Charlie Weis is looking for a quick fix for the Kansas Jayhawks in 2013, adding a large number of junior college transfers to the roster in their 2013 recruiting class. The plan was to infuse the roster with players ready to contribute immediately to help the short-term fortunes of the program improve and turn that success into long-term recruiting success down the road. It appears that the strategy, along with Weis’ salesmanship, is paying off after Kansas secured the verbal commitment from Jacob Bragg, the No. 2 center in the nation for the 2014 recruiting class.
The 6-foot-4, 314-pound interior lineman from Nacogdoches, Texas, chose Kansas over offers from the Oregon State Beavers and Louisiana Tech Bulldogs. There are some questions about his technique, which he will have to work on improving along with his ability to block in space, but he has the ability to play center with good size, strength and flexibility. The finer points of line play can be taught, but you can’t coach size.
Bragg has flown a bit under the radar so far in the recruiting process, which is surprising since he has the tools to be an excellent center at the college level. If he continues to play well during his senior season, the interest level of some bigger programs could get peaked. That could be trouble for Kansas as they will have to work double-time to keep the highly-rated recruit in the mix.
With Bragg in the fold, Kansas has two recruits from the ESPN 300 in their recruiting class including linebacker Kyron Watson, who could turn out to be the program’s highest rated signing ever. While we have to wait to see how Weis’ JUCO plan pans out in 2013, the results seem to be positive on the recruiting trail for 2014. Could the Jayhawks turn the corner sooner rather than later with a better-than-expected 2014 recruiting class?