Due to scholarship limitations brought on by previous head coaches David Beaty and Charlie Weis, their junior college-heavy classes, and their mismanagement of blueshirts, Miles and his staff were only expected to be able to sign about 15 players in the 2019 class.
They ended up signing 19 – all of whom Miles said would receive a scholarship. Five of the signees come from the junior college ranks and 14 are from high school.
Miles said during his special “Hawk Talk” show Wednesday night, that he prefers his classes be all high school players. He said the only reason they would go after JUCOs is if “you think they can contribute right away.”
When Miles arrived in November, he inherited a class that ranked 174th in the nation according to 247sports.com and had just one commit – 2-star RB Cole Mueller of Wentzville, Mo. who ended up decommitting and signing with Illinois State.
Miles also didn’t have his staff fully finalized until last month. He lost his offensive coordinator last month when Chip Lindsey decided to take the head coaching job at Troy and had to hire Les Koenning from Southern Miss to take his place. Not having one of your top assistants can hinder your ability to sway offensive players on the recruiting trail.
Yet given all these limitations, Miles and his staff were able to put together a tremendous class – including 3 of the top 15 players in Kansas.
In addition to the 10 players snagged during the early signing period, here’s a look at some of the top talent Miles was able to add on National Signing Day:
You can thank WR coach Emmett Jones for this commitment. He was the main recruiter for Steven Parker when he was committed to Texas Tech. He had a slew of offers from programs like Arkansas, Houston, Nebraska, and many more.
The commitment of Potter’s was made even sweeter by the fact that up until signing day, he was committed to in-state rival KSU. KU fans immediately gravitated towards the new recruit thanks to his troll-ish announcement ceremony.
Here's the video of Gavin Potter's (@Gavvin_12) #NationalSigningDay2019 reveal and his comments on #Sooners #Okstate. Going to be fun to see @BrokenArrowFTBL star get on the field for @KU_Football against all these #Big12 rivals pic.twitter.com/KY5VOVgjpn
— Jeff Kolb (@JeffKolbTV) February 6, 2019
You can take a look at the full recruiting class here.
Time will tell how these players end up performing and contributing but as it stands today this is an extremely promising class with the potential to make an immediate impact.
For the first time in over a decade is it time we ask, is it football season yet?