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Kansas football recruiting outlook

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, at 5:13 p.m.

National signing day is Wednesday. Here is how Kansas’ recruiting class is lining up.

Top five recruits

1. Marquel Combs DT 10** 6-3 305 Pierce CC (Calif.)
Combs, who didn’t begin playing football until late in high school, could be a difference-maker on the defensive line.
2. Chris Martin DE 13** 6-5 260 CC of San Francisco
A former five-star recruit who bounced around from Cal to Florida, Martin was once recruited to Notre Dame by Charlie Weis.
3. Mike Smithburg OL 41** 6-3 300 Iowa Western CC
An honorable mention junior-college All-American, Smithburg helped Iowa Western to a national title. He could battle for a spot at guard or center.
4. Kevin Short DB 59** 6-2 195 Fort Scott CC
Former Missouri all-state selection at Hazelwood Central in St. Louis, Short played safety and corner and broke Fort Scott’s career interceptions mark.
5. Joey Bloomfield OL 57* 6-6 305 Ballard HS (Louisville, Ky.)
Bloomfield, one of KU’s best high school recruits, committed last summer, but the Jayhawks had to beat out some late interest from Kansas State, among others.

*Rivals.com national position ranking

**Rivals.com overall junior-college ranking

The one that got away

Josiah St. John, a prized offensive lineman from the juco ranks that had KU as a finalist before picking Oklahoma.

Still fishing for …

A few more juco bodies? Kansas has 23 commitments — and just a few more spots remaining. With so many players in the fold, KU can be judicious in handing out its last scholarships.

Position answered for …

Probably defensive line, where the Jayhawks loaded up with junior-college talents Marquel Combs, Chris Martin, Tedarian Johnson and Andrew Bolton.

Position unanswered for …

Receiver. The Jayhawks snagged juco receivers Rodriguez Coleman and Mark Thomas. But the jury is still out after KU’s receivers failed to record a touchdown catch last season.

Signed (9)

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. School
Marquel CombsDT6-3305Pierce CC (Calif.)
Zach FondalOL6-5295Navarro JC (Texas)
Ngalu FusimalohiOL6-3300CC of San Francisco
Tedarian JohnsonDT6-3285Hinds CC (Miss.)
Chris MartinDE6-5260CC of San Francisco
Dexter McDonaldDB6-2203Butler CC
Trevor PardulaK6-5210De Anza (Calif.) HS
Cassius SendishDB6-2185Arizona Western CC
Mike SmithburgOL6-3300Iowa Western CC

Commitments (14)

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. School
Kellen AshLB6-3194Parkway South HS (Ballwin, Mo.)
Joey BloomfieldOL6-6305Ballard HS (Louisville, Ky.)
Andrew BoltonDE6-3280Hinds (Miss.) CC
Rodriguez ColemanWR6-3195Garden City CC
Montell CozartQB6-2180Bishop Miege
Jordan DarlingQB6-4226Shawnee Mission East
Samson FaifiliLB5-11240American River CC (Calif.)
Colton GoeasLB6-2245St. Louis HS (Honolulu)
Ishmael HymanWR6-0169St. John Vianney HS (Holmdel, N.J.)
Marcus Jenkins-MooreLB6-3210Pierce CC (Calif.)
Ben JohnsonTE6-5230Basehor-Linwood
Isaiah JohnsonDB6-1210Iowa Western CC
Kevin ShortDB6-2185Fort Scott CC
Colin SpencerDB5-10179Wilson HS (Dallas)
Mark ThomasWR6-2210Nassau CC (N.Y.)

NOTE: Players who have made commitments have not signed a letter of intent; signing day is Wednesday.

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