Kansas football picks up late addition to 2018 recruiting class

D-lineman Brown 12th juco commitment for KU

Kansas University football recruiting

March Madness isn’t just for college basketball anymore.

More than a month after football’s February National Signing Day, the Kansas football program added to its 2018 recruiting class.

Jelani Brown, a defensive tackle from College of San Mateo (Calif.), committed to the Jayhawks Tuesday night.

“Since I was a little boy I have always dreamed about playing D1 football,” Brown wrote in a note on Twitter in which he announced his plans, “and God has blessed me with the opportunity to do exactly that.”

A 6-foot-2, 293-pound defensive lineman, Brown, the 12th junior college prospect in KU’s 2018 class, will be reunited in Lawrence with his CSM teammate Miles Kendrick, a quarterback who transferred and enrolled at KU before the start of the spring semester.

Brown, who completed his sophomore season at the juco level this past fall, told Jon Kirby of Jayhawk Slant he visited KU this past weekend before pledging to join David Beaty’s program.

After signing day, Brown, an unrated prospect according to Rivals, reportedly picked up offers from KU, Arkansas State, Louisiana-Lafayette and Texas State.

Brown plans to move to Lawrence in June to begin offseason workouts.

by Jelani Brown

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Michael Maris

@ Benton,

Did Miles Emery ever sign his LOI?

If not, what are the odds of him being on U. of Kansas campus in late May / early June?

4 months ago

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Chris DeWeese

Rivals says Miles Emery signed.

4 months ago

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Michael Maris

I know that Rivals shows that he signed his LOI. But, I don't remember seeing confirmation from the Lawrence Newspaper Sports Staff.

4 months ago

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Maher Nawaz

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4 months ago

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Robert Brock

KU football is basically a low-level juco team.

4 months ago

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Mike Hart

Robert Brock = dolt

4 months ago

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Chris DeWeese

I read somewhere Jalan Robinson also signed with KU. Did he get a scholarship, or is he a preferred walkon?

4 months ago

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['']

You won't get any answers. The plan is to stay under the radar, hope that no one notices this 10-72 dumpster fire while Zenger and company milk thi$ gravy train. Go get high on the basketball team that Zenger would like to take credit for and ignore the football dumpster fire with his fingerprints all over it. Don't ask any roster questions, man.

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Jim Stauffer

Really classy. I am happy to have someone like Zenger in charge. He may make mistakes, but he has the character at least and that is more than people like you have who come on a site like this and thrown your big brave insults around when in reality you should be welcoming a good young man to KU to pursue his dreams.
Let me say it for you, Welcome Mr. Brown, the true fans of KU FB are excited you are here.

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['']

Mistakes? Zenger's hires (Schneider & Beaty) are 7-81 in Big 12 play. Mistakes? I guess you call Tsunamis rain showers.

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Steve Corder

They sign what they can sign and hope that the kid will produce.

Should Beaty use a scholarship that otherwise goes unused or carry-over to next year's class?

Is the staff good at evaluating talent? Or is this desperation with a dash of hope?

Rock Chalk

4 months ago

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Bryson Stricker

scholarships do not roll over. You only get 25 per class. You can give them to walk-ons but I wouldn't consider that an effort to gain talent.

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Brett McCabe

Not the whole story. You get 85 total with a class max. of 25, up to the 85 limit. So holding a scholarship can be beneficial if you have less than 25 to offer the following year, and you think you can do better.

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Mike Hart

Right... and with everyone screaming for Beaty's head... he should just sit on scholarships for "next year". Next year... as in 2019... since McCabe has cashed in his season tickets and won't be watching/donating/supporting in 2018 anyway

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Chris DeWeese

I think I get what you're saying, but I'm just curious about Jalan. It'd be nice to have more local talent join. I am definitely high on the Jayhawks BBall team and the tournament by the way.

