Kansas Signing Day LIVE

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Follow along as we keep you updated on the latest signees of the 2018-19 early signing period for Kansas athletics.

Chisom Ajekwu
 Nov. 15 10:19 a.m.
Sport: Women’s Basketball
Height: 6-3
Position: Center
High School: Lawrence HS
Hometown: Lawrence, Kansas
Chisom Ajekwu Quote:
“Most of my life, I’ve been a fan of the program. No other school compared to the family-type energy that KU provided for me.”

Chisom Ajekwu is staying in Lawrence and is officially a Jayhawk!

She’s ranked No. 117 overall in this year’s signing class by ESPN. #KUOr19inals pic.twitter.com/I1vjhTACsi

— Kansas Women’s Bball (@KUWBball) November 15, 2018

Haleigh Harper
Signed: 9:28 a.m.
Sport: Softball
Position: Middle Infield
Hometown: Manhattan, Kansas
Club Team: KC Peppers
HC Jennifer McFalls Quote: Haleigh (Harper) has a strong defensive background and could be a defensive specialist for our program.  She will also be an asset on the bases. We look forward to seeing how she will contribute at the plate and in the field.

Excited to welcome another edition to our signing class, Haleigh Harper (@haleighkh), a Manhattan, Kansas native! #NationalSigningDay #KUsoftball ???? pic.twitter.com/GqLwNwjeM1

— Kansas Softball (@KUSoftball) November 15, 2018

Peyton Renzi
Signed: 9:27 a.m.
Sport: Softball
Position: Utility
Hometown: Overland Park, Kansas
Club Team: KC Stingrays
HC Jennifer McFalls Quote: Peyton (Renzi) is very athletic and gifted with great speed. She is a versatile athlete who can play both infield and outfield positions. She could be a strong role player for us and we are excited to see what her versatility will bring to Kansas softball.


Help us welcome Peyton Renzi (@perenzi), an Overland Park, Kansas native, to #KUsoftball! ???? pic.twitter.com/30dKajwkaJ

— Kansas Softball (@KUSoftball) November 15, 2018

Jordan Richards
Signed: 9:26 a.m.
Sport: Softball
Position: Catcher/Corner
Hometown: Olathe, Kansas
Club Team: KC Select Fastpitch
HC Jennifer McFalls Quote: Very excited about adding Jordan (Richards) to our roster. She will spend time at catcher and the corner spots in the infield, providing us depth at all three positions. Richards is a strong athlete and will provide us power at the plate.

Excited to welcome Jordan Richards (@jojorichards8), an Olathe, Kansas native, to #KUsoftball!  ???? pic.twitter.com/UX7tWl0rvr

— Kansas Softball (@KUSoftball) November 15, 2018

Madison Hirsch
4:37 p.m.
Sport: Softball
Position: Infield/Catcher
Club Team: Texas Glory
Hometown: Farmers Branch, Texas
HC Jennifer McFalls Quote: “Madison (Hirsch) is a really solid utility player.  She can play shortstop, third base, while also spending time behind the plate.  We have high expectations for her in the offensive category.  A really gritty player that I have enjoyed watching progress and I am excited to add her as an important piece to the future of KU softball.”

Excited to welcome Madison Hirsch (@itss_madison_18) to #KUsoftball! ???? #NationalSigningDay pic.twitter.com/KrrZjvlHvg

— Kansas Softball (@KUSoftball) November 14, 2018

 Tatum Goff
 4:35 p.m.
Sport: Softball
Position: Left-handed pitcher/First baseman
Club Team: Pro Form Fastpitch
Hometown: Rusk, Texas
HC Jennifer McFalls Quote: “Tatum (Goff) has great velocity and spins it well.  She could be a difference maker inside the circle, but also at the plate. She has power, bringing another offensive threat for us in the lineup. I am excited to see what her versatility will do for Kansas Softball.”


Excited to welcome Tatum Goff (@tatum_og10) to #KUsoftball! ???? pic.twitter.com/H9ATc1c8jU

— Kansas Softball (@KUSoftball) November 14, 2018

Chandler Prater
 4:13 p.m.
Sport: Women’s Basketball
Height: 5-11
Position: Forward
High School: North Kansas City HS
Hometown: Kansas City, Missouri
Chandler Prater Quote: “It’s so close to home. I know that I’m about to be a part of the come up of something big.”

