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    PH'15: Season 6 Recruiting

    The Mountaineers add their first recruit of the season

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    Wilson isn't flashy or a highly touted recruit, but he does come in with some impressive physical tools and is perfect for the Mountaineers scheme. Coaches love his size and his ability to move at his size. He will need to add more strength in order to make the tough catches in traffic, but a 1st year redshirt should help with that.


    Name Pos (Orig) Caliber OVR Committed
    Clarence Wilson TE 64 Week 1

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    Buckeyes Recruiting Class

    Name Pos (Orig) Caliber OVR Committed
    Josh Ferguson FS 80 Week 1
    Chris Warren CB 79 Week 1
    Paul Williams OLB 78 Week 1
    Ray Wright ATH 79 Week 14
    Ray Wheatley QB 79 Week 15
    Steve Walker CB 78 Week 15
    Clayton Anthony WR 77 Week 15
    Bryan Chandler TE 72 Week 15
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    Arkansas State gets two instant commits during Week 1

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    You can never get enough good OL and Harmon is a good addition to an already solid OL. With good strength and good all-around skills, he'll be a good addition.

    He'll redshirt his first year on campus but with four OL graduating this season and another three graduating next season, he'll need to be ready to play shortly thereafter.

    Harmon also received offers from Houston, Minnesota, and Mississippi State.
    CB
    #97
    #32ATH
    Whitworth is a solid CB prospect with very good speed and good all-around coverage skills. He has some work to do in the tackling department but won't play inside very much over his career.

    The Red Wolves don't have an immediate need at DB so he'll redshirt his first year on campus.

    Whitworth also received offers from Penn State and Michigan State.

    Name Pos (Orig) Caliber OVR Committed
    Chase Harmon OL (T) 77 Week 1
    Wendell Whitworth CB (ATH) 75 Week 1

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    Arkansas State gets two more instant commits during Week 3

    DT
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    Miller is a best of a defensive lineman in high school. With very good strength, good ability to bulldoze a blocker, and excellent ability to find the ball and make a tackle, he'll be a great addition to the Red Wolves' defense.

    For now, he'll redshirt but he'll likely find playing time his second year on campus.

    Miller also received offers from Houston, Indiana, and Penn State.
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    #1MLB
    Matthews is the epitome of a Middle Linebacker. With good speed, strength and ability to shed a block, he'll be a starter in a few years. Add in his ability to play side-to-side on the field and he'll be leading the team in tackles in a few years.

    For now though, he'll redshirt so that he can work on his ability to wrap up and finish those tackles.

    Matthews also received offers from Kansas, North Carolina, & Oklahoma State.

    Name Pos (Orig) Caliber OVR Committed
    Jordan Miller DT (ATH) 80 Week 3
    Chase Harmon OL (T) 77 Week 1
    D'Juan Matthews MLB 76 Week 3
    Wendell Whitworth CB (ATH) 75 Week 1

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    Huge instant commit by Matthews. My top two LB targets both off the board thanks to Instants.
    Twitter: @3YardsandACloud

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    Morrison comes in as a Juco Junior with already impressive skills and size. Coaches really were impressed with his ability to move at his sized and polished run stopping ability. He will redshirt so he will have more time to further develop and learn the system. He has the ability to play inside or rush from the End position. He also could be a factor on special teams.

    No other schools showed interest

    ATH (QB, WR, CB)
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    Lenny Bean! is a big grab for the Mountaineers. He has the ability to play 3 positions during his career with great receiving skills already. With backup QB Brent Nelson set to be a Senior next year, Bean will more than likely be put at QB after a redshirt year. Coaches are looking forward to adding to the current scheme even more to take advantage of his skill set.

    Bean chose WVU over Cal

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    Swan is a solid addition for the team. He boasts solid speed and quickness, along with solid route running ability. He will need to work on his hands during his redshirt year, but has all the tools to be a key player down the road.

    Kansas showed interest

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    #70WR
    Jordan is another WR added who doesn't have the route run ability as Swan, but does have impressive physical tools to bring to the table. He could possibly see strictly return duty after his redshirt season as he grows his receiving skills

    No other teams showed interest



    Name Pos (Orig) Caliber OVR Committed
    David Morrison DE 80 Week 4
    Lenny Bean QB,WR,CB (ATH) 78 Week 4
    Michael Swan WR 74 Week 4
    Jeff Jordan WR 73 Week 4
    Clarence Wilson TE 64 Week 1

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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffHCross View Post
    Huge instant commit by Matthews. My top two LB targets both off the board thanks to Instants.
    Yeah... I love his Agility and the potential he has in the rest of his skills. I'm pretty deep at LB right now but next year I lose 4 so he may see the field early.

