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Originally published December 11, 2012 at 11:23p.m., updated December 12, 2012 at 12:36a.m.

Four-star defensive tackle Marquel Combs picks KU football via Twitter

Kansas commit Marquel Combs. Rivals.com contributed photo.

Kansas commit Marquel Combs. Rivals.com contributed photo.

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Another big day on the recruiting front turned into a huge night for the Kansas University football team, which learned late Tuesday that highly coveted defensive tackle Marquel Combs, of Pierce Community College in Woodland Hills, Calif., had committed to KU.

Combs, a 6-foot-5, 305-pound, four-star defensive tackle, made his choice about a week earlier than expected and announced it via Twitter after some serious build-up.

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Four-star defensive tackle Marquel Combs, KU football's latest junior college commitment, worked up this slogan to describe KU's 2013 recruiting class.

“I would love to say thanks to everyone who supported me,” Combs wrote. “But I know where I should be and it’s in Kansas wearing blue and red #rockchalk!!”

When reached by the Journal-World late Tuesday night, Combs divulged why he went ahead with his decision.

"I felt like there was no need to wait," he said. "And I wanted to get on board to help with recruiting."

Last week, Combs, who goes by the name "Quel" (pronounced Kwel), reached 50 scholarship offers, most from BCS-conference programs including five Big 12 schools and several SEC and Big Ten programs. After narrowing his list down to KU, Kansas State and Washington State — and then again to KU and KSU last weekend — Combs chose the Jayhawks and instantly became the gem of what’s shaping up to be a solid class loaded with junior college talent.

Unlike many prospects, who seem to labor during the recruiting process, Combs maintained a playful demeanor throughout, whether on Twitter, Facebook or in person on his visits.

"I really did enjoy the whole thing," Combs said. "I'm happy with my decision and I'm ready to get to work."

Combs visited KU the weekend of the Rice game and said his choice ultimately came down to the opportunity to make a name for himself with the Jayhawks and in the Big 12.

"I just feel like I can come in and make an immediate impact," Combs said. "I wanted to show everybody that I can help rebuild a program. It's not about going to a program that's already built. I'm not trying to be a number. I want to be a reason why that program was built."

Combs plans to sign Dec. 19 and is expected to arrive in time for the start of the spring semester in January. That will allow him to participate in spring football.

Earlier in the day, KU picked up an oral commitment from Isaiah Johnson, a 6-1, 207-pound safety from Iowa Western Community College.

“I know from talking with Coach (Charlie) Weis that we’ve got a lot of juco guys coming in,” Johnson told the Journal-World on Tuesday. “And if we do all sign, with what everyone’s capable of doing, we can really change this program back into what it should be.”

Johnson and Combs are the 16th and 17th members — and 10th and 11th juco players — in the Class of 2013 to commit to KU.

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Adam McEwen 1 year, 4 months ago

Dream Team? Recruiting? Championship? This guy is completely out of his mind, and he's exactly the kind of guy we need. Welcome to the family Marquel! Rock Chalk!

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beebe1 1 year, 4 months ago

Great!

Now teach 'tackling', 'coverage', and develop a valid "Defensive Scheme' that doesn't allow open receptions.

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pbouldenv 1 year, 4 months ago

Welcome aboard Combs! Dreamteam! This dudes film is impressive. RCJH!

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JHWKDW 1 year, 4 months ago

Well I guess way to go is in order for Coach Weis. I like! I like this alot!

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mikehawk 1 year, 4 months ago

Normally, you hate to see so many JUCO players, but we have no choice. Bill Snyder did much the same thing in bringing KSU out of the grave. Once you get more street cred with your program, you have a better chance of landing promising 4 year players. Love this guy's attitude of wanting to build something, not just sustain and maintain. I am sure it is part of the The Old Ball Coach's sell. We need more of this type swagger coming in. We need to give Weis all of the support we can. He ain't running away and he is "all in." There are signs it is slowly beginning to take hold.

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swigrimm 1 year, 4 months ago

In one week, Rivals.com rated KU from dead last in Big 12 football recruiting to #6 (avg player ranking of 2.94 stars) just behind TCU (3.0 avg stars) and ahead of Texas Tech, Baylor, Iowa State and K-State (which is now dead last). Not bad for a week's work. Keep it up, CW&Co!

