6’3″, 194 pound outside linebacker Kellen Ash has committed to the Kansas Jayhawks, and he is one of the top recruits in the St. Louis area. Ash amassed an insane 19 sacks as a junior, and he runs a 4.7 forty, a 4.34 shuttle time, and has a 32-inch vertical leap.
DeMontie Cross was hot on the heels of the underrated, solid three-star (in my eyes, a player grade of 86) recruit who is not yet rated by most scouting services. Kellen Ash has interest in a few other big schools such as Illinois, Cincinnati, Missouri, Iowa, and, of course, Kansas State. Southern Illinois was also interested in the OLB.
However, only the Jayhawks offered Kellen Ash (March 16th), and the linebacker out of Missouri took a trip to Lawrence earlier this month. Kansas was clearly the front-runner from the start, and fans should be elated to land this underrated sack artist who committed to the team before his recruitment picked up.
Kellen Ash led all St. Louis players in sacks, and 19 is no short feat. He certainly fits in with this Kansas team, and it will be exciting to watch him play football for the Jayhawks in the coming years. The 2013 recruit looks like a future starter for Kansas, and this is terrific news for us. He has elite quickness off the edge and does an immaculate job of getting to the QB. However, he is suspect in run defense, but I also think he helps make up for that with some more than adequate coverage.