Kansas checks in on JUCO commit

Ty McKinney is potentially an important piece of the puzzle for the Kansas Jayhawk next season. A big defensive tackle out of Athens (TX) Trinity Valley Community College, he committed to the Jayhawks in the middle of their search for a new head coach. Wednesday, defensive line coach Buddy Wyatt stopped by to check in on McKinney.

It's no great secret that defensive tackle is a position of serious need for the Kansas Jayhawks – which is why Ty McKinney is so important.

A 6-foot-4, 300-pound monster on the interior from Athens (TX) Trinity Valley Community college, McKinney racked up 29 tackles, two tackles for loss and four sacks during the 2011 season.

He also made a surprise move a little more than two weeks ago, when he committed to the Jayhawks despite the fact that - at the time - they were still searching for a head coach. The decision spoke volumes about his relationship with Kansas defensive line coach Buddy Wyatt.

Wednesday, Wyatt visited McKinney in person. Though the defensive staff has yet to be sorted out, he told McKinney as long as the new defensive coordinator approves - whomever it may be - Wyatt is on board.

"I'm hoping that's how it happens, and Coach Wyatt stays," McKinney said. "I really like Kansas."

In the event Wyatt is let go, however, he said he'll listen to the new staff before deciding what to do about his recruitment.

"I would talk to the new defensive coaching staff," McKinney explained. "It's all about if they want me or not. I'm pretty sure it wouldn't be a problem, but you never know."

McKinney will graduate in May, with three years to play two.

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