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2014 Kansas Recruiting Class Analysis

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Posted Feb 7, 2014


Kansas Jayhawks 2014 ... Head Coach: Charlie Weis


Kansas Jayhawks

2013 Record: 3-9
8/31 OPEN DATE
9/7 South Dakota W 31-14
9/14 at Rice L 23-14
9/21 Louisiana Tech W 13-10
9/28 OPEN DATE
10/5 Texas Tech L 54-16
10/12 at TCU L 27-17
10/19 Oklahoma L 34-19
10/26 Baylor L 59-14
11/2 at Texas L 35-13
11/9 at Oklahoma St L 42-6
11/16 West Virginia W 31-19
11/23 at Iowa State L 34-0
11/30 Kansas State L 31-10


Kansas | The 2014 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2014: After going after more offensive explosion in a few recruiting classes, Kansas didn’t exactly see it all come to fruition with a woefully inefficient passing attack and a painful inability to keep the chains moving converting just 28% of the time on third downs. The defense did what it could, but it didn’t get any support whatsoever from an offense that scored fewer than 20 points against everyone by South Dakota and West Virginia.

The 2014 Class Is Heavy On ... Defensive Line. Running back is set now with Traevohn Wrench the star of the recruiting class and JUCO transfer DeAndre Mann coming in to help out right away, and the secondary got an instant boost with corners Ron Davis and Anthony Smithson coming in from the JUCO ranks, but the defensive front is the bright spot with D.J. Williams a potential anchor and JUCO transfers Damani Mosbi, Anthony Olobia and Kapil Fletcher looking to add even more to the pass rush.

2013 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 53. That Class Was Heavy On ... JUCO. Charlie Weis needs to improve his team in a hurry, and he's looking at the junior colleges to do it. Marquel Combs is a sure-thing defensive tackle starter out of California, while end Chris Martin is a ready-made pass rusher out of City College of California. Cassius Sendish, Kevin Short and Dexter McDonald are being brought in to help the secondary right away, while Rodriguez Coleman and Mark Thomas are going to help out the receiver depth. There are some decent prep talents coming in, too, with quarterback Jordan Darling and tight end Ben Johnson to eventually be a pitch-and-catch option.

2012 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 86. That Class Was Heavy On ... Firepower. The biggest recruit was new head coach Charlie Weis, but he doesn’t have the pieces in place to start firing away with the better Big 12 offenses. Weis has already improved the passing game for now and the near future with Dayne Crist transferring from Notre Dame and former No. 1 quarterback recruit Jake Heaps coming in from BYU. This year, though, he’ll be doing whatever he can to bring in a few JUCO targets and start to use the short time he’s had to work to bring in enough talent to salvage some sort of a class. 

2011 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 40. That Class Was Heavy On ... Safeties. The Jayhawks need answers for the offense, and the hope will be for either Brock Berglund or Michael Cummings to be a playmaker at quarterback as soon as humanly possible. Running backs Darrian Miller and Anthony Pierson should add some flash to the backfield early on. In the big class, the emphasis was on the safeties with six brought in with JUCO transfer Tnde Bakare expected to start right away and Marquis Jackson and Alex Matlock big, dangerous prospects for down the road.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 65. That Class Was Heavy On ... The defensive line. Mark Mangino concentrated on the secondary last year, and Turner Gill, with little time to work, beefed up the defensive front with six prospects headed up by Jeremiah Edwards, a potentially dangerous interior pass rusher, and speedy end Jaqwaylin Arps. Both are from Texas. JUCO transfer Quinn Meachem will push hard for Todd Reesing's vacated starting quarterback job, while the running back tandem of Brandon Bourbon and James Sims might be too good to keep off the field.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 46. That Class Was Heavy On ... defensive backs. The Jayhawks went out to get better on defense, and it did with LB Huldon Tharp, three JUCO defensive ends, end Kevin Young, and tackle Randall Dent all coming in to form the foundation for the future of the defense, but it’s the secondary that got the most help with six prospects led by corner Prinz Kande, a speedy, big coverman, while the safeties are all terrific led by JUCO transfer Calvin Rubles and true freshmen Bradley McDougald and Darian Kelly. 

