KU's Louisiana football commits receive high marks entering final prep seasons

Kansas University football recruiting

Kansas University football recruiting

Preparing for the upcoming high school football season, the Times-Picayune created a countdown of the top 20 players in the New Orleans metro area, and two Kansas commits made the list.

In fact, both of the KU commits — Corione Harris and Anthony Williams — were selected in the Top 5.

Harris, a four-star cornerback from Landry Walker High, was ranked No. 2 in the countdown. The Times-Picayune noted his stellar defense in the playoffs last season against Terrace Marshall, the nation’s third-ranked wide receiver in the Class of 2018.

“Harris was one of the top cornerbacks in the state drawing each teams’ top receiver,” wrote Amos Morale III, of the Times-Picayune. “He was instrumental in making the Landry-Walker secondary one of the state's most difficult to play against.”

Harris is expected to play quarterback, along with cornerback, in his senior season at Landry Walker, which is looking to repeat as state champions. One of his top targets will be fellow KU commit Devonta Jason, a five-star receiver. Jason was not ranked in the Times-Picayune’s countdown.

Starting last weekend, Harris played in Nike’s The Opening, a premier 7-on-7 event in Oregon.

by Sam Spiegelman

Along with Harris, running back “Pooka” Williams was ranked fourth. From Hahnville High, Williams runs past defenses with his elite-level speed and strong vision.

Last season, the 5-foot-9, 170-pound Williams led the New Orleans area with 26 touchdowns in the regular season, which included 1,831 yards on offense.

“Williams, who has been clocked running a 4.27 in the 40-yard dash, now has three years under his belt and that experience will help him take that next step in 2017,” Julie Boudwin wrote for the Times-Picayune. “The Tigers will also be starting four 300-pounders on the offensive line which will open up the running lanes for Williams, a Kansas commit.”

KU’s fourth Louisiana commit, defensive end Josh Smith, didn’t make the Times-Picayune’s rankings.

The No. 1 player in the countdown, receiver Ja’Marr Chase, de-committed from Kansas in February, about a week after announcing his commitment. He’s expected to choose between TCU and LSU on Monday afternoon.


Len Shaffer

I don't understand that. How could Jason be a 5-star receiver -- i.e., one of the best receivers in the country -- and yet not make the top 20 players in just New Orleans?

11 months, 3 weeks ago


Bobby Nightengale

I had the same thought. My best guess is they limited it to one kid per school and they picked Harris over Jason at Landry Walker.

11 months, 3 weeks ago


Dirk Medema

A little clarity can be gleaned from the text of the article. It actually doesn't say it is a ranking of top players. It says, "In this series, we'll take a look at 20 metro area prep players to keep an eye on this fall, regardless of class or position."

It's still a little odd that someone like Jason isn't worth keeping an eye on, but maybe there is even more than what is written as Bobby suggests.

11 months, 3 weeks ago


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