Les Miles earned the new nickname “Miracle Miles” today as he finished his 2019 class.
In a class that had zero commits and was ranked 174th in the nation when he arrived now is ranked 64th in the nation and has 19 commits. These rankings may not stick by the end of the day but what he’s done has been absolutely incredible.
4 ⭐️ DE Steven Parker (HS) – Dallas, TX
3 ⭐️ QB Thomas MacVittie (JUCO) – Mesa, AZ
3 ⭐️ ATH Kenny Logan (HS) – Saint Augustine, FL
3 ⭐️ DL Malcolm Lee (JUCO) – Council Bluffs, IA
3 ⭐️ ATH Amauri Pesek-Hickson (HS) – Leawood, KS
3 ⭐️ ATH Velton Gardner (HS) – Dallas, TX
3 ⭐️ S Jayden Russell (HS) – Lenexa, KS
3 ⭐️ WR Andrew Parchment (JUCO) – Fort Dodge, IA
3 ⭐️ OLB Gavin Potter (HS) – Broken Arrow, OK
3 ⭐️ DT Caleb Sampson (JUCO) – Clarksdale, MS
3 ⭐️ DB Valerian Agbaw (HS) – Powder Springs, GA
3 ⭐️ CB Justin Ford (JUCO) – Huntington Beach, CA
3 ⭐️ DE Jereme Robinson (HS) – Montgomery, AL
3 ⭐️ DT Dajon Terry (HS) – Meridian, MS
3 ⭐️ DE Marcus Harris (HS) – Montgomery, AL
3 ⭐️ TE Mason Fairchild (HS) – Andale, KS
3 ⭐️ WR Ezra Naylor (JUCO) – Ford Dodge, IA
2 ⭐️ ATH Jordan Medley (HS) – Kannapolis, NC
NA K Jacob Borcila (HS) – Westerville, OH
Steven Parker – Emmett Jones was the main man behind recruiting 4 Star DE Steven Parker and what a job he did. This is a HUGE get for Kansas from a HS player that can play right away and make an immediate impact. Parker was originally committed at Texas Tech and had other offers from Nebraska, Arkansas, TCU, Purdue, UCLA, Minnesota, Iowa and Colorado. He has speed, size and an incredible IQ for the game.
Thomas MacVittie – Les Miles recruited Thomas MacVittie while he was at LSU and had an eye on him a soon as he landed the Kansas job. Earlier in the year Miles mentioned he would like to bring in a dual threat QB, and even though MacVittie is listed as a pro style he can and will run, but is also a great pocket passer standing at 6-5 and 225 lbs. Expect great things from this QB who projects to start in 2019.
Jayden Russell – This was a huge and important pickup for the Kansas program as Jayden is one of the top in-state talents. It was a concern that he’d land at KSU but Miles and staff worked their magic and got his commitment. Not only is Jayden going to be a player that can play and make an immediate impact he will end up being a great ambassador for the University. Shortly after his commitment he was already reaching out to other recruits and pitching the program.
Gavin Potter – This is another recruit that Miles flipped from KSU. It couldn’t have been a more perfect timing as Kansas lost to KSU in basketball the night before. But what’s more important is if you follow Kansas football closely you know that the LB position is a bit thin with the departures of three seniors. Potter won’t only provide depth at the position but he will play right away as long as he can put on about 20-30 lbs by the beginning of the season.
Malcom Lee – With the departures of Daniel Wise and J.J. Holmes it was clear Kansas needed more talent and depth on the DL. Malcolm Lee is a big time pickup for Les Miles and staff and will absolutely play right away and make an immediate impact. He has size, speed and plenty of experience. Lee had other offers from Iowa, Iowa State, UCF and Louisville.
Dajon Terry – I can’t stress how excited I am to see Dajon Terry play and develop on the DL. He is massive and has the raw talent coaches drool over. He wasn’t highly recruited as he started playing football only a few years ago but the Kansas staff did a great job in finding him. If Terry had played longer I can just about guarantee he’d have been targeted from a lot of SEC schools. I won’t look for him to play a ton if at all in 2019 but as he develops he can become an NFL caliber player.
Every Kansas fan should walk away impressed with this 2019 class. Les Miles only had a few weeks to fill out an early signing class and only a few months to complete his 2019 class. Also throw in that Miles had been out of coaching for a few years and was recruiting to a program that hasn’t had a winning season in a decade.
What he’s done in his short time at Kansas has been beyond impressive and shows he really does love coaching. I look for Kansas to win more games this year than Beaty did in any of his four seasons. Also, if Les can do this in such a short time I’m looking forward to how the 2020 class will look.
Kansas football is trending up for the first time since Mangino and fans everywhere should be excited and tuned in.