WR Hyman Explains Kansas Commitment

Kansas landed a receiver out of the Garden State when St. John Vianney (High, Holmdel, N.J.) standout Ishmael Hyman announced he was a Jayhawk. He spoke to FOXSportsNEXT about the commitment, and why he fits so well with the program.

Five days after returning from an official visit to Kansas, St. John Vianney High (Holmdel, N.J.) receiver Ishmael Hyman decided that is where he wanted to spend his college career.

Hyman committed to the Jayhawks on Friday, selecting Kansas over Old Dominion and Purdue.

"It's Kansas," Hyman said. "I just felt it was the perfect fit for me. The coaches, I got along with all of them, and the players …they needed receivers there. Academically, it's a really good fit and it's a program on the rise."

Hyman acknowledged earlier in the week he was skeptical about Kansas until he traveled there, but after seeing the program, meeting with the coaching staff and talking to his host, former Piscataway (N.J.) High standout Tevin Shaw, Hyman saw the school in a different light.

"The visit made me look at it in a whole different view," the 6-foot, 170-pound Hyman said. "At first, I thought I wouldn't like it. Then I went out there and I loved it. I loved the campus, the people around it, the fans …everything about it was great."

Hyman is the second player from the Garden State in two seasons to commit to the Jawhawks, and it shows coach Charlie Weis can mind his home state for recruiting talent as he tries to rebuild the program.

In turn, Hyman views Weis as a former NFL offensive coordinator who could help mold him into a big-time receiver in college.

"I like that coach Weis was a very good offensive coordinator with the (New England) Patriots," Hyman said. "He likes to throw the ball and they need a big-time play-making receiver there. Hopefully, I can go there and work hard and be the guy."

Hyman said he will graduate high school June 1 and leave for Kansas the next day.

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