Football a family affair

Two of Kansas' newest tight ends -- Jim Reuber and Josh Lawrence -- have football in their blood.

Like many of the incoming recruits, Jim Reuber is keeping busy working out in preparation for his career in the crimson and blue.

"I am 245 lbs now and about 13 – 14% body fat. I have met my goals in terms of weight. Now I just want to get stronger and get faster," said Reuber.

The tight end verbally committed this summer, but was excited and a little relieved to make it official.

"Once I signed the LOI it did feel different. I felt like I was officially on the team. There is no turning back. I have been confident with my decision and feel great about it."

Football is in the blood of the 6'4 Texas product. One brother, Alan, was an offensive tackle at Texas A&M while his twin brother, Tim, plays quarterback. Reuber once speculated about the possibilities of playing college ball alongside his twin, but that just wasn't what the future held.

"Tim signed with Midwestern State in Wichita Falls in Texas," said Reuber. "He will have the opportunity to start as a freshman so that is great for him."

It will be an adjustment for Reuber, both in transitioning to the Big 12 and being without his twin. However, still another brother – Mike - currently attends Kansas. Reuber is looking ahead with high aspirations and enthusiasm.

"The facilities at Kansas are great and I love the coaching staff. Coach Blaney always had time for me. There was no BS or any of that. He just talked to me," said Reuber.

"I know he will take time to work with me. He teaches you to be a better player. He is a coach," said Reuber with an emphasis on the word coach. "He is good at what he does."

Reuber is good at what he does as well. The Plano West player was second team all-district as a wide receiver the past two seasons and earned an invitation to the Coca Cola All-Star game. Reuber hopes his versatility will serve the Jayhawks well.

"I hope to be sort of an all around offensive player. I can block, I can catch, I can play the slot position, play flanker, special teams – basically whatever they need from me I am ready to do."

There is another tight end prepared to do anything needed. Like Reuber, football has been a family affair for 6'3 Josh Lawrence who will walk on for the Jayhawks. His father, David Lawrence, played for the Jayhawks and is currently the radio sideline reporter for the Kansas program.

As both a defensive lineman and a tight end, Lawrence helped the Lions to a 7-3 season. Coach Dirk Wedd had high praise for the 220 lb player.

"Like I have said before, he has great hands and he can catch the ball. He is both physically and mentally tough," said Lawrence High coach Dirk Wedd. "He is one of the most unselfish players I have coached."

Still, Josh has some work to do if he hopes to make it off of the bench.

"Josh will need to get in the weight room and get stronger. I believe he has another growth spurt in him. He will find a way to get on the field." said Wedd.

"He is a very good student and a high character young man. KU got a player that bleeds crimson and blue," said Wedd.


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