Jayhawks land coveted Texas DE

One weekend, two commitments from the Lone Star State for the Kansas Jayhawks. Outside linebacker Collin Garrett pulled the trigger Friday, and Sunday night Head Coach Turner Gill received a call from Garrett's teammate at Beaumont (TX) West Brook Senior High School, defensive end Ben Goodman.

Anyone who watched the University of Kansas football team in 2010 knows the Jayhawks need some help getting to the quarterback.

Sunday night, defensive coordinator Carl Torbush's defense got its second shot in the arm in three days, when defensive end Ben Goodman became the 20th commitment to the program's recruiting class of 2011.

"He was excited," the three-star defensive end said, of Gill's reaction. "He is ready to get me up there and excited to have a defensive end like me."

On Friday, Goodman's teammate at Beaumont (TX) West Brook Senior High School, outside linebacker Collin Garrett, committed to the Jayhawks as well.

With a plethora of defenders on their radar in this recruiting class, it would be difficult to find one Kansas has targeted longer than Goodman. A 6-foot-3, 210-pound end prospect, the big Texan is the consummate speed rusher. And while he needs to refine his technique and pack on some weight, the lack of warm bodies at the position on the Jayhawks' depth chart could see him on the field sooner rather than later.

Defensive line coach Buddy Wyatt led the charge on Goodman's recruitment, and their relationship ultimately played a big role in obtaining his commitment.

"I liked the way he coaches and I liked the way he did things," Goodman explained. "And I just wanted to play with a coach like that."

Though he has yet to visit the KU campus in Lawrence, Kan., that will be remedied soon. Goodman plans to take his official visit the weekend of Dec. 17th.

"I'm ready to go up there," he said. "And I'm happy I made the decision."

Goodman chose Kansas over offers from California, Miami (OH), Houston and others.

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