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Matt Burton

His twitter acct says he's a KU commit.

https://twitter.com/jalanrob00?lang=en

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John Brazelton

Let's let the 2018 football team play the season before posters start calling for the firing of Coach Beaty and bad mouthing players. Nebraska wants to increase its football roster to 150 players (65 preferred walk-ons). Every Big 10 team has a roster of 120 to 130 players. What is OU's and Texas' roster size compared with KU and K-state? Would a 3-star player rather be a walk-on at Texas and OU or get a full scholarship at Kansas? We're lucky to have finally achieved 85 recruited scholarships this year. No wonder the rich get richer and the poor stay poor.

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Brett McCabe

Complete idiocy. Number one, you are limited to either 105 or 110 players on roster, regardless of scholarship status. It's a flat lie to suggest that teams carry more.

Also, you could carry 300 and it doesn't matter. After your two-deep, it doesn't mean anything unless you have a severe rash of injuries at a specific position.

Finally, 99 times our of 100 a kid will take the scholarship.

The fact that your post got 4 thumbs up specifically calls out why KU can't develop a football program. All they have to do is satisfy a group of numbskulls who think that one conference win in 27 tries is worth crowing about.

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Dirk Medema

John is commenting on an rivals article (edit - noted below) from about a month ago, but maybe some idiot just has their facts wrong.

A quick check of the Husker roster shows 120+ players. Fake facts or maybe just a question of commenting credibility? Or maybe you think 120 is less than 110?

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Mike Hart

...and Quitter McCabe: your post has earned the well-deserved zero thumbs. Since your calling others idiots when you yourself don't know the NCAA roster rules: : NCAA rules allow for 105 players to be rostered before the first day of class or the first game, whichever comes first. When school is in session, there is no limit to the number of players on the roster. Who's the idiot now?

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Brian Wilson

Actually I believe you can have as many players as you want for practice purposes. I heard Nebraska's current coach wants 150 so he has an entire team 2-deep to practice against. But on game day, as far as making the team and being on the field you can only have like 110.<br>
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In Beaty;s first year, KU only had about 64 scholarship players. But, we had like another 60 walk-ons for a total of almost 120 players. At that time KU was in worse shape than Penn after the sex scandal and what was said to be their scholarship death penalty.<br>
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Believe it or not, this next season is the year KU turns the corner on roster numbers. KU will have more than a few midclass redshirts.

3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Bryson Stricker

Depth on the D-Line is not something I will complain about.

Hopefully they come across an OL ready to play via JUCO or Grad Transfer. These coaches are very diverse in background and have connections all across the country. They are looking long and hard for someone to fill-in for Mesa if one of our current players can't. Should be an exciting few months as basketball winds down.

It's worth noting that he had a scholarship offer from a P5 team in Oregon State as well. Interesting that hasn't been documented in this article.

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Kevin Robert Fest

Yes because mentioning that he was offered by a Pac 12 school almost as bad as KU would make him sound more,legitimate lol.

4 months ago

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Brett McCabe

And....a school that currently has the 72nd ranked recruiting class. Basically last in the Power 5.

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Matt Gauntt

Brown sounds like a fine young man - glad to have him. Don't want to take away from that.

That said, I remember in the Weis era we loaded up with JUCO players, which limited the number of total scholarships we could have.

Admittedly, I do not understand all of the rules, but if I have it correct, we are allowed 85 total counters and 25 initial counters. From Rivals, we have 20 recruits this year and from the story above, 12 of them are JUCO players. So, we only have 8 that could potentially be with us for 4 years.

Aren't we running into the same issue that we had under Weis? I would love to see an article from the LJW reporters talking about the ramification of us going big time with JUCO recruitment again.

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Chris DeWeese

Some of the juco recruits have 3 years of eligibility, so I don't think those numbers will affect the program quite the same as Weis' did. However, I agree that these kinds of recruiting practices could result in us looking thinner during some seasons as opposed to others. If Beaty and Co are around after 2018, I hope he will emphasize obtaining more HS recruits. That being said, I wonder if he was forced to resort to juco guys because fewer and fewer HS recruits actually want to come to KU.