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Boouk 1 year, 4 months ago

Way to early prediction for next season: 5-7 with wins over our non-con opponents, TTU, and WVU. I think Heaps will play as good or slightly better than he did his freshman year at BYU, but I don't think he'll have enough help at WR to get us to a bowl game. I think the 6'2 210 pound JUCO WR Mark Thomas, who runs a 4.4 40, will be our best WR next season, and McCay will be a bit of a disappointment.

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troutsee 1 year, 4 months ago

Hats off to Coach Weis and the entire staff for all the hard work that they have done so far. It looks like it is starting to pay off on paper. Hopefully, it will translate to the field of play.

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Tony Bandle 1 year, 4 months ago

Sometimes the story of a season goes beyond wins and losses:

2011 - won 2, lost in last part of game 2, competitive 1, blow-out losses 7.

2012 - won 1, lost in last part of game 4, competitive 2, blow-out losses 4.

Clearly, there is a positive trend....but there's still a long way to go.

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KUsmitty4 1 year, 4 months ago

Keep them coming baby!! Rock Chalk!

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Ralster Jayhawk 1 year, 4 months ago

Frankly, the biggest excitement for me is that these motivated recruits simply put a lot more ammunition in the hands of Campo & Weis in the chess game that is a defense vs. an offense. We need the jimmies and joes, well-rehearsed in OUR Xs and Os. We need it all. We are beginning to acquire some pieces. Sims and Pierson now getting some help. And none of this is anything Weis/Campo/Grunhard/Bowen/Wyatt/Mitchell/Zenger/&analytical KU fans didnt already know...

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texashawk10 1 year, 4 months ago

My new avatar is a design done by Marquel Combs that he designed and has been sending out a group of players he is trying to get to join him at KU.

http://kansas.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1448174

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Ralster Jayhawk 1 year, 4 months ago

Just need to get to a respectable level of confidence in all 3 phases of the game. Takes recruits and time-in-system. I got time. Dont know about everybody else, but I've got all day, month, year after year after year. See it happen when it happens.

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Terry N Tom Denner 1 year, 4 months ago

AWESOME !!! Need some help fellow Hawk fans, go over to Wichita Eagle.com and sign up to post on their sport section. I'm getting ganged up on by several Beaker Haters, KST A-HOLES !!

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KGphoto 1 year, 4 months ago

Just a tally of our recruiting victories over the grapes thus far. Each of whom had an offer on the table from Bill "Family" Snyder.

QB - Jordan Darling ***

OT - Joey Bloomfield ***

QB - Montell Cozart ***

DT - Quel Combs ****

LB - Marcus Jenkins-Moore ***

CB - Cash Sendish ***

TE Ben Johnson *** was in contact with KState but was not offered.

Anybody know the number of guys KState has landed over us? Guys we have both offered but chose to be purple. I don't have time for the legwork today.

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Ralster Jayhawk 1 year, 4 months ago

Hooray for Quel! Welcome, big man! Do you all see the Weis Plan at work here: WIN the line of scrimmage. Got GrunhardProBowlerNFLoffensive Lineman coaching the O-line. Got NFL Dcoord coaching D...and immediately switched to 4-3, putting more beef up front. Kids want to play for our staff. Serving pro-aspirations serves us also. Positive plays get positive limelight for everybody. And I'm not on the Calipari bandwagon, just a basic fact of making enough + plays to get the W, and the accolades that go with it. KU was improved against the run, but on critical 3rd downs, we still are needing pass defense work: from line pressure on QB, to LBs in proper position in zone looks, to bump&run CBs that throw off QB-to-WR timing routes. It all works together on D, especially at the NFL level, and you see Campo trying to install that at KU. Now add all this HUGE influx of defensive talent, and there is real hope for a possible quantum jump by the defense.

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jaycard 1 year, 4 months ago

Now, for 2013, bring back the Jayhawk on the helmets!

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phogphan2000 1 year, 4 months ago

Little disappointed Jenkins-Moore didn't get a mention in the article as it sounded like he pushed hard for KU from Quel's corner.

Also want to point out to those that whine about all the comments in basketball stories about recruiting during football season that this football story in what is now basketball season has around 100 comments.

