New Kansas football head coach Lance Leipold and his staff have wasted no time in addressing the needs for the future.
This past week the Jayhawks reeled in two impressive prospects from the 2022 high school ranks.
Anthony Davis, a three-star cornerback out of Dallas, Texas, was the first to commit to KU this week. He chose KU over offers from Baylor, Colorado, Virginia, and several others, according to Rivals.
It’s no surprise that wide receivers coach Emmett Jones had a role in his commitment. Jones’ ties to the Dallas area as a former high school coach have paid great dividends for KU’s recruiting efforts ever since he arrived.
“Coach Jones is like talking to my head coach at my school, they are just the same. They treat you well and treat you like family. To be honest they tell it you real and I like that.”
Davis on Coach Jones and Kansas. (JayhawkSlant)
KU landed a second three-star defensive back a day later in Kaleb Purdy out of St. Louis. Purdy, who’s listed as a safety on Rivals, chose KU over an impressive list of offers from Iowa State, Kansas State, Michigan, and Missouri. He’s also the No. 20 ranked prospect in Missouri.
Leipold has stressed the importance of recruiting locally, and while St. Louis may not qualify as local per se, it is still a huge win for KU to nab a recruit who had offers from two rival schools nearby.
The class now has seven commitments, four of whom are defensive backs.
There’s still work to be done though as the class currently ranks last in the Big 12, according to Rivals; and there are currently no players committed from the state of Kansas. The commitments are also only verbal, with players not allowed to sign letters of intent until December.
Hopefully, this latest pair of commitments gets the wheels rolling for Leipold’s inaugural recruiting class at Kansas – one that will help shape the 2022 season and beyond.