Kansas State 31, at Kansas 10
Basically … Kansas State’s D forced six turnovers and the O ran at will, but Jake Waters got the team up 21-0 on two touchdown passes from 35 yards out to Zach Trujillo and a 29 yarder to Glenn Gronkowski wrapped around a 21-yard John Hubert touchdown run. The Jayhawks came back late in the first half with ten points, highlighted by an 11-yard Jimmay Mundine touchdown catch, but KSU owned the second half with Waters running for a 15-yard score and Ian Patterson hitting a 31-yard field goal.
- Kansas State QB Jake Waters completed 10-of-21passes for 160 yards and two scores with a pick, and he ran for a score
- Turnovers: Kansas 6, Kansas State 2
- Kansas State RB John Hubert ran 30 times for 220 yards and a score
- Kansas RB James Sims ran 22 times for 82 yards

at Iowa State 34, Kansas 0
Basically … Iowa State took control right away and never let the game get interesting. A year’s worth of frustration came out as Aaron Wimberly caught a 58-yard touchdown pass and Quenton Bundrage caught a 15-yard score o the way to the blowout. James White ran for a five-yard score in the third and Shontrelle Johnson ran for a 23-yard score.
- Iowa State QB Grant Rohach completed 15-of-20 passes for 300 yards and two scores with a pick.
- Kansas RB James Sims ran 21 times for 114 yards
- Iowa State outgained Kansas 502 yards to 279.
- Kansas attempted seven fourth down tries, converted two. The two teams combined to convert 6-of-27 third down tries.

at Kansas 31, at West Virginia 19
Basically … Kansas broke a 27-game Big 12 losing streak helped by James Sims, who ran for touchdowns from three, 68, two and six yards with the first three coming as part of a 31-point scoring run following a 12-yard touchdown catch from Charles Sims for a 7-0 West Virginia lead. The Mountaineers made the score cosmetically better with a six-yard Sims run and a three-yard Kevin White touchdown catch, but it was way too little, too late.
- Kansas committed nine penalties for 90 yards. West Virginia committed six for 47.
- Kansas outgained West Virginia 315 rushing yards to 144.
- Kansas RB James Sims ran for 211 yards and three scores on 22 carries.
- West Virginia RB Charles Sims ran 16 times for 99 yards and a score, and caught two passes for 29 yards and a touchdown.

at Oklahoma State 42, Kansas 6
Basically … Oklahoma State went through the motions and won with ease, scoring the first 28 points of the game starting out with a Justin Gilbert return for a score on the opening kickoff along with two Desmond Roland touchdowns and a four-yard Tracy Moore scoring grab. Kansas came up with two Ron Doherty field goals, but Oklahoma State kept rolling with an 11-yard touchdown catch from Moore and closed out with a 15-yard Jeremy Smith score.
- Oklahoma State QB Clint Chelf completed 19-of-37 passes for 265 yards and three scores.
- Kansas QB Montell Cozart completed just 6-of-17 passes for 58 yards and Jake Heaps completed 4-of-8 throws for 56 yards with a pick.
- Kansas held the ball for 37:40, Oklahoma State had it for 22:20.
- Oklahoma State averaged just 2.7 yards per carry running 31 times for 85 yards and two scores.

at Texas 35, Kansas 13, Nov. 2
Basically … The Longhorns remained unbeaten in Big 12 play, getting a defensive score and a career-high four touchdowns from RB Malcolm Brown. Brown’s first two plunges in the second quarter broke open a scoreless game, while a Chris Whaley scoop-and-score gave Texas some breathing room in the third quarter. Kansas didn’t reach the end zone until Montell Cozart scored from 20 yards out with 3:39 left in the game.
- Texas DE Cedric Reed enjoyed a big day that included five tackles, three stops behind the line and a pair of sacks.
- Darrian Miller led the Jayhawks with 67 rushing yards on just nine carries.
- Longhorn QB Case McCoy had a rough day through the air, going 20-of-29 for 196 yards, no touchdowns and a pair of interceptions.
- Kansas amassed just 306 yards, while converting only 4-of-14 third-down attempts.

