Typically, when Kansas is ranked in the top five of something related to sports it’s basketball, and certainly not football. The Jayhawks haven’t had a winning season since 2008 and haven’t won more than three games in a season since Mark Mangino was fired in 2009.
However, this time Kansas has made a top-five list in football, and it’s not a farce. 247Sports released its top 10 transfer classes after the 2021 Early Signing Day, and Kansas checked in at no. 5.
Here is what 247Sports’ Clint Brewster had to say about the Jayhawks’ new enrollees, including Ohio State transfer Craig Young:
“Kansas has secured five total transfers as it attempts to flip its roster under Lance Leipold. The Jayhawks’ top incoming player (so far) is probably former Ohio State linebacker Craig Young.“
“The 6-foot-3 and 223-pound Young was expected to play a significant role for the Buckeyes this season at the bullet position, but instead played a reserve role and finished the year with 15 tackles, two pass breakups, and one interception return for a touchdown in just 132 defensive snaps. Young was a highly touted prospect out of Wayne, Indiana, and was given a rating of 87 in the portal. Kansas also got a commitment from former four-star cornerback Kalon Gervin from Michigan State. The fourth-year player, Gervin played in Michigan State’s first four games, making two starts before entering the portal. He initially committed to Wisconsin before flipping to Kansas. Expect the back-seven to be much-improved in Lawrence.”
Certainly, to this point, what Lance Leipold has done at Kansas is promising. He has reinvigorated a dead program and brought excitement back to the field in Lawrence. Now, he just needs that excitement to correlate to the scoreboard, and if he can win a few games next season, Kansas would finally be on an upward trajectory.