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KU adds to tight space with D-II transfer, Kansas native

KU adds to tight space with D-II transfer, Kansas native







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The Kansas football coaching staff has returned to the Division II ranks and added an intriguing transfer at a position of need.

Leyton Cure, a Goodland native who played at Fort Hays State, announced his commitment to KU Wednesday night.

Cure is a 6-foot-3, 235-pound tight end who had 26 catches for 281 yards and two touchdowns as a redshirt freshman in 2022. He will join a position group that, with DeShawn’s leg injury Hanika in spring, lack of health. and experienced players outside of Jared Casey and Trevor Kardell.

Cure becomes the second addition to the position since offensive coordinator Jeff Grimes came into the fold and began coaching the tight ends.

“He just liked the way I could move and run routes,” Cure told Jon Kirby of JayhawkSlant.com. “He just liked that about my game and he really thought I could help them. He told me he takes tight ends of all sizes, and as long as you can get people to open up and use their skills, and that’s what he loves to do.

Cure said on X when he entered the portal that he missed the 2023 season due to injury and will have three years of eligibility remaining.

Cure is also the older brother of Linkon Cure, Kansas State’s best player in 2025 and a target of KU (and Kansas State, as well as many of the nation’s powerhouse schools).

According to JayhawkSlant, Leyton had offers from Arkansas State, Old Dominion and Texas State in the portal and took an unofficial visit to Texas A&M with Linkon.

Leyton Cure is the third player to join KU in the spring portal window after former Michigan offensive lineman Amir Herring and former Michigan State defensive end Bai Jobe.





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Written by Henry Greenstein

Henry is a sports editor at the Lawrence Journal-World and KUsports.com, and serves as KU Beat editor while handling daily sports coverage. He previously worked as a sports reporter at the Bakersfield Californian and is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis (BA, linguistics) and Arizona State University (MA, sports journalism). Although he is from Los Angeles, he has often been told that he doesn’t give off a “California vibe,” whatever that means.