Baylor 59, at Kansas 14
Basically … Baylor was Baylor scoring 21 first quarter points on the way to a 45-0 lead. Bryce Petty threw three touchdown passes, starting out with a 62-yard scoring throw to Tevin Reese and a 25-yarder to him late in the first half. Petty added a five-yard touchdown run and Shock Linwood added touchdown runs from four and 68 yards out in the second half. Kansas got on the board with a 22-yard Brandon Bourbon touchdown run late in the third, but it was way too late.
- Kansas didn’t have a prayer of keeping up. Jake Heaps gave it a shot, completing 7-of-19 passes for 85 yards with a score, while Montell Cozart got his feet wet completing 4-of-14 passes for 69 yards, but the offense didn’t go anywhere. James Sims was bottled up, but he still ran for 70 yards to try to help. It didn’t. KU needed a passing game, and it didn’t have one.
- This was one of the key home games, and now it’s time to go road-tripping with Texas and Oklahoma State up next before the relatively easy finishing kick. The defense will have it easier, but the offense doesn’t have anything to rely on, other than Sims, and he can’t be used unless the passing game can keep things moving.

Oklahoma 34 … at Kansas 19
Basically … Kansas scored the first 13 points of the game on a one-yard Jimmay Mundine touchdown catch and an 11-yard James Sims run, and then it was all Oklahoma over the final 44 minutes. Blake Bell threw two touchdown passes including a ten-yarder to Sterling Shepard, who also caught a 49-yard touchdown pass from receiver Lacoltan Bester on an end-around. The Jayhawks got one more Sims touchdown run to break up the run of 34 OU points.
- It wasn’t exactly the bounceback performance OU needed after the clunker against Texas, but it’ll have to do. The running game spread out the wealth with three players running for 53 yards or more, including Blake Bell, who ran better than he has throughout the year. The defense tightened up quickly and never let it become a game after halftime, but the offense still has to be more consistent.
- It’s not Jake Heaps’ fault that Kansas is bad at playing college football. James Sims provided the balance and help with 129 rushing yards and two scores, but the passing game was an embarrassment with Heaps completing 5-of-13 passes for 16 yards and a score. How bad was it? Charlie Weis burned Montell Cozart’s redshirt season by getting him on the field. He didn’t do anything, and now he needs to start being more involved.
- Oklahoma looks like it’s begging to get tagged by someone else very, very soon. The secondary hasn’t been tested in weeks, and if the offense plays like it has over the last few games against Texas Tech and Baylor, it’s going to be a disappointing season. The explosion needs to improve.
- Kansas has been able to get out to early leads, but then the floodgates open up. Weis and the coaching staff come up with a terrific gameplan for the first quarter and the first 20 plays or so, and then it’s as if the ideas run out and the other team has it all figured out.

at TCU 27, Kansas 17
Basically … TCU overcame five turnovers with a 75-yard David Porter touchdown catch and a ten-yard scoring run from Trevone Boykin, but it was the defense that took over the game holding Kansas to just 198 yards. JaCory Shepherd helped out the KU defense with a 32-yard pick six in the second quarter, but the offense only got into the end zone on a 27-yard Jimmay Mundine touchdown catch to pull the Jayhawks to within seven. But TCU got some help in the fourth on a 27-yard Jaden Oberkrom field goal.
- Turnovers, turnovers, turnovers. TCU should’ve won this game by 40, but it couldn’t stop giving the ball away to the Jayhawks. The Horned Frogs got the win, but they have to be much, much sharper than this with Oklahoma State and Texas coming up next.
- Sacks had a lot to do with it, but Kansas only came up with 46 net rushing yards on 34 carries. James Sims had a decent day with 81 yards, but he didn’t have any room to move. The O line couldn’t generate any sort of a push on the TCU defensive front.
- Paul Dawson came up with a special game for the Horned Frogs. The middle linebacker was free to roam around thanks to a good day from the line, and he came up with 17 tackles with three tackles for loss. He and the defense had to bail out an ordinary, mistake-filled game from the O.
- Here’s the problem. Kansas got five takeaways, and it still couldn’t pull out the win. The Jayhawks need every sort of a break to stay alive – at least until the offense starts to produce. Now the team has to face a ticked off Oklahoma followed up by a date with Baylor. Uh oh.