No. 73 overall in this year’s signing class by Blue Star Basketball Report, the 2018 DiRenna Award winner and NOW A JAYHAWK!

Welcome to the family, @Channy_Chan25 !#KUOr19inals pic.twitter.com/ZXUhrP3pGx

— Kansas Women’s Bball (@KUWBball) November 14, 2018

Christian Braun
3:17 p.m.
Sport: Men’s Basketball
Height: 6-4
Position: SF/G
High School: Blue Valley Northwest
Hometown: Overland, Kansas

“We’re excited to have him here and certainly he’ll be a guy that will make us better in multiple ways due to his versatility.”

Welcome to the #KUbball family, Christian ?? https://t.co/K0kA86zJ0q  #NationalSigningDay pic.twitter.com/CfVH1PfqJv

— Kansas Basketball (@KUHoops) November 14, 2018

Issac McBride
Signed: 3:12 p.m.
Sport: Men’s Basketball
Height: 6-1
Position: G
High School: Arkansas Baptist School System
Hometown: Little Rock, Arkansas

“When you watch him, you are so impressed with his range, quickness and explosiveness and his ability to elevate on his shot.”

Welcome to the #KUbball family, Issac ?? https://t.co/K0kA86zJ0q #NationalSigningDay pic.twitter.com/XMpkGz0HaX

— Kansas Basketball (@KUHoops) November 14, 2018

Zakiyah Franklin
2:19 p.m.
Sport: Women’s Basketball
Height: 5-7
Position: Guard
High School: Winter Haven HS
Hometown: Lakeland, Florida
Zakiyah Franklin Quote: “I saw a lot of opportunities for me to do well there. Also, just from talking to Coach Brandon, I’m excited to be in his plans and his vision.”

She’s ranked No. 60 overall in the 2019 signing class by ESPN and she’s officially a Jayhawk!

Welcome to the KU family, Zakiyah!#KUOr19inals pic.twitter.com/wssOEKUw07

— Kansas Women’s Bball (@KUWBball) November 14, 2018

Gracie Van Driel
12:43 p.m.
Sport: Volleyball
Height: 6-1
Position: MB
High School: Rose HIll HS
Hometown: Rose Hill, Kansas
Ray Bechard Quote: Gracie (Van Driel) is a Big 12 ready middle blocker, combining elite blocking skills with the ability to attack in front of and behind the setter. She has a relentless attitude, plays with a lot of enthusiasm and makes those around her better. 

Help is in welcoming Gracie Van Driel (@gracievandriel) to #KUvball! Van Driel is a Rose Hill, Kansas native. #NationalSigningDay pic.twitter.com/3dxqsGmlrj

— Kansas Volleyball (@KUVolleyball) November 14, 2018

Rachel Hickman
12:37 p.m.
Sport: Volleyball
Height: 6-3
Position: RS
High School: Free State HS
Hometown: Lawrence, Kansas
Ray Bechard Quote: She will be a point scorer for us with her ability to attack and her ability to be a shutdown blocker. We are very excited about what she brings to Kansas volleyball. She plays for the right reasons and will add to our competitive culture. 

Help us welcome Rachel Hickman to #KUvball! Hickman is a Lawrence native. #NationalSigningDay pic.twitter.com/Vc5OCVz1JU

— Kansas Volleyball (@KUVolleyball) November 14, 2018

Ty Kelly-Martin
12:19 p.m.
Sport: Rowing
Height: 5-9
High School: Oswego East HS
Hometown: Plainfield, Illinois

Welcome to the Jayhawk family, Ty!#KUrowing pic.twitter.com/kwCkM2roHm

— Kansas Rowing (@KU_Rowing) November 14, 2018

Autumn Looney
12:11 p.m.
Sport: Swimming & Diving
High School: St. Charles HS
Hometown: St. Charles, Missouri

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Newest addition to the #KUswimdive family! #RockChalk

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Holly Kersgieter
10:04 a.m.
Sport: Women’s Basketball
Height: 5-10
Position: Guard
High School: Charles Page HS
Hometown: Sand Springs, Oklahoma
Holly Kersgieter Quote: “The farther I got into the recruiting process, the more I realized I couldn’t pass the opportunity up.”

She was the first to commit and now the first sign.

Welcome to the Jayhawk family, Holly! Be Original!#KUOr19inal pic.twitter.com/JrIF6hnkzk

— Kansas Women’s Bball (@KUWBball) November 14, 2018