Kansas football’s 2021 recruiting class still looking good

Detail view of a pylon before a Kansas football game. (Photo by Brian Davidson/Getty Images)
Detail view of a pylon before a Kansas football game. (Photo by Brian Davidson/Getty Images) /

Despite no recent commitments, Kansas football’s 2021 recruiting class is still looking really good this far into the process.

One of the many reasons Kansas football has struggled for over a decade now is poor recruiting. It’s been an absolute struggle for some previous coaching regimes, but head coach Les Miles and his staff seem to be doing very well at least for now.

The Kansas Jayhawks’ 2021 class currently ranks No. 42 overall according to 247Sports, and No. 37 overall according to Rivals. Both sites agree that Kansas has the No. 4 class out of the ten Big 12 teams. While it’s going to be tough for Kansas to maintain those positions, there’s no denying that this class could be one of the best for the Jayhawks in a long time.

The Kansas Jayhawks do have a pair of four-star recruits in the 2021 class: running back Devin Neal and wide receiver Keon Coleman.

Neal, a Lawrence native, committed to Kansas back in March of this year. He was a great pick up for the Jayhawks, considering he could have gone to a number of schools including Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Nebraska, or Iowa.

Neal was described as “one of the top running back prospects in the 2021 cycle” and as an “early impact Power Five starter that will be a mid to early round NFL Draft pick” by Barton Simmons of 247Sports. The Jayhawks needed to reestablish themselves with the Lawrence schools, and that may have finally happened with the commitment of Neal.

Keon Coleman is one of the best football recruits the Jayhawks have landed in a long time. He also had D1 basketball offers, so don’t be surprised if Coleman also joins Kansas on the court. He was a monster last football season on the field, totaling 22 receiving touchdowns on just 35 catches. His highlights are ridiculous, and his athletiscm is on full display.

One of the best parts about Coleman’s commitment is the fact that the Jayhawks were able to land him over other schools like Oklahoma, Penn State, Florida State, Auburn, Ole Miss, South Carolina, and many other schools.

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There are a number of other recruits to keep an eye on in this class like Kameron Grays, D’Marion Alexander, and Deldrick Withers. It’s a solid group of high schoolers from top to bottom, and it’ll be up to Miles and his staff to coach them up once they arrive in Lawrence.