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Jeremiah McCullough followed the signs and committed to Kansas

When Jeremiah McCullough talked to his family about recruiting and making a decision, he kept going back to the “signs” that were pointing to Kansas.

Although his official visit isn’t scheduled until Dec. 8 McCullough decided to give the Kansas his early commitment.

“When I thought about it there were too many signs and then when I talked to my family I felt like it was meant to be,” McCullough said. “I felt it was destined for me to commit.”

The Kansas staff offered McCullough after defensive line coach Jesse Williams got his information and they evaluated his film. Shortly after that they offered him a scholarship.

“The main coach recruiting me was Coach Williams,” he said. “He said he popped my film in one day and he was in love with it. Ever since that he started recruiting me heavy. Right after they watched it they offered me.

“They love my physicality and how physical I play. They liked all of the things I can do. They liked when they watched me at safety I wasn’t just playing in one position I was playing different spots. In our defense at Hartnell we play a lot a man and zone. When receivers motion we go with them. They said I wasn’t just a one dimensional safety.

McCullough is a two time, first team All-Conference selection at safety. He played high school football in Baltimore. He received interest from Boston College and Maryland, but he didn’t qualify until a week before graduation.

So he went the junior college route all the way across the country at Hartnell College to get a chance to move to the next level. Now he’s going to get that chance at Kansas.

“I feel blessed and it was nothing but God,” McCullough said. “I thank God first and foremost. I feel this is the right time in this stage of my life. It feels good and I’m just ready to work. I want to go in and contribute to the team. I want this program to turn around.”

Several schools have shown interest in McCullough and one the most recent was Alabama.

“Alabama was showing interest in me,” he said. “I talked to Coach Pruitt the defensive coordinator.”

When McCullough arrived at Hartnell he started his first three games at corner and then moved to safety. Hartnell head coach Matt Collins said the Jayhawks are getting a player who can deliver some big hits.

“He is a physical player,” Collins said. “He’s a leader and very serious. He is very businesslike in his approach. He has a great frame on him. He’s more of a guy that will fit in the run game but will do a great job in coverage. He is more of a hammer type guy. He won our Hit Man of the Year award in back to back seasons. He enjoys the physical aspect of the game. He is a hard worker on and off the field and in the off season in the weight room. He enjoys the grind and is a very positive person to be around.”