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Dirk Medema

If you go back about a month you'll find a fairly solid article by TK on the roster and scholarship status by year. We've got really big Jr & Sr classes, but if we take about a half dozen JC's and the rest HS recruits going forward we'll be in perfect shape for roster numbers.

As Chris points out, one of the huge differences between Coach Beaty's recruiting and Charlie's is the number of JC's that have more than 2 years of eligibility remaining. I think it is about half of the JC's this year. The other huge difference is the number of JC's that are on campus in January vs. the total absence of 50% of Charlie's JC recruits. There is absolutely no comparison between the 2 once you look past the initials.

Unfortunately, some have a hard time comprehending more than a couple letters or numbers. There is more than meets the eye.

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Matt Gauntt

Thanks Chris and Dirk - well said.

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Brad Avery

Scholarship would have been much better used to reward one of the in-state walk-ons. Developing four year players is a must. There are no quick fixes..

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['']

The KUAD/Football program still sends out pics of a packed (pre-Zenger) Memorial Stadium with a jogging track still around the field. It wishes these 7 years of futility (10-72) and 12,000 fan games would just disappear. Why not send out aerial pics from the Baylor or OU games from 4 months ago?

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Kevin Robert Fest

The only problem l have with the JUCOS at this point is that there was an article here a few months ago that chroniclesd the production of last year's juco signings. According to the article some didn't see the field or even get close to seeing it even with all the injuries that the team had last year. So with that said this means that these players have ONLY ONE more season to play and they are out. With the signing of new recruits this year do they have a better shot of seeing the field this year if they weren't close last year? Probably not.

At this point its not about the # of bodies its about who has the talent to actually play. Would these scholarships be better served going to hs recruits who can reshirt and grow into their bodies and integrate themselves into the system over time not to jucos who after 2 years regardless are out. Seems like a waste to sign a juco who in their first year in the program its obvious that they do not have the talent to compete. JMO

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Brett McCabe

There is also the false assumption that a year or two in JUCO somehow adds up to something special. Does anyone think that the strength and nutrition programs at 99.5% of JUCOs matches a Power 5 program? Is the coaching as good (with the exception of KU, of course)?

We are recruiting JUCO kids because we couldn't sign high school kids. It's over. I think even Beaty knows this in his heart of hearts.

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John Brazelton

Brett, for your information, the comments about Nebraska and Big 10 roster sizes came from a Rivals.com article. I think they know what they are talking about.

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Dirk Medema

The Huskers had over 120 players on their roster last year, so it would appear that some people do know what they are talking about, and others maybe not so much.

UT = 113

OU = 112

tOSU = 99

Bama = 117

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Jeff Coffman

I still don't know what Beaty is doing with the roster, but I do know he hasn't won, and isn't following what he said he was going to do.

If any of you think we won't go 3-0 to start the season, we should have fired Beaty. The minimum expectation for a Big xii coach is to beat every fbs school and every mid major, especially after having three years to coach. I firmly believe if we lose any of the first three coach Beaty should be sent packing as the worst coach to ever be at KU.

3-33 is not an improvement over Turner Gill or Charlie Weis.

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Mike Hart

By the way, I see articles being written about the JUCO players who are inked to KU. After being bashed for missing out on local kids like Free State OL Jalan Robinson (offered scholarships by MSU, Nebraska and at least heavy interest from OU)... Jalan announced on Mar 4th, that he was accepting his scholarship offer and will be attending KU. Why is this under the radar...and not being reported?

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Lloyd Kinnison

KU media has suggested and reported that KU has a great group of football players reporting for this next season. Coach h Beatty must produce results. Our blog writers have laid isssues with the recent coaches, and I agree. It is time that KU demand winning results. Enough reflecting and blaming past coaching staff. Blaming those who are no longer part of the problem only pats your ego and does nothing to suggest improvement. Blog writers stop reflecting and begin making positive suggestions for next season.

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