LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas Head Football Coach Turner Gill and his staff hit the states of Texas and Kansas hard, but also added student-athletes from a total of 11 different states in signing its 2011 football class released Wednesday.
In all, KU signed 27 players on Wednesday, including four freshmen who are already on campus and one junior college transfer. The Jayhawks inked 13 offensive players, 13 defensive players and one specialist.
Seven players from the state of Kansas are going to become Jayhawks, including Olathe North teammates and defensive backs Adonis Saunders and Victor Simmons. KU signed two players from Wichita in defensive end Michael Reynolds (Kapauan Mt. Carmel HS) and running back Dreamius Smith (Wichita Heights).
Other Sunflower state signees include Dylan Admire of Blue Valley West, Phil Ford of Bishop Miege, and Ben Heeney of Hutchinson.
The Jayhawks focused on both the offensive and defensive lines with 10 linemen signed, including six on the offensive side. KU also found five linebackers and four defensive backs.
The need for a placekicker was also met as KU signed placekicker Alex Mueller from Grapevine, Texas.
2011 Kansas Signing Class Notable
By Previous School
High School: 26
Junior College: 1
Collin Garrett and Ben Goodman (Beaumont, Texas/West Brook HS)
Adonis Saunders and Victor Simmons (Olathe, Kan./Olathe North HS)
Top-15 Kansas Players
(based on Rivals.com rankings)
No. 6 – Dylan Admire
No. 7 – Dreamius Smith
No. 11 – Ben Heeney
No. 12 – Michael Reynolds
No. 13 – Victor Simmons