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    PH'15: Season 8 Recruiting

    KU's first big recruiting this weekend was the Week 6 victory over Colorado. The following players all committed after attending that conference tilt.

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    #1455 #62MLB
    A former 5-star high school prospect who has spent the last two years in the California JUCO system, Ben Babcock was the first to sign with the Jayhawks this season. Babcock will fill a needed role, after the Jayhawks misssed out on an MLB signee last season.

    Babcock may be needed on special teams as early as next season. He chose KU over Stanford and Cal.
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    #213 #10SS
    While Rodney Jackson is nominally a strong safety for his high school, because of his speed and in-the-box tackling skills, his coaches deploy him in much the same way that Jabrill Peppers was deployed for Michigan by Don Brown. Jackson will be moved to MLB in order to continue his development playing in the box.

    Jackson will redshirt next season in order to adjust to his new position. He chose KU over Western Kentcuky, Florida Atlantic, Cincinnati and Kentucky.
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    #176 #4CB
    For a couple of seasons now, Kansas coaches and fans have lamented the lack of speed in the defensive backfield, primarily at the cornerback position. Kearney's recruitment was primarily an effort to change that trend, as he brings a combination of speed and coverage skills not seen in Lawrence since star JUCO transfer Pat Chambers joined the team in Coach Brawner's first season.

    Kearney will come in expecting to challenge for playing time at the nickelback and dimeback positions. He chose KU over Minnesota.
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    #81 #1SS
    The #1 Strong Safety in this year's class, Steve Drew will come to Lawrence as the embodiment of what Jayhawk coaches consider the prototypical out-of-the-box safety. Drew will not be likely to be featured in the 4-2-5 scheme that the Jayhawks are relying on this season, but could see playing time in a future typical 3-4 deployment.

    Drew will be behind incumbent starters Mark Higgins and Lance Quinn, so he will redshirt next season. He chose KU over Northwestern, USF and UCF.
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    #88 #2FS
    Eric Overstreet is another top defensive back prospect who was targeted to add speed to the defensive backfield. Overstreet is in the mold of previous free safety starter Donte Harrison, but he comes to Lawrence with a better initial grasp of the position.

    With JR Malone entrenched as the incumbent starter, Overstreet doesn't have the simplest path to playing time. Barring some surprise transfers, Overstreet will redshirt next season. He chose KU over West Virginia, Ohio State, Alabama and Minnesota.

    Name Pos (Orig) Caliber OVR Committed
    Ben Babcock MLB

    JUNIOR
    79 Week 6
    Eric Overstreet CB
    78 Week 6
    Travis Kearney CB
    78 Week 6
    Steve Drew SS
    77 Week 6
    Rodney Jackson MLB (SS)
    77 Week 6
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    In case you haven't heard, Kansas currently has the #1 recruiting class in the nation. This is largely due to the eight players that visited, and committed, during the Week 10 victory over TCU. Let's meet those eight now.

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    #71 #14WR
    Mark Nash is another possession receiver with above average height and receiving skills coming to Lawrence. After five receivers were brought to Lawrence next season, there wasn't a huge need for the position this year, but Nash's talent was too good to pass up. Nash was one of eight Jayhawks to commit after the victory over TCU.

    Nash has plenty of skilled players in front of him, so he will sit for a year to learn the playbook. He chose KU over San Jose State.
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    #74 #2QB
    Brandon Barbour is the second-best QB in this year's class, but he spent the early part of the recruiting cycle getting no attention. Three schools started recruiting Barbour at the same time, and the Jayhawks came out on top. Barour will come in throwing one of the most accurate balls in all of college football, but his skills on the run will be paramout to his success in Lawrence. Barbour was the second of eight Jayhawks to commit after the victory over TCU.

    Barbour will redshirt next season, then compete for the backup job in 2021. He chose KU over Houston and San Jose State.
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    #603 #4K
    Robert Burley has one of the better combinations of strong and accurate leg in this year's class, which will come in handy as he slides to the punter position at the next level. Burley was the third of eight Jayhawks to commit after the victory over TCU.

    With a senior punter in front of him, Burley will sit out next season and adjust to his new position. He chose KU over San Jose State.
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    #168 #12DT
    Mark Williams may not have the imposing stature of a prototypical defensive lineman, but he will be an immovable object at nose for the Jayhawks D. Williams was the fourth of eight Jayhawks to commit after the victory over TCU.

    Williams will redshirt next season and take advantage of the Jayhawks strength program. He chose KU over San Jose State.
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    #541 #27G
    The scouting report for Micah Barnes reads almost exactly like current KU starter Mike Castillo. Unfortunately for Barnes, his pass blocking skills may not be as needed as the Jayhawks incorporate more running into their offense. Barnes was the fifth of eight Jayhawks to commit after the victory over TCU.

    Barnes will redshirt next season. He chose KU over Penn State and Northwestern.
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    #99 #1T
    Lee young is the top rated tackle in this year's class, and has the frame to prove it. With a bigger need next season at the guard position, Young may move inside. Young was the sixth of eight Jayhawks to commit after the victory over TCU.

    Young will hope to redshirt next season, especially if he needs to adjust to his new position. He chose KU over Nebraska and Mizzou.
    OLB
    #593 #42OLB
    Jordan King is a highly underrated 3-star prospect that has film that rivals some of the best outside linebackers in this class. He possesses sideline-to-sideline speed, generally takes the best angle to the ball carrier, and can even play zone coverage with the DBs. King was the seventh of eight Jayhawks to commit after the victory over TCU.

    King will enroll early, and may redshirt next season, depending on his performance in spring practice. He chose KU over Miami of Ohio.
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    #310 #45ATH
    After the Jayhawks seemed to recruit nothing but athletes last season, Erik Harwell is the only ATH-designated recruit in this year's class. Harwell normally plays offensive line for his overmatched high school, but has dabled as an eligible receiver, especially in goalline sets. He is expected to be coached with the tight ends at the next level. Nash was the last of eight Jayhawks to commit after the victory over TCU.

    Harwell will take next season off to adjust to the higher level of competition. He chose KU over Arkansas, Mississippi State and Auburn.

    Name Pos (Orig) Caliber OVR Committed
    Robert Burley P (K)
    84 Week 10
    Brandon Barbour QB
    81 Week 10
    Mark Williams DT
    81 Week 10
    Mark Nash WR
    80 Week 10
    Ben Babcock MLB

    JUNIOR
    79 Week 6
    Eric Overstreet CB
    78 Week 6
    Travis Kearney CB
    78 Week 6
    Steve Drew SS
    77 Week 6
    Rodney Jackson MLB (SS)
    77 Week 6
    Lee Young T
    77 Week 10
    Micah Barnes G
    77 Week 10
    Jordan King OLB
    77 Week 10
    Erik Harwell TE (ATH)
    69 (ATH) Week 10
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