Signing Day Primer: Kansas

In less than 12 hours, the sound of fax machines warming up will reverberate throughout the country, as National Signing Day kicks off bright and early Wednesday morning. Phog.net takes a look at the class Head Coach Charlie Weis and the Kansas Jayhawks have lined up, the potential impact players and who else remains on the recruiting radar.

The List: Currently, Weis and his staff have compiled a list of 15 commitments heading into National Signing Day, not including the Big Three transfers they acquired for the spring semester - Dayne Crist, Jake Heaps and Justin McCay. Those commitments are, as follows:

Greg Allen - CB - Houston (TX) Alief High

Courtney Arnick - OLB - Dallas Carter High

Turner Baty - QB - (JUCO) City College of San Francisco

Brian Beckmann - OT - Overland Park (KS) Blue Valley West

Charles Brooks - TE - (JUCO) Scottsdale (AZ) Community College

Sean Connolly - OT - Lakewood (OH) St. Edward High

Taylor Cox - RB - (JUCO) Weed (CA) College of the Siskiyous

Joshua Ford - WR - (JUCO) Yuma (AZ) Arizona Western

Tyler Holmes - DT - Sachse (TX) High School

Ty McKinney - DT - (JUCO) Athens (TX) Trinity Valley Community College

Tre Parmalee - ATH - Roeland Park (KS) Bishop Miege High

Jordan Smith - TE - Waco (TX) Reicher Catholic High

Keon Stowers - DT - (JUCO) Milledgeville (GA) Georgia Military

Jordan Tavai - DT - (JUCO) Torrance (CA) El Camino Community College

Tyree Williams - CB - Sugar Land (TX) Dulles High

Impact Players:

The two-deep of the Kansas Jayhawks has a great many needs, but ask any true fan for the most dire and the answer will likely be almost instantaneous. It's defensive tackle.

In 2011, the Jayhawks didn't have a ton of depth on the interior of their defensive line, and that's probably putting things charitably. Most of what depth they did have departed when Patrick Dorsey and Richard Johnson Jr. played their final game in the Crimson and Blue.

That's why the four defensive tackle signees - more than a fourth of the class currently - are so big, particularly the junior college prospects. At 6-foot-4 and more than 300 pounds, McKinney is a true space eater in the middle, while Stowers and Tavai are a little smaller, a little quicker.

The gem of the group may be Tavai, who logged more than 50 tackles in 2011 for El Camino, and basically lived in opposing backfields with his combination of size (6-foot-3, 280 pounds), strength, quickness off the ball and a relentless motor. The Jayhawks have struggled mightily with their pass rush since the departure of James McClinton following the 2007 season, and while it's way too early - and entirely unfair - to make that comparison for Tavai at this point, he's cut from that same cloth.

Josh Ford is another intriguing prospect. The 6-foot-4, 200-pound receiver had some major interest but landed with the Jayhawks. He runs exceedingly well for a player his size, making him a threat in both the red zone and in the vertical passing game - two weapons noticeably lacking from the Kansas arsenal since Dezmon Briscoe and Kerry Meier last suited up.

Also, keep a close eye on a pair of Houston-area cornerbacks - Alief Taylor's Greg Allen and Tyree Williams of Dulles. Both are big, physical corners standing six-feet tall, with good speed, ball skills and the ability to come up in run support. The Jayhawks need immediate help at cornerback thanks to some depth issues, and these two will provide it.

Who's left?

There are a few prospects for Kansas fans to keep an eye on, the most high-profile of which is Tampa (FL) Berkeley Prep linebacker Schyler Miles. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound 'backer is also considering Florida and West Virginia. He took an official visit to Kansas earlier this month, and a few days later defensive coordinator Dave Campo and linebackers coach DeMontie Cross flew out to the Sunshine State for an in-home.

Miles has played his decision close to the vest, but has indicated the visits went well.

Also still on the Jayhawks radar are Cleveland Glenville corner V'Angelo Bentley, and JUCO linemen Fehoko Fanaika and Carlos Lozano - all three of whom have visited Kansas officially in recent weeks.

Keep checking back with Phog.net throughout the day. We'll update our coverage as the LOIs roll in, and be in attendance at Coach Weis' afternoon press conference where he'll break down the haul.


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