NCF Nation: Kyron Watson

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.
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.

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