Kansas football: Looking at 2021 commits, previewing the ‘early signing period’, and more.

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Kansas football aims to rebound after their winless season in head coach Les Miles’ second effort. A strong recruiting class will be crucial as the ‘early signing period’ approaches on Feb 3rd.

Although the Kansas football season has found an abrupt end, head coach Les Miles and his staff have already begun laying the foundation for next season.

The coaching staff currently has gained 20 commitments from prospects ahead of this week’s ‘early signing period’, which begins Wednesday and runs through Friday. A majority of this year’s class will sign during this time, although some recruits may choose to wait the until official signing day on Feb. 3, 2021.

Coach Miles has assembled his strongest class to date during his time at Kansas with the No. 45 ranked class in the country. The 2021 class comes in at No. 5 in the Big 12, which would also be KU’s strongest finish under Les Miles.

Our 2021 class is headlined by a local, talented running back Devin Neal from Lawrence High School. Neal is a 3-star prospect who has committed to the Kansas program, turning away offers from Oklahoma State, Iowa, Kansas State, and Nebraska.

Near the top of the class is a trio of 3-star cornerbacks in Omar Burroughs, Kameron Grays, and Cam’Ron Dabney. Amongst the three of them, they each have chosen KU despite offers from Arizona State, Auburn, Florida State, Cincinnati, and Tennessee – among others.

Overall, the class is very defensive focused, with 12 of the commitments coming from the defensive side of the ball and eight offensive commits. The lone quarterback commitment for the Jayhawks is 3-star quarterback, Ben Easters. He saw just one other major offer from Bowling Green.

One could easily argue that KU has many positions of needs, but one glaring need is offensive line.

The Jayhawks will be getting some reinforcement in this area thanks to a pair of offensive line prospects currently committed: 3-star lineman Corey Robinson II and 2-star lineman Larson Workman. More offensive line help could be in the works if they are able to gain a late signing or two this week.

This is an important class that will be called upon early to step up and contribute. We will see how it all unfolds beginning Wednesday morning.