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    Despite losing on a big recruiting weekend against Oklahoma, Arkansas State still manages to add one of their top targets.

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    #7T
    Berry is a stud of an OL at the high school level. He bullies around practically every DL he faces with his brute strength. You would think that because of that, he'd have poorer technique but that's not the case... he's very good at run blocking and good enough at pass blocking.

    He'll redshirt for a year to improve his overall skill but may need to contribute his second year on campus.

    Berry also received offers from Oregon, Washington, & Wisconsin.

    Name Pos (Orig) Caliber OVR Committed
    James Berry RG (T) 80 Week 4
    Jordan Miller DT (ATH) 80 Week 3
    Chase Harmon OL (T) 77 Week 1
    D'Juan Matthews MLB 76 Week 3
    Wendell Whitworth CB (ATH) 75 Week 1
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    Arkansas State receives an instant commit in Week 6.

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    Norwood is the epitome of a block-eating DT. He has good strength and good ability to get off blocks, but has the speed and agility of a sloth. He won't make very many plays himself, but he'll allow others around him to excel.

    For now, he'll redshirt for a year to allow him to work on his ability to take down a ball carrier when he does actually catch up to one.

    Norwood received no other offers but did have interest from Ole Miss.

    Name Pos (Orig) Caliber OVR Committed
    James Berry RG (T) 80 Week 4
    Jordan Miller DT (ATH) 80 Week 3
    Chase Harmon OL (T) 77 Week 1
    D'Juan Matthews MLB 76 Week 3
    Wendell Whitworth CB (ATH) 75 Week 1
    Dante Norwood DT 69 Week 6

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    Arkansas State signs a solid OLB after Week 6.

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    MLB

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    Brown is a very capable Linebacker at the high school level. He doesn't jump off the page, but he doesn't have any holes in his skillset.

    For now, Brown will redshirt for his first year on campus in order to work on his tackling & play recognition as well as to bulk up his undersized frame.

    Brown also received offers from Georgia and Florida International.

    Name Pos (Orig) Caliber OVR Committed
    James Berry RG (T) 80 Week 4
    Jordan Miller DT (ATH) 80 Week 3
    Chase Harmon OL (T) 77 Week 1
    D'Juan Matthews MLB 76 Week 3
    Wendell Whitworth CB (ATH) 75 Week 1
    Brad Brown OLB 75 Week 6
    Dante Norwood DT 69 Week 6

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    OLB
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    Grabbing Gipson was huge for the Mountaineers as he will be heavily needed next year. With 5 upperclassman LB's leaving 2 of which are on the outside, Gipson could possibly see starting his 1st year on campus. Coaches will try to get creative in the offseason to prevent from having to play this early. Though he has the tools to play early, he could use a redshirt to help bulk up and add some more pass rushing moves.

    Notre Dame and Toledo were also in the mix
    ATH (WR, FS)
    #2
    #2ATH
    Huge commit for WVU as Taylor was coaches' #1 target to get. Taylor has amazing physical attributes especially his speed. At WVU's camp last year he showed amazing quickness and spectacular range in receiving drills. He could definitely start soon as he stepped on campus but the WR position is well stocked so he won't be needed just yet. This will allow him even more time to grow, get stronger and better his route running.


    Penn State, Kansas and Ohio State also showed interest
    FS, SS
    #117
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    Casey comes in raw at the FS position, but has solid physical attributes. He will need time to develop in his likely new position of Strong Safety. Notably he will need to get stronger and work on his play recognition. Those things will come in time, along with his coverage ability. In years 2 or 3, he definitely could see starting time.

    USM, IU and Pitt showed interest
    OLB
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    #22OLB
    Burns was a solid add that coaches weren't really pursuing heavily thus far in the season only spending minimal time recruiting him (100 points/week). Still WVU managed to stay at the top of his list because no other teams showed interest. Once Burns got the offer he instantly committed to the team adding solid depth at the LB position. Burns could potentially move inside at the MLB spot if the numbers suit him better there. He already possess solid strength and block shed ability, but will need to improve in a few areas before playing. Notably his tackling, speed and pass rushing moves.

