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  06/22/22 - Kenny Logan Jr.rJr/2024, Kansas, 6-0, 205 (DS#4 SS) + More +

  The University of Kansas athletic department has joined forces with Altius Sports Partners for its name, image and likeness initiatives, KU Athletic Director Travis Goff announced Monday. The partnership, which is centered around Altius as a consultant for best practices in the NIL space, was announced by Altius late last week. It does not replace KU's deal with Sixth Man Strategies, rather opens a door for Altius to work with Sixth Man Strategies, and others, to provide NIL opportunities for KU's student-athletes. Sixth Man Strategies - and, later, 12th Man Strategies for KU football - has been handling KU's men's basketball NIL opportunities since the NCAA first began allowing athletes to profit on NIL last July.

According to the Altius release, "the partnership is designed to maintain (KU's) position on the cutting edge in the changing collegiate environment. The Altius Sports team will provide coaches and staff with educational workshops and resources targeting areas such as group licensing, managing external partnerships, and recruiting. Altius Sports will also assist in identifying and advising on strategies to support and empower the program's student-athletes across varsity sports." During Monday's quarterly meeting of the Kansas Athletic, Inc., board of directors, Goff said he was "alarmed" by what had taken place with NIL on a national scale during the past six months. But he added that he remained proud of the way KU approached the changing landscape and said he thought it would be critical for KU's athletic department to continue to evolve in the space. - Topeka Capital Journal


(DS#4 SS) rJr/2024 SS Kenny Logan Jr.Kansas
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  06/11/22 - Caleb TaylorrFr/2024, Kansas, 6-2, 257 (DS#999 DE) + More +

  There will be something a bit different about Caleb Taylor the next time he plays in a college football game for Kansas. The 6-foot-2 defensive tackle has put on nearly 40 pounds since early last season, and he believes that extra weight will leave him better prepared for the rigors of the game come this fall. Taylor weighed 258 pounds prior to a loss at Duke on Sept. 25 - the third of four games he started as a redshirt freshman. By late March, he had weighed in at 297 pounds, the result of several weeks of proper dieting and a strength and conditioning program meant to help him better play his position.

"It took a lot of work, honestly," Taylor said. "Going into the weight room after practice, getting extra reps in, getting extra sets, being more conscientious of everything that I was putting into my body - but really the biggest part of it was the weight room, and since I did it like that, I was able to gain that much weight but not lose any strength, speed, anything. So, it's good weight. I feel good. I feel great, actually, and I'm glad I got it. I feel way better with it." Taylor, who finished with 14 tackles, played in every game for the Jayhawks last season but did not start again after a loss at Iowa State on Oct. 2 as the team tried to determine the best way to rotate its defensive tackles. He only played football for three years before enrolling at Kansas - and even then only played defensive end - so he found the move to the inside of the line to be a different type of challenge. - Lawrence Journal World


(DS#999 DE) rFr/2024 DE Caleb TaylorKansas
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  06/01/22 - Kenny Logan Jr.rJr/2024, Kansas, 6-0, 205 (DS#4 SS) + More +

  Devin Neal and Kenny Logan Jr. each had reasons to be excited about this week. The two Kansas football players, Neal a running back and Logan a safety, were able to enjoy a bit of a break ahead of returning to campus. Logan said there was a team meeting Monday, and both said workouts were set to start up Tuesday. Both expressed an eagerness to get back to work, ahead of Neal's second season with the Jayhawks and Logan's fourth. Logan acknowledged the confidence boost that comes with the various transfer commitments Kansas has earned, especially in the secondary. And those newcomers join a group that already has athletes Logan thinks people should be keeping an eye on, like a safety in O.J. Burroughs who'll be a sophomore this fall, and others. But, off the field Monday, there was another reason for Neal and Logan to be excited.

