Originally published December 10, 2012 at 07:01p.m., updated December 11, 2012 at 12:01a.m.

Junior college cornerback Cassius Sendish picks Kansas


Hard-hitting Cassius Sendish became the most recent junior-college standout to pledge his services to the Kansas University football team, orally committing to KU coach Charlie Weis on Monday.

Sendish, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound cornerback from Arizona Western Community College, chose Kansas over offers from five other BCS-conference schools including Kansas State and Iowa State.

With multiple starting spots open in KU’s secondary, Sendish figures to have a shot to step into immediate playing time, and he believes he’s ready.

“I like to play against no-huddle teams, teams that like to throw the ball and spread the defense out,” Sendish told the Journal-World. “I’m gonna do my job. And if we’re gonna play man, I’m gonna have my man all game, and coach isn’t gonna have to worry about that. I know what I can do, and I’m confident that I’ll be able to do it in the Big 12 Conference. Of course, I’m gonna have to work for it, but I’m gonna do just that. My plan is to earn what I’m given.”

The chance to play right away, along with the opportunity to be coached by Weis and defensive coordinator Dave Campo proved huge in Sendish’s decision.

“There was no way I could turn down being coached by Dave Campo,” Sendish said. “He’s obviously one of the best DB coaches out there, and he’s coached players like Deion Sanders and Darren Woodson.”

Sendish was an all-region and all-conference selection this season at Arizona Western, the same school that produced KU wide receiver Josh Ford, who hosted Sendish on his visit back in September. Although the two came from the same school, they never played together. Sendish played just one season at Arizona Western after transfering from College of the Canyons in California.

The Washington, D.C., native is tightly connected to KU commitment Marcus Jenkins-Moore, a linebacker, and junior-college defensive tackle Marquel Combs and safety Isaiah Johnson, both KU targets.

Sendish becomes the 15th athlete — and ninth juco player — in the Class of 2013 to commit to KU. He will sign his letter of intent Dec. 19 and is expected to enroll at KU in time for the spring semester.

Spencer coming early?

The Journal-World has learned that Dallas commitment Colin Spencer, a 5-10, 179-pound cornerback from Woodrow Wilson High, may be on pace to graduate high school early and enroll at KU in time for the spring semester and spring football.

Spencer, who orally committed to KU last June, made his official campus visit last weekend.

During his senior season at Woodrow Wilson, Spencer played both offense and defense. Although he was recruited as a cornerback, he could emerge as a candidate to play either defensive back or wide receiver in college.


MoralVictory 8 years, 11 months ago

Winning recruiting battles against teams that beat us by a combined score of 1-million to 3 is definitely good news. Yes, we are going to get some guys because we have holes to fill, but you've got to crawl before you walk - so welcome aboard Cassius!

Let's go bowling!

SEsco10 8 years, 11 months ago

Please bring Combs with you!!!

DreamTeam2013 !!!!

Boouk 8 years, 11 months ago

I think this coaching staff's recruiting strategy is the best way to get the best players possible to KU. All the JUCOs we have committed appear to be able to help immediately at positions where we need significant upgrades. I think our biggest needs now are at S, WR, DE, and LT. With 12 spots still available, I think we should use at least 2 at S, WR, and along the DL, and get at least one more CB and LT.

Boouk 8 years, 11 months ago

Also, we should be able to play man coverage more than 5% of the time next season despite losing 3 starters in the secondary. Hopefully JaCorey Shepard makes big strides with a full offseason at his new position and he overtakes Patmon on the depth chart.

Dirk Medema 8 years, 11 months ago

Patmon fills the nickle spot nicely, so hopefully Jacorey's progress let's Tyler return to where he was most successful.

Bobby Burch 8 years, 11 months ago

Great get 'Hawks! Now hopefully Combs jumps on board. Rock chalk!

David Meredith 8 years, 11 months ago

Let's not forget McCain, Heaps, and the other big DT that wasn't eligible last year. Should be much improved.