    He will redshirt his first year on campus, then coaches will reevaluate where he plays based on his progression

    No other schools showed interest




    Name Pos (Orig) Caliber OVR Committed
    Mike Gipson OLB 80 Week 7
    Dustin Taylor WR, FS (ATH) 78 Week 7
    David Morrison DE 80 Week 4
    Lenny Bean QB,WR,CB (ATH) 78 Week 4
    Michael Swan WR 74 Week 4
    Zach Casey SS, FS 70 Week 7
    Andy Burns OLB, MLB 74 Week 7
    Jeff Jordan WR 73 Week 4
    Clarence Wilson TE 64 Week 1

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    Two receivers join the Red Wolves after Week 7.

    WR
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    #10WR
    Simmons is an all-around exceptional WR. With good speed, very good hands, especially in traffic, and the ability to make crisp cuts in his routes, he'll be an excellent receiver over his career.

    For now, he'll redshirt as the redshirt as the Red Wolves have a very deep receive corps.

    Simmons received no other offers or interest from other schools.
    HB
    WR

    #105
    #33ATH
    Stover is an interesting proposition for the Red Wolves. He doesn't have the ability to break a lot of tackles, but he does have the ability to punish the tackler as he goes down. As well, he has exceptional hands all-around as a receiver. Coaches are still debating on whether to make him a HB first, WR second or vice versa. Either way, he'll play both roles and will be a unique threat defenses will have to contend with.

    Stover also had an offer from Ohio State.

    Name Pos (Orig) Caliber OVR Committed
    James Berry RG (T) 80 Week 4
    Jordan Miller DT (ATH) 80 Week 3
    Ryan Stover HB (ATH) 79 Week 7
    Chase Harmon OL (T) 77 Week 1
    James Simmons WR 77 Week 7
    D'Juan Matthews MLB 76 Week 3
    Wendell Whitworth CB (ATH) 75 Week 1
    Brad Brown OLB 75 Week 6
    Dante Norwood DT 69 Week 6

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    Two important signings for the Red Wolves after Week 8.

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    Bowen was a surprise signing with future visit dates scheduled. However, he does come in as the likely heir-apparent to current QB Greg Childress. With excellent speed and good Throwing Accuracy, the Red Wolves should have very little drop-off once Childress graduates.

    For now, he will redshirt to work on his arm strength and to get up-to-speed with the college game.

    Bowen chose the Red Wolves over an offer from home-state South Carolina.
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    With current Punter Michael Lott set to graduate, ASU coaches found Thomas' strong leg to be just what they needed.

    Thomas will start right away and may transition to Kicker after current K Andy Foster graduates in a couple of years.

    Thomas received no other offers.

    Name Pos (Orig) Caliber OVR Committed
    James Berry RG (T) 80 Week 4
    Jordan Miller DT (ATH) 80 Week 3
    Ryan Stover HB (ATH) 79 Week 7
    Terrence Thomas P 79 Week 8
    Chase Harmon OL (T) 77 Week 1
    James Simmons WR 77 Week 7
    Matt Bowen QB (ATH) 77 Week 8
    D'Juan Matthews MLB 76 Week 3
    Wendell Whitworth CB (ATH) 75 Week 1
    Brad Brown OLB 75 Week 6
    Dante Norwood DT 69 Week 6

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    Arkansas State adds four more important signings after a Week 9 Recruiting Visit bringing their total to 15 on the season.

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    Cobb is everything you look for in a QB. Great arm strength, excellent accuracy, and just enough ability to escape the pocket.

    With Childress locking down the starting spot, Cobb will redshirt, then after his second year on campus, will compete with Bowen to take over.

    Cobb also received offers from West Virginia and Alabama. His original #1 school Oklahoma never showed him any interest.
    WR
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    #4ATH
    White is every bit of a 5-star WR. With very good height, good speed, and the ability to make practically any catch, he'll be a great one in due time.

    For now, the Red Wolves have a deep WR corps and White will redshirt but look for him to make a splash in the next year or two.

    White received no other offers or interest.
    SS
    FS

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    #57ATH
    Early in the season, Arkansas State had heavy interest some Safeties to add depth at both FS and SS. When those plans fell through, Pitts fell into their lap and they're glad he did. While not flashy on paper, he has everything Red Wolves coaches want with very good speed, ability to blitz off the edge and good enough coverage abilities to keep an offensive coordinator honest.

