200-pounder's sights have been realigned and he is now considering one of the odd assortment of Tennessee, Purdue and Kansas for his final pledge. Rivals ranks Matthews as the No. 61 JUCO recruit in the country.
Source: AL.com
Jan 26 - 5:48 PM


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