LAWRENCE — Consider this a more measured recruiting approach for Kansas on the first day of the midyear signing period. One year after loading up on junior college recruits, the KU football program signed three players to national letters of intent Wednesday.
KU coach Charlie Weis landed two defensive backs, Ronnie Davis (Northeastern Oklahoma A&M) and Anthony Smithson (Hartnell College), while adding depth on the offensive line with Keyon Haughton of Georgia Military College.
If there was a surprise Wednesday, it was Smithson, who signed despite not taking an official campus visit, according to Rivals. Smithson, a native of Baltimore, led Hartnell in Salinas, Calif., with 74 tackles and eight interceptions last season. Smithson will be classified as a sophomore next fall and have four seasons to complete three years of eligibility.
Davis is a three-star recruit and a native of Midwest City, Okla. He finished with 24 tackles, four interceptions and three pass breakups in seven games in 2013. Haughton adds another body at the Jayhawks’ biggest position of need: the offensive line. Haughton, 6-foot-2 and 309 pounds, helped lead the Bulldogs to an 11-1 mark and a No. 3 national ranking in the final 2013 National Junior College Athletics Association poll.
For now, the Jayhawks have an additional 10 commitments who are expected to sign in the spring.