Juco OL Mike Brown backs off KU commitment, opts for WVU

Kansas University football recruiting

The Kansas football program’s 2018 recruiting class lost one potential addition just more than a week ahead of National Signing Day.

Mike Brown, an offensive tackle from Eastern Arizona College, announced Tuesday — nine days after committing to the Jayhawks — his intentions to sign with a more reputable Big 12 team, West Virginia.

According to Keegan Cummings of WVSports.com, Brown, a three-star junior college tackle, visited Morgantown, W.Va., this past weekend with his brother, Joe, a three-star guard from Eastern Arizona.

The visit inspired the siblings to join Dana Holgorsen’s Mountaineers.

"I decided to take the same path as my brother towards WVU, because they provide a system in which I too can strive to become the best me I can be,” the former KU football pledge, Mike Brown, a rising sophomore, told WVSports.com “I feel being on the same side as my brother will help me develop quicker in a sense of football.”

KU’s 2018 recruiting class currently stands at 17 players. Brown’s de-commitment dropped the number of juco players in the class from 11, down to 10.

National Signing Day for college football is Feb. 7. KU signed 14 players during the December early signing period

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John Fitzgerald

How many players can they sign this year?

4 months, 3 weeks ago

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Kevin Robert Fest

More like how many players want to sign. Hope this isn't a start of late decomitts right before the big day.

4 months, 3 weeks ago

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['']

More like...how many players will they lose?

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Dirk Medema

The easy answer is you can sign up to 25 players per year.

The tougher question is how close to the 85 man roster limit are we getting.

We only lost a few graduating seniors, so the replacement class is a lot less than what we've already signed, but it did not appear that we were at 85 last year. I'm recalling comments early and mid-rebuild that it would take 5 years to completely rebuild the roster, so I think we're still another year away from 85.

What in my humble opinion has been a definite strength of this coaching staff has been the ways that they have used greyshirts and "blueshirts" to get players on-campus on the roster. They've also been very good about rewarding players that have not been traditionally recruited (signing LOI as part of a class in Dec/Feb), but have put in the effort to contribute, with scholarships along the way. Not sure how that has been handled if they are just 1 year benefits, or multi-year. Coach Beaty has chosen not to make any of those distinctions public, which again would be a positive for creating unity amongst the players.

All of that was the inspiration for TK writing the article a couple months ago speculating on scholarship numbers. I'm recalling it being 20 or less, but either way it is speculation. At the end of the day though, Coach Beaty has been similar to the way that Tait talked about Coach Self regarding Bagley's recruitment. They'll find ways to get players on scholarship.

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Jeff Coffman

What will be the affects of the high number of Jucos to HS students this year affect the overall 85? Also, are we getting to 85, because we are offering scholarships to a lot of non-traditional (e.g. walk-ons) at a higher rate than most other universities?

Basically, how will this year translate to future classes.

Why I ask, is the majority of posts and information point to Weis dismissing a large number of players upon arrival who were not serious about school and athletics. He followed that up with Juco recruiting, both of these led to reduction of the overall count. Everyone knows Beaty was responsible for rebuilding the roster, is he doing it or is it falling apart?

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Marc Frey

Maybe lasso the Free State kid in.

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['']

Which they should have done in the first place...

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Frederick Heckel

KU can't land HS recruits. They aren't dumb enough to hop in this massive dumpster fire.

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Robert Brock

Everybody knows that Beaty is finished after the coming season (or sooner).

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Joe Norgay

Thanks Zenger.

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Kevin Robert Fest

Oh well

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John Brazelton

A player is never fully pledged until he signs the dotted line. Now perhaps they can offer the Lawrence kid a full scholarship.

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['']

You mean he didn't want to play for a 3-33 coach whose slogan is #EarnIt even though he hasn't earned squat, 10-72 Athletic Director and a team that hasn't won more than 3 games since 2009? I'm floored.

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Jeff Coffman

Losing the Big and it sounds like we could have had a twofer...get one commit and get the star brother with him. T

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Mike Hart

That's good stuff. Bitch about KU signing Juco transfers in the first place. And now about not getting his brother as a transfer as well. You already complained in the first place about Mike Brown... and now you are saying we should have nabbed his brother too. Can't win for losing I guess...

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Jeff Coffman

Check my notes...I was happy we got a big. I think Bigs are key...losing a Big is huge.

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Edward Daub

Mike "Mountain Man" Brown is headed East to the Mountains.

I wonder why KU failed to recruit also his brother.

You can't fix stupid.

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Dirk Medema

Because you know that they weren't recruiting his brother?

Some might say that it is easier to fix stupid than arrogant, though there is probably a correlation.

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Mike Hart

Edward, you have certainly proven your own point

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Bryson Stricker

I swear we have the DUMBEST fan base in the country.

You all b!tch and moan that beaty only recruits JUCOs then want us to offer his brother who has ONE F'ing YEAR OF ELIGIBILITY. ONE!!!!!!!!!!!! His brother was hopefully going to get on campus before signing day for us to take a look at him but throwing two scholarships for one player is idiotic and the fact that any of you think we should have offered him as well shows how stupid you all are.

Rock Chalk and go back to following basketball please.

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John Fitzgerald

I think most of the frustration stems from Beaty being 3-33. Anything he does will be scrutinized until he can win games.

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No Yard Left Behind

Stricker, you go ahead and hitch your wagon to a loser. How do you defend not offering the kid from Free State a scholarship? KU football = insanity, The exact definition to a t. Get worked up all you want and talk down to the naysayers, but the proof is in the pudding. Rock Chalk

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Bryson Stricker

"Better question for you, NYLB: How do YOU defend offering a scholarship to an unranked prospect? If he DID offer him a scholarship before anyone else... you'd be ridiculing the coaching staff for recruiting in-state kids who can't even earn 2 star status."

What Mike Hart said.

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Mike Hart

Better question for you, NYLB: How do YOU defend offering a scholarship to an unranked prospect? If he DID offer him a scholarship before anyone else... you'd be ridiculing the coaching staff for recruiting in-state kids who can't even earn 2 star status.

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No Yard Left Behind

Better answer Hart/Stricker. You take care of your in state kids. You build healthy relationships with HS in your state, not just tweet photos of water towers, but actually spend time with in state kids. Perfect example is the Dineen family. Tradition breeds success. You two make no sense at all. You're ready to go to battle over three year proven loser. Why do you constantly defend Beaty? What has he done to deserve anything but harsh ridicule and the same goes with Zinger. I'm not trying to pretend to be some football guru, but when it walks like a duck, sounds like a duck, and looks like a duck. Here's also what I'll say, he's an unranked prospect, were unranked team., Unless, last is a ranking?

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