It’s been a really exciting week to be a Kansas football fan. (When’s the last time someone said that?)
In the past week, the Jayhawks have landed 10 prospects in the 2020 class and now rank No. 22 in the nation and No. 2 in the Big 12, according to Rivals.com.
Last week we talked about how this class may be the most impressive coup thus far of any KU recruiting class in program history. While that may be true, KU has been in this familiar place before.
Last year, there was a point where former head coach David Beaty had KU football buzzing with 4-star recruits committing to the Jayhawks left and right. In the end, all but two (Pooka Williams Jr. and Corione Harris) ended up decommitting. That left KU with the No. 48-ranked class nationally and last in the Big 12.
Naturally, college football enthusiasts are going to wonder if the same thing will happen will this class.
Will Les Miles be able to hang on to these recruits and actually get them signed? Will the class take a nosedive like it did last year?
These are legitimate questions and the one sure-fire way to prevent history from repeating itself is for the Jayhawks to show something on the field on this year.
There is no magic number of wins that’s going to keep recruits committed but if they can come out and win their first two non-conference games like they should, maybe steal a road game or two, be competitive in their Big 12 games – and maybe win one – then that will show they are making improvements under this new regime.
It will also help back up all the pitches these coaches are making to recruits about how the future is bright, things are looking up for the program, etc. etc. You’ve talked the talk, now walk the walk.
The threat of recruits decommitting should also be smaller than last year because well, Les Miles isn’t David Beaty. He’s a proven, winning head coach. He has a national championship and most importantly, his job is secure.
Even prior to last season, Beaty’s job was in question. This was especially true once former AD Sheahon Zenger was fired. On top of that, the team wasn’t improving so it made sense why so many commits looked elsewhere.
Recruits and their families don’t need to worry about who will be head coach next year this time around. That, combined with Miles’ pedigree, a few wins and some exciting football will be key to keeping a majority of this year’s recruits on board through signing period.
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