Thursday, June 20, 2013
ATH Maloney is No. 5 for Jayhawks
By Damon Sayles
After picking up a commitment from one of the nation’s top offensive linemen on Wednesday afternoon, Kansas added a Wednesday evening commitment from not only a versatile athlete but also one of the main 2014 targets in the Sunflower State.
Two-way standout Andre Maloney (Shawnee, Kan./Shawnee Mission West) confirmed that he verbally committed to the Jayhawks. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound athlete joined ESPN 300 offensive lineman Jacob Bragg (Nacogdoches, Texas/Nacogdoches), who committed to Kansas earlier in the day.
Kansas now has five commits in its 2014 recruiting class.
“It feels great. A lot of dead weight is off my back,” Maloney said. “It was pretty fun with all the recruiting, but every day I had to talk to a different coach. I never got any rest. It feels great that I’ve committed. Now I can focus on my high school team.”
Maloney lined up at multiple positions on both sides of the ball for Shawnee Mission West. Offensively, he caught 24 passes for 518 yards and 10 touchdowns as a receiver. Defensively, Maloney also had a team-high four interceptions as a cornerback.
He said Kansas wants him to play cornerback and also potentially see time as a Wildcat quarterback. Maloney was recruited to Kansas by offensive line coach Tim Grunhard.
Maloney had a top four of Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota and Iowa State. While he said Missouri and Minnesota were very attractive offers, the sincerity of the Kansas coaching staff, led by Charlie Weis, put the Jayhawks over the top.
“The coaches, they were honest. They were straight up with me,” Maloney said. “They knew KU hasn’t been a winning team in the past five years, but they’re working. I know some of the players there. I’ve seen them work out, and it seems like they’re going to keep building up and building up. I knew I wanted to be a part of that.”
For many Kansas commits, playing for a coaching staff with the resume of Weis, Grunhard and defensive coordinator Dave Campo is also intriguing. There are multiple years of NFL experience among those three -- not to mention six Super Bowl rings between Weis and Campo.
“I know that Coach Campo coaches corners, and he knows what it takes to make it to the next level,” Maloney said. “He said he’ll give me all I need to make it. I know that Coach Weis will coach me like every other player he’s coached. I’m looking forward to it.”
Maloney is the third Kansas high school player to commit to the Jayhawks’ 2014 class, joining running back Traevohn Wrench (Gardner, Kan./Gardner Edgerton) and athlete Joe Dineen (Lawrence, Kan./Lawrence Free State).