The more than 800-mile trip proved fruitful for Kansas coaches.
They made the trek from Lawrence down to Poplarville, Mississippi to check in on JUCO star defensive end Keyshaun Simmonsof Pearl River Community College.
“They came all the way down from Kansas to see me working out and talked to me,” Simmons said.
They liked what they saw out of Simmons, and Simmons was impressed with the staff’s desire to come visit him — they left with Simmons commitment to become a Jayhawk.
“The coaches and how they’re rebuilding the program,” Simmons said about what he likes in Kansas, who he picked over overs from UT-Martin and Tennessee State.
Simmons heard most from Kansas defensive line coach Michael Slater and head coach David Beaty. He has a visit scheduled to Lawrence starting Friday.
“I really want to see the coaches and the fieldhouse, the dorms and all that stuff,” he said.
The Kansas staff watched a lot of film on Simmons.
“They say I get off fast and I’m physical,” he said.
Simmons likes the direction of the Jayhawk program under Beaty.
“He’s recruiting a lot of good players and he’s going to coach us well by putting us in the right position,” he said.
“He believes I can get in there and compete for playing time.”