Addressing the need at QB
It's been since Frank Seurer and the early 1980s that the Kansas Jayhawks have landed one quarterback who could be considered a five-star prospect - even if services such as Scout.com didn't provide those ratings back then - and on Thursday they landed two in one day.
Dayne Crist and Jake Heaps should lock down the quarterback position on Mount Oread for the next three years. Crist, a senior transfer from Notre Dame, graduated this month and due to a loophole in the NCAA rules regarding eligibility will be able to suit up immediately - for one season.
Heaps is a more traditional transfer, leaving the BYU program after playing during both of his first two seasons on campus, and will sit out the 2012 season in preparation for 2013 and 2014.
Both Crist and Heaps had somewhat rocky careers as starters in college and were both replaced by less-heralded backups, but Scout.com national recruiting analyst Brandon Huffman doesn't believe this should dampen the excitement of Kansas fans one iota. They were rated five-star prospects out of high school for a reason, and now both will head to Lawrence, Kan. with massive chips on their respective shoulders.
"Kansas fans should be thrilled to have two quarterbacks who have a lot of talent, have played at a high level and now have something to prove," Huffman said.
Jayhawks miss out on OL, TE
Two targets to garner in-home visits from Weis and his staff in mid-December were a pair of talents from the Sunshine State - Orlando Jones High offensive lineman Duaron Williams and Largo (FL) Indian Rocks Christian tight end Sean Culkin.
The 6-foot-4, 300-pound Williams had long been a target of former head coach Turner Gill and his staff, and Weis made him an early priority. Down to a final three of Kansas, Iowa State and Central Florida, Williams popped for Iowa State on Thursday evening.
Culkin was a bit of a different case. An athletic tight end prospect with great size, he was a primary target of the Missouri Tigers, and many believed all but in the bag for Head Coach Gary Pinkel. A visit from Weis gave him pause, however, and extended the process out for a few days by giving him a new option to ponder.
But last week he opted to put an end to things, calling it for Mizzou.
Tight end reaffirms commitment
Several prospects to give their verbal to the previous regime may still be deciding where they officially stand with the Jayhawks, but tight end Jordan Smith - at least - is all in.
"I'm really looking forward to being able to play football up there," the Waco (TX) Reicher Catholic product told Scout.com's Britton Lynn last week. "Luckily, Coach Weis still wants me, so that was a big relief when I found that out…I've heard that Weis is a offensive genius being with the Patriots, then Notre Dame, then Florida, which is good for me being a tight end just being able to learn from him."
On the horizon
With more than two months until National Signing Day in February, there's still a great deal of work to be done for the Jayhawks on the recruiting trail, and Kansas fans can bet a number of new names will pop up on the radar.
One name to keep an eye on is that of South Bend (IN) Washington wide receiver Gehrig Dieter. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound playmaker - one of the most productive receivers in the country last season - visited the Lawrence, Kan. campus officially the weekend of Dec. 16. He'll make his decision public from the Semper Fi All-American Bowl on Jan. 3, and is likely to choose between Kansas and Southern Methodist.
Though he's playing it exceedingly close to the vest, however, he has since said on his personal Twitter account he already knows where he's going to school.