Caleb Blakesley is one of, if not the top recruit in the state of Kansas. His verbal commitment to KU back in August was a huge victory for Mark Mangino's staff as Kansas State, Missouri, Nebraska, and Oklahoma were also interested.
Although, Blakesley has provided Kansas with only a non-binding verbal commitment, the Ottawa, KS product is not toying with the idea of attending college elsewhere.
"I'm going to KU, my recruitment period is done," Blakesley said.
The versatile lineman has a realistic chance of contributing next season. Olathe East graduate Todd Haselhorst is playing snaps on the defensive line as a true freshman for the Jayhawks this season. Blakesley is confident he'll bounce back from the physical setback and be ready to go at full speed in the Fall of 2005.
"Oh, I'll be fine. The doctor said this injury would take a little more time than a ligament injury, but that it would heal back better."
The days have been long and frustrating for Blakesley since the injury, which took place during a game on September 10th. He'll remain in a straight leg brace before beginning rehab in a couple of weeks. The leg brace has limited what Blakesley can do, the senior is unable to drive or do other daily activities typically taken for granted.
The promising start Kansas has experienced to the 2004 campaign has Blakesley fired up.
"They are playing very strong and have been impressive. They have some great players and they are better. I knew they were heading in the right direction, their two losses have been real close."
Blakesley believes Kansas could do the unthinkable and beat Nebraska this weekend for the first time since 1968.
"That would be awesome, I think they have a realistic chance."