Marist (Chicago, Illinois) High School cornerback Robert Topps is ready for National Signing Day.
As Phog.net spoke with him Monday night, he had just got off the phone with Kansas head coach David Beaty.
“He’s excited about signing day,” Topps said. “He wanted to make sure I was all ready. I have all the paperwork and stuff.”
Topps committed to Kansas on June 22, 2016 and has held firm ever since.
“I like the whole coaching staff. I talk to coach Hull, coach Bowen and coach Beaty a lot,” he said. “I also like like that coach Bowen has sent six guys to the league.”
He took his official just two weekends ago.
“I was in Kansas on January 20 for my official. We were taken around the entire school and learned more about the academic piece more in-depth,” Topps said. “We saw the updated locker room, and talked to the academic advisors.
“We got to go to the basketball game against Texas. Seeing that first hand — it was my first Kansas game. It was like nothing I’ve seen before.”
Topps is a 6-foot-2 corner who had three interceptions, three blocked punts and a blocked field goal in his senior season. Marist won their first conference championship and finished 8-2.
He said the Jayhawks coaching staff wants him to arrive in the summer ready to compete for playing time.
“They want me to gain more weight, to where I eventually get to 200,” Topps said. “They want me to be ready to compete. They don’t want me to come in expecting to redshirt. They want me to compete for a job.
“I need to make sure I’m conditioned, and work on my technique.”