Sunday, December 9, 2012

Kicker commits to KU


As the 2012 season played out and the Kansas University football team routinely struggled in the kicking game, KU coach Charlie Weis made it clear that upgrading the position would be a top priority in the offseason.

Sunday, after welcoming more than a dozen recruits in for the weekend, Weis learned he was at least part of the way there when Trevor Pardula, of DeAnza College in California, orally committed to the Jayhawks.

Pardula, who is from San Jose, Calif., chose the Jayhawks over San Jose State. According to, those were the only schools to offer the 6-foot-5, 210-pound punter and kickoff specialist.

Last season, while earning all-conference honors, Pardula averaged 44 yards per punt and landed 14 kicks inside the opponent’s 20-yard line.

Many recruiting analysts expected Pardula to be tough to pull away from his home state. But it sounds like this weekend’s visit, which was hosted by quarterback Turner Baty, put Kansas over the top.

“I liked everything about the visit,” Pardula told’s Jon Kirby. “Everything blew my expectations away. All of the guys on the team were great.”

Pardula becomes the 14th member of KU’s current recruiting class. He is expected to graduate this month and will enroll in classes at KU in time for spring practice.

KU in Combs’ final two

He still has not made a final decision, but junior-college standout Marquel Combs, a 6-5, 305-pound defensive tackle from Pierce Community College in Woodland Hills, Calif., revealed Sunday night that he had narrowed his list to two.

“I’m not committed,” wrote Combs, who goes by the Twitter handle @TheReal_92. “But (it’s) between the 2 Kansas schools.”

Combs, a juco teammate of KU commitment Marcus Jenkins-Moore, a 6-3, 210-pound linebacker at Pierce C.C., visited KU with Jenkins-Moore back in September. The two went to Kansas State on Dec. 1.

Combs has said throughout the past couple of weeks that he would make his decision on Dec. 18, one day before the midyear transfer signing period begins.

Back at it

It promises to be another busy week for the KU coaching staff. Weis and all of his assistant coaches are expected to be back on the road recruiting, and, with the KU men’s basketball team playing host to Belmont on Saturday night, the upcoming weekend could be another key visitation period for potential signees.

Sunday evening, through Twitter, Weis offered a glimpse into what his week would look like.

“One more busy week of recruiting before quiet and dead periods for the holidays. Tough travel week ahead,” Weis wrote, via @CoachWeisKansas. “Starting in Mississippi, but traveling from Florida to Hawaii then back to the midwest with stops in Texas, Iowa, Kentucky, before Kansas!”


Kirk 1 year, 4 months ago

Dear Combs,

KSU: sell

KU: buy


Micky Baker 1 year, 4 months ago

Cassius Sendish, CB, from an Arizona Juco, also committed to Kansas today. 6'2" 4.5 40, 185 lbs. Not bad height and at least decent speed.


hawkdds 1 year, 4 months ago

I agree, Marquel could open the floodgates. Does anyone know anything about

I agree, Marquel could open the floodgates on recruiting. Does anyone know anything about Ty McKinney--the silence does not bode well.RCJH


Dyrk Dugan 1 year, 4 months ago

Cassius Sendish....(love that first name)...had offers from Ill., KSU, and Iowa St. among others....6-2 185 lb. DB.....let's bring 'em in HCCW!

Welcome Cassius!


troutsee 1 year, 4 months ago

JC cornerback from Arizone just signed. 6'2" 185lbs and fast.


jhawkrulz 1 year, 4 months ago

I thought we had a kicker that had to sit out a year due to transfer rules?

Anyways, I anticipate a lot of visits, some family time over the holidays, and than some great recruiting news.


danno1313 1 year, 4 months ago

Hopefully this kicker has a little more range than this year's version. (about 15 yards!)


KGphoto 1 year, 4 months ago

Way to go Kathleen Ba... er... Turner Baty!! Keep the SoCo pipeline rolling.


Jake Waddle 1 year, 4 months ago

Traveling to Iowa to recruit Iowa Western kids??? Or is there someone else?


Jim Jackson 1 year, 4 months ago

He originally committed to ND out of HS, and he also knows Weis and Holsopple from UF.


Jim Jackson 1 year, 4 months ago

Hopefully Marquel commits. Turning a program around from a 1-11 record will garner a lot of national attention.

Other news guys; a guy named Chris Martin is supposed to be visiting this upcoming weekend. He was an Army All American D- End in HS and transferred to JUCO from Florida after he got in some minor trouble.;_ylt=Au9UvgIYIkWXMhGbQExPZt1IPZB4


vd 1 year, 4 months ago

Good thing he left before this cold weather hit. Walking to classes in Kansas vs. California. 70 vs. 5 degrees. You have to be a good salesman.


MoralVictory 1 year, 4 months ago

A little disappointed that we only received one immediate commitment from the weekend. Hopefully, more will come after players return home and consult with their families.


shelleysue 1 year, 4 months ago

Dear Marquel. Please come to Kansas and help turn this thing around. You could be a crucial piece of making things special again here again. We love our Jayhawks, Lawrence is an amazing place, and you won't regret being part of what's to come! ROCK CHALK!


jhkprd 1 year, 4 months ago

He IS a placekicker according to the article. A kickoff specialist should be able to kick field goals with some practice.


JHWKDW 1 year, 4 months ago

Anything is better than what we had! Well keep up the recruiting Weis!


Adam Gerval 1 year, 4 months ago

I was much more excited when I thought this guy was a place kicker.


pepper_bar 1 year, 4 months ago

Why is Weis traveling to Hawaii?


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