They were at the 5K Home Run supporting Family Promise of Lawrence, which is an organization that assists families in Douglas County experiencing a housing crisis. Their participation represented an intersection of the name, image and likeness (NIL) space and work with a charitable organization - an intersection that the two of them would like to see continue moving forward. "I definitely see this could lead to future charitable things, and just doing some good for the community," said Neal, who was also joined by other fellow Jayhawks teammates. "And I sure hope that other organizations come to me and a few other football guys, because I think we could be great representation for their programs." Logan added: "I was definitely excited about this opportunity, but if more opportunities come up for me to be a part of, and me to help out, I'm definitely going to accept them." - Topeka Capital Journal


(DS#4 SS) rJr/2024 SS Kenny Logan Jr.Kansas
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  05/20/22 - Marvin GrantrJr/2024, Kansas, 6-2, 210 (DS#999 SS) + More +

  Marvin Grant, a highly regarded safety in the Class of 2019 who was a starter at Purdue last season, became the latest player to commit to transfer to Kansas when he did so on Thursday. Grant, who is 6-foot-2 and 210 pounds, was the No. 138 prospect in his high school class, according to Rivals.com. He started all 13 games for the Boilermakers last season and finished second on the team with 52 tackles.

A graduate of Martin Luther King High in Detroit, Grant was a high school classmate of Kansas linebacker Rich Miller, who originally enrolled to play for coach Lance Leipold at Buffalo before following Leipold and several assistants to Kansas prior to last season. He is the second safety who has decided to transfer to Kansas in the past two days. Jarrett Paul, who spent last season at Eastern Michigan after starting at Rutgers, committed to play for the Jayhawks at the end of his official visit on Wednesday. Grant decided to transfer earlier this month and made an official visit to Kansas last week. - Lawrence Journal World


(DS#999 SS) rJr/2024 SS Marvin GrantKansas
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  05/20/22 - Jarrett PaulrSr/2023, Kansas, 6-0, 192 (DS#999 FS) + More +

  Jarrett Paul left Eastern Michigan earlier this spring hoping to play football in a Power 5 conference once again. On Wednesday, that goal became reality. Paul committed to transfer to Kansas at the end of an official visit, marking the second time he will have changed schools. For him, the visit was more of a formality than it is for most players; he had already told defensive coordinator Brian Borland and general manager Rob Ianello that he intended to commit before making the trip to Lawrence from his home in Brooklyn. "I saw their success at Buffalo and I know that they'll be able to do the same thing at Kansas," said Paul, who chose a scholarship offer from Rutgers over one from Buffalo while he was in high school. "I'm only going to be there for a short time, but I know that slowly but surely, they'll get there." The 6-foot-1, 192-pound defensive back played at Rutgers during the 2018 and 2019 seasons, decided to transfer after the start of the 2020 season and enrolled at Eastern Michigan prior to last season.

He started 12 of 13 games for the Eagles at cornerback and finished with 45 tackles, six passes broken up and one fumble forced. In his two years at Rutgers, he played in 23 games, including eight starts as a sophomore at free safety after playing primarily on special teams as a freshman. Paul will be able to play immediately at Kansas despite a second transfer because he will graduate from Eastern Michigan in the coming weeks. - Lawrence Journal World


(DS#999 FS) rSr/2023 FS Jarrett PaulKansas
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  05/12/22 - Ky ThomasrSo/2025, Kansas, 5-10, 205 (DS#999 RB) + More +

  Poised for a 2022 standout season: Minnesota transfer Ky Thomas and Nebraska transfer Sevion Morrison join Devin Neal in giving the Jayhawks one of the better running back groups in the Big 12 next season. They'll need all three of them to contribute, too, given the mediocre play of the Kansas offensive line in recent years and lingering questions at quarterback. - AP College Football

(DS#999 RB) rSo/2025 RB Ky ThomasKansas
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  05/08/22 - Deondre DoironrSo/2025, Kansas, 6-3, 284 (DS#999 OG) + More +

  Deondre Doiron knows how it looks. Doiron, who on Friday decided to transfer from Buffalo to Kansas, is aware of the perception that he's yet another player following head coach Lance Leipold and some of his assistants from the Northeast to the Midwest. And while Doiron does acknowledge that's technically true, he said his decision was made more so because of what he heard about Kansas from the others who have taken that path. "When I entered the portal, it wasn't predetermined or anything like that that Kansas would offer," Doiron said Friday afternoon, not long after offering his commitment to the Jayhawks. "I didn't think that they would have a spot for me, if I'm being completely honest. I got in the portal and I got some offers ... and I thought it was a great opportunity for me. "Obviously, I love those guys and I know what they're building and I know what Mike Ford and (Mike) Novitsky have told me about what they're building over there, so it was perfect for me." A right tackle who will be a redshirt sophomore in the fall, Doiron will be the eighth player to make the move from Buffalo to Kansas once the transfer is completed. - Lawrence Journal World

