šŸˆ #RUN21 Signing Day Spotlight: Linebackers

The Kansas linebackers group, led by defensive coordinator and inside linebackers coach D.J. Eliot and outside linebackers coach Chidera Uzo-Diribe bring in another talented group of freshman with the #Run21 class, after signing three Jayhawks at the positions a season ago.

The Jayhawks, Eliot and Uzo-Diribe, inked three players to the KU linebackers group. Here’s a closer look:

Name: Andrew Simpson

Position: Linebacker

Height/Weight: 6’1″, 220

Hometown: Norwalk, Calif.

High School: St. John Bosco HS

What to know: A 247 Sports composite three-star recruitā€¦Coached by Jason Negroā€¦Helped guide St. John Bosco to a 14-0 ranking and No. 1 national ranking in 2019 as a juniorā€¦Totaled 29 tackles in nine games as a junior with one fumble recovery and one pass defendedā€¦As a senior in 2020, played in eight games with 35 tackles, two forced fumbles, one sack and three pass breakupsā€¦Played both ways as a sophomore, catching 27 passes for 290 yards and two touchdowns, while also collecting 34 tackles and three tackles-for-loss and one blocked field goalā€¦Sports Illustrated All-American Watch List selection.

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Name: D’Marion Alexander

Position: Linebacker

Height/Weight: 6’5″, 215

Hometown: China Spring, Texas

High School: China Spring HS

What to know: A 247 Sports composite three-star recruitā€¦Ranked a top 1,000 recruit in the country by 247 Sportsā€¦Coached by Brian Bell at China Spring, where the Cougars went 10-3 on the season and advanced to the state quarterfinalsā€¦Invited to Under Armour All-America Campā€¦Also played basketball at China Spring.

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Name: Trey Staley

Position: Linebacker

Height/Weight: 6’2″, 200

Hometown: Snellville, Ga.

High School: Brookwood HS

What to know: A 247 Sports composite three-star recruitā€¦Coached by Philip Jonesā€¦Helped team to an 8-3 record as a senior, and an appearance in the state playoffsā€¦As a sophomore in 2018, collected 42 total tackles, one sack, one interception and two fumble recoveriesā€¦As a junior, totaled 64 tackles and three sacksā€¦Was named All-Region 7-AAAAAA selection as a juniorā€¦Invited to 2020 US Army National Combineā€¦2019 Georgia 7A First-Team All-State.

"I can't wait to begin my journey as a Jayhawk. You're getting a person of good character with a winning mentality and I'm excited for the new era in Lawrence."

Andrew Simpson

"Kansas fans can expect from me ... a lot of big hits, hard work and winning when I get there. "

D'Marion Alexander

"I'm excited to be a part of the Jayhawk family and I can't wait to get there and help change the culture."

Trey Staley