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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Kicker commits to KU

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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 Rivals.com, 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 JayhawkSlant.com’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!”

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pepper_bar 1 year, 8 months ago

Why is Weis traveling to Hawaii?

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Dirk Medema 1 year, 8 months ago

Uh, to recruit. There are some FB players there, and I seem to recall one of the JC players was from there, so he's probably home on break already. Then again, who knows what Charlie has up his sleeve besides sleeping on planes.

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Dirk Medema 1 year, 8 months ago

Reeve Koehler, 6'4'', 321 #37 OG / ESPN 78, Honolulu, HI, Saint Louis School

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Dirk Medema 1 year, 8 months ago

Could also be Tigi Hill, 6'3'', 220, OLB from Kahuhu, HI (Mesa Community College). He's not ranked, but it does say that we have offered him.

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BPSkelly 1 year, 8 months ago

Although obviously the pool there is small, there are a couple of high schools there that crank out FB players. Most end up in the Pac, Wac, Mountain West. If Charlie thinks we've got a shot, its likely worth the trip. I quite sure staying a day or two on an island paradise isnt to horrible either... even if it is a work trip.

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texashawk10 1 year, 8 months ago

He did talk Manti Te'o into going to Notre Dame instead of USC where most of the elite Hawaiian players end up so I think he could talk a less than elite Hawaiin player to Kansas.

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texashawk10 1 year, 8 months ago

Doherty progressively got worse as the season went along, not sure how big a factor his groin injury early in the season was because Doherty was third in punting in the Big 12 in 2011 and his average dropped over 2 yards this year. Competition is always a good thing and will only make both Doherty and Pardula better.

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MoralVictory 1 year, 8 months ago

It's tough to kick and punt at the collegiate level. Once the kicking went south for Doherty, it seemed that the punting went awry, too. I was unaware of his groin injury, and that injury would have a huge, huge impact on either a kicker or a punter.

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Casey Gee 1 year, 8 months ago

I believe we have a place kicker on our team already who becomes eligible to play next year.

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BPSkelly 1 year, 8 months ago

Agreed. While it wouldnt have turned the tide, it's hard to imagine this past season wouldnt have been easier on us had we had a guy who could nail some good, deep FGs. My guess is this will improve, only because if it gets worse, its time to check the soccer team for kickers.

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GridironHawk 1 year, 8 months ago

Kansas doesn't have a men's soccer team.

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texashawk10 1 year, 8 months ago

Not one that's sponsored by the Big 12, but they do have a club team.

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vd 1 year, 8 months ago

Not with this coach. He ran off one of the top kickers in the nation.

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NebraskaJayhawk 1 year, 8 months ago

If you're suggesting Mueller was one of the top kickers in the nation, you are not being realistic. I don't care if he was a top prospect or not, the kid could not perform.

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Dirk Medema 1 year, 8 months ago

Did not perform as a true freshman. Could not assumes a bit more, but very valid point and much closer to the truth than vd's comment.

The only players CW has "run off" are the ones that were not tough enough to make the grade on and off the field.

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NebraskaJayhawk 1 year, 8 months ago

Yeah, I'm not saying he wouldn't have developed, but the kid did not appear to have that great of a leg especially being a four star prospect out of H.S.

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texashawk10 1 year, 8 months ago

Mueller flat out did not have the distance in his leg to ever live up to his rating. There is a significant transition from high school to college and learning how to kick off the ground instead of using a tee like in high school. Mueller struggled with that transition and I don't think his range distance wise was more than about 40 yards. His range for accuracy was much less. A kicker with potential that will get more accurate with time is Bertolet at TAMU. That kid was wildly inaccurate as he missed 4 or 5 XP's this year along with several more chip shots, but he also legitimately, ie. not wind aided, made multiple 50+ yarders this year. That's someone who has the potential to turn into one of the best kickers in the nation in a couple of years.

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Boouk 1 year, 8 months ago

According to espn.com, he was a 3 star prospect and KU was the only school that offered him coming out of high school.

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Boouk 1 year, 8 months ago

Mueller got benched for Ron Doherty last season idiot.

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kualum95 1 year, 8 months ago

Both NebrasksJayhawk and Boouk are idiots because Mueller never kicked for Weis, never was given an opportunity, Weis was all about grabbing scholarships to bring in his crappy players at other positions. Mueller was the 3 ranked Kicker by ChrisSailer, won his National competition out of 300+ kickers and nailed 3 game winners in his Jr and Sr years in HS, with over a 85% FG percentage. A kid doesn't change that quickly. Being sent in on his first college kick for a 50 yrder when the team was down 40 points made no sense. 3 of his misses were due to lack of blocking from the side or bad snaps because they didn't use the #3 LS in the country with Gibas. Know something about the kids before you spout off!

