In November, as the Kansas Jayhawks were winding down a 1-11 season in the first year under coach Charlie Weis, there was a vow that Weis would do whatever it took to fix things in Lawrence. On Wednesday, Weis and his staff could celebrate, as they took a major step in doing that with a recruiting class that is cracking the top 25 in some circles.
Weis made no bones about it, that he was eager to get out on the recruiting trail as soon as the season concluded and Weis along with tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator Rob Ianello, cementing a class comprised of 18 junior college transfers, seven high schoolers and one preferred walk on.
In the case of the JUCO talent, Weis made no secrets that those kids will come in and be expected to get involved and make a great contribution to a program that looks to be on their way back.
“There are a lot of good football players who are ready to come in and rock and roll and get involved," Weis said.
Wednesday’s media session was comprised of Weis going down the list, one by one and talking briefly on each recruit while overhead screen showed highlights of each player. He then followed it with a question and answer session.
The major changes will come on the defensive side of the ball. The staff will bring highly coveted talent at just about every position, players such as DE Chris Martin, LB Marcus Jenkins-Moore and DT Marquel Combs, who helped lead the way after his commitment, coming up with the slogan “Dream Team 2013” in reference to the class and aided the staff to convince others to join him at Kansas. The changes may have some shocked at what they see in 2013.
"Personnel wise, the overhaul is going to be dramatic," Weis said of his defense.
Despite a couple of late hiccups that were mitigated, Weis called the day an uneventful one, which in the recruiting world is a very good thing.
As for Combs and OL Zach Fondal, the JUCO players who haven’t arrived on campus yet, Weis assured everyone that there is nothing to worry about.
"They will be here! You will see them in the fall," Weis said.
Weis and the staff used the extra time Wednesday morning to watch film of recruits that could be part of Kansas’ class of 2014. In addition, Weis presented his staff with a three year outlook for recruiting, that while blending JUCO and high school talent, will eventually shift more to the high school side to balance out the numbers.
Weis also singled out incoming LB Colton Goeas, saying that Hawaii native will be the first of many Hawaiian/Samoan/Tongan players that Kansas will have. He cited the relationships and reputation he has down there and the family nature that Weis believes in. He also went so far as to say that he is looking into the possibility of scheduling Hawaii down the line.
The day capped an end to the recruiting battle for this go around and overall, Weis considers it a great day for his program, as the Jayhawks kept every one of the guys who had committed to them and as a whole, he is very pleased with each kid.
Spring Football 2013:
Begins Tuesday, March 5 and concludes Saturday, April 13 with the annual Spring Game at Memorial Stadium.