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.|
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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.
|Marquel Combs||DT||6-3||305||Pierce CC (Calif.)|
|Zach Fondal||OL||6-5||295||Navarro JC (Texas)|
|Ngalu Fusimalohi||OL||6-3||300||CC of San Francisco|
|Tedarian Johnson||DT||6-3||285||Hinds CC (Miss.)|
|Chris Martin||DE||6-5||260||CC of San Francisco|
|Dexter McDonald||DB||6-2||203||Butler CC|
|Trevor Pardula||K||6-5||210||De Anza (Calif.) HS|
|Cassius Sendish||DB||6-2||185||Arizona Western CC|
|Mike Smithburg||OL||6-3||300||Iowa Western CC|
|Kellen Ash||LB||6-3||194||Parkway South HS (Ballwin, Mo.)|
|Joey Bloomfield||OL||6-6||305||Ballard HS (Louisville, Ky.)|
|Andrew Bolton||DE||6-3||280||Hinds (Miss.) CC|
|Rodriguez Coleman||WR||6-3||195||Garden City CC|
|Montell Cozart||QB||6-2||180||Bishop Miege|
|Jordan Darling||QB||6-4||226||Shawnee Mission East|
|Samson Faifili||LB||5-11||240||American River CC (Calif.)|
|Colton Goeas||LB||6-2||245||St. Louis HS (Honolulu)|
|Ishmael Hyman||WR||6-0||169||St. John Vianney HS (Holmdel, N.J.)|
|Marcus Jenkins-Moore||LB||6-3||210||Pierce CC (Calif.)|
|Isaiah Johnson||DB||6-1||210||Iowa Western CC|
|Kevin Short||DB||6-2||185||Fort Scott CC|
|Colin Spencer||DB||5-10||179||Wilson HS (Dallas)|
|Mark Thomas||WR||6-2||210||Nassau CC (N.Y.)|
NOTE: Players who have made commitments have not signed a letter of intent; signing day is Wednesday.