Miles sets title expectations for KU signing class

LAWRENCE, Kan. (WIBW) - Les Miles didn't waste time setting high expectations for his 2019 signing class.

"This class will have the ability to compete for championships," Miles said. "It's the style of team, the speed that will develop and develop nicely."

A common theme throughout this group of 19 Jayhawks is size. Their new head coach was looking for a good bit of it in a class that is ranked 64th nationally by 247Sports, no matter the position.

"I think physical football has to be played by big men at some point in time," Miles said. "Even the wide receivers, we're looking for height and size.

"The offensive line is probably the next place that we're going to go, but we feel like this year's offensive line should be in pretty good shape. But we'll have to address that next year quickly."

He certainly won't have to address how to create some signing day buzz. Three-star outside linebacker Gavin Potter revealed he was signing with KU by removing multiple shirts with other colleges, including Kansas State, to reveal Kansas body paint.

"That was certainly a very competitive recruiting process," Miles said. "I think that there was an attachment in a bunch of different ways to this school.

"I think DJ Elliott did a great job in recruiting him, and Mike Ekeler, also, a linebacker coach stepped in there. So our defensive coordinator and our linebacker coach got active very quickly. I went in in the first visit. It appeared to me that he was going to have interest, and some of the times in recruiting it becomes important that certain guys come. It was important to the Kansas Jayhawks that that guy came."

Another big defensive get for Kansas included four-star defensive end Steven Parker. The 5A Defensive Player of the Year for the state of Texas flipped from Texas Tech to the Jayhawks.

"Emmett Jones did a great job there and represented us extremely well," Miles said. "It's a man that wanted to be a part of something special and got attached to us, and the school supported that decision, and we ended up with a very, very fine player and a good person.

"One of the things that excited me about him, is the teachers and the principals and the people came out of their classroom to come to tell me, let me just tell you about Steven Parker. It was special."

The full list of Jayhawk signees can be seen below:

Valerian Agbaw/CB/Fr./Powder Springs, Ga./McEachern High School

Jacob Borcila/K/Fr./Westerville, Ohio/Westerville Central High School

Mason Fairchild/TE/Fr./Andale, Kan./Andale High School

Velton Gardner/RB/Fr./Dallas, Texas/Skyline High School

Marcus Harris/DL/Fr./Montgomery, Ala./Park Crossing High School

Malcolm Lee/DL/So./Omaha, Neb./Bellevue West High School/Iowa Western CC

Torry Locklin/QB/Fr./Rockdale, Texas/Rockdale High School

Kenny Logan Jr./CB/Fr./St. Augustine, Fla./Menendez High School

Thomas MacVittie/QB/Jr./Cincinnati, Ohio/Moeller High School/Mesa CC

Jordan Medley/QB/Fr./Kannapolis, N.C./A.L. Brown High School

Ezra Naylor Jr./WR/Jr./Atlanta, Ga./North Atlanta High School/Iowa Centeal CC

Andrew Parchment/WR/Jr./Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Cypress Bay High School/Iowa Central CC

Steven Parker/LB/Fr./Dallas, Texas/South Oak Cliff High School

Amauri Pesek-Hickson/RB/Fr./Olathe, Kan./Blue Valley North High School

Gavin Potter/LB/Fr./Broken Arrow, Okla./Broken Arrow High School

Jereme Robinson/LB/Fr./Montgomery, Ala./Carver High School

Jayden Russell/S/Fr./Shawnee, Kan./St. Thomas Aquinas High School

Caleb Sampson/DL/So./Covington, La./Northlake Christian High School/Coahoma CC

DaJon Terry/DL/Fr./Meridian, Miss./Meridian High School