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KU football continues adding walk-ons for 2021

Kansas University football recruiting

In the days leading up to and following February’s National Signing Day, the Kansas football program continued to add preferred walk-ons to its list of additions for the 2021 season.

Just this past week, Landon Nelson, a cornerback from West Des Moines, Iowa, announced his commitment to the Jayhawks.

Nelson, a 5-foot-11, 185-pound corner from Valley High, isn’t rated by Rivals, but did receive a two-star grade from 247 Sports.

Valparaiso, an FCS program, recruited Nelson and offered him a scholarship.

Nelson told the Journal-World via direct message that he’ll join KU as a preferred walk-on, and he has an academic scholarship.

by Landon Kawananakoa Nelson

It was just a few days before Nelson’s commitment that DeAndre Thomas, a running back from Blue Springs, Mo., also announced his decision to play at KU.

Recruited by KU special teams coordinator and running backs coach Jonathan Wallace, Nelson is listed at 5-8 and 180 pounds.

He reportedly also had an offer from Iowa Wesleyan, a Division III football program.

A few weeks back, Cole Petrus, a defensive end from St. Louis, Mo., revealed he was committing to play at KU.

A 6-4, 230-pound prep senior at St. John Vianney, Petrus also received some interest from Missouri and Memphis this past fall.

by Cole Petrus


Andy Godwin

Welcome - to the beginning of something special. We all hope. Rock Chalk.

2 weeks, 2 days ago


Dirk Medema

Glad to be adding these guys. An academic scholarship is nice also. In recent years we have had some nice success this way.

2 weeks, 2 days ago


Jim Stauffer

The attitudes of kids like this can go a long way toward enabling them to contribute to the overall rebuild. Roster continues to improve.

2 weeks, 1 day ago