Bueltel Set to Sign With Jayhawks Next Week

The Kansas Jayhawks picked up a crucial part to their Class of 2006 this weekend in the addition of Butler Junior College cornerback Blake Bueltel. The former product of Topeka Hayden, Bueltel will sign a Jayhawk letter of intent on December 21st and will be eligible for spring practice. Finding a mid-year transfer was crucial for the Jayhawks, and Bueltel hopes to fill a void. Scout.com's Josh Clark offers the latest...

Blake Bueltel was not a name that even graced the Scout.com databases two years ago as a prep at Topeka Hayden High School.

Buelter was a non-qualifier, but even beyond that, simply received no division one interest.

"Kansas didn't recruit me, at all, in high school," Bueltel said.

"I got some interest from division two schools, but I checked a few of em' out, and I knew I wanted to go to a higher level. I think it was my size at the time (5'11 155) that hurt me, but I made the move to Butler, and now I'm a Jayhawk."

Bueltel says he will look forward to more eyes being on him in the stands.

"Kansas is close to home, there is a chance to play, and they are on the uprise. Only my close family and friends were able to follow me at Butler, now as a Jayhawk, I'm not going to have to come home and have everybody ask me how football is going. They are going to know what is going on. I just couldn't pass up the chance to be a Jayhawk," Bueltel informed.

The Jayhawks also maintained the hometown factor helped make Bueltel more appealing.

"Kansas started recruiting me a month and a half ago. They like everything that I do, how I developed, and they want me to come in and make an impact. Kansas is only 20 minutes away from home. I'll have a chance to be a well known commodity," Bueltel stated.

Jayhawk head coach Mark Mangino was in fact the first Jayhawk coach to call Bueltel.

"Coach Mangino called me, and said basically they only have one returning cornerback. He said there is going to be some competition with a lot of young corners in the spring, but I like competition. He said he liked my coverage skills, quick feet, ability to cover the run, and change of direction. He said covering the run won't be my main focus, it'll be covering Big 12 receivers," Bueltel said.

Bueltel marks the 15th known commitment for the Jayhawks, and first mid-year transfer.

Update: There's potential breaking news on a San Bernadino CB recruit...just posted in our Premium Phorum.


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