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Kansas football class includes more high school signees

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, at 3:46 p.m.

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KU’s recruiting class

Freshmen

Corey Avery, RB-WR, 5-10, 170, Dallas

Matthew Boateng, CB, 5-11, 175, Toronto

Jacob Bragg, OL, 6-4, 305, Nacogdoches, Texas

Darious Crawley, WR, 5-11, 183, Houston

Joe Dineen, S, 6-2, 208, Lawrence (Free State)

Joshua Ehambe, LB, 6-3, 232, Arlington, Texas

Bobby Hartzog Jr., WR, 5-11, 180, Houston

Lay’Trion Jones, DL, 6-3, 297, Garland, Texas

Derrick Neal, WR, 5-10, 155, Dallas

Tyler Patrick, WR, 6-0, 170, The Woodlands, Texas

Apa Visinia Jr., OL, 6-4, 380, Grandview, Mo.

Kyron Watson, LB, 6-0, 220, East St. Louis, Ill.

D.J. Williams, DL, 6-5, 288, Lufkin, Texas

Daniel Wise, DL, 6-3, 2441, Lewisville, Texas

Traevohn Wrench, RB, 6-0, 190, Gardner (Gardner-Edgerton)

Sophomores

T.J. Millweard, QB, 6-3, 210, Colleyville, Texas (UCLA)

Anthony Smithson, S, 5-11, 185, Baltimore (Hartnell College)

Kent Taylor, TE, 6-5, 238, Tampa, Fla. (Florida)

Juniors

Ronnie Davis, CB, 6-0, 181, Oklahoma City (NE Oklahoma)

Kapil Fletcher, DL, 6-3, 261, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (Harnell College)

Keyon Haughton, OL, 6-2, 309, Baltimore (Ga. Military)

De’Andre Mann, RB, 5-9, 195, Miami (Hartnell College)

Damani Mosby, DL, 6-3, 228, Atlanta (Mesa CC)

Anthony Olobia, DL, 6-5, 241, Renton, Wash. (Arizona Western)

Devon Williams, DL, 6-5, 288, Lufkin, Texas

Jacob Bragg, OL, 6-4, 308, Nacogdoches, Texas

Darious Crawley, WR, 5-11, 191, Houston

Ronnie Davis, DB, 6-1, 170, NE Oklahoma A&M

Joe Dineen, DB, 6-2, 197, Lawrence (Free State)

Josh Ehambe, LB, 6-3, 230, Arlington, Texas

Kapil Fletcher, DE, 6-4, 255, Hartnell College

Bobby Hartzog, WR, 5-11, 182, Houston

Keyon Haughton, OL, 6-2, 295, Milledgeville, Ga. (Ga. Military)

Lay’Trion Jones, DT, 6-3, 285, Garland, Texas

De’Andre Mann, RB, 5-10, 205, Hartnell College

Damani Mosby, DE, 6-3, 235, Mesa (Ariz.) CC

Derrick Neal, WR, 5-10, 155, Dallas Lincoln

Anthony Olobia, DE, 6-5, 230, Arizona Western CC

Tyler Patrick, WR, 5-11, 171, The Woodlands (Texas)

Anthony Smithson, DB, 6-0, 180, Hartnell College (Salinas, Calif.)

Apa Visinia, OL, 6-5, 380, KC (Mo.) Grandview

Kyron Watson, LB, 6-0, 226, East St. Louis, Ill.

D.J. Williams, DT, 6-3, 270, Lufkin (Texas) High

Devon Williams, OT, 6-5, 335, Georgia Military (Milledgeville, Ga.)

Daniel Wise, DE, 6-2, 242, Hebron High

Traevohn Wrench, RB, 6-0, 180, Gardner-Edgerton

There are a couple of old truths about college football’s national signing day. For one day, every recruit supposedly runs a blazing 40-yard dash, and every two-star recruit is an overlooked sleeper.

It’s a day for dreamers. And at a place like Kansas, where the future often holds more promise than the present, it’s a day for hope.

Entering his third year on the job, KU coach Charlie Weis will settle for filling holes. The Jayhawks’ 2014 class is — for the moment — at 25 players after 20 signed with KU on Wednesday. The class also includes three junior-college players who signed in December and two other transfers: former UCLA quarterback T.J. Millweard, who practiced as a walk-on in the fall, and former Florida tight end Kent Taylor, who arrived on campus in January.

“I’m very pleased with this recruiting class,” Weis said in a statement. “Our staff had to show good patience and through hard work we filled almost every pressing need.”

One year after Weis and his staff loaded up on junior-college reinforcements, Kansas signed a more balanced class this time, signing 15 high school players and eight from junior colleges. As a whole, the class ranked ninth in the Big 12 and 55th nationally, according to Rivals.com.

But for two seasons, Weis has preached a pretty familiar recruiting motto. He’s looking for junior-college players to provide immediate help — and high school players that want to grow and develop at Kansas. Weis appeared to accomplish both on Wednesday, while also landing a couple of rare blue-chippers.

Weis missed an opportunity to gush about his latest batch of recruits on Wednesday; the winter storm that hit the area pushed back a previously scheduled signing-day news conference to Thursday.

But here are some of the highlights:

Gardner-Edgerton running back Traevohn Wrench, the No. 2 overall prospect in the state of Kansas, joins a stable of talented running backs after a prolific prep career. Rated as a four-star recruit by Rivals, Wrench rushed for 2,091 yards and 30 touchdowns during his senior season. He’s joined atop on the class by running back Corey Avery, a Dallas native ranked as a four-star recruit by ESPN.com. Avery, who had various degrees of interest (and offers) from Ohio State, Nebraska and Texas, committed earlier this week, a late coup for Weis. He could provide a immediate help on special teams — or even as a slot receiver.

On the junior college front, Weis added two talented players at defensive end: Anthony Olobia, a three-star recruit from Arizona Western, and Damani Mosby of Mesa Community College. Olobia and Mosby were among six defensive linemen in the class, the most of any position group.

Addressing a major need, Kansas signed four offensive linemen. The group includes three-star recruit Jacob Bragg, a 6-foot-4, 305-pound prospect from Nacogdoches, Texas, and Apa Visinia of Grandview, Mo.

In addition to Wrench and Visinia, the Jayhawks added Lawrence Free State defensive back Joe Dineen, a three-star recruit.

Spring dates official — KU announced that spring practice will begin March 4 and the annual spring game will be April 12.

Reach Rustin Dodd at rdodd@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @rustindodd.

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