Kansas football: 4-star athlete Malachi Curvey commits to KU Jayhawks

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The 2025 recruiting cycle is starting with a bang for Kansas football. The Jayhawks received a commitment from 4-star athlete Malachi Curvey on Sunday.

Curvey is a 6-foot-3, 218-pound athlete from Waukee, Iowa. Curvey is rated as the No. 278 player in the country according to 247Sports Composite rankings, while On3 has Curvey rated as the No. 71 player in the country. The 4-star chose the Jayhawks over offers from Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas State, and Missouri.

When the announcement came on Sunday, it wasn't a surprising decision for Curvey considering the number of times the 4-star was in Lawrence over the 2023 season compared to the other schools in contention. Adding him immediately brightens the outlook of KU's defense in the coming years.

He comes from an interesting background. His father, Brent Curvey, played football at Iowa State from 2003-2006 as a defensive lineman. Getting Curvey over the in-state Iowa Hawkeyes and a legacy school like Iowa State should be celebrated greatly for Lance Leipold and his staff.

Kansas football continues its momentum on the recruiting trail as it now has two commits for the 2025 recruiting class. Curvey joins 3-star quarterback David McComb as the current commits for the Jayhawks so far in the 2025 class. It is unknown where Kansas will turn its attention to next in the 2025 class, but it has a chance to be just as good or better than the 2024 recruiting class.

Curvey is being recruited to Kansas to play as a linebacker, though he plays on both sides of the ball for Waukee Senior, his high school team in Iowa. He has considerable experience at tight end and defensive end as well. Curvey has good ball skills and possesses the athleticism at the linebacker position that Kansas football has desperately needed for the last couple of years.