LSU football's 2018 recruiting class ranks fourth nationally (Rivals). First-year head coach Ed Orgeron already has 12 pledges, including five from four-star players. The Tigers sit in the top 10 alongside Clemson, Florida State, USC and other usual suspects. But sitting one slot outside the top 10 is a very unusual suspect: Kansas.
Two months after a recruiting barrage of unexpectedly epic proportions — eight players, including three four-star players committed over a six-day period in early February — the Jayhawks' 2018 class still ranks among the nation's best.
Although head coach David Beaty and associate head coach Tony Hull — a former Louisiana high school coach who helped lure six of those players to Lawrence — have lost two of those recruits (three-star DT Nelson Jenkins and four-star WR Ja'Marr Chase), their six-man class is still loaded.
And this week another elite Louisiana prospect hinted at giving KU more firepower. Kelvin Joseph, a four-star cornerback from Baton Rouge who committed to LSU 13 months ago, tweeted about Kansas.
Mike Lee highlights make me wanna come to Kansas and turn up with him on the field
— UNCLEFAT (@_theylovefat) March 29, 2017
The state's top recruit and 39th-ranked player in the entire nation commented on Kansas cornerback Mike Lee, saying his "highlights make me wanna come to Kansas".
Lee was an All-Big 12 performer as a true freshman in 2016 after reclassifying from the 2017 class and committing to the Jayhawks last summer. And like four commits in KU's 2018 group, Lee also hails from Louisiana.
Two months ago Joseph's tweet might've gone unnoticed. And for those who did see the comment, it likely would've been dismissed as a joke, because why would a top-40 prospect flip from LSU to Kansas?
Ha, good one Kelvin, say starved Kansas football fans.
Now that Beaty and Hull are racking up big-time players from Louisiana, it's not being treated as a joke. From all indications, it's unlikely Joseph will flip fom LSU, let alone flip and pick Kansas. However, given KU's haul from his state, it's a valid curiosity.