Boouk 8 years, 11 months ago

If Combs commits to KU, we'll be super deep at DT next season with Combs, Tedarian Johnson, Ty McKinney, Tavai, Agostino, Stowers, Young, Williams, and Tyler Holmes coming off his red-shirt.

Dirk Medema 8 years, 11 months ago

I think there are thoughts of using Tavai and Stowers at DE at times in big-boy packages, and it's best to be at least 2 deep across the DT's in particular, even after injuries.

kureader 8 years, 11 months ago

"Cassius Sendish"

Say that name three times ... really fast. We need a nickname!

I like that he picked us over --- K-Straight!

Great job, Campo!

milehighhawk 8 years, 11 months ago

Or ALI -- the db who floats like a butterfly, stings like a bee!

nuleafjhawk 8 years, 11 months ago

I know nothing about this kid, but I LOVE the name!

I hope he Sendish the receivers back to the line of scrimmage (or the bench) with tears in their eyes and a hurt in their ribs. Not a bad hurt, of course, just a " I just got the crap knocked out of me " kind of hurt.

Jonathan Allison 8 years, 11 months ago

we've had some great DBs at KU. Even recently with Charles Gordon, Aqib Talib, Chris Harris, and Justin Springer, but here's hoping that Cassius is "The Greatest"!

KGphoto 8 years, 11 months ago

Justin Springer, the 240 pound cornerback?

Micky Baker 8 years, 11 months ago

If Combs comes, which we'll know in about a week, we're talking some major improvement on defense here. Lots of speed and hard hitting tough guys with an attitude.

amatxjayhawk 8 years, 11 months ago

Am I dreaming this or is this staff recruiting in a way that makes us less dependent on Texas players? If that is the case that could be a good thing since the local competition is so great.

Michael Lindsey 8 years, 11 months ago

You're not dreaming amatxjayhawk. The coaching staff is recruiting from Hawaii & Calif. to Brooklyn,NY and down to Florida as well as TX.

Mark Lindrud 8 years, 11 months ago

We are filling holes desperately needed. This is what Snyder does and it has worked so its a good model to follow for us. There should be a faster tema out there and I felt all season we neded more speed, so far it sounds like its coming.

KGphoto 8 years, 11 months ago

I keep hearing this, but weren't we pretty fast last year? Ben Heeney is considered fast. He may be the slowest of our LBs, but he's also our best. Huldon Tharp and Bakare are both speed guys. Lockdown Brown and Jacorey Shepard are blazing fast. Michael Reynolds and Toben Opurum are fast. For his position McDougald was probably our slowest player and he was also our best defender.

I understand wanting to be fast, but who exactly is going to be faster next year? I don't know how fast Smith, Patmon or Love are, but if our two best defenders were among the slowest, isn't speed a bit overrated?

texashawk10 8 years, 11 months ago

Speed means nothing without ability. Turner Gill tried putting speed on the defense and it resulted in one of the all time worst defenses. Put players out there that have good instincts and know their assignments and you will get players who play fast. Ben Heeny and Huldon Tharp don't have the greatest straight line speed, but the know where their supposed to be and they have good instincts so they play faster than what they really are.

KGphoto 8 years, 11 months ago

"Put players out there that have good instincts and know their assignments and you will get players who play fast."

That's perfectly stated.

Jim Jackson 8 years, 11 months ago

Phog, this says he is still open. Any site which names us the leader? He would be a huge addition.

Joe Baker 8 years, 11 months ago

Nice - These guys need to understand they have a chance to play sooner than later. Speaking of Sooner, I haven't heard a word from Hutch High standout Geneo Grissom at OU.

This is what happens when you go to a school like OU for football:

He would so play if he transferred to KU. But the article didn't imply there were any notions of a possible transfer. It appears Venables little I-35 road trips will pay huge dividends with Grissom.

What a wasted player:

soapisurfriend 8 years, 11 months ago

Also, Kevin Short tweeted at him at him and said he might be joining him. If this happens Combs will be as close as ever.

LAJayhawk 8 years, 11 months ago

"...after transferring from College of the Canyons in California."

Holy crap. That's my neck of the woods. Gives me even more reason to cheer for the kid.

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