Kansas gaining serious momentum in pursuit of Class of 2021 WR Keon Coleman
Three-star wide receiver Keon Coleman will announce his college choice on Saturday and it’s not nearly as cut and dry as it once seemed.
Down to a final three of Kansas, Oklahoma and South Carolina, some late movement has indicated that the Jayhawks are very much alive in the quest for the 6-foot-4, 188-pound playmaker from Opelousas Catholic in Louisiana.
Until recently, all of the analyst picks in Rivals’ FutureCast prediction system had Coleman headed to Oklahoma. That changed Thursday night and early Friday morning, when 10 of the 16 FutureCast participants switched their picks from OU to KU. Two more, including JayhawkSlant’s Jon Kirby, made their predictions for Kansas, as well.
The movement took place in a 12-hour span, between 9:13 p.m. Thursday and 9:25 a.m. Friday, and is an indicator that the Jayhawks have a real shot at landing Coleman.
Similar movement took place on the 247 Sports site, where nine of the 12 Crystal Ball picks now project Coleman to Kansas. 247 has Coleman listed as a four-star prospect.
The receiver himself got in on the fun late Thursday, posting a message to Twitter that said, “Crystal balls don’t mean anything.”
Coleman is expected to make his announcement at 7 p.m. Saturday on Instagram Live.
Ranked by Rivals.com as a three-star prospect, Coleman is the 72nd best wide receiver in the country and 12th best player in Louisiana in the 2021 recruiting class.
Coleman also hopes to play basketball in college and, according to Kirby, has had a conversation with KU coach Bill Self about the Kansas basketball program.
The athletic wing averaged 20 points per game during his junior season in high school, but most believe his future is in football.
Last season, as a junior, Coleman caught 35 passes for 1,200 yards and 22 touchdowns and his size, frame and ability to make plays down the field have him projected as a player with tremendous upside.
KU receivers coach Emmett Jones has been KU’s lead recruiter for Coleman.