KU Junior Day: Skyler Windmiller

KU Junior Day: Skyler Windmiller

Skyler Windmiller has been to a game at Allen Fieldhouse before, but it's been a while.

Since fourth grade, in fact. So when he sat in the stands with the other prospects at Kansas' Junior Day on Saturday afternoon, as Kansas took on Oklahoma State, it was a fresh experience for him.

"It was awesome," Windmiller said. "We sat right by the student section, and that was pretty intense."

A 6-foot-3, 180-pound gunslinger from Shawnee (KS) Mill Valley High School, Windmiller figures to be one of the most highly-recruited quarterbacks in the Kansas City region through the next 12 months.

Having already tripped to the University of Iowa for a similar event, Saturday gave him the chance to inspect one of the local schools, and he was extremely impressed - particularly with new head coach Charlie Weis.

"The A.D. (Sheahon Zenger) spoke to us for a little bit, and then Coach Weis talked to us and he was really impressive," Windmiller said. "It wasn't like he had written a speech and just read off it. You can tell he was talking from his heart the entire time."

While on campus, he also got the chance to spend some time with quarterbacks coach Ron Powlus, himself one of the most productive quarterbacks in the history of the University of Notre Dame.

Powlus pulled Windmiller aside before the entire group met with Weis, and then the two spoke during halftime of the basketball game.

"He's really good," Windmiller said. "He was kind of laid back, I don't want to say carefree, but he was just kind of chill about things. My dad made the comment today that you could see him working at Lowes and you never would have guessed he broke 20 records at Notre Dame. He's just a really nice guy."

Already receiving interest from several Division One programs, the rocket-armed local quarterback didn't have much interest in Kansas under the previous coaching regime, but that all changed when Weis was hired. Now, the Jayhawks are up there with the likes of Tennessee and Iowa - whom he visited last weekend - on his personal radar.

In fact, Windmiller expects to return to the Lawrence, Kan. campus in the months ahead during spring football practice and, potentially, the annual spring game itself, at the invitation of the coaching staff.

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