Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Kansas lands a big recruit (and not a juco)
By David Ubben
All the recruiting news out of Lawrence, Kan., on Tuesday centered around the nation's No. 1 player on the hardwood, Andrew Wiggins.
It overshadowed a huge pickup for football coach Charlie Weis, who got a commitment from linebacker Kyron Watson, a native of East St. Louis, Ill. He's just the second commit in Kansas' 2014 class, but he's going to be toting a big tag to Lawrence.
Since ESPN began making its list of the nation's top 150 recruits -- aka the ESPN 150 -- in 2006, the Jayhawks have never signed a player who was on it.
Watson is rated the nation's No. 4 outside linebacker and No. 100 overall player -- and Kansas needs a lot of help on defense. Watson previously planned to visit Michigan this weekend and make a decision, but reportedly cancelled the visit. Watson went to the same high school as versatile Kansas back Tony Pierson, and also had offers from TCU, Missouri, Syracuse and Iowa State. He was in the house last month for Kansas' spring game.
The 6-foot-1, 210-pounder has nice speed and fits the profile of an outside linebacker capable of playing in space against wide-open Big 12 offenses.
That's huge for KU. Who knows how Watson's career will play out, or if he'll even officially sign nine months from now on signing day, but simply getting a commitment is a huge step -- and not something we've seen often from the Jayhawks.