Schurig signs 18 recruits

Christopher A. Smith / Campus Editor

Recruitment battles in the state of Kansas typically boil down to a decision between Kansas and Kansas State, with Washburn rarely getting consideration from the area’s top talent.

Craig Schurig, head coach for Washburn football, believes that trend has finally been reversed after hauling in 19 recruits in the 2009 signing period.

“We did real well regionally,” Schurig said. “Our main areas in Topeka, Kansas City and St. Louis have provided a good base for us and we got some of the best players out of those places.”

After five consecutive winning seasons, Washburn has become a school that is recognized by incoming freshman.

“They recognize our name and the success we’ve had,” Schurig said. “They’re impressed with the reputation of Washburn and know it’s a good school.”

The Bods signed four in Topeka, including Kyle Duncan, an all-state offensive lineman from Washburn Rural and Austin Flohrschutz, a two-way all-Centennial League pick from Shawnee Heights.

Flohrschutz received honors on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball, but is expected to play safety for the Bods.

Other Topekans recruited were Matt Kobbeman, a second team all-city and all-league pick from Shawnee Heights and Brice Turner, an honorable mention all-city and all-league linebacker from Topeka West.

With a team that returns several young starters, Schurig was able to focus on filling immediate needs.

“Our offensive line lacked numbers,” Schurig said. “We were able to go out and get guys who were comfortable playing on the line and who could come in and play right away. There’s enough talent in this class that they’ll be able to do that.”