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Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Gill lands big KU recruiting coup, nabs QB

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

There's no point in sugar-coating it: Kansas struggled at quarterback in 2010.

Without a talent like Todd Reesing, the transition to Turner Gill in Lawrence has been -- immediately, at least -- a difficult one.

That might change very soon.

Gill and the Jayhawks have swiped the prize commitment from Colorado's 2011 class, the cost of the coaching change from Dan Hawkins to Jon Embree, according to a report in the Denver Post.
[Brock] Berglund originally committed to CU this summer, citing his close relationship with then-offensive coordinator Eric Kiesau. But Kiesau has since been replaced in that role by new Buffs coach Jon Embree, who tabbed former CU running back Eric Bieniemy.

"Some of the changes in scheme and personnel are clearly different from my recruitment, and even though they may be in the best interest of the program, they do not represent the best fit for me personally," Berglund said in a statement.

Kansas, Berglund said, was "a better fit."

There's no underestimating the importance of Gill's recruiting efforts, and make no mistake, this is a big get for the Jayhawks, who won't be able to sign Berglund until signing day in February.

Berglund is the nation's No. 13 quarterback, according to ESPN, and might signify the most important building block for Kansas football moving forward, joining players like linebacker Huldon Tharp and running back James Sims.

Here's what the scouts had to say about the 6-foot-4, 215-pounder.
"Berglund could be one of the bigger sleepers this class has to offer as a dual-threat athlete that has the look of a pocket passer. He has terrific measurables for the position and his athleticism and ability to be utilized as a runner is not something you see much of from a prospect of his stature ... Plays mostly out of the shotgun, but is quick with his drops and sets up well with little wasted motion when working from under center. Shows nice ball handling skills and can freeze defenders with play fakes with his attention to detail. He displays very good pocket presence and has the lateral movement to buy second chances. He is dangerous when out of the pocket because he can make all the throws against his body, yet beat you with his feet."

Two weeks ago, he won a 4A state title in Colorado with 280 yards and three touchdowns on 12-of-16 passing. He also carried the ball 14 times for 122 yards and another score in his team's 38-8 win.

He'll have to beat out Jordan Webb and Quinn Mecham next year, but neither of those two looked like "franchise" quarterbacks ready to lock in their status as the team's starters. Kale Pick, the likely starter entering 2010, was moved to receiver at the end of the year and doesn't look like to return under center. Berglund will also have to beat out fellow 2011 quarterback commit Michael Cummings, but Gill's latest pickup was much-needed after the Jayhawks whiffed on the nation's No. 2 junior college quarterback last week. Zack Stoudt spurned the Jayhawks for Ole Miss.

Of course, it's always extremely difficult to tell how a recruit will transfer to the college game, but Berglund has a great chance to be a good one. Above all else, Berglund sounds like he could develop into a playmaker.

For now, that's exactly what Kansas needs.