Kansas recruiting used the early signing period to strengthen their defense while doing very little for their offense. This past season, Kansas started with a fast-paced offense and a defense that gave up too many yards. As the season pushed forward, they became a run-stopping force that was inconsistent against the pass while barely even playing on offense.
Although it does make sense to load up on defense, as Kansas could lose both Dorance Armstrong Jr. and Daniel Wise to the NFL Draft, KU still needs to make moves on offense, especially when it comes to the quarterback position.
KU currently runs a two-quarterback system between Peyton Bender and Carter Stanley. Stanley is a much better runner than Bender, but Bender is arguably the better thrower. Behind them was Tyriek Starks, a redshirt sophomore who is expected to take the reigns when Bender and Stanley are gone.
Kansas has consistently targeted Clayton Tune, a 3-star quarterback from Texas. Tune has committed and de-committed from the University twice and has yet to sign with any program. Kansas needs to sign a quarterback to their 2018 squad as quarterback play the past few seasons has been very poor.
Another concern for Kansas is at the wide receiver position. Kansas currently has standout Steven Sims Jr., although Sims had a down year as he faced injury throughout the year. Outside of Sims, KU does not have any playmaker at the receiver position. Kansas managed to sign 3-star JUCO receiver Stephon Robinson, but Kansas recruiting will need to recruit a few high school guys who can develop into the playmakers Kansas needs.
Although JUCO players will help Kansas in the short term, their main concern should be focusing on the rebuilding of their football program.
The running back position was very up and down for Kansas this past season. Their run game would click one week and then fall apart the next week. Kansas did manage to make a splash when they signed 3-star running back Anthony “Pooka” Williams, who is expected to take over the reigns as the lead back. Only time will tell if Williams can live up to his hype.
If things stay as they are right now, Kansas will enter the next season with 15 signees from the JUCO level, high school level, and even a Division I level graduate transfer.