Thirteen newcomers have officially joined the Kansas football program, KU announced earlier this week.
All 13 came to Lawrence from the transfer portal, and almost all of them are expected to have an immediate impact on the 2023 Kansas football season.
Five of the new faces from the transfer portal will play on defense and five on offense, with KU also adding a pair of place kickers to try and fix what was a significant issue in the 2022 season.
The positions most frequently raised in this group of 13 transfers were Edge Rusher, where KU will seek to replace late Sack Leader Lonnie Phelps Jr., and Offensive Line, where the Jayhawks need to replace left tackle Earl Bostick Jr , from a group that was one of the Jayhawks’ greatest strengths during their final bowl season.
Though he couldn’t speak specifically about any of them until they were signed and on campus, Kansas coach Lance Leipold said broadly in December that he was pleased with the way KU’s effort was going at the portal.
Like all programs, Kansas has lost some players to the portal, but almost all of the former Jayhawks who left town for other opportunities have signed to programs that compete at a lower level and not among the Power 5.
Here’s a quick look at the 13 players Leipold officially announced as members of the team earlier this week. Twelve of the 13 were from other Division I programs, and the Jayhawks also announced the early enrollment of four high school prospects who graduated early and enrolled at KU for the spring semester.
Those players were: Free State offensive lineman Calvin Clements and Eudora high tight end Jaden Hamm, along with three-star California athlete Surahz Buncom and three-star defensive lineman Tony Terry.
Here is the complete transfer class:
OL Hunter Barlow – The 6-foot-3, 330-pound Hutchinson CC lineman has four more years of eligibility to play.
EN Austin Booker – 6-foot-5, 240-pound edge rusher transfer from Minnesota to KU, three-year eligibility remaining.
LB JB Brown – The 6-foot, 230-pound Bowling Green linebacker was one of the highest-rated players on the BGU team last season, according to Pro Football Focus.
OT Logan Brown – 6ft 6, 305lb former five star contender arrives in KU from Wisconsin. He committed to KU in October and has two years of eligibility remaining.
EN Patrick Joyner Jr. – 6-foot-3, 245-pound Utah State transfer is one of the few transfers with only one season left. Given the position he plays and KU’s need there, it could be quite an important season.
P.K. Seth Keller – Known for his consistency and solid numbers on middle-distance kicks, the former Texas State kicker was a former walk-on and could be the favorite to take over kicking duties from KU in 2023.
DL Gage Key – Another Minnesota transfer, the 6-foot-5, 275-pound interior lineman, came to KU primarily because of his past relationship with D-line coach Jim Panagos. Keys has three years of eligibility remaining.
OL Spencer Lovell – You may remember him for the photo he posed in to show him and KU OC Andy Kotelnicki shirtless. The 6-foot-7, 315-pound lineman has played snaps in both Cal and Arizona State.
RB Dylan McDuffie – One of KU’s newest pick-ups, McDuffie has been with many KU coaches at Buffalo, where he played from 2018-21 before joining Georgia Tech last season and now KU for his senior year of college football.
CB Damarius McGhee – McGhee, a 6-foot, 170-pound cornerback who can also play as a kick return on special teams, comes to KU as a former four-star candidate who played two years at LSU and has three seasons left.
TE Max Mühlberger – The Kansas City native is leaving the state of Oklahoma with four years of remaining eligibility to return closer to his homeland. The 6-foot-4, 210-pound tight end didn’t play snaps during his first season at Stillwater.
DL Devin Phillips – The 6-foot-2, 305-pound defenseman comes to KU after a solid career at Colorado State, where he started more than 40 games for the Rams.
PK Charlie Weinrich – Another expected walk-on, Weinrich, hails from the Kansas City area and will have four more years of playing eligibility after leaving Nebraska, where he spent his first season but did not play.