Local lineman calls it for Kansas

The summer of 2010 has been nothing if not fruitful for Head Coach Turner Gill and the Kansas Jayhawks on the recruiting front. Friday afternoon, the program continued its hot streak by adding commitment number 15 – three-star offensive lineman Dylan Admire.

As Dylan Admire walked out of Turner Gill's office with his family Friday afternoon, the first-year Kansas head coach made a simple request of him.

"I'd love it if you called me this weekend," Gill said.

But Admire did him one better. As his father quizzed him about his just-completed visit during the car ride home, the three-star offensive lineman came to a sudden realization.

He couldn't find anything he didn't like about the University of Kansas.

"My answer to everything was 'Yes, definitely, I love it all,'" Admire said. "That's when I decided there was no reason to go into the season and do any more (with his recruitment). I gave Coach Gill a call when we were halfway home."

With the commitment, Admire became the 15th member of Gill's first full recruiting class at Kansas. A product of Overland Park (KS) Blue Valley West High School, he has been on the radar of the Jayhawks coaching staff as long as any Class of 2011 prospect, and in possession of an official scholarship offer for several months.

Though Kansas was always one of his favorites, Admire originally committed to the Nebraska Cornhuskers in late February. When he decided to re-open his recruitment last week, the Jayhawks immediately jumped to the forefront once more.

"I was always very close to (running backs) Coach Reggie Mitchell, Coach Gill and (offensive line) Coach J.B. Grimes," Admire explained. "I gave them a call and said I would love to go on a visit."

The staff quickly set up an unofficial, and when Admire stepped out of the car in front of the Anderson Family Football Complex Friday morning, he was blown away by what he found.

The entire Jayhawks coaching staff had showed up to greet him.

"I got out of the car with my parents, and they were all shaking our hands and telling us how excited they were for me to be there," Admire said. "I think that's really genuine and really important that they're excited about having you as a player up there and playing for their team. They just don't take it for granted."

During the next few hours, Admire would spend time with everyone from on campus recruiting coordinator Joe Dailey and strength coach John Williams, to associate athletic director Paul Buskirk and current team members.

It proved an invaluable opportunity to get a more in-depth look at what the University of Kansas was all about, he said, both academically and athletically. And at every turn, he found himself growing more and more impressed with what the school and football program had to offer.

Admire has hardly been alone in that sentiment this summer, and his commitment brings the number of offensive linemen in the Jayhawks Class of 2011 to seven. But while some may balk at the notion of entering college with so many prospects in the same position group, he chose to embrace it.

Following the 2010 season, the Jayhawks will find the offensive line severely depleted of scholarship athletes.

"I'm absolutely cool with it," he said. "I know they needed that. That's a great quality, being proactive about everything you do as a program. And that's what they're doing."

In the 6-foot-4, 255 pound Admire, the Jayhawks pick up an aggressive, athletic prospect likely destined for the interior of the offensive line.

And in the University of Kansas, Admire has found a home.

"There's no doubt in my mind that we're going to do great things at KU," he said. "And it's going to be something special to be a part of that program."

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