Head football coach Charlie Weis continues to get an early jump on recruiting for the 2014 football season for the Kansas Jayhawks. On Wednesday, two more players for the incoming freshman class of 2014 announced their verbal commitments to KU.
Jacob Bragg, 6’4″, 308 pounds, from Nacogdoches, Texas, is ranked as the 8th best center in the nation in his high school class, according to Rivals.com, and they have him listed as a 3-star recruit. ESPN ranks him as the 257th overall recruit and have him listed as a 4-star athlete. ESPN also ranks him as the 2nd best center in the country. Clearly, Weis is making inroads in the homes of some of the top recruits in the country, something Jayhawk fans are unaccustomed to in football.
Check out his highlights from Bragg’s 2012 junior season:
Andre Maloney, a 6’2″, 180 pounds cornerback, from Overland Park, Kansas, is a 3-star athlete, that Rivals.com has ranked as the 5th best player in Kansas. ESPN does not have him ranked in their Top 300.
Bragg and Maloney join 3 other players who have previously verbally committed to Kansas for the 2014 season, 2 of them Kansans. Running back Traevohn Wrench (from Gardner-Edgerton), and safety Joe Dineen (Lawrence) are local boys, while linebacker Kyron Watson is from East St. Louis, Illinois.
It is important for Weis to attract the top Kansas talent to the University of Kansas. It is also encouraging to see Weis bringing in freshmen, as opposed to having to rely so heavily on junior college transfers as is the case in 2013. A nice mix between the two types of recruits should help Weis turn the Kansas program around, not only in the immediate future, but for the long term as well. He is off to a great start.