Where the Kansas Jayhawks are concerned, things all came together pretty quickly for Riley McMinn.
The three-star junior defensive end prospect from Rochester, Ill. saw
KU recruiting coordinator Reggie Mitchell stop by his high school in
early May; a visit which was quickly followed by an official
scholarship offer. With the Lawrence (Kan.) campus just six hours
away, the offer set into motion with McMinn plans to make an unofficial
visit and learn a little more about his latest suitor.
Last weekend, that's just what he did, and he didn't come alone. McMinn
brought his mother, father and three brothers with him to the Sunflower
State, and to hear him tell it, everyone came away impressed.
"It went very well," he said. "I met with all the coaches, met with
Coach Gill. We kind of did the whole academic deal and toured the
facilities and everything. Everything was really great, really nice."
Mitchell – the Jayhawks' running backs coach and McMinn's lead
recruiter with the Jayhawks – is well familiar with the state of
Illinois. Until new Kansas Head Coach Turner Gill hired him away
earlier this year, Mitchell had been a vital part of a Fighting Illini
coaching staff known for its recruiting prowess.
Though the two haven't had much time to get to know each other yet,
McMinn's first impressions of Mitchell were glowing.
"When he first came into the school, he was really enthustiastic,
really happy to have me on board and everything," he said. "I was just
really impressed. He did a great job communicating with us and setting
everything up. I really like him."
While in Lawrence, McMinn and his family had the chance to meet the
rest of the coaching staff, including Gill, and again came away
"He's a really great guy," he said, of the Jayhawks head coach. "I'm
really excited about Kansas."
Though McMiin hopes to make a college decision by late August, prior to
the start of his senior year, the big defensive end is still in the
process of gathering information from schools. In addition to the
Kansas offer, he currently has offers from Boston College, Central Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Memphis and SMU. Programs like Purdue,
Northwestern, Michigan State, Iowa and Notre Dame are showing interest
With more visits on the horizon – including his first trip to Boston
College in June – McMinn said it was too early for a list of favorites.
However, expect the Jayhawks to keep his attention throughout the
"They're definitely up there," he said. "They really impressed me."
Here's what Allen Trieu, Scout.com Midwest Regional Manager, has to say
about the 6-foot-7, 225 pound prospect:
"Riley is a really good athlete. A kid who is 6'7 and can run like he
can is rare. He needs to fill that frame out, but he has a knack for
getting to the quarterback and I think he'll make an impact as a pass
rusher in college."
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