- Jared Shanker, ESPN Staff Writer
Three-star receiver Ishmael Hyman (Holmdel, N.J./St. John Vianney) did not think he would like his visit to Kansas. He left Lawrence with the Jayhawks as his leader.
“It was shocking to be honest. At first I thought it was going to be weird, like cornfields, that kind of area, like I wouldn’t like it,” Hyman said. “They always told me -- Coach [Rob] Ianello and Coach [Charlie] Weis that Lawrence is different, and it was like a regular city, a nice college town.”
The Jayhawks are at the top of Hyman’s list now following the visit, with Old Dominion and Purdue trailing. Weis and assistant coach Dave Campo are a big reason for that, as both spent significant time in the NFL as coaches.
“I’d say they’re probably my favorite right now. I went there and haven’t been to Purdue and [Kansas] needs receivers so I can get there and play early,” he said. “Another reason is the coaching staff is so good. They got Coach Weis and he has connections to the NFL. Coach Campo was a head coach for the Cowboys so that’s another NFL connection, and that’s good because it’s all about connections.”
Purdue has not made contact with Hyman, so he is unsure where he stands with the new coaching staff. The last he talked with the coaches was a few days before Danny Hope was fired.
On the other hand, Kansas has let Hyman know he is a priority, as Weis was in Hyman’s home the first day in-home visits were permitted.
“I can tell they want me because it was the first day they came to my house now that I think about it,” he said.
Hyman met with Ianello upon arriving and the two talked about his coaching techniques, the kind of offense they run and the type of routes Hyman will run. On Saturday, Hyman went to the basketball game, which caused him to believe the Jayhawks have “the best fans in the country.”
Before the game, however, Hyman spoke with Weis as his flight left at 6 a.m. Sunday, leaving him no time for a sit-down conversation that morning.
“He said think about this question: If you don’t have any reason not to come here then that’s your answer,” Hyman said.
“But I haven’t thought about that yet, though.”