Hays’ Jaren Kanak commits to Clemson

Sep 3, 2020; Goddard, Kansas, USA; during a game between Goddard Eisenhower and Hays ©KellyRoss
Sep 3, 2020; Goddard, Kansas, USA; during a game between Goddard Eisenhower and Hays ©KellyRoss(©KellyRoss | Kelly Ross)
Published: Jul. 30, 2021 at 7:21 PM CDT
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HAYS, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - Jaren Kanak, one of the fastest rising seniors from the class of 2022 in the country, announced his commitment to continue his football and academic career at Clemson Friday night.

In his post, Kanak notes that he lost his father to an automobile accident 13 years ago the 30th, the same day he announced his college intentions.

Kanak’s recruiting took off following a standout showing at the Sharp Performance combine in 2020, and continued through a strong performance in running the second fastest 100 time (10.37) in all of Kansas during track season. Now a 4-star recruit according to both Rivals and 247 Sports, the 6-2 athlete is headed to play for another Kansas native in Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables. Also a receiver and returner for the Indians, most recruiting services project him as a linebacker or safety at the collegiate level.

Kanak chose the Tigers over 34 other schools, including Alabama, Oklahoma, Michigan, USC, and in-state schools Kansas and Kansas State. He visited the Tigers on the first official day of the recruiting period opening up following extended time without school visits due to the pandemic.

The number 8 athlete in the country, Kanak has drawn comparisons to another Kansas native in Isaiah Simmons. The Olathe native helped lead the Tiger defense to a National Championship before being selected in the top ten of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Kanak and Hays will open the season on September 3rd, welcoming in Wichita East.

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