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New coach David Beaty lands 24 in first recruiting class at Kansas


LAWRENCE, Kansas — The timing of David Beaty's hire didn't give the Kansas coaching staff many days to secure a recruiting class.

"It was like drinking out of a fire hose for a bit," Beaty said.

Beaty announced a 24-member class on national signing day Wednesday that he hopes will immediately impact a program coming off a 3-9 season. Among them are eight junior college players.

"When I put a smile on my face this morning, it's because I'm really excited about these guys," Beaty said.

One of the most noteworthy signings was from Chase Harrell, a wide receiver out of Huffman High. Harrell notched 1,741 yards on 103 receptions with 18 touchdowns during his senior year. The first letter of intent on national signing day faxed in was from Marnez Ogletree, a junior defensive back coming out of Fullerton College.

Beaty thanked defensive coordinator Clint Bowen and recruiting coordinator Reggie Mitchell for keeping in contact with the kids whom were "hard to hold on to."

"Without those guys, there wouldn't be half these dudes on this page," Beaty said.

The signing class has two quarterbacks: Carter Stanley out of Vero Beach, Florida, and Ryan Willis out of Overland Park, Kansas. Beaty said Stanley is a true dual-threat quarterback.

Beaty made it a point that no matter the standing_freshman, junior college transfer, or senior_the best players will play and gave the analogy "the cream always rises."


Top 25 Class: No

Best in class: Chase Harrell, WR, Huffman, Texas

Best of the rest: Dorance Armstrong, DE, Houston, Texas

Late addition: Marnez Ogletree, DB, Fullerton College, originally gave a verbal commitment to Boise State.

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