Both Bill Self and Les Miles have big recruiting weekends ahead of them.
Miles and staff are hosting numerous high school (emphasis on high school) prospects as they try to wrap up their 2019 class before signing day on Wednesday, Feb. 6. While Self and staff welcome in one of the top uncommitted players in the 2019 class.
Miles, Emmett Jones, and the rest of his staff have worked tirelessly to put the finishing touches on what was destined to be a small class. Due to previous recruiting missteps by former coaches David Beaty and Charlie Weis, Miles had a limited number of scholarships to work with for the 2019 class.
During his introductory press conference he said he expected to sign about 15 players – currently 11 have signed their letters of intent.
Some of the players they hope to sign after they visit this weekend include (via Rivals):
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That connection has allowed KU the opportunity of landing the 40th ranked player in the state of Texas and doing so would easily make him the gem of this 2019 class. His top four includes Kansas, Nebraska, TCU, and Texas Tech.
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Gardner is a dual-threat QB who is still committed to Texas Tech but like Parker, his recruiter at Texas Tech was also KU WR coach Emmett Jones. The Jayhawks appear to have some momentum with Gardner and hope to flip his commitment after this weekend.
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The number of scholarships Les Miles has remaining to offer is up in the air as is the official number of visitors. But if he can land these three
Bill Self is hosting Matthew Hurt this weekend as the Jayhawks face a crucial matchup against Texas Tech on Saturday. The 6-9 PF is the No. 7 ranked player in the class of 2019 according to Rivals.
Self has put in years of recruiting Hurt, first offering him back in August 2016. He even got to coach him while he was the head coach of the USA Men’s U18 National Team this past summer.
The relationship between the staff and Hurt couldn’t be stronger and their pursuit of Hurt hasn’t wavered one bit since they offered him.
Simply put, missing out on Hurt would be a major shock and a major disappointment. The staff already experienced that earlier in the recruiting cycle when 5-star PF Jeremiah Robinson-Earl selected Villanova over Kansas.
Jeremiah Robinson-Earl to Villanova
Robinson-Earl was also thought to be a heavy KU lean seeing as how he played most of his high school basketball at nearby Bishop Miege and his dad, Lester Earl, played basketball at KU under Roy Williams.
The Jayhawks have signed 4-stars SF Christian Braun and PG Issac McBride but they have missed out on the majority of their top prospects thus far in the 2019 class – potentially due to the FBI trial that occurred back in October.
Landing Hurt would help ease the recruiting woes of the past six months and would likely vault KU’s recruiting class into the top 10. He’d also be the ideal replacement for Dedric Lawson, should he choose to turn pro after this season.
KU is the final stop on Hurt’s list of official visits (he has one more available but none scheduled) so now is the chance for Self to make his best pitch and secure a commitment.