Kansas head coach Charlie Weis has done many things to change the culture surrounding Kansas football. One of the highlights and constants is the establishment of a family culture, a trait that often gets forgotten about in today's college athletic landscape.
It has existed for Bill Self's basketball program and Weis wanted that to be the norm from day one.
Grandview, MO offensive lineman Apa Visinia is just the latest in a line of recruits that share and value the Kansas philosophy and after attending last week's "Friday Night Lights" at Memorial Stadium, add Visinia as the latest Kansas recruit to feel at home with the Jayhawks family, as KU officially offered him Monday afternoon.
"It was really an eye opener for all the prospects," Visnia said. "KU has a family feel. You can see how close the coaches are. That's important, because it helps to make a kid feel at home."
Originally from Los Angeles and about to embark on his senior year of high school, the 6-4, 362, class of 2014 offensive lineman has been recruited by some schools as a 3-4 defensive lineman, but offensive line is where Visinia's heart and passion lies and led by lead recruiter Tim Grunhard, the Kansas staff likes what they see in his ability and potential, starting at the top.
"Coach Weis is great," Visinia said. "He told me he was impressed by my ability to move for a bigger guy."
The added perk of being an offensive lineman being recruited by Kansas, is the opportunity to meet a former NFL Pro Bowler in Grunhard, but don't let that confuse you in thinking that the second year offensive line coach carries himself any differently.
"Coach Grunhard is just so down to earth," Visinia said. "He's very humble and cares a great deal for the kids. He's just a great human being."
Visinia, is a well coveted offensive lineman, as quality schools are after him, such as Missouri, where he's already visited, Northern Illinois, where he's also visited, Nebraska, where he hopes to visit later this summer and Iowa, where he will visit later this week.
He's the kind of lineman Weis has coveted. He's humble, down to earth and quiet off the field, but on it, he plays with a nasty streak and would fit the mold of the kind of linemen that this staff has recruited.
Through all of that, it's Kansas and it's culture, as well as state of the art facilities that is standing out right now and with the hope of an offer from the Jayhawks, the prevailing feeling is one of excitement and faith.
"It's a blessing," Visinia said. "Football nowadays is a really cutthroat business and it's just a blessing to be recruited by these great schools who care about you as a person, as much as a player."
Visinia hopes to announce his decision by the end of the summer and as for the Jayhawks, they have as good of a chance as anyone because of what Weis and his staff have brought to KU and because of the facilities, which continue to draw rave reviews among all who enter.
"Kansas is up there with the best in terms of facilities. Some schools I've seen haven't been anywhere near," Visinia said.