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Jack Jones 1 year, 4 months ago

Just might turn in to a pretty good player eventually!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Christopher Hauser 1 year, 4 months ago

2012 highlight film for Colmbs. Guy looks like he has a pretty good motor.

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KGphoto 1 year, 4 months ago

Best part of this is that he narrowed 50 scholarship offers down to KU and KState, and THEN picked KU. It's a classy alternative to throwing a purple ball cap over your shoulder and donning the crimson and blue at a press conference.

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Reuben_J_Cogburn 1 year, 4 months ago

Muffle your enthusiasm, people.

The only reason we should be excited about this guy is because we beat K-State and other BCS schools in the recruiting game.

Have none of you learned a lesson about hype and preseason expectations? Not only is it embarrassing on the field come September, but posting about how great our recruits are, and how better our record will be, only sets us up for the kind of humiliation we endured this year.

Landing this kid is great, but none of you should give two craps about this until you see him play.

Ground yourselves a bit.

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shelleysue 1 year, 4 months ago

I LOVE that these guys want to come to KU to help build something special. Says so much about the type of people and players they are and we are fortunate beyond words to have them at KU. Also love that Quel wants to get busy recruiting. I see more good things happening on the recruiting end and I look forward every day to reading about it. THANK YOU guys for coming to Lawrence to help build up our football program. This is one fan who is SUPER grateful. Best of luck to all of you. ROCK CHALK!

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hailtoku 1 year, 4 months ago

"I'm not trying to be a number. I want to be a reason why that program was built."

Rock Chalk.

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canuckhawk 1 year, 4 months ago

Here it is...December...and KU football. F-O-O-T-B-A-L-L. Is all over the kusports.com website. Even after an rotten season and with a highly ranked bball team (like usual). This is really something to behold. It's a festivus miracle.

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NebraskaJayhawk 1 year, 4 months ago

Great "gets" this week! We sooooo need WRs though. Not convinced McCay is going to tear it up. I do think Turzilli is going to have a breakout season though. We need to land some big receivers with decent hands. Maybe Ford will product next season.

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Tony Bandle 1 year, 4 months ago

Here are some thoughts on the future of the GridHawks.

1] At 1-11 Charlie has at least brought the runaway train to a stop and bottomed out. 2] With a year's resume of the roster on the books and a full year to recruit, he can start stockpiling talent, JUCO and High School, to upgrade and fill in the gaps. 3] I will predict right now that they will NOT be bowl eligible in 2013, however, they will make positive strides and they will make anyone who beats KU pay a high price. 4] Save your pennies because in 2014, Kansas starts a "Bowling" appearance streak. 5] I also believe that sometime in the not too distant future, the Border War will once again be fought!!

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milehighhawk 1 year, 4 months ago

Just picked up Zach Fondal this morning -- OTackle, beat out Arkansas, South Florida and Texas Tech among others.

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sports4life 1 year, 4 months ago

Where are all the negative comments I saw through out the season how Weis and Co. couldn't recruit? If you read this and you were one of those who have the patience of a two year old, please feel free to post your opinion again.

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Joe Baker 1 year, 4 months ago

Welcome Mr Combs- Keep 'em coming Coach

I know from talking with Coach (Charlie) Weis that we’ve got a lot of juco guys coming in,” Johnson told the Journal-World on Tuesday. “And if we do all sign, with what everyone’s capable of doing, we can really change this program back into what it should be.”

Gotta luv it

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Reuben_J_Cogburn 1 year, 4 months ago

Can we settle down for just a moment?

Have we forgotten the impact, or lack thereof, of highly-recruited JUCO players, not to mention 4-5 star recruits, on this program?

And for God's sake, never mention the word, "cavalry," again.

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Kent Noble 1 year, 4 months ago

Would love to see the HAWKS, get back to the bowl games! ROCK CHALK JAYHAWK!!!!

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aaemer 1 year, 4 months ago

So many recruits going to KU because they can be standouts or make a name for THEMSELVES. Doesn't necessarily mean the team is going to improve much if they are all in it for themselves alone. I tell you what we need are kids like those over in Manhattan, they may not be the top recruits or anything but they sure do know how to come together and play like a team.

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Mike Barnhart 1 year, 4 months ago

These juco's will really help this year but will be a huge impact as seniors in 2014.

