Thursday, June 20, 2013
Kansas earns another big recruiting coup
By David Ubben
Kansas already turned heads when it earned a commitment from linebacker Kyron Watson, who would be the school's first-ever ESPN 150 signee.
Coach Charlie Weis isn't done. Jacob Bragg, the No. 2 center nationally and No. 257 player overall, committed to the Jayhawks on Wednesday. That's a huge pickup, giving KU two players in the ESPN 300 from the 2014 class. Bragg, a 6-foot-4, 314-pound native of Nacogdoches, Texas, had offers from Oregon State and Louisiana Tech.
Here's what our scouts said about Bragg:
Bragg could have some limitations in space and needs to keep improving in areas of his technique, but he's a center with good size, strength and flexibility. We're surprised he hasn't gained more interest and should see things pick up for him as the recruiting process goes on, as he has the tools to be a good college center.
A big senior season could mean more attention, so it's possible KU might have to do some work to keep Bragg committed if his profile rises, but it's clear that Weis has established some momentum on the recruiting trail.
The Jayhawks also beat out Missouri, Oklahoma State and Iowa State for athlete Andre Maloney, a 6-1, 180-pounder who plays safety for Shawnee (Kan.) Mission West.
Kansas now has five players committed for 2014, including running back Traevohn Wrench, the nation's No. 33 at the position. Jayhawks fans have to be happy to see those developments on the recruiting trail.