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Kansas recruiting capsule

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Kansas Jayhawks

Recruits: 24

Breakdown: 21 high school, three junior college.

Positions: 5 DL, 3 OL, 3 WR, 3 LB, 3 CB, 3 S, 2 QB, 2 RB

Where they came from: Texas 11, Kansas 4, Florida 2, Oklahoma 2, Michigan 1, Illinois 1, Missouri 1, Nebraska 1, Ohio 1.

The stud: S Prinz Kande, Euless, Texas (Trinity High School) -- Hard-hitting performer who is expected to immediately beef up production at one of the Jayhawks' primary weaknesses.

Recruiting-class sleeper: CB Tyler Patmon, Cedar Park (Vista Ridge) -- Undersized player who should mature after arriving at college. And his football genes are strong with both grandfathers and two uncles all playing college football before him.

The one who got away: LB Justin Isadore, Beaumont, Texas (Ozen) -- Athletic playmaker who was attracted to TCU by the Horned Frogs' underrated defense. He could have helped the Jayhawks, either as a speedy outside linebacker or a strong safety.

Needs addressed: Quarterbacks, defensive line, secondary.

Didn't need much help: Tight ends.

Scouts Inc. grade: C- (10th in the Big 12, fourth in North Division).

My take: Mark Mangino has done a better job than anybody in the Big 12 in developing under-recruited players once they arrived at college. He appears to have more talent with this recruiting class than most of his previous classes -- particularly in the secondary. And considering the Big 12's recent aerial bent, that's a wise place to concentrate.