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Boouk 1 year, 8 months ago

How was I wrong? Mueller did get benched in 2011 for Doherty.

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kualum95 1 year, 8 months ago

I agree with vd. Mueller was ran off when Weis decided to not renew his scholarship and only have one for Doherty who could punt and placekick. Look where that got him this year. Mueller never played for Weis and isnt' a special teams expert so not sure why or how he made that decision w/o giving him an opportunity to at least prove himself.

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jhkprd 1 year, 8 months ago

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

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texashawk10 1 year, 8 months ago

Not necessarily, kickoffs are off a tee and field goals are off the ground at the college level which is an adjustment and not everyone makes the adjustment to kicking off the ground very well.

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shelleysue 1 year, 8 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!

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KGphoto 1 year, 8 months ago

I have a feeling Marquel is going to be the guy who finally cracks open the recruiting door for Weis at Kansas. The real life one, not the imaginary former-highly-ranked-transfer one. If he can land Combs over Snyder it could be the beginning of something great. The beginning of a reversal in the State of Kansas' pendulum swing.

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NebraskaJayhawk 1 year, 8 months ago

I would agree with this statement. He is a crucial "get" for us.

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MoralVictory 1 year, 8 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.

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Mangino_Maniac 1 year, 8 months ago

Just a little disappointed? I think it's a terrible sign that at least five of these 'targeted' recruits didn't commit immediately.

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troutsee 1 year, 8 months ago

We just had an 185 lb 6'2" very fast cornerback from Arizona Western CC commit

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vd 1 year, 8 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.

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Dirk Medema 1 year, 8 months ago

He's SJ, so it's generally 50's and 60's. Facilities trumped a little extra sunshine, and "quarterback Turner Baty, put Kansas over the top" with the biggest completion of the year without ever playing a down.

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Kman_blue 1 year, 8 months ago

Yeah, what dagger said. It's usually in the 50's on a typical winter day in the greater Bay area (SF-SJ-Oakland) while it's usually in the 30's or 40's in Lawrence on a typical winter day. Yeah, it can and does get colder, but it's almost never only 5. That's more like Iowa, Wisconsin or Minnesota weather.

Also, some recruits from places like California and Florida like the change of weather. I recall KU getting a couple of commitments several years ago from some California recruits because it snowed in Lawrence on their visit and they had a blast out sledding down the hill in it! LOL

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Jim Jackson 1 year, 8 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.

http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/recruiting/player-Chris-Martin-141010;_ylt=Au9UvgIYIkWXMhGbQExPZt1IPZB4

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Jim Jackson 1 year, 8 months ago

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

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Kman_blue 1 year, 8 months ago

Weis was the coach at ND when he committed to them, so he also knows Weis from that earlier recruitment. I think he transferred to Florida because that's where Weis ended up also, so I think he really likes coach Weis and the idea of playing for him. Hopefully he still does and commits to KU!

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Jake Waddle 1 year, 8 months ago

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

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texashawk10 1 year, 8 months ago

I know there were a couple of Iowa Western kids that were in Lawrence this past weekend so probably a follow up with those guys, but I wouldn't be shocked if there's some HS kids in Iowa Weis has his eye on as well. Iowa is a great state for producing linemen on both sides of the ball and hopefully Weis takes advantage of KU only being a few hour drive away from anywhere in Iowa.

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Boouk 1 year, 8 months ago

They have a 6'0 210 pound safety that runs a 4.5 40. He has said KU is the favorite and his second best offer is Wyoming, so expect him to commit sometime.

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KGphoto 1 year, 8 months ago

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

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KGphoto 1 year, 8 months ago

SoCo? Too early I guess. Other than the fact he's from Northern California, I'm guessing Baty isn't helping recruit any Southern Comfort kids either.

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KGphoto 1 year, 8 months ago

Yeah, I know the area. That's why I had to stop posting until I had my coffee.

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danno1313 1 year, 8 months ago

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

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jhawkrulz 1 year, 8 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.

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texashawk10 1 year, 8 months ago

KU does have a kicker that sat out last year. The kid they just signed is a punter and kickoff specialist.

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troutsee 1 year, 8 months ago

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

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Dyrk Dugan 1 year, 8 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!

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hawkdds 1 year, 8 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

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Micky Baker 1 year, 8 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.

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Kirk 1 year, 8 months ago

Dear Combs,

KSU: sell

KU: buy

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