Park Hill (Kansas City, Mo.) High School cornerback Devin Haney is just looking for an opportunity, and it’s just a matter of time before he gets several of them.
The 6-foot-3, 172 standout visited Lawrence a couple weeks ago for Kansas Junior Day.
“They introduced us to the program. We got to walk around the entire football facility,” Haney said. “We got to see the locker rooms. I could tell KU is going in the winning direction. There’s a lot of new guys coming in. It was a pretty good time.”
Haney has offers from Northwest Missouri State, South Dakota State and Northern Illinois. There are several others knocking on the door, such as Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Wyoming, Iowa State and Michigan State.
“Right now I’m at the point where a bunch of them are really close,” Haney said. “I have a lot who are really interested.”
He’s headed to Minnesota Elite Junior Day this coming weekend, and plans to hit The Opening Regional Camp in Chicago in early April.
“I’m what the colleges are looking for now — the taller corners who can match up with the huge receivers you see these days,” Haney said. “I feel like I can get physical with the receivers as they come off the line. I can match up with any receiver.”
He said Kansas linebacker coach Todd Bradford texts him nearly every day. Haney thinks the Jayhawks are headed in the right direction.
“Kansas may have struggled the last few seasons, but you can tell they are turning the corner,” Haney said. “They’re starting to get somewhere. They are turning that thing around.”
He said he’s looking for a college that shows a deep family bond, and a program that will give all players a chance to compete for playing time based upon their performance.
Being close to home is a plus too.
“I want my family to be able to come to games,” he said.
“I’m telling you, they won’t regret it,” Brown said about the program that he ends up signing with. “I just want a chance, honestly.”