As a result of his team’s disastrous 2012 season, Weis has found it difficult to recruit top high school players and has had to fill out his roster with junior college transfers. But he still has to recruit, and he has found one positive to pass along to prospective players — there’s plenty of playing time to be had.
“Everyone wants to play,” Weis said at Big 12 football media day on Monday, via The Kansas City Star. “There’s no one that wants to not play. I said, ‘Have you looked at that pile of crap out there? Have you taken a look at that?’ So if you don’t think you can play here, where do you think you can play? It’s a pretty simple approach. And that’s not a sales pitch. That’s practical. You’ve seen it, right? Unfortunately, so have I.”
While it may be practical, the Jayhawks aren’t going to land many four-star recruits that way. Being able to earn playing time on a 1-11 team doesn’t exactly scream NFL prospect, but Kansas can certainly give high schoolers an opportunity to start as freshmen. Even still, Weis said he is targeting junior college transfers because it’s rare that high schoolers can start right away.
“If you’re taking nothing but high school kids, there’s only a couple that ever end up playing as freshmen,” he said. “The rest are over on the bench with me. What good is that going to do me?”
So there you have it, high schoolers. If you want to earn playing time, enroll at Kansas and start on one of the worst teams in the country as a freshman. Or lose your job to a junior college transfer and watch your team go winless in the conference. Either way, come play for Charlie Weis.
H/T Dr. Saturday