It goes without saying that the Kansas football team is currently struggling on the field.
In week one, the team came out flat and got trounced at home by Coastal Carolina 38-23. In week two, they got a Baylor beat down losing 47-14. And in week three, they looked outmatched in every way against the Oklahoma State Cowboys.
It’s clear they needed this time during the bye week to help shore up some fundamental on-the field issues that is causing these blowout losses. However, the reason they need to show improvements has nothing to do with the present; it has to do with the future.
Last week, the staff saw their first de-commitment when one of their top 2021 recruits, three-star wide receiver Keon Coleman, announced he would no longer be attending the University of Kansas.
If Les Miles and staff hope to avoid a recruiting exodus, they need to start showing signs of a positive future for this program beginning this Saturday. They need to look prepared. They need to be competitive.
If they aren’t, then the future of the program could be in doubt.
It’s been repeated time and time again by Miles and Athletic Director Jeff Long that this is a process, they are building this the right way, and it will take time. “Building this the right way” refers to recruiting high school athletes and correcting KU’s past scholarship issues.
While recruiting high school athletes – and not loading up on JUCO prospects – is the right approach to building a successful program long term, that only works if the recruits remain committed through signing day.
#KUfball recruiting coordinator Joshua Eargle calls the 2021 class "a game-changer type of class for us." The coaches are clearly excited about that group and are focused on hanging onto them however they can and getting them signed in December…
— Matt Tait (@mctait) October 12, 2020
And getting more talent on this roster is crucial for KU to be able to compete in the Big 12 Conference.
That’s why it is important for the staff and the team to show improvement heading into the second half of the season. These recruits and their families want to see a program headed in the right direction and that will help reinforce confidence in their decision to sign with KU when the time comes.
College football’s Early Signing Period begins Dec. 16, 2020. According to JayhawkSlant.com, the Jayhawks currently have 20 prospects committed. The class ranks No. 41 in the country and No. 5 in the Big 12.