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Jayhawks' 2021 recruiting class loses 3-star O-lineman

Kansas University football recruiting

The Kansas football program lost a potential addition to its 2021 offensive line on Tuesday evening, as Christien Hawks, an in-state prospect from Norton, decided his future won’t include the Jayhawks.

Rated a three-star offensive tackle prospect by Rivals, Hawks announced on Twitter what he called “a hard decision” to pull his commitment from KU.

Hawks thanked head coach Les Miles and the staff “for everything they’ve done for me,” adding, “I’m excited to see how far they grow in the future.”

On Wednesday morning, Hawks announced he will be playing at Air Force.

The 6-foot-5 senior O-lineman gave KU his nonbinding pledge in August. He became the fourth prospect in the 2021 class to decommit from KU.

Roughly three weeks out from the start of the December early signing period, that leaves KU with three O-linemen currently on board in its 2021 recruiting class: three-star Texas prep De’Kedrick Sterns, three-star Georgia tackle Corey Robinson II and two-star Texas prospect Larson Workman.

For the moment at least, KU has 20 of its maximum 25 spots in the 2021 recruiting class filled, with 17 of those players rated as three-star prospects.

The earliest that Class of 2021 prospects can sign and make their pledges official is Dec. 16.

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2021 prospects who decommitted from KU

• Keon Coleman — 3-star Louisiana prep WR

• Edgar Amaya — 3-star Alabama prep OL

• Jaddai Henry — 3-star Texas prep WR

• Christien Hawks — 3-star Norton prep OT

KU football Class of 2021 commitments

(Rivals rankings)

• Majik Rector — 3-star Texas prep WR

• Ben Easters — 3-star Indiana prep QB

• Kelan Robinson — 3-star Texas prep WR

• Devin Neal — 3-star Lawrence prep RB

• Mason Brotherton — 3-star Arkansas prep TE

• De’Kedrick Sterns — 3-star Texas prep OL

• Andrew Simpson — 3-star California prep LB

• Trey Staley — 3-star Georgia prep LB

• Omar Burroughs — 3-star Florida prep DB

• Devonte Wilson — 3-star Florida prep DB

• Kameron Grays — 3-star Alabama prep DB

• D’Marion Alexander — 3-star Texas prep LB

• Tommy Dunn Jr. — 3-star Texas prep DL

• Shad Dabney — 3-star Georgia prep DB

• James Wright — 3-star South Carolina DB

• Tanaka Scott Jr. — 3-star Alabama WR

• Corey Robinson II — 3-star Georgia OT

• Deldrick Withers — 2-star Arkansas prep DE

• Larson Workman — 2-star Texas prep OL

• Jayson Gilliom — 2-star Georgia prep DB


Dale Rogers

Well, we need more o-linemen, not fewer. I wonder what really triggered his decommitment? It surely wasn't lack of potential playing time given our big needs on the o-line.

2 years ago


Brett McCabe

Not shocking considering that our OL coach was just fired. That leaves us with three OL commitments and no OL coach with roughly three weeks till signing day. Not good.

2 years ago


Jim Stauffer

Also wondering if there was an attempt to blue shirt Christien. He was my favorite OLine recruit in this group. Very disappointed in this outcome.

2 years ago


Thomas Wagner

Hard to fault a young man with an opportunity to play for one of our military academies. Thank you for you future service and good luck to you in you future endeavors.

2 years ago


Gary Wirsig

He was probably waiting on notification of an appointment to USAFA, which was probably his first choice all along. It's a long and tedious process culminating selection and notification by his congressman. I'm guessing that once he had the appointment, his decision had already been made. As a former instructor at the academy, I wish him well in football and in his service with the Air Force!

2 years ago


Glen Miller

Until signing day, the word commitment shouldn't be used. It's not just here and I'm not mad at the kid because he probably had to plan for the just in case scenario....... but let's stop with the "commitments". The level of commitment that these guys have is zero to none until they sign on the line. Even then half of them will transfer out. I'm over getting happy or upset when a kid commits or decommits verbally, because the youth of today don't have much respect or class about them in most cases. A mans word doesn't mean much anymore. Somewhere along the lines as a society, we taught them that and we've just accepted it. Either way, in this case I can swallow it a little easier because I know it's a long process to get into the academy and you don't want to leave yourself without options. Good luck to this kid and I thank him in advance for his service!

2 years ago


Dirk Medema

Glen - Deep breaths would be good.

It also might help to look past your own perception and definition. The reality is that the adults in the process are requesting “commitments”. The coaches need to build a class. They realize what a “commitment” is which is exactly what they have constructed; part of the process.

In this case the young man should only be applauded for not only developing such that he would be considered and even more that he would be willing to serve.

Maybe it’s appropriate. We just finished having a former AF recruit lead our OL for 4 years.

2 years ago


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