The Kansas Jayhawks are in critical need of tight ends in the Class of 2006, and took a step further in shoring up the need at the position on Monday when Oklahoma City (Midwest City HS) tight end Bradley Dedeaux called Jayhawk assistant Brandon Blaney to inform that he was committing to the Jayhawks.
"Coach Blaney was at a coaching convention, but he just told me he is looking forward to coaching me the next four years," said Deadeaux, whose official visit to Lawrence was his first official visit taken. "He went in and grabbed Coach (Mark) Mangino so we could speak, and everybody just told me welcome to the family."
On his official visit to Lawrence this past weekend, Dedeaux was given a clear impression that he was a wanted man.
"The coaching staff really let me know how badly they wanted me. They proved they wanted a tight end, like myself, more so than the other schools recruiting me. The entire coaching staff was straight forward with me," Dedeaux stated.
Part of being straight forward was informing Dedeaux that he could see the field as a true freshman.
"I watched some film with Coach Blaney, and he told me he is going to send me a playbook so I can get a headstart," said Dedeaux, who caught 24 receptions for 401 yards and seven touchdowns in 10 games this season. "He said that I'll have a chance to be the #2 tight end on the depth chart when I arrive there. They run a lot of two tight end sets, and their tight ends do a lot of quick outs in being matched up against linebackers."
Going into further detail, Dedeaux was given an explanation as to why the Jayhawks coveted his services.
"They felt I could do all three important phases at tight end: run, catch, and block. They really liked the fact I was a phyiscal blocker, and how well I exploded off the line. They like my speed and the fact that I can stretch the field," Dedeaux explained.
Dedeaux held an offer from Oklahoma State at one time, but said the Cowboy staff had not been in touch as of late. Tulsa and SMU were his two other offers.
Dedeaux is the 22nd known verbal commitment in the Jayhawks Class of 2006.