Derby (Kansas) High School wide receiver Kenyon Tabor is excited about signing with the Jayhawks Wednesday.
“My relationship with the coaches and the environment. Kansas is just so different than all the other places I visited,” Tabor said when asked what put Kansas over the top for him.
Tabor picked the Jayhawks over an offer from Kansas State and interest from nearly a dozen other schools including North Carolina State, Missouri, Nebraska and Louisville.
Some schools got in the race just a little bit too late.
“Iowa tried to offer me yesterday, but I don’t know if my mom let them,” Tabor said. “Florida recruited me at the end, Central Florida — just a few schools.
“They caught my interest, because they were big name schools, but if you weren’t recruiting me earlier you’re just trying to fill spots.”
Tabor took his official visit to Lawrence just a couple weeks ago.
“I saw the new dorms that are going to be built. The basketball ones are already up, and the football ones are coming soon,” he said. “I have interest in a business degree, and I got to see the business facility — it’s top of the line.
“I got to hang out with some of the players and build relationships with those guys.”
At 6-foot-4, 215 pounds, Tabor has the physical skills to make an immediate impact at the wide receiver position for the Jayhawks.
“With my height, I can match up easily against a smaller guy,” he said. “Then if I get matched up with a bigger guy, I can beat him with quickness and speed.”
He finished his senior season at Derby with 69 catches for 1258 yards and about a dozen touchdowns.
He has some specific items he wants to work on before arriving on campus in June.
“My conditioning, to be ready for the college weight room,” Tabor said. “That will help me prepare there to take it to the next level. I need to amplify my physicalness. There, everyone will be big, not just one or two players on the opposing team.”