    Pitts will redshirt his first year but will find the field his second year at SS.

    He also received offers from Houston, Mississippi State, and Missouri.
    DE
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    ASU coaches aren't really interested in signing JUCO players but Russell is a special one. He had good strength and excellent ability to muscle his way into the backfield.

    With a lot of depth at DE, he'll redshirt for now but will be competing for starting time in a year or two.

    Russell also received an offer from Missouri.

    Name Pos (Orig) Caliber OVR Committed
    Quinton White WR (ATH) 81 Week 9
    James Berry RG (T) 80 Week 4
    Jordan Miller DT (ATH) 80 Week 3
    Tim Cobb QB 80 Week 9
    Ryan Stover HB (ATH) 79 Week 7
    Terrence Thomas P 79 Week 8
    Chase Harmon OL (T) 77 Week 1
    James Simmons WR 77 Week 7
    Matt Bowen QB (ATH) 77 Week 8
    Mark Russell DE
    SOPH
    77 Week 9
    D'Juan Matthews MLB 76 Week 3
    Wendell Whitworth CB (ATH) 75 Week 1
    Brad Brown OLB 75 Week 6
    Brian Pitts SS (ATH) 70 Week 9
    Dante Norwood DT 69 Week 6

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    ATH (CB)
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    #22ATH
    Janson will come in at the Corner position with the talent to possibly start his first year on campus if needed. Our CB depth should be solid enough to allow him to redshirt his first year however.

    Janson received offers from Florida, FSU and LSU
    OLB
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    Carroll is a solid addition to this year's LB class. He needs to develop more in a few areas and definitely get stronger if he wants to become a starter. He will have time during his redshirt year, then coaches expect him to compete for playing time.


    Tennessee and Auburn also offered
    ATH (FS,CB)
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    #56ATH
    Randall is an interesting commit. He comes in at 6-5, 234 lbs. He has the size to play LB, but doesn't possess the strength nor pass rushing attributes to play the position. However at his size he has the athleticism to play in the Secondary....even the CB position! Coaches are intrigued by him and look forward to seeing how his position plays out. He will redshirt to further develop his skills and will likely see playing time on the backend.

    Houston, TAMU and Oklahoma State all offered




    Name Pos (Orig) Caliber OVR Committed
    Mike Gipson OLB 80 Week 7
    Dustin Taylor WR, FS (ATH) 78 Week 7
    David Morrison DE 80 Week 4
    Lenny Bean QB,WR,CB (ATH) 78 Week 4
    David Janson CB (ATH) 76 Week 10
    Michael Swan WR 74 Week 4
    Zach Casey SS, FS 70 Week 7
    Andy Burns OLB, MLB 74 Week 7
    Jeff Jordan WR 73 Week 4
    Christian Carroll OLB 68 Week 10
    Connor Randall CB, FS (ATH) 66 Week 10
    Clarence Wilson TE 64 Week 1

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    Arkansas State adds a project WR after Week 10.

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    Avery Goss joins the Red Wolves as a project that the coaches plan to work on over the next several seasons. He has excellent speed, can make crisp cuts in his routes, quickly break through a jam at the line and the ability to make catches in traffic.

    For now, Goss will redshirt and learn from Senior WR Jake Davis on what his role for the future will be.

    Goss received no other offers.

    Name Pos (Orig) Caliber OVR Committed
    Quinton White WR (ATH) 81 Week 9
    James Berry RG (T) 80 Week 4
    Jordan Miller DT (ATH) 80 Week 3
    Tim Cobb QB 80 Week 9
    Ryan Stover HB (ATH) 79 Week 7
    Terrence Thomas P 79 Week 8
    Chase Harmon OL (T) 77 Week 1
    James Simmons WR 77 Week 7
    Matt Bowen QB (ATH) 77 Week 8
    Mark Russell DE
    SOPH
    77 Week 9
    D'Juan Matthews MLB 76 Week 3
    Wendell Whitworth CB (ATH) 75 Week 1
    Brad Brown OLB 75 Week 6
    Avery Goss WR 72 Week 10
    Brian Pitts SS (ATH) 70 Week 9
    Dante Norwood DT 69 Week 6

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    Those 90+ SPD, 57 CTH WRs are starting to get ridiculous. I found one or two others this season in addition to Goss. It's crazy how many of them there are.

    Hell of a class, G.

