Colorado defensive line coach Kwahn Drake is heading to Kansas.
The Jayhawks announced Thursday that Drake, who coached the Buffaloes' defensive line this past season, has been hired to join their coaching staff. Drake will follow former CU defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot to Lawrence. Eliot was hired by the Jayhawks earlier this week to be their defensive coordinator.
On Monday, a source told Buffzone.com that Drake would be one of four CU assistant coaches retained by new head coach Mel Tucker.
Tucker, the former Georgia defensive coordinator, was hired Dec. 5 and has been putting his staff together this week. While CU has not announced any staff movement, BuffZone sources have indicated that Darrin Chiaverini, Darian Hagan and Ross Els will be retained.
Until Thursday, Drake was on that list, too.
"Kwahn is one of the top young defensive coaches in the country," first-year Kansas head coach Les Miles said in a story posted on KUAthletics.com. "He has built a strong relationship with the coaches and players that he has worked with in the past, and has a solid understanding of what we want to do on defense. The players he has coached have been highly productive and we are excited to have him join us here in Lawrence."
Drake was highly praised by CU coaches and players for the work he did in just one year in Boulder. Under his direction, the Buffs made significant strides on the defensive line this past year. Nose tackle Javier Edwards was much better, and junior college transfer Mustafa Johnson was a dominant force in his first season with the Buffs.
"Kwahn is one of the best assistant coaches I've ever been around," Eliot said on KUAthletics.com. "He has an unbelievable way of getting the best out of his players and he is an incredible recruiter."
While Drake is moving on, the Buffs are filling out their staff under Tucker.
In addition to Chiaverini (receivers), Hagan (running backs) and Els (linebackers), sources have indicated that Jay Johnson will be hired as offensive coordinator and Tyson Summers as defensive coordinators. Johnson and Summers both worked as quality control analysts at Georgia this past year.
According to Buffzone sources, Johnson and Summers have already met with some of CU's players.