Weis and Co. recruiting nationwide

Weis and Co. recruiting nationwide

When Charlie Weis was hired as the head coach at the University of Kansas, many fans wondered if his reputation would allow him to recruit with the same national reach as he once did at Notre Dame. Now heavily involved with his first full class with the Jayhawks, one thing has already become clear - Weis and his staff are leaving no stone unturned on the recruiting trail.

When Charlie Weis was hired as the head coach at the University of Kansas, many fans wondered if his reputation would allow him to recruit with the same national reach as he once did at Notre Dame.

After all, while Kansas football is a proud program, it certainly doesn't carry with it the same name recognition as that of the Golden Dome. How far afield would Weis be able to go with a Jayhawk on his polo shirt as opposed to a Fighting Irish?

While the answer won't be known for quite some time - he is still in the early stages of recruiting his first true class to Lawrence, Kan. - one thing that is certain is Weis and his staff aren't afraid of making the attempt.

Recently, the Kansas coach returned from a long stretch on the road, evaluating recruits throughout the country in person. And reports of a fresh round of scholarship offers have begun to emerge, from places such as far from the heartland as Hawaii and New Jersey, as well as foundation territories like Texas.

Phog.net takes a look at a few of the exciting new names to emerge on the Kansas radar:

Jeremy Tabuyo - 5-foot-11, 177 pounds - Wide Receiver - Honolulu (Haw.) St. Louis

The best way to describe Tabuyo is as "electric." His speed and agility immediately jump out when watching his film, as he's a threat to take it the distance on any given play. Weis recruited Hawaii effectively while at Notre Dame, landing five-star linebacker Manti Teo for starters, so it makes sense he would attempt to reaffirm those channels now that he's back in the head coaching game.

According to Scout.com's Jake Worthen, the Jayhawks have also offered Tabuyo's teammate, highly-touted offensive guard Reeve Koehler.

Ishmael Hyman - 6-foot, 170 pounds - Wide Receiver - Holmdel (N.J.) St. John Vianney

Weis is a New Jersey native himself, and raided the Garden State soon after arriving on campus in Lawrence to land Class of 2012 prospect Tevin Shaw late in the recruiting process. Now he's headed back in pursuit of a player cut from much the same mold as Tabuyo.

Ishmael Hyman is another explosive receiver prospect who could conceivably play on either side of the ball. Though he still has a lot to learn about the program, in an interview with Scout.com's Brian Dohn, Hyman complimented Weis and receivers coach Rob Ianello, and said he was eager to explore what Kansas has to offer.

As a junior in 2011, he caught 29 passes for 951 yards, an astonishing 32.8 yards per catch average, and 10 touchdowns.

Ogbonnia Okoronkwo - 6-foot-3, 220 pounds - Defensive End - Houston Alief Taylor

The Jayhawks got a steal in the 2012 class when they landed Alief Taylor cornerback Greg Allen, one of the fastest prospects in Texas, at the end of the recruiting process. Now they've headed back to Taylor in the hopes of landed an outstanding DE/OLB prospect in Okoronkwo.

Despite playing significant snaps on the interior for Taylor in 2011, he is possessed of outstanding speed and athleticism which he utilized to great effect as a pass rusher.

Colin Spencer - 5-foot-10, 178 pounds - Cornerback - Dallas Woodrow Wilson

For those who haven't seen the front-page story written on Spencer on Phog.net, he's the latest Jayhawk to join the Class of 2013 after picking up an offer a week ago. He and his family promptly scheduled an official visit and he committed before leaving campus.

Spencer is a major steal, exploding on the scene in March at a Nike SPARQ event in Houston by recording one of the top ratings of all-time and showing off-the-charts athleticism. The Jayhawks hope to use him not just on defense, but also to get a look at him on offense as well and definitely on the various return teams.

This is, obviously, just a slice of the Kansas recruiting board, and one dealing only with offers. The Jayhawks are still evaluating prospects from places like Florida, Minnesota, California, Louisiana and more - in addition to landing three prospects already from the state of Kansas and the Kansas City metropolitan area.

Keep checking back for more on Kansas recruiting throughout the summer and fall.

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