This seems like one effective way to get fans fired up about the future of Kansas football.
KU coach David Beaty has landed his second Alabama transfer in the last two days, as 247Sports’ Ryan Bartow first reported Friday morning that offensive tackle Charles Baldwin would be signing scholarship papers with KU on Aug. 22.
This follows Thursday’s news that Alabama receiver Daylon Charlot — Rivals.com’s 78th-ranked player in the class of 2015 — would be transferring to KU. Both players will sit out this season before becoming eligible next year.
Baldwin was part of Alabama’s spring practices before getting dismissed from the team on May 12 for an undisclosed violation of team rules. He was the second-ranked junior-college player (all positions) for both Rivals.com and 247Sports and was ranked the No. 1 juco tackle by 247Sports. Rivals reported that Ole Miss, Georgia and Oklahoma continued to recruit him even after he committed to Alabama in June of 2015.
Early on, Baldwin was expected to compete for Alabama’s starting spot at right tackle. According to Michael Casagrande of Al.com, the 6-foot-6 tackle began to fall behind others on the depth chart during spring drills.
“A very good athlete,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said of Baldwin on March 28. “He’s got a lot of ability. He’s got a lot to learn. He’s got a long way to go. We’re going to continue to work with him, to get him to do things right, to get him to buy into doing things the way we need him to do them so he can have success here.”
Saban also talked after Thursday’s practice about Charlot, telling Casagrande that the receiver had made good progress while with the Crimson Tide. Charlot caught two passes for nine yards as a freshman last season.
“I just wish he would have had a little more patience to hang in there and I think he would have been a great contributor here,” Saban told Al.com, “and I think he’ll have a good career wherever he chooses to go.”