Thursday, December 22, 2011

Crist and Heaps

Kansas has signed many a five-star recruit in basketball. In football, since the origin of the Rivals five-star recruit grading system, the Jayhawks have signed nary a player of this premier caliber.

That changed today--not once, but twice--as first Dayne Crist of Notre Dame and then Jake Heaps of BYU made known their intentions to transfer to Kansas.

The announcements illustrate the impact that the Charlie Weis hiring is already having on the KU program. Crist played for Weis at Notre Dame; Heaps was recruited by Weis before committing to BYU. Crist will be able to play immediately while Heaps will have to sit out a year under NCAA transfer rules. (Crist has graduated but not yet used up his collegiate eligibility, thus making him available to play right away.)

To put this announcement into perspective, these two recruits said "no" to the likes of Michigan, Oregon, Stanford and USC before signing with their respective schools coming out of high school. And, today, they pledged their allegiance to the University of Kansas.

Jayhawk fans hope that today's announcement begins the fall of other recruiting dominoes given KU's involvement with one high-profile wide receiver transfer possibility, and a couple of highly rated high school receiver and tight end targets.

Charlie Weis was announced as KU's new coach on Friday, December 9. But, the day the Charlie Weis regime at Kansas officially began will likely be remembered as Thursday, December 22--the first time KU ever received a commitment from five star football recruits.

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