Lee's Summit (MO) West is home to Nick Ramirez, one of the top linebackers in the Class of 2013, who already boasts an offer list a mile long.
With schools like Iowa, Kansas State, Missouri and Nebraska lined up to compete for his services, Saturday Ramirez visited Lawrence, Kan. and the University of Kansas for one of the program's first spring practices under new head coach Charlie Weis.
He left extremely impressed.
"It looked like Coach Weis is turning everything around right now," Ramirez said. "It looked good. The guys are fired up, there's a lot of excitement during practice."
Kansas offered the four-star prospect in late February, and since then lead recruiter Tim Grunhard has kept up the heat.
Saturday, however, he caught a bit of one-on-one time with Weis himself, who stressed to Ramirez that he could be a key cog in a major rebuilding effort close to home. Many of the other programs recruiting him are already on solid footing, but at Kansas he would have a chance to stamp out a unique legacy.
"It's huge," he said. "That's a great thing that he can say to me. That would be awesome to be a difference-maker, and I really do believe he's going to turn that whole program around."
Ramirez plans on making a number of visits, but as of right now only a visit to Missouri for their April 14 Spring Game is on the books. The Tigers are high on his list as they were one of the first schools to offer, and are currently the program he's visited the most.
However, he believes the Jayhawks will be one program to warrant a long, hard look.
"For sure, I'll be taking a longer look at the University of Kansas," Ramirez said. "I'll be looking into them and going on visits. I'll be re-checking them out and they'll definitely be under consideration."