The Kansas Jayhawks figure to be in contention for the Big 12 North in 2005, and how to use that momentum in the recruiting trails.
So far, it appears the Jayhawks are well on their way to greater recruiting success as evident this week in gaining the verbal commitments of Wilmer-Hutchins duo Xavier Rambo and Anthony Webb.
Rambo, a 6'1 185 pound wide receiver, gave Kansas co-defensive coordinator Dave Doeren his verbal commitment last Sunday evening.
"Xavier has great hands, and can really turn small plays into big plays," said head coach Mike Robinson. "He is a big physical wide receiver that I like to compare to Rashuan Woods from Oklahoma State. In spring practice, without pads, he was out there diving and laying out for passes. He just is able to make some unbelievable catches."
Rambo was then followed up last evening by teammate Anthony Webb who gave Coach Doeren his verbal commitment.
"Anthony is a very instinctive player," added Robinson. "He has cat like skills, and always seems to be in the right place at the right time. He is able to jam receivers, and can make up a lot of ground."
"I believe safety may actually be the position he ends up playing with how well he reacts, is able to make reads, and can roam around the field. Three of his interceptions last year were off pass deflections because he has such quick hands, and two others were from baiting the quarterback to throw an out route and then he made a jump on the ball. He knows all the same things like when to wedge, and that when a receiver's hips start to sink that means he is stopping."
Webb received looks thus far this spring from Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Tennessee, Florida, Arkansas, and UCLA. Tulsa was nearing an offer to Rambo, and both prospects took an unofficial visit to Austin, Texas just last month.
As far as each of their decisions to commit early, both held similiar views.
"Kansas is losing something like five wide receivers and five defensive backs after this season so both of them know they have a chance to play early. It is an up and coming program that they feel will compete to win the Big 12 North, and in Xaver's case, they throw the ball the most behind Texas Tech in the Big 12. He loves Mark Mangino's offense," said Robinson.
As a junior, Webb tallied 44 tackles, 11 interceptions, one sack, one forced fumble, and one blocked field goal in 12 games. He also returned two interceptions for a touchdown. Both Webb and Rambo are district champions in track in 110 meter hurdles and high jump (6'6), respectively.
Lastly, Coach Robinson was not shy in giving out props to Coach Doeren who more than did his homework, especially in staying up-to-date with Rambo.
"Xavier moved away during the season last fall, and then moved back so he was only able to play in three games. Actually, he only played in two where we threw the ball, and he caught six receptions for 88 yards and two touchdowns. Coach Doeren remembered him from viewing his sophmore film, and now it is safe to say that Rambo is a Jayhawk," stated Robinson.