Understandably, most KU fans have turned their attention to basketball but they should pay close attention to college football’s Early Signing Period beginning Wednesday, Dec. 18. Les Miles and staff have quietly put together the school’s strongest class in a decade.
KU currently has the No. 31 ranked class in the country according to Rivals.com. That would be their highest rated class since 2009 when they also finished 31st under Mark Mangino.
The class is currently capped at its maximum number of available commitments (25). The class features one four-star recruit, 19 three-star recruits, and five two-star recruits. What may be more impressive is that the class is ranked third in the Big 12 behind only Oklahoma and Texas.
This is a critical week for the KU coaching staff as they attempt to keep this terrific class intact.
No commitments are binding because none of these players have signed their letter of intent (LOI) and this is often the time of year where you see players decommitting or switching their commitments last minute. The Jayhawks can ill-afford that happening to them as they look to build this program.
Miles and AD Jeff Long have preached repeatedly about needing to shape this team through high school recruiting. Next week marks a significant step in that direction if they can sign the majority of the players they have committed in this 2020 class.
Their prized recruit, 4-star linebacker Brennon Scott, has already said he will wait until February to sign but if the staff is able to secure signed LOIs from the rest of the class, then that will be a huge win for the program going forward into next season.
In addition to keeping their own recruits, the staff could be looking to add a few as well. Three-star cornerback Johnquai Lewis is visiting KU this weekend. He has an impressive offer list including Michigan, Utah, Louisville, Auburn, and others.
The staff also hosted two big recruits last weekend in four-star running back Ashaad Clayton and three-star offensive lineman Josh Remetich. Clayton is currently committed to Colorado and holds offers from major SEC powers like Alabama, Georgia, LSU, and Auburn. Remetich is currently committed to his hometown team Tulane despite offers from several SEC schools.
It is unclear whether Clayton has any plans of switching his commitment, but according to Jon Kirby of JayhawkSlant.com, it appears to be a two-horse race between KU and Tulane for Remetich – who is taking a final visit to Tulane this weekend. Getting an offensive line talent like Remetich would be a huge late pickup for this team at arguably their biggest position of need heading into next season.
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