Kansas Head Football Coach Turner Gill should have his first commitment of the 2012 recruiting class on Friday when speedster Dontonio Jordan is expected to announce his commitment to the Jayhawks.
When Kansas Football head coach Turner Gill was introduced as the successor to Mark Mangino, the KU hierarchy was asking Jayhawk fans to put their faith in a coach without a winning track record. With the promise of better recruiting, Kansas fans have been skeptically optimistic.
According to Rivals.com, Kansas landed the 34th best recruiting class in 2011 which is about on par with where the Jayhawks football program has been over the past decade.
So is recruiting actually getting any better?
In order to answer that question we as Kansas Football fans will have to wait a few more seasons.
Under Mangino’s guidance, the Jayhawks were never able to capitalize on their Orange Bowl victory and ultimately fell apart. Whether coach Gill will be able to turn the corner that Mangino never did will remain to be seen but there are many signs pointing up for the Kansas program.
“As they hit the recruiting trail for 2012, the KU coaches weren’t equipped with the same number of scholarships — about half as many, in fact — but that hasn’t stopped them from going after guys who fit what the program needs.”—Matt Tait
Although many faithful Jayhawk fans still have their doubts about Gill, there are plenty of people outside of the program that feel Gill is capable of running an elite program. Before being hired as the Kansas skipper, notable Auburn alumni Charles Barkley gave Gill a raving endorsement before the job was given to Gene Chizik.
Personally, I believe in the direction of the Kansas Football program but winning over a scorned Jayhawk fan base may prove difficult in upcoming season.
“Kansas could very well be one of the most improved teams in college football next season, despite having a record that is not any different (and potentially worse) that last year’s 3-9 showing.”—Andrew Clark
If Coach Gill is ultimately successful at Kansas it will be in large part due to his ability to recruit talent that is not necessarily of a superstar caliber.
Sure the idea of having a Cam Newton or a Nick Fairley in crimson and blue would be exciting as a fan but Gill doesn’t need superstars in Lawrence. Turner Gill needs a core of players that are willing and eager to buy into what he is selling—which is something the previous regime failed at.
If this group of 3-star recruits can do this, eventually, the 5-star recruits will follow. As for now though, it’s not what this Kansas team needs.
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