Texas Tech 54, at Kansas 16
Basically … Kansas got up 10-0 in the first quarter after a 25-yard Jake Heaps touchdown pass to Jimmay Mundine, and then the roof fell in. Texas Tech scored 54 straight points with turnovers turning into scores. DeAndre Washington ran for two third quarter scores, Ryan Bustin nailed four field goals and Davis Webb, in for an injured Baker Mayfield, threw two fourth quarter touchdown passes.
- The Texas Tech offense got a few breaks, and it didn’t miss on them. The loss of Baker Mayfield to a leg injury could be a big problem going forward, but he threw for 368 yards before getting knocked out. Davis Webb has proven he can play, and he helped put the game well out of reach with two fourth quarter touchdown passes.
- Kansas had the momentum and it had the energy, and then came the mistakes. Between the 12 penalties and the four turnovers, the Jayhawks didn’t do themselves any favors. This was going to be a shootout from the start, and once Texas Tech got rolling, the KU offense kept shooting itself in the foot.
- The running game was supposed to be the steadying factor at times for the Jayhawks, especially with a solid quarterback in Jake Heaps under center, but James Sims had a bad game and the running game finished with just 53 yards. Sacks and had something to do with that, but the ground game didn’t stop the bleeding.
- After a rocky first quarter, the Red Raider defense tightened up in a big way, especially against the midrange passes. Recovering three fumbles and coming up with a pick helped turn the game into a blowout, but mostly it did a great job at getting off the field. The pressure came from several spots.

at Kansas 13, Louisiana Tech 10
Basically … Matt Wyman blasted a 52-yard bomb of a field goal as time expired to give Kansas the win and break a 22-game FBS losing streak. Louisiana Tech had the lead on a Hunter Lee eight-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter and a 39-yard Kyle Fisher field goal to match a 39-yarder from Wyman, and KU’s Jimmay Mundine tied it on a 22-yard touchdown catch. The KU defense allowed 443 yards, but it stiffened in the fourth, forcing a Kenneth Dixon fumble around the goal line leading to the game-winning drive.
- It might not have been the perfect performance, but this was when Jake Heaps took a big step forward as the KU quarterback. He completed 28-of-46 passes for 279 yards and a score with two picks, but he came up with the fourth quarter touchdown pass to tie it and the clutch game-winning drive in the final moments.
- Kenneth Dixon was finally starting to look like Kenneth Dixon again, with 18 carries for 129 yards, but he’ll be remembered in this game for fighting for an extra yard and fumbling.
- There were problems. Kansas gave up 443 yards, there were eight penalties and two turnovers, and the running attack couldn’t find enough room to move, but who cares? Kansas needed a win over an FBS team. It doesn’t matter how it happened.
- Louisiana Tech keeps bombing away like it did under Sonny Dykes, but there isn’t the same pop. Ryan Higgins completed 35-of-55 passes for 289 yards and a score, but there were only a few truly productive plays, especially in the second half.

