Is the Door Still Open?

Illinois offensive lineman Jan Gewont pledged Toledo yesterday. and Recruiting-Anaylsty Chris Pool talks about Gewont's commitment and the possibility of him visiting Lawrence in January.

The state of Illinois has always been known for its tractor pull offensive lineman and the 2004 crop set the bar extremely high. Dan Doering (Iowa) and Dace Richardson (Iowa) were both U.S. Army All-Americans. Palos Hills (Stagg) guard, Jan Gewont, is making quite a name for himself in 2005. Most of the schools that have offered him a scholarship, offered at the end of his season.

It's hard to follow up an offensive line class with the likes of Dan Doering, Dace Richardson and David Moosman (Michigan) but Jan Gewont has paved his own way and made quite a name for himself.

Gewont emerged as a D-1 prospect as a sophomore. The 6-foot-5, 280-pounder, went on to have a solid junior season topped off with a strong showing at the Combine in Champaign, Ill., last May.

Gewont received most of his offers, Western Michigan, Ball State, Connecticut, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Wyoming, Iowa State, Marshall, Kansas and Colorado State at the end of his senior season. Gewont visited Iowa State, Toledo and Marshall in December. Yesterday Gewont told that he has given Toledo a verbal commitment but the door hasn't been slammed shut on Kansas.

"No comment." Jan Gewont said, when asked if he still plans on visiting Kansas on January 13th. "I mean, I haven't shut the door on that visit and there's still a possibility. I just can't say one way or the other right now."

Gewont, a guard in college, projects at that position at the next level. Jan is an excellent run blocker and would excel in an offense that loves to bang the football between the tackles.

The MAC Conference is known for its spread offenses and they are starting to produce some big time college quarterbacks. Chad Pennington, Byron Leftwich, Ben Roethlisberger and Charlie Frye being the latest to emerge as NFL signal-callers.

Toledo has a super quarterback in Bruce Gradkowski but they had as many rushing yards as they did passing yards. Kansas in turn had just as balanced an offense as Toledo had and I'm sure Gewont will be looking at the contrast in offenses during the holidays.

Gewont is more of a north-south offensive guard that flourishes between the tackles. His game may be better suited for Kansas but for now he'll remain committed to Toledo. We'll see after the dead period if Kansas makes its way to Illinois for an in-home visit with Gewont.

Official visits are extremely important and I'm sure the Kansas staff wants to get Jan Gewont in Lawrence for an official visit in January. Most college coaches will tell you that all they want is to get a kid on campus. If they can't get them to commit after a visit, they probably never had a real chance to begin with.

We'll see in early January if Gewont opens that door for Kansas or if he says Toledo is without question is where he'll be playing his college football. Top Stories