Kansas football: Ar'maj Reed-Adams becomes second Jayhawk to transfer to SEC school

The former KU offensive lineman is off to the SEC
Kansas redshirt sophomore offensive lineman Ar'maj Reed-Adams (55) smiles from the sidelines during spring practice
Kansas redshirt sophomore offensive lineman Ar'maj Reed-Adams (55) smiles from the sidelines during spring practice / Evert Nelson/The Capital-Journal / USA

Two of five Kansas football transfers have found new homes in the portal, and both made their way to SEC schools. Yesterday, former KU offensive lineman Ar'maj Reed-Adams committed to Texas A&M.

A&M moved on from Jimbo Fisher following their disappointing 7-6 campaign. Once a hub for some of the best college football talents in the nation, they have taken a step back in recent years. In hopes of refurbishing the program, the Aggies hired former Duke head coach Mike Elko, whom Reed-Adams will play for in the summer. They also brought former star quarterback and K-State offensive coordinator Collin Klein on board.

The four-year player from Texas started 11 of 13 games in the 2023 season, beginning the year at left guard and shifting to right tackle for the final two contests. He won a starting job after losing nearly 100 pounds in the offseason and transforming his body into its best shape ever.

Like Gage Keys, an ex-Kansas defensive tackle who pledged to Auburn, Reed-Adams will find himself among some outstanding talent in the Southeastern Conference. Although he had his moments this year, he also led the team in penalties and had the lowest PFF grade of any starting lineman.

Considering how quickly he made his decision, there has been speculation about potential 'tampering' involved in his recruitment. It didn't even take a week for him to commit elsewhere. As one might expect, SEC schools have a much deeper NIL bag than others, especially that of Kansas or other Midwestern universities.

Regardless of how they did it, Kansas football must look elsewhere to replenish an offensive line that will be without Dominick Puni, Mike Novitsky, Spencer Lovell, and now Reed-Adams. The projected starters right now are Calvin Clements at left tackle, Michael Ford Jr. at left guard, Kobe Baynes at right guard, Bryce Cabeldue at right tackle, and perhaps a transfer portal entry to play center.