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