New Kansas head coach David Beaty has a tall task ahead of him. That part is no secret and for the new leader of the program, it’s one he’s embracing and if the first couple of weeks of the job are any indication, one he is relishing. It’s all started on the recruiting trail.
With Wednesday’s first day of the mid-year signing period, Beaty showed quickly why he has been touted as one of the best recruiters in the game, which is just what the Jayhawks need. Eight players signed letter of intent to come play for Beaty at Kansas and each one meets a need the program needs.
“We are really pleased with all of the guys we’re able to have join our program today,” Beaty said in a statement. “I said when I came here that we want to build our program on high school players and that is certainly the long term vision. With these eight players signed today, we have addressed some of our immediate needs. Having the opportunity to get these guys on campus in January is crucial for our team moving forward.”
The early Kansas class includes three offensive linemen, three defensive backs a defensive lineman and a running back. Six are from the state of Texas and consists of two sophomores and six juniors.
D’Andre Banks – OL 6-3, 320 Jr. Kileen, TX (Trinity Valley CC.)
Bazie Bates IV – DB 6-1, 190 Jr. Allen, TX (Trinity Valley CC.)
Jacky Dezir – DL 6-1, 300 So. Chicago, IL (College of DuPage)
Ke’Aun Kinner – RB 5-9, 185 Jr. Little Elm, TX (Navarro JC.)
Michael Mathis – DB 6-2, 210 Jr. Crosby, TX (Kilgore JC.)
Jayson Rhodes – OL 6-4, 285 So. Deer Park, TX (Blinn College)
Will Smith – OL 6-3, 315 Jr. Shawnee, KS (Butler CC.)
Brandon Stewart – DB 6-0, 175 Jr. Cedar Hill, TX (Trinity Valley CC.)
All eight of signees are expected to enroll at Kansas in January and participate in spring football a few weeks later. The rest of this year’s signing class will be finalized in February. Beaty couldn’t be more pleased with the group.
“Four of these guys were qualifiers out of high school who chose to go to the junior college route in order to better develop their skills,” Beaty said. “We are excited about how they have progressed during their time at junior college and believe we can continue to develop them into players who can move our program in the right direction.”