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1 year, 4 months ago

Where can we get a t-shirt with Quel's slogan on it? Our team is going to be a lot of fun to watch over the next couple of years.

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eastcoasthawk 1 year, 4 months ago

Great news! Welcome Kwel! Looking forward to next year already!

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jhox 1 year, 4 months ago

Bring on the cavalry...the immediate help we need. Hopefully we will now have a pass rush. Our linebackers are pretty good. Let's land a few more quality DB's and the defense will be in business.

A couple of game changing receivers on offense would be nice as well, so Heaps has people to throw to.

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Jim Stauffer 1 year, 4 months ago

I cannot remember a time when I felt we could recruit with anyone in the league. Yes, we have a ways to go in that regard, but the staff we have can do it once we have some decent results.

I do agree our location is more desirable than most in our league. As a result when we win 8 games we will draw better talent than all but two or three teams in the league.

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msezdsit 1 year, 4 months ago

He still has plenty of time to come to his senses. Hope we keep him.

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nuleafjhawk 1 year, 4 months ago

" It's not about going to a program that's already built. I'm not trying to be a number. I want to be a reason why that program was built."

Clearly - this is why Coach Self can never land a good recruit.......

For those of you who haven't had your coffee, or are K-State fans, this is sarcasm.

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swunruhawk 1 year, 4 months ago

Good hustle to get this story Matt. This is a nice early Christmas gift to KU football.

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squintseugene1 1 year, 4 months ago

Charlie Weis is killing on the recruiting trail this week, I mean 4 really good pick ups at positions of need in 3 days. Keep it up Charlie and KU will return to bowl games in the very near future.

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THE_REAL_DEAL_WITH_BILL_MCNEIL 1 year, 4 months ago

We need to find Banks Floodman another semester of eligibility.

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Ferd Magellan 1 year, 4 months ago

This is further proof of how hard it is to recruit to Manhattan, KS. KU closes out three of their worst years in program history and still beats a BCS bowl-bound KSU team on the recruiting trail. They need to find some kind of anti-aging drug fast for Snyder or they'll be in deep trouble soon.

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Ferd Magellan 1 year, 4 months ago

It's very exciting that we're landing so many quality JUCO players. We took a major leap forward in '05 thanks to their contributions.

As for Combs, this summary by a scout explains why he had offers from half of the schools in the country:

"Combs lines up as the nose guard in LA Pierce's base 3-4. He is often double and triple teamed without giving ground in the running game. He has a strong base and can occupy two blockers at once. He has a quick first step, and on the rare occasions he only faces one blocker, he can beat him off the snap often. More of a straight ahead bull rusher than a change of directions pursuit player, Combs is a load in the middle"

http://mississippi.scout.com/a.z?s=177&p=8&c=1&nid=6115122

Not since McClinton and Wilder did we have anyone who would draw double teams. Our returning defenders have to be more excited than our fans right now.

I just hope his first step is fast enough to attack the quick-pass spreads in the Big 12.

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stm62 1 year, 4 months ago

Let this be another sign that the dark days are coming to an end. It's SWEET to win a recruiting battle against The Purple. Welcome Marquel !!!

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Michael Sillman 1 year, 4 months ago

Great get. Does anyone know if Ty McKinney is still going to enroll at KU in January? With McKinney and Combs, we might really have a defensive line.

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jgkojak 1 year, 4 months ago

Imagine not letting Top 20 teams score 50 on us - that's half the battle.

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Micky Baker 1 year, 4 months ago

Rock Chalk. Welcome aboard. This is huge. Marquel, welcome to Jayhawk nation. This is really like a family, even though you'll see us bickering back forth from time to time. The Jayhawk family is real, and I believe you'll feel it.

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Adam Gerval 1 year, 4 months ago

THIS is the impact of Charlie Weis. And boy are the K-State fans pissy right now...

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Jeremy Bolinger 1 year, 4 months ago

MONSTER AQUISITION. Charlie Had always been able to recruit. Now develop and win ball games!

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Keith Hummel 1 year, 4 months ago

Just Awesome News!!! Cannot wait to see what Coach Campo can do with this defense next year.

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David Leathers 1 year, 4 months ago

Just made my night! Talk about sweet dreams. Rock Chalk!!

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SEsco10 1 year, 4 months ago

This is a huge get! Was hoping all along KU would get him.

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