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.”
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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.