LAWRENCE — Lose two guys who caught a combined 378 passes and 40 touchdowns over the past two seasons and it's easy to see why wide receiver became a recruiting priority for Kansas.
The Jayhawks signed four wide receivers, more than any position, among the class of 18 announced Wednesday.
Receivers Kerry Meier and Dezmon Briscoe are gone — Meier was a senior and Briscoe opted to forgo his senior and enter the NFL draft.
The incoming group includes one of the two recruits, Blue Springs' Keeston Terry, who received four stars (out of five) in the Rivals.com rating system.
"I think our recruiting class is filled with guys who have length and speed," Kansas Coach Turner Gill said.
The wideouts fit the description.
The 6-2 Terry caught 74 passes for 928 yards and 11 touchdowns last season. Gill said Terry could play offense and defense, like his father, former Kansas and Chiefs defensive back Doug Terry.
The 6-4 Brian Maura of Miami, Fla., had 39 receptions, and "this guy will excite you," Gill said.
Another 6-4 wide receiver is Andrew Turzilli, who had 54 receptions last season in Butler, N.J.; Ricki Herod Jr., from Mesquite, Texas, is coming off a 20-reception season.
One junior-college transfer joins the Jayhawks. Quarterback Quinn Mecham signed in December and will participate in spring drills. Mecham threw for 3,091 yards and 40 yards for Snow Junior College in Utah.
Mecham will join the battle to replace Todd Reesing, the most prolific quarterback in Kansas history.
Gill said he was happy with the effort of a staff that has come together only in the last few weeks. Gill replaced Mark Mangino after last season.
"Our guys did a great job in a short time," Gill said.
The class includes only one player from Kansas but a total of three from the Kansas City area, and eight from Texas.
"With the guys we have on our staff we've built up some ties there," said Jayhawks recruiting coordinator Reggie Mitchell.
The one area Gill would have liked to have bolstered more is offensive line. Kansas signed only one.
"We'd like to have one or two more guys, but we do have everybody coming back, so it wasn't too crucial," Gill said.