at Rice 23, Kansas 14, Sept. 14
Basically … Down 14-13, Rice pulled away in the fourth quarter with a 56-yard bomb of a field goal from Chris Boswell, his third of the day, and an eight-yard Charles Ross scoring run. Kansas got a one-yard Jake Heaps touchdown run and a 77-yard scoring pass to Tony Pierson, but he also threw a pick six in the first quarter to Michael Kutzler.
- That wasn’t the Jake Heaps Kansas fans were hoping for. After a nice first game, he struggled with his accuracy, completing just 13-of-28 passes for 157 yards with a score and two picks. Worse yet, 77 of his passing yards came on the one play to Pierson. James Sims did his part for the ground game with 109 yards on 19 carries, but the passing game was too anemic, especially in late.
- Rice didn’t do much better with its passing attack. Taylor McHargue, with a great game against Texas A&M a few weeks ago, was way, way off, completing just 14-of-31 passes for 168 yards with two interceptions. Fortunately for the Owls, Charles Ross carried the offense and the ground game with a tough 157 yards and a score on 27 carries.
- Kansas linebacker Ben Heeney did his best to try to stop the Rice running game by himself. He came up with 15 tackles with a sack, and he was decent against the pass breaking up two passes.
- One of the big keys to Jake Heaps’ bad day was the Rice pass rush, getting to him three times and forcing him to hurry. The Owl defensive front got the best of the KU offensive line, for the most part.

at Kansas 31, South Dakota 14, Sept. 7
Basically … It took a quarter, but Kansas didn’t have any problems after getting down 7-0. Jake Heaps threw a five-yard touchdown pass to Justin McCay and James Sims ran for two short scores on the way to a 24-7 lead. Brandon Bourbon put the game away on an eight-yard dash late in the fourth.
- It wasn’t exactly a thing of beauty, but Kansas showed some nice signs of potential. Jake Heaps only completed half of his passes for 110 yards and a score, but he looked the part of a real, live Big 12 quarterback. He moved the offense when he needed to.
- James Sims was back to form. He fumbled, but he also averaged around six yards per carry and was a steadying force for the offense. The offensive line did its job, paving the way for 280 yards.
- Going forward, it was a bit of a concern that the KU defensive front seven couldn’t stop South Dakota quarterback Josh Vander Maten from making plays. While the D came up with two sacks, there wasn’t enough of a steady pass rush and there weren’t enough plays behind the line. The KU defensive front has to do a better job of attacking the playmakers in the backfield.

Spring Analysis

Why To Be Excited As bad as going 1-11 might have been with 11 straight losses and no wins in FBS play, it might not take a whole bunch of tweaking to quickly become more than just competitive. The Jayhawks lost five games by a touchdown or less, and while there were some ugly blowouts along the way, they should’ve beaten Texas, the should’ve beaten Texas Tech, and they pushed Oklahoma State and a good Northern Illinois team. With Jake Heaps ready to fight for the starting quarterback job, and with James Sims among the Big 12’s best running backs, the backfield should have the pieces to get the offense going. The D might need a lot of work, but leading tackler Ben Heeney is back along with the rest of the linebacking corps.

Why To Be Grouchy Can Heaps actually play? Michael Cummings was fun to watch at times as a runner, but he was brutally painful as a passer with no downfield ability and no accuracy. Heaps was the superstar recruit for BYU a few years ago with all the pressure on his shoulders to be the Next Great Cougar QB, but he struggled when thrown to the wolves and ended up transferring out. He’s a good, accurate passer who could develop into what Charlie Weis wants, but he has to prove he can make an offense produce at a Big 12 level.

What Needs Working On The pass rush was the worst in the Big 12, helping to lead to the pass defensive problems giving up 289 yards per game and rarely coming up with a big stop. No Jayhawk came up with two sacks on the year with the team generating just 12 on the season. Making matters worse, six of those 12 came in the first three games and three more came in the season finale against West Virginia. This spring it would be nice if one player could step up and become a dominant playmaker in the backfield after losing Toben Opurum and Josh Williams on the outside along with linebacker Tunde Bakare.

