University of Kansas

Kansas football class includes more high school signees

Kansas coach Charlie Weis announced the signing of 25 football players for the 2014 class Wednesday.
Kansas coach Charlie Weis announced the signing of 25 football players for the 2014 class Wednesday. USA Today Sports

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

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 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.