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    ATH (CB, HB)
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    Travis Porter was a huge and surprising signing that the Mountaineers didn't think they would get. Surprisingly MSU dropped out of the running for him allowing him to commit to WVU. Coaches aren't quite sure where Porter will play, but he could possibly be placed at the the HB position with his speed and physical ability. He will need to get stronger with the ball and a few other things before that is set in stone however. Then again he has the ability to play CB. Coaches will have time to decide as he redshirts his first year on campus.


    Porter initially received offers from MSU and Michigan but they dropped out
    MLB
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    McNair was Coaches #2 choice at the MLB position but due to some board confusion he became the team's #1 MLB recruit. He comes in with a solid skill set and physical tools but will need time to grow to become even better. He will redshirt his 1st year on campus, then take over the Defense the following year.


    No ther schools showed interest






    Name Pos (Orig) Caliber OVR Committed
    Mike Gipson OLB 80 Week 7
    Dustin Taylor WR, FS (ATH) 78 Week 7
    David Morrison DE 80 Week 4
    Lenny Bean QB,WR,CB (ATH) 78 Week 4
    David Janson CB (ATH) 76 Week 10
    Travis Porter HB,CB (ATH) 76 Week 12
    Michael Swan WR 74 Week 4
    Zach Casey SS, FS 70 Week 7
    Andy Burns OLB, MLB 74 Week 7
    Jeff Jordan WR 73 Week 4
    Nathan McNair MLB 70 Week 12
    Christian Carroll OLB 68 Week 10
    Connor Randall CB, FS (ATH) 66 Week 10
    Clarence Wilson TE 64 Week 1

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    KU has been quiet on the recruiting trail this season, but has quietly brought in a potential Top 25 class. Here's who the Jayhawks have already signed.

    FS
    SS

    #419 #23CB
    Brandon Gibbs is the rare type of high school cornerback that would rather make a jarring hit than a pick. As such, he'll be making a position change to the back end of the KU defense, either FS or SS depending on other commitments. Gibbs doesn't have the next-level speed that he would need to play cover corner at the collegiate level, so the position change will benefit him. He will need to grow into taking on more blocks, but he has time to learn those skills.


    Gibbs will redshirt next season. He chose KU after receiving no interest from other schools.
    CB
    #506 #31CB
    Alvin Mason is another above-average cornerback talent added to the fold in Lawrence. Compared with Gibbs, Mason has better straight-line speed which will allow him to adapt more quickly to the next level, though Mason does lack the loose hips of the elite college corners. His coverage skills are decent, and Mason's ability to play press at the line might be among the best I've ever seen on high school film. Unlike Gibbs, Mason will not be considered for position change, as corner is his best spot.


    Mason will redshirt next season with depth in front of him. He chose KU over Georgia.
    OLB
    #241 #12OLB
    KU entered this recruiting cycle with major needs at both linebacker positions. Wilson is not the most talented of the players that KU has either signed or targeted, but he will provide reliable depth going forward. He's a little short for a stormtrooper linebacker, but he fills out his frame well. His film also displays a nose for the ball, a quick first three steps, and a good ability to get off blocks.


    Wilson will redshirt next season and get accustomed to the speed at the next level. Current projections have him as a backup in 2020 and a starter in 2021. He chose KU over (deep breath) Virginia Tech, Tulsa, LSU, Nevada, Colorado State, Wisconsin, UL-Monroe and Washington.
    LT
    #585 #37T
    Jim Freeman is a diamond in the rough that KU coaches found after a few weeks of scouring the country looking for the next talent for the offensive line. Freeman is a solid, obvious left tackle prospect whose ability to pass block is nearly unrivaled at the high school level. Freeman does lack the lateral agility that you would like to see in a bookend tackle, but the current Offensive Line staff has been able to mold that type of clay before.


    Despite his physical gifts, KU coaches are concerned about Freeman's intangibles. Freeman will redshirt next season to get a year of pure learning and film study under his belt. He chose KU after receiving no interest from other schools.
    OLB
    #120 #4OLB
    As mentioned earlier, KU had a major need at linebacker this recruting cycle, with getting at least three signees an absolute must. Andrew Walker was the first of these linebacker targets to sign, and comes to Lawrence as one of the top linebackers in this year's class. Walker has good top-end speed for a linebacker, and gets to that top speed very quickly, but also brings a nose for the ball, coverage ability, and diagnoses the play quickly. In other words, Walker is about as well-rounded a linebacker as you'll find at the high school level. Walker does need to work on his lateral movement and strafing, but KU coaches hope that will come with time.


