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Kansas football lands Buffalo D-line transfer Eddie Wilson

Kansas football has landed its first transfer of the Lance Leipold-era. And the pickup, which was announced early Sunday evening, comes at a particular position of need. 

The Jayhawks have added senior defensive tackle Eddie Wilson, the 6-4, 325-pound lineman announced via social media. Wilson could have two years of eligibility remaining if he chooses to accept the NCAA-given free year of eligibility due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

“I would like to thank every coach who took time out to recruit me and give me an opportunity to play for their institution,” Wilson wrote in a note posted to Twitter. “With that being said I am proud to announce that I will be joining coach Leipold at the University of Kansas. #RockChalk” 

<p>A product of Jersey City, N.J., Wilson originally chose the Bulls as the No. 150-ranked defensive tackle in the 2018 class. He graded out as a three-star prospect and drew an offer from Boston College. </p>  <p><a href="https://247sports.com/college/kansas/UserSubscription/New/?promo=TOC" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Sign up for Phog.net VIP access and get your first month for just $1!</a></p>  <p>Wilson totaled 17 tackles (2.0 TFL) with one sack as a freshman. As a sophomore, he totaled 24 tackles (2.5 TFL) with 2.0 sacks, two forced fumbles and two pass knockdowns. He recorded 21 tackles (2.0 TFL) with one sack in seven games last year. </p>  <p>As a true-freshman, Wilson was able to work his way into the starting lineup for three contests. He started every game as a sophomore and took another step forward in 2020, as he was named to the All-MAC third team. </p>  <p>Wilson entered the transfer portal back on May 5 after Leipold took the job at Kansas. Leipold, of course, was the head coach at Buffalo before coming over to coach the Jayhawks. Wilson reported other offers from Western Kentucky, UTSA and Marshall.</p>  <p><em>Want the latest KU football headlines sent to your inbox?</em> <a href="https://247sports.com/college/kansas/distribution/signup/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Click to sign up for Phog.net's daily newsletter!</a> </p>  <p>The pickup of Wilson is significant to Kansas for a number of reasons. For starters, the Jayhawks are planning to shift to a 4-3 scheme under defensive coordinator <b><a href="https://247Sports.com/coach/Brian-Borland-3571" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Brian Borland</a></b>, and Wilson gives them someone who has played the position as a 4-3 defensive tackle before — and done it successfully. </p>  <p>The Jayhawks also have lost two expected contributors at defensive tackle this offseason via the transfer portal. <b><a href="https://247Sports.com/Player/Marcus-Harris-46054662" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Marcus Harris</a></b>, who led the team in tackles-for-loss last season, has announced a transfer to Auburn, while <b><a href="https://247Sports.com/Player/DaJon-Terry-46078922" target="_blank" rel="noopener">DaJon Terry</a></b>, a budding talent at defensive tackle, is headed to Tennessee. </p>  <p>Harris started five of the team's eight games last year — which were the last five games he played in. Terry also made two starts while appearing in eight games. </p>  <p>The Jayhawks did bring back one returning D-line super-senior in <b><a href="https://247Sports.com/Player/Sam-Burt-46046474" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Sam Burt</a></b>, who plays tackle, but the unit likely will have several new starters. For that, Wilson should be in a position to compete for snaps immediately. </p>

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