The Kansas Jayhawks have been a joke of a football team for the past few seasons. Although things are starting to look better for them, they still have too many weaknesses to make them competitive in 2018.
Currently, the Jayhawks only have one player committed to their 2019 squad, Warren Eastern four-star quarterback Lance LeGendre. If Kansas can keep LeGendre committed, they will have solved their quarterback issue. However, the Jayhawks will need to surround him with talent if they hope to make themselves a competitive team.
Here is a look at the positions the Jayhawks will need to recruit for 2019 and some potential prospects which Kansas could land.
The biggest concern for Kansas in 2019 will be playmakers. Currently, there are few playmakers on the team and seemingly the only playmaker on offense, senior Steven Sims, will be gone after the end of the 2018 season. Along with Sims, there will be five other senior wide receivers on the Jayhawks’ roster next season, thus meaning there will be a lot of talent leaving the team.
So far, Kansas has only landed one wide receiver for their 2018 class, and although El Camino College’s Stephon Robinson looks like he could become an impact player for the Jayhawks, he will need players around him who will also make an impact. On top of that, Robinson will come into Kansas as a sophomore, meaning the Jayhawks will have only one freshman receiver in 2018 (Takulve Williams will be a redshirt freshman).
Kansas needs to recruit more high-end recruits, which is why the Jayhawks could manage to land either Bowie High School’s Elijah Higgins or Cardinal Ritter College Prep’s Cameron Coleman. Unfortunately, Higgins is one of the most prolific prospects in Texas, meaning he is getting a lot of attention from big-time schools. Therefore, Kansas needs to focus on Coleman. Coleman is a four-star recruit from St. Louis, Missouri, which is only hours away from Lawrence, Kansas. Coleman is only on a few schools’ radars, which gives the Jayhawks an even bigger opportunity to snag him.
The Jayhawks should focus their recruiting on Coleman if they hope to land a legitimate playmaker in 2019. Landing Coleman would give Kansas a true number-one option and would help bring in more recruits in the future.
Another position that will be in question in 2019 is the linebacker position. Current starters Joe Dineen, Keith Loneker Jr. and Osaze Ogbebor will be seniors for the 2018 season. The players behind them will be very questionable, as they are young. Kyron Johnson, who will be a sophomore in 2018, has shown a ton of potential and could make his way into the starting position next year. However, no other linebacker has shown starting potential after Johnson.
With so many questions behind the linebacker position, the Jayhawks cannot afford to skip out on potential recruits. The only linebacker prospect joining Kansas in 2018 will be the two-star player Kenny Bastida from Deerfield Beach High School. Bastida likely will not play much and will need a lot of time to mold himself into a legitimate starter.
For 2019, the Jayhawks have a fantastic opportunity in University Lab’s Makiya Tongue. Tongue, who is written down as an “athlete”, plays a lot of time at the linebacker position. Tongue is a four-star prospect from Louisiana, somewhere the Jayhawks have had a ton of success recruiting and is the son of former NFL safety Reggie Tongue. Makiya could make a big impact as a Jayhawk, and although he is on a lot of teams’ radars, he could still make his way up to Lawrence, Kansas.
Another prospect Kansas should put recruiting time into is Gulfport High School outside linebacker Derick Hall. Another four-star prospect, Hall is from Gulfport, Mississippi. He is not on a lot of coaches’ radars, and although he lives in a state which Kansas has been rather irrelevant recruiting in, he could still find a home as a Jayhawk.
The Jayhawks have a ton of positions they could improve on, but they should take in one step at a time as they will not likely have a one-year turnaround. If the Jayhawks can bring in impact playmakers now, they will be able to recruit more in the future, which in turn will turn into wins on the field.