University of Kansas

February 5, 2013

Kansas football recruiting outlook

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

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

Top five recruits

Name Pos. Rank Ht. Wt. School
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.

* national position ranking

** 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 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

Commitments (14)

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. School
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.)
Ben Johnson TE 6-5 230 Basehor-Linwood
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.

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