In head coach David Beaty’s first season, the Kansas Jayhawks had the 73rd best recruiting class, according to 247Sports. In the 2016 season, the Jayhawks were ranked at 70th overall. Kansas had the 71st best recruiting class for 2017, and for 2018, they currently have the 60th best recruiting class.
Overall, the Jayhawks have never been a top-notch recruiting team, but with the presence of Beaty and assistant coach Tony Hull, they are starting to make an impact.
Over the past several seasons, Kansas has been somewhat of a joke of a college football team. The Jayhawks have managed to win an astounding three games over the past three seasons. It has become extremely evident that the Jayhawks need recruits and wins now more than ever.
It’s also been clear for some time that Kansas fans have no desire to go to football games. The stadium is almost always empty, and nobody on campus even mentions Jayhawk football. Kansas is obviously a basketball school, but with more solid recruits, they are not that far off from competing with the top of the Big 12 in football.
Now, enter names such as Landry-Walker High School cornerback Corione Harris, Warren Easton High School quarterback Lance Legendre and Hahnville High School all-purpose back Anthony Williams. Each of these four-star recruits committed to a university that, thus far, has produced a one-star football team. This speaks volume about the impact of both Beaty and Hull.
Every casual fan believes Beaty either needs to be fired or that he is a recruiting maestro. Little do those fans know that Hull, an assistant coach from Louisiana, is the biggest reason Kansas has done such an excellent job in the state of Louisiana. Credit should be given to Beaty, as he has done a wonderful job recruiting, but Hull has arguably made a bigger impact.
If the Jayhawks want to reign in the Big 12 again, they need to hire more coaches like Hull. Kansas needs coaches who have connections and can make an immediate impact in recruiting. The Jayhawks need Hull more than they realize, but more importantly, they need high-end recruits.
Kansas will not be a relevant team in 2018, or possibly even the season after that, but there are reasons to have hope. Hope that someone can step in and say, “what we are doing is wrong.” The Jayhawks made a huge splash when they hired offensive coordinator Doug Meacham, so now is the time to use their assets and recruit high-end prospects. No, Kansas is not going to be good in the upcoming season, but now is the time to stop recruiting 2-star and 3-star JUCO prospects who may or may not ever see the field.
If the Jayhawks truly hope to become a relevant football team, they need take a few steps backward and reevaluate their process. Kansas needs coaches who have connections, they need to target bigger names, and they need to use their awful team to their advantage by telling recruits they can be the reason for a major turnaround.
Kansas will not turn around in one season, but now is the time for the Jayhawks to stop recruiting low-end prospects. Now is the time to, “go big or go home.”