New Kansas head coach Charlie Weis has hit the recruiting trail hard since being named the Jayhawks' head coach on Dec. 9. Sunday he was able to get a sleeper Midwest offensive lineman to switch his commitment from another Division 1 program.
Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward offensive tackle Sean Connolly played left tackle to five-star Kyle Kalis' right tackle this past season for an 8-4 Eagles' team that played one of the most difficult high school schedules in the country.
After going into his senior year with little recruiting attention, Connolly started to draw Division 1 scholarship offers immediately following his season. Akron, Marshall and Wyoming were first on the scene, and in December Connolly decided to accept the offer from Marshall.
When Weis and his staff came in with the offer for Connolly last week, the 6-7, 290-pound tackle's immediate reaction was to stick with his commitment to the Thundering Herd, but after considering the opportunity he decided to visit Lawrence and see what the program had to offer. The trip on Sunday changed the direction of his recruitment.
"I switched to Kansas," Connolly reported late Sunday night. "I took an unofficial and loved it."
In Connolly, Kansas is getting an offensive lineman who is just starting to realize his potential. He has great size for the position, and also plays light on his feet and has solid technique.