(DS#999 OG) rSo/2025 OG Deondre DoironKansas
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  05/06/22 - Douglas EmilienrSo/2025, Kansas, 6-0, 190 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  Kansas' newest wide receiver, Doug Emilien, said Tuesday that he had decided to join the Jayhawks after transferring from Minnesota because of the relationships he had built with the coaching staff over the past month. Emilien committed to play for Kansas on Monday, his 21st birthday. He said his connections with head coach Lance Leipold and wide receivers coach Terrance Samuel played a large role in that decision.

But it was his relationship with running back Ky Thomas, a Topeka native who transferred to Kansas from Minnesota in January, that made the Jayhawks more appealing. Thomas was not just a former teammate but was Emilien's former roommate. "It was my decision, but he told me that we're trying to build something, and I want that," Emilien said. He called the ability to play with Thomas again "a blessing, for real, because we know what it's like to be at the bottom and we know what it's like to be humbled. We're coming out of the same situation." Emilien, who is 6-foot-1 and 190 pounds, graduated from American Heritage School in Plantation, Florida, in 2020. Despite being one of Minnesota's top-rated recruits, he was also one of six players it added at the position that offseason. - Lawrence Journal World


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  05/05/22 - Douglas EmilienrSo/2025, Kansas, 6-0, 190 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  The Kansas football team received a commitment Monday morning from former Minnesota wide receiver Douglas Emilien, whose addition will address what had been an emerging need. Emilien enrolled at Minnesota in 2020, redshirted his first season and appeared in just two games last season. He has four seasons of eligibility remaining because of the redshirt and the extra year granted by the NCAA to players at the start of the pandemic.

Three wide receivers have left Kansas in the last month - Kyler Pearson, Tristan Golightly and Majik Rector - and a fourth, Lawrence Arnold, had decided to leave before he was convinced to stay. Emilien, from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, wrote on his social media platforms on April 12 that he had decided to transfer from Minnesota, and he took a recruiting visit to Kansas the weekend of April 23. A consensus three-star recruit in the Class of 2020, Emilien earned scholarship offers from nearly two dozen schools. - Lawrence Journal World


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  04/28/22 - Lawrence ArnoldrSo/2025, Kansas, 6-3, 185 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  Despite sharing his intentions to transfer from Kansas last week, wide receiver Lawrence Arnold has decided to remain at the university and on the football team following conversations with coach Lance Leipold. Arnold, who will be a redshirt sophomore in the fall, was among 11 players who at least publicly expressed an interest in transferring once spring practices concluded on April 9.

He started nine games last season and played an integral role in the passing game, and he figured to be one of the Jayhawks' top targets again this season. "I just think he finally had a chance to sit down with Coach and talk to Coach," Claude Mathis, who was Arnold's coach at DeSoto High in Texas when he was a senior, said Monday. "They're on the same page now. I think it had a lot to do with his role and with the offense, and now that they had a chance to sit down and talk now, I think they've kind of worked some things out." - Lawrence Journal World


(DS#999 WR) rSo/2025 WR Lawrence ArnoldKansas
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  04/25/22 - Sevion MorrisonrSo/2025, Kansas, 5-11, 210 (DS#999 RB) + More +

  Sevion Morrison was never overwhelmed during his first few weeks at Kansas. Morrison, a running back who will be a redshirt sophomore in the fall, decided to transfer from Nebraska in November. He chose Kansas a month later, and once he began taking classes in mid-January, he felt welcomed by his new teammates and community. "I'm really enjoying it," Morrison said. "I can say that like, ever since we got here, it was like we were already treated like family...We were kind of settled in from the first week. It's real good." A 6-foot, 212-pound running back who grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Morrison arrived in Lawrence with a bit more familiarity with the school than most players who decide to transfer to Kansas. He was recruited and offered a scholarship by former coach Les Miles, but he chose to play for the Cornhuskers in August 2019, prior to his high school senior season.