Non-Conference Games: South Dakota, at Rice, Louisiana Tech
Realistic Best Case Record: 6-6
Worst Case Record: 3-9
Likely Finish: 5-7

Pre-Preseason Projected Wins: South Dakota, at Rice, Louisiana Tech, Texas Tech, West Virginia

Pre-Preseason Projected Losses: at TCU, Oklahoma, Baylor, at Texas, at Oklahoma State, at Iowa State, Kansas State

Schedule Analysis: The Jayhawks return a ton of veteran players, and now they need to win and win early with three good chances to get off to a nice start. After starting out against South Dakota, going to Rice and hosting Louisiana Tech won’t be easy, but if KU can’t win those, it’s going to be ugly once the Big 12 season kicks in. Worst of all, after getting a week off at the end of September before the conference slate starts, the Jayhawks don’t get another week off the rest of the way with nine straight games.

Three of the first four Big 12 games are at home, starting out against Texas Tech before going to TCU and getting Oklahoma and Baylor in Lawrence. However, three of the next four games are on the road starting out with back-to-back away games at Texas and Oklahoma State before hosting West Virginia and going to Iowa State. The brutal run finishes up against Kansas State.

Team Concerns For 2013: Jake Heaps, are you ready to shine? The Jayhawks didn't exactly get the Charlie Weis passing game rolling finishing last in the nation in efficiency averaging just 149 yards per game. Heaps, the former superstar recruit for BYU, needs to take the offense by the horns, but Michael Cummings showed he could run a bit last year when he was thrown to the wolves. The offensive line needs to be better and has to replace three starters, but James Sims is a nice back to use to take the heat off the passing attack. The miserable pass rush has to start finding ways into the backfield, and the Big 12's worst run defense has to be far more physical.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... JUCO. Charlie Weis needs to improve his team in a hurry, and he's looking at the junior colleges to do it. Marquel Combs is a sure-thing defensive tackle starter out of California, while end Chris Martin is a ready-made pass rusher out of City College of California. Cassius Sendish, Kevin Short and Dexter McDonald are being brought in to help the secondary right away, while Rodriguez Coleman and Mark Thomas are going to help out the receiver depth. There are some decent prep talents coming in, too, with quarterback Jordan Darling and tight end Ben Johnson to eventually be a pitch-and-catch option.

2012 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 86. That Class Was Heavy On ... Firepower. The biggest recruit was new head coach Charlie Weis, but he doesn’t have the pieces in place to start firing away with the better Big 12 offenses. Weis has already improved the passing game for now and the near future with Dayne Crist transferring from Notre Dame and former No. 1 quarterback recruit Jake Heaps coming in from BYU. This year, though, he’ll be doing whatever he can to bring in a few JUCO targets and start to use the short time he’s had to work to bring in enough talent to salvage some sort of a class. 

2011 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 40. That Class Was Heavy On ... Safeties. The Jayhawks need answers for the offense, and the hope will be for either Brock Berglund or Michael Cummings to be a playmaker at quarterback as soon as humanly possible. Running backs Darrian Miller and Anthony Pierson should add some flash to the backfield early on. In the big class, the emphasis was on the safeties with six brought in with JUCO transfer Tnde Bakare expected to start right away and Marquis Jackson and Alex Matlock big, dangerous prospects for down the road.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 65. That Class Was Heavy On ... The defensive line. Mark Mangino concentrated on the secondary last year, and Turner Gill, with little time to work, beefed up the defensive front with six prospects headed up by Jeremiah Edwards, a potentially dangerous interior pass rusher, and speedy end Jaqwaylin Arps. Both are from Texas. JUCO transfer Quinn Meachem will push hard for Todd Reesing's vacated starting quarterback job, while the running back tandem of Brandon Bourbon and James Sims might be too good to keep off the field.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 46. That Class Was Heavy On ... defensive backs. The Jayhawks went out to get better on defense, and it did with LB Huldon Tharp, three JUCO defensive ends, end Kevin Young, and tackle Randall Dent all coming in to form the foundation for the future of the defense, but it’s the secondary that got the most help with six prospects led by corner Prinz Kande, a speedy, big coverman, while the safeties are all terrific led by JUCO transfer Calvin Rubles and true freshmen Bradley McDougald and Darian Kelly. 



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