Big JUCO DT verbals to Kansas

Despite the state of flux surrounding the Kansas football program right now, with the release of Head Coach Turner Gill, remaining staffers are still hard at work on the recruiting trail - and those efforts are paying unexpected dividends.

It's no great secret the Jayhawks are in need of immediate help on the defensive line, particularly at tackle. Tuesday, they got some of that help in the form of Athens (TX) Trinity Valley Community College defensive tackle Ty McKinney.

A 6-foot-3, 300-pound space-eater on the interior, McKinney had a monster season for the Cardinals, racking up 29 total tackles, two tackles for loss, four sacks, one forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

Kansas began recruiting him approximately three months ago, and it didn't take long for McKinney to develop a strong bond with defensive line coach Buddy Wyatt - to whom he gave his verbal commitment in person Tuesday.

That the program is currently without a head coach wasn't a major point of concern for him.

"I was going to commit anyway," McKinney said. "As long as Coach Wyatt is coming back, Kansas will be the place I go. I've got a pretty nice connection with Coach Wyatt."

"I feel like with him I've got the best opportunity to get to the next level," he added. "Because of all the players he's put in the NFL."

An official decision on Wyatt's future with the Kansas program has yet to be announced. In the event he is let go, McKinney said he would take the time to meet the new coaching staff before making a decision.

"And then if I don't feel a connection, I'll open it back up right away," he explained.

The big tackle visited the Lawrence, Kan. campus officially the weekend of the Baylor game, Nov. 12.


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