The next few weeks are big not just for the programs, but for the prospects as well. Beginning this weekend, thousands of potential recruits will hit college campuses and satellite camps, hoping to impress coaches in person and earn a coveted scholarship offer.
Some of the top prospects in the Sunflower State will be among those hitting the road this weekend.
Trace Clark - 6-foot-4, 225 pounds - Wichita (KS) Collegiate School - Defensive End:
Okay, so maybe it's not technically this weekend, but Clark - arguably the top Class of 2012 prospect in the state of Kansas - will kick off a busy June next week at the University of Missouri's Tuesday satellite camp in Kansas City.
The big defensive end has already visited three programs unofficially - Kansas, Kansas State and Tulsa - and hopes to visit each school on his list before the summer is through.
"I'm still enjoying it, but it's getting closer to the time when decisions need to be made," Clark recently told Scout.com, regarding the recruiting process. "And I'm going to use this summer to take a ton of visits, to see campuses and meet coaches, and see where I can fit."
Brian Beckmann - 6-foot-7, 310 pounds - Overland Park (KS) Blue Valley West High School - Offensive Tackle:
As the top offensive line prospect in the state of Kansas in the Class of 2012, it is perhaps fitting that Brian Beckmann's most voracious suitors to date are Kansas and Kansas State.
Both the Jayhawks and Wildcats have extended scholarship offers to the mountainous tackle, who has been on unofficial visits to both programs in recent months.
Beckmann is taking a methodical approach to the recruiting process, and will gather as much information as possible before making his college decision. The next step in that process begins this weekend, as he attends camp at the University of Kansas.
"My dad's always emphasizing that it's in my best interest to consider all of my options before making a decision, because my word is my bond," Beckmann explained. "Before I commit anywhere, I would never go back on that, so I need to make sure of where I want to go. I need to be 100-percent."
Bennett Moore - 6-foot-2, 235 pounds - Wichita (KS) Northwest High School - Linebacker:
Moore is one side of a linebacker duo - the other being teammate and close friend Jacob Davis - that gives Northwest an almost unfair advantage on defense. Both are legit Division One prospects, and Moore alone recorded 98 tackles in 2010, one sack and two interceptions.
Army has offered the talented outside backer - who is also learning to put his hand on the ground and play as a defensive end in order to make himself more versatile - but several other programs are showing serious interest, including Kansas, Kansas State, North Dakota State, Oklahoma State, Tulsa and TCU.
Moore welcomes the opportunity to prove to coaches in person what he can do, and will get the ball rolling with camp at the University of Kansas this weekend.
"I've never been more ready for this," he said. "This is what it's all about. I like this stuff."
Jacob Davis - 6-foot-3, 220 pounds - Wichita (KS) Northwest High School - Linebacker:
Like Moore, Davis was ultra productive as a junior in 2010, logging a staggering 116 total tackles including 76 unassisted.
Though he doesn't have an offer on the table as of yet, he's hearing from programs such as Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Tulsa, Missouri, Rutgers and Iowa State.
From that crowd, three seem more interested than the rest.
"When our coach (Weston Schartz) had spoken with KU and TCU and Tulsa, those specific schools they said they want us to come down (for camp)," Davis said. "If they were going to offer us, that's the time it would be. They want to see us in person."
Davis will join Moore in Lawrence, Kan. this weekend for camp with the Jayhawks.Justin McPhail - 6-foot-1, 220 pounds - Liberal (KS) High School - Linebacker
McPhail is one of the more intriguing local prospects in the class. At 6-foot-1, 220 pounds he's strong as an ox and a star wrestler, in addition to his exploits on the football field. Last season for Liberal (KS) High, he racked up 128 tackles, six sacks and a pick.
That sort of thing tends to turn the heads of college recruiters, and McPhail's is picking up steam. Of particular interest are the Tulsa Hurricane. While no offer has been extended as of yet, the talented linebacker prospect is camping with Tulsa this weekend and is feeling good about his chances.
If things work out, it could spell an early end for his recruitment.
"If they were to give me a verbal offer, I think I'd accept it," McPhail said. "It sounds like a place I'd like. I've talked to Coach (Scott) Downing a few times, and it's a successful program. It just seems like a place I'd like."