Shown below is a January 11, 2003, update on KU football recruiting from David Garvin, Phog.net's Football Recruiting Analyst
I was speaking with Robert Felton's father on Thursday, the big offensive lineman from Cy-Creek in Houston. "I don't know if Kansas is still in it with Robert or not," Mr. Felton said. "But they've done an excellent job of recruiting him." And that what Jayhawk fans should want to hear. Kansas head coach Mark Mangino has the reputation of being an excellent recruiter. And you're already seeing some of the results.
The first player to catch our eye is Rashaad Norwood, the big tight end from Kansas City Schlagle. His coach, Steve Szczgiel, told us that Norwood will develop into a six-foot-six, 250-lb. (or better) destroyer at tight end. "Rashaad's got it all in front of him." coach Szczgiel said. "He caught 27 passes for 687 yards with eight touchdowns in a run-oriented attack. And he's a dominating blocker. Kansas State would love to get a visit out of Rashaad."
Two of the Texas commitments we're familiar with are Garland tailback Taurance Rawls and Galena North Shore wide receiver Moderick (pronounced Mo-derrick) Johnson. One of the most underrated backs in-state, Rawls rushed for 1,507 yards on 210 carries with 18 touchdowns, leading the Owls to an undefeated regular season. And we're talking big-time Texas class 5-A football. Ditto for Johnson, who caught 32 passes for 557 yards with four touchdowns. The only concern the Jayhawks might have concerning both Rawls and Johnson is keeping other schools away before signing day.
Coach Mangino has also dug deep into the JUCO ranks for immediate on-field assistance in 2003. Some of the big names include NEO (OK) JC OL Joe Vaughn and his teammate, DT Michael Pruitt; Cerritos (CA) CC OL Richard Estrella, Victor Valley (CA) DE John McCoy, Alfred State (NY) JC WR Lyonel Anderson and Iowa Central (IA) CC DE Gabe Toomey, who switched his pledge from Iowa State to the Jayhawks. The key to much of Kansas' success on the field in 2003 could be the number of players from this group who make the transition from the junior college ranks to D-I competition.
These are just a few little insights as we head down the main stretch towards signing day.
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