    Walker will waste no time, getting playing time on special teams and as a backup linebacker next season. He chose KU over Air Force, Notre Dame and Ohio State.
    WR
    #1 #1ATH
    Not only is Bryan Howard the star of this year's KU recruiting class, he's the number one player in the country. KU has signed plenty of #1 basketball players in recent years, but they haven't seen a football player this talented since, dare we say it, Gale Sayers? Howard may not be the best WR prospect that KU could have signed, but his overall talent is undeniable. He would be a huge threat at quarterback expect for his size, but with reliable hands and a solid understanding of route running, Howard looks the part of a prototypical slot receiver.


    KU coaches hope to redshirt Howard next season, behind a lot of depth and talent at WR. He chose KU over Virginia Tech and Rutgers.


    Name Pos (Orig) Caliber OVR Committed
    Bryan Howard WR (ATH)
    81 Week 9
    Andrew Walker OLB
    81 Week 7
    Jim Freeman LT
    79 Week 6
    Tristan Wilson OLB
    74 Week 7
    Alvin Mason CB
    74 Week 9
    Brandon Gibbs FS/SS (CB)
    69 Week 9
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    KU has quietly added a few more commitments to their class, though they're not making the big splashes that some of their competitors have this year. (Screenshots were taken last week when I last had time)


    #474 #95WR
    For the second consecutive year, KU coaches missed out on some of their top receiving targets, though Sean Lambert's talent is nothing to sneeze at. First and foremost, Lambert has the size that KU coaches are looking for in their outside receivers, which will put him in position to join the rotation sooner rather than later. Lambert also has decent hands and an above-average understanding of the route tree. He has several things to work on, but will be a solid addition to the KU receiver corps with some development.

    Lambert will redshirt next season and build a rapport with his quarterbacks. He chose KU over USC.
    LG
    #436 #24G
    Seth Thompson is a solid, if unspectacular, guard that KU coaches will be able to insert into the rotation in a couple of years time and have no worries about what they are getting. Thompson brings a balance in both run and pass blocking technique, and is also solid in the pulls and traps required in a power running game. Thompson does not have the highlight-reel de-cleating ability that some linemen possess, but he may develop that while in a collegiate strength and conditioning program.

    Thompson will redshirt next season with plenty of talent in front of him. He chose KU over Nebraska, Ole Miss and Penn State.
    DT
    #453 #33DT
    In the concept of unstoppable force versus immovable object, Kevin Abrams would definitey be the immovable object, though not because he can stand his ground against all odds. Despite not having a large frame or heavy weight, Abrams just has not developed any time of lateral movement or top-end speed, though he does have a decent first step in the trenches. Where Abrams excels, however, is in his ability to make a sure tackle when he does get his hands on the ball carrier, and in all areas of getting through and around blocks. Expect to see Abrams using his strength to push around opposing linemen and disrput the play, rather than making it himself.

    Abrams will redshirt next season. He chose KU over Kentucky.
    MLB
    #491 #27OLB
    Antwan Smith will be the third and final linebacker to join the KU 2018 class. Nominally an outside linebacker, Smith will move inside to middle linebacker in the KU 4-2-5 scheme. Smith lacks the proptypical height that most defensive coaches look for, but makes up for it with a lightly quick ability to diagnose plays, and closes quickly on the ball carrier. Like his fellow recruits, Smith will need to work on his lateral agility, and he also needs to take better angles to the ball carrier.

    KU coaches would prefer to allow Smith to redshirt for a season, but they may be forced to give him playing time on special teams as early as next season. He chose KU over Air Force, Notre Dame and Ohio State.


    Name Pos (Orig) Caliber OVR Committed
    Bryan Howard WR (ATH)
    81 Week 9
    Andrew Walker OLB
    81 Week 7
    Jim Freeman LT
    79 Week 6
    Antwan Smith MLB (OLB)
    78 Week 12
    Seth Thompson G
    75 Week 13
    Kevin Abrams DT
    75 Week 13
    Tristan Wilson OLB
    74 Week 7
    Alvin Mason CB
    74 Week 9
    Sean Lambert WR
    73 Week 14
    Brandon Gibbs FS/SS (CB)
    69 Week 9
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