Talib: I want to be a part of it

Aqib Talib is ready to do his thing at Kansas. The 6-1 DB out of Richardson, TX picked KU on Sunday morning while on his visit to Lawrence.

Both Aqib and his mother say that despite offers from Tulsa, Arizona , Baylor, Wyoming and SMU, it was a two horse race in the end. Ultimately, Talib picked Kansas over Kansas State because he felt KU was more involved and interested.

"I talked to (K-state) on the phone every once in a while. Kansas State hadn't offered me yet but I was supposed to line up a visit. But KU just seemed more interested."

A great stay in Lawrence also helped make up his mind.

"I had fun. It was pretty nice. Lawrence looked nice, the campus was nice. I liked the people and the coaches a lot."

Talib was especially impressed with KU head coach Mark Mangino.

"I hung out with him every day I was there. Coach (Mangino) was cool -- kind of like my head coach in high school."

Being "cool" is one thing, but turning a program around in just two short years is even better. The Jayhawks' 6-6 season and berth in the Tangerine Bowl definitely encouraged Talib as well.

"It did play a role. I looked at how they had the new coaches and how they immediately turned it around. So, I'm like, ‘They're on the rise and I want to be a part of it.'"

Now he will be. So what will Talib bring to the table? "I guess my best quality is my size. I have the qualities of a small corner but because I'm tall that adds so much more.

"Hopefully by the time the season rolls around, I will have put on some weight - you know a few more pounds - and I'll be able to help out the ‘D' and do my thing just like in high school. I want to go out and shut the receivers down."

Kansas could certainly use a corner like that. Here's hoping Talib's the guy.


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