Kansas football: How Keon Coleman impacts the Jayhawks

Kansas football made got a massive commitment yesterday from four-star recruit Keon Coleman. Here’s how he has and will impact the Jayhawks.

Kansas football very rarely signs four-star recruits. As a matter of fact, the Jayhawks have signed only eight recruits rated with a four-star rating according to 247Sports Composite Rankings. While he hasn’t signed yet, the Jayhawks landed one of their highest-rated prospects ever yesterday in four-star wide receiver Keon Coleman.

Coleman stands at six-foot-four and hails from Opelousas Catholic School in Louisiana. He totaled  22 touchdowns during his junior season while averaging 32.7 yards per catch, which is insane. Coleman held offers from some other big-time schools that Kansas beat out including Auburn, Georgia, Miami, Florida State, Michigan State, Penn State, and many others.

The main school Kansas was competing with though was Oklahoma. The Sooners looked like the favorite to land Coleman after nearly every expert on both Rivals and 247Sports predicted him to go there after he announced his final three schools.

Coleman hinted on Twitter that Oklahoma wasn’t his choice by tweeting “Crystal balls don’t mean anything.” Once it came time for Coleman to make his announcement, the Jayhawks were a heavy favorite on both sites to land Coleman.

Now that he’s given Kansas his commitment, the Jayhawks are ranked No. 45 on both Rivals and 247Sports in their national recruiting class rankings. When it comes to the Big 12, both sites rank Kansas No. 5 based on their 2021 recruiting class.

Kansas routinely finishes at the bottom of the Big 12 in recruiting every year, but this 2021 class may be one of the first to break that cycle. A big part of that cycle being broken would have to be attributed to Coleman and running back Devin Neal, a Lawrence native who picked the Jayhawks over a number of different schools including Oklahoma State and Nebraska.

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It really is tough to overstate how huge yesterday was for the Jayhawks. Coleman has NFL talent and the fact that he’s taking his talent to Lawrence shows that this coaching staff is doing something right. Kansas could bring in one of their best classes in recent memory with one or two more be commitments, so keep an eye out for more news on Through the Phog.

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