Seven linemen, the national junior college offensive player of the year and a highly-touted Kansas quarterback highlight the 2008 Kansas football recruiting class announced by KU Head Coach Mark Mangino Wednesday.
"We are pleased with our class overall," Mangino said. "We have been able to meet some immediate needs and some long-range needs."
Kansas signed 16 high school players, three junior college transfers and one major college transfer.
"We feel strongly about our transfer players, who should make an impact very soon," Mangino said.
Among those transfers is Jocques Crawford, who led the National Junior College Athletic Association in rushing with 1,935 yards and was that division's offensive player of the year as a sophomore last season. Crawford ran for 19 touchdowns while playing at Cisco (Texas) Junior College.
The signing class includes seven players from the state of Texas, four from Kansas and two from Missouri. KU signed one player each from the states of Nebraska, Tennessee, Illinois, Ohio, Florida and Oklahoma, along with a native Australian.
The four players from the state of Kansas include McPherson tight end Tanner Hawkinson, Wichita North defensive tackle Darius Parish, Dodge City quarterback Kale Pick, and Rossville defensive end Duane Zlatnik.
Kansas signed four offensive linemen and three defensive linemen.
"We have been able to sign offensive and defensive linemen in this class who possess not only size and power, but great quickness and athleticism," Mangino said.
Four of the players are already on campus - junior college transfers Nathan D'Cunha and Rod Harris, and high school players Pick and Nick Plato.