Bodenstein Makes It Official

Travis Bodenstein had known for a while he was going to commit to the University of Kansas.

But for a decision that important, a simple phone call to the coaches wouldn't suffice. He wanted to tell Head Coach Turner Gill in person, and on Saturday evening that's exactly what the mammoth offensive lineman from Springdale (AR) Shiloh Christian High School did.

"Yesterday afternoon, I was in Coach Gill's office and I committed," Travis Bodenstein said from the car Sunday afternoon, while heading back to northwest Arkansas with his family. "I was planning to commit, it was just (a matter of) when I could get up here."

The weekend visit marked the third time he and his family have visited the Lawrence campus, and their comfort level with the University of Kansas as a whole, both the school and the football program, grew with every trip. Though he also had scholarship offers from East Carolina, Memphis, Ohio and Tulsa – in addition to heavy interest from the likes of home-town Arkansas and Auburn – for him, something about Kansas just felt different.

Much of that can be attributed to the coaching staff, including Gill and offensive line coach J.B. Grimes, Bodenstein's lead recruiter.

"They're just straightforward and honest with you," he explained. "They're not going to bullcrap you to get you to come to Kansas."

Additionally, the Jayhawks' style of play under Gill and offensive coordinator Chuck Long will provide an excellent home for Bodenstein's skills. Possessing outstanding size at 6-foot-5 and 295-pounds, his film shows quick feet in pass protection and the ability to impact the running game not only at the line of scrimmage, but at the second and third levels downfield.

A tackle for Shiloh Christian, Bodenstein said the staff would give him the option to play the position in college If he wished, but told him they thought he would make an outstanding guard – a move to which he is more than amenable.

Now that he's a Jayhawk, Bodenstein is excited for the opportunity to focus on what lies ahead.

"It's very nice," he said, of ending his recruitment. "Now, I can just enjoy my senior year, my senior season in high school. To get this off my shoulders feels great."

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