The four-star recruit was among the top 15 running backs in his class and the top 250 high school players in the country, according to Rivals.com. He ran for more than 5,000 yards while at Edison High, including 2,728 yards as a junior and 1,798 yards as a senior, and had more than 20 scholarship offers, with Wisconsin, Minnesota, Mississippi State and Washington among the schools that also recruited him. - Lawrence Journal World


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  04/22/22 - Lawrence ArnoldrSo/2025, Kansas, 6-3, 185 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  Wide receiver Lawrence Arnold, who was expected to be one of the Kansas football team's top targets next season, wrote on his Twitter account on Tuesday evening that he intends to transfer. Arnold, who will be a redshirt sophomore in the fall, started nine games last season. He tied for second on the team with 27 catches, matched a team high with three touchdown receptions and was fourth with 316 receiving yards. Eleven players have decided to leave the Jayhawks since Thursday, though he's the only one who was expected to play a significant role. Wide receiver Majik Rector also wrote on Twitter on Tuesday that he was transferring, as did cornerback DeVonte Wilson, who noted shortly thereafter that he had committed to Florida A&M.; Arnold had a season-high eight catches for 68 yards in the 53-32 loss at Duke on Sept. 25 and had a season-high 73 yards on four catches in the 35-23 loss to Oklahoma on Oct. 23. A three-star recruit out of Desoto, Texas, Arnold had scholarship offers from Kansas State, Cal and Northwestern, among others. - Topeka Capital Journal

(DS#999 WR) rSo/2025 WR Lawrence ArnoldKansas
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  04/21/22 - Johnquai LewisrSo/2025, Kansas, 6-0, 185 (DS#999 FS) + More +

  Free safety Johnquai Lewis became the most recent Kansas football player to decide to leave the university on Monday morning when he wrote on his Twitter account that he has entered the transfer portal. Lewis, who will be a redshirt sophomore in the fall, played in one game for the Jayhawks last season and two in 2020, his first. He noted in a highlight reel that he included with his announcement that he had three interceptions, the most of any defensive back, during the Jayhawks' spring practice session. A three-star recruit out of Champagnat Catholic School in suburban Miami, he had scholarship offers from Michigan, Louisville, Nebraska, Pittsburgh and Indiana, among others, according to 247Sports. Lewis is the eighth player to decide to leave Kansas since the spring game was held on April 9, though none of them were expected to play a significant role next season. - Topeka Capital Journal

(DS#999 FS) rSo/2025 FS Johnquai LewisKansas
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  12/28/22 - Ky ThomasrSo/2025, Kansas, 5-10, 205 (DS#999 RB) + More +

  While watching "Breaking Bad" for the first time last year, a particular scene caught P.J. Fleck's attention. The Minnesota coach had used television shows and movies - "Elf," "Full House" and "Family Matters" among them - as motivation in the past and this one seemed a perfect fit for his defense. In it, Walter White rises in anger during a discussion with his wife, Skyler, explaining no one was going to come knocking on their door and shoot them. "I'm the one who knocks!" he shouts. So does Minnesota's defense. Ky Thomas ran for 144 yards and a touchdown, Mar'Kiese Irving added 129 yards rushing and Minnesota shut down West Virginia to win the Guaranteed Rate Bowl 18-6 on Tuesday night. "We wanted to be the defense that knocks and I thought we did that," Fleck said. "It was just kind of a theme our guys rallied around." Thomas and Irving became the Gophers' 1-2 punch after Mohamed Ibrahim and Trey Potts sustained season-ending injuries. The two running backs carried most of the load offensively against West Virginia (6-7), accounting for 273 of Minnesota's 358 total yards. They were good, but Minnesota's defense was flat-out dominating. - Minnesota/AP College Football

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  12/23/21 - Lonnie PhelpsrJr/2024, Kansas, 6-2, 242 (DS#30 OLB) + More +

  2021 ALL-MAC SECOND TEAM (COACHES): Down Lineman - Lonnie Phelps, Miami,...Joining the All-MAC second-team squad were Lonnie Phelps, Matthew Salopek and Sterling Weatherford. Brett Gabbert, Mac Hippenhammer and Dominique Robinson earned third-team honors. - Miami (OH) Football

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