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Kansas’ football signing class

  • Published Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, at 11:53 a.m.

Four stars

Marquel Combs, 6-3, 305, DT, Memphis, Tenn. (Pierce College) — ESPN.com’s No. 1 juco recruit, had 19 tackles and 7 1/2 tackles for loss in 2012.

Chris Martin, 6-5, 260, DE, Oakland, Calif. (CC of San Francisco) — Had 65 tackles with 4 1/2 sacks. Played at Navarro CC as a freshman.

Three stars

Kellen Ash, 6-3, 194, LB, Ballwin, Mo. (Parkway South) — One of the early commitments in the 2013 class, Ranked 10th-best recruit in Missouri, according to Rivals.com.

Joey Bloomfield, 6-6, 305, OL, Louisville, Ky. (Ballard) — Rated 57th-best offensive tackle in the country. Committed last summer and stuck with KU even after K-State came in later and offered.

Andrew Bolton, 6-3, 280, DE, Bolton, Miss. (Hinds CC) — Suffered season-ending knee injury last fall. Had eight tackles before injury.

Rodriguez Coleman, 6-3, 195, WR, Garden City (Garden City CC) — Committed to Cincinnati out of high school before spending two seasons at Garden City. Caught 70 balls for 1,055 yards last season, rated 70th-best juco prospect by ESPN.com.

Montell Cozart, 6-2, 180, QB, Roeland Park (Miege) — Played under KU offensive line coach Tim Grunhard before Grunhard came to KU last year. Second 11 by The Eagle, throwing for 2,759 yards and 25 touchdowns.

Jordan Darling, 6-4, 226, QB, Prairie Village (SM East) — Played one season at SM East after transferring from Waco-Midway in Texas. In a military family, Darling threw for at least 1,000 yards in three states.

Samson Faifili, LB, 5-11, 240, Taylorsville, Utah (American River CC) — Second cousin of former Notre Dame LB Manti Te'o, who was recruited by Charlie Weis. Had 114 tackles in two seasons.

Ngalu Fusimalohi, 6-3, 300, OL, San Francisco (CC of San Francisco) — 90th-best juco prospect by ESPN.com, part of offense that averaged 40.2 point.

Ishmael Hyman, 6-0, 169, WR, Holmdel, N.J. (St. John) — 21st-best New Jersey prospect who had 24 catches for 428 yards and four TDs as a senior. Injury ended season.

Marcus Jenkins-Moore, 6-3, 210, LB, Louisville, Ky. (Pierce College) — Had 29 tackles in final six games. Missed high school senior season with an injury.

Ben Johnson, 6-5, 230, TE, Basehor (Basehor-Linwood) — Caught 97 balls for 1,552 yards and 17 TDs in his career, including 56 catches as a senior.

Isaiah Johnson, 6-1, 210, DB, Council Bluffs, Iowa (Iowa Western) — Part of Iowa Western’s NJCAA championship team, missed 2011 season at Western Carolina because of injury.

Tedarian Johnson, 6-3, 260, DL, Jackson, Miss. (Hinds CC) — Had eight tackles and two sacks last season after 38 tackles and five sacks as freshman.

Dexter McDonald, 6-2, 203, DB, Kansas City, Mo. (Butler CC) — Played in seven games as KU freshman, then played one year at Butler. Had five tackles in five games in 2012.

Cassius Sendish, 6-2, 185, DB, Waldorf, Md. (Arizona Western) — All-region pick with 29 tackles last season. Sat out 2011 after 25 tackles for College of the Canyons in 2010.

Kevin Short, DB, 6-2, 185, Florissant, Mo. (Fort Scott CC) — Short played safety and cornerback at Fort Scott, setting the school record for interceptions (10).

Michael Smithburg, 6-3, 300, OL, Fairfield, Iowa (Iowa Western CC) — Honorable-mention all-NJCAA, part of Iowa Western’s national title team.

Colin Spencer, 5-10, 179, HB, Dallas (Wilson) — Six interceptions and five blocked kicks over his final to years. Rushed 54 times for 405 yards and five TDs as senior.

Two stars

Zach Fondal, 6-5, 295, OL, Pasadena, Texas (Navarro College) — Part of offense that averaged 43.4 points, team won 2011 NJCAA title.

Trevor Pardula, 6-5, 210, P-K, San Jose, Calif. (Arizona Western) — Averaged 40.9 yards per punt last season, made 13 of 22 FGA with a long of 42.

Mark Thomas, WR, 6-2, 210, Jamaica, N.Y. (Nassau CC) — Committed to KU last October, had 26 catches for 285 yards and seven touchdowns..

Signed in 2012

Ty McKinney, 6-3, 310, DL, Weatherford, Texas (Trinity Valley CC) — Had 27 tackles with a fumble recovery during 2011 season.

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