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Originally published December 14, 2012 at 01:08p.m., updated December 14, 2012 at 09:11p.m.

KU football lands two more juco standouts, one high school receiver

Fort Scott Community College cornerback Kevin Short, who, Friday, Dec. 14, orally committed to play football at Kansas University next season.

Fort Scott Community College cornerback Kevin Short, who, Friday, Dec. 14, orally committed to play football at Kansas University next season.

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Add another junior-college All-American to the list of Kansas University football commitments in the Class of 2013.

First-team NJCAA All-American Kevin Short, a cornerback at Fort Scott Community College, joined the party on Friday by orally committing to KU.

Short, 6-foot-2, 185 pounds, chose the Jayhawks over Arkansas, Houston, Louisiana Tech, LSU, Mississippi State and Syracuse.

The three-star prospect becomes the third cornerback — and fourth defensive back — in the 2013 class to commit to Kansas, joining juco standouts Isaiah Johnson, Dexter McDonald and Cassius Sendish.

Safeties coach Clint Bowen was the lead recruiter for Short, who hails from Florissant, Mo., and, this season, became Fort Scott’s career leader in interceptions with eight.

“Me and coach Bowen got to be real close,” Short told Jon Kirby of JayhawkSlant.com. “He always called me and stayed in touch. You could tell he cared and he will take care of me.”

Short will graduate from FSCC in May and report to KU this summer.

Short was not the only prospect to make a commitment Friday. The Jayhawks also picked up pledges from two wide receivers. Garden City C.C. wide receiver Rodriguez Coleman, a 6-foot-3, 195-pound three-star prospect who had originally committed to Cincinnati, gave the nod to Kansas, and Friday night, JayhawkSlant.com reported that Holmdel, N.J., high school wide receiver Ishmael Hyman, a 6-foot, 169-pound three-star prospect, had chosen KU.

Coleman, according to JayhawkSlant.com, had planned to make his way to Cincinnati after his two-year juco stint, which began at Fort Scott. However, a few weeks ago, Coleman reopened his recruitment and schools like KU, K-State and others started to call.

Bowen also was the lead recruiter for Coleman, who canceled a weekend visit to Kansas State and, despite recent interest from new Tennessee coach Butch Jones, formerly at Cincinnati, seems solid with the Jayhawks.

“Coach Bowen did an awesome job recruiting me,” Coleman told Kirby. “He came in and got to know me well. I felt like he got to know me on a personal level and not just about football.”

Wide receivers coach Rob Ianello was the lead recruiter for Hyman and the prep standout told Kirby that the recent flurry of commitments to KU inspired him to finalize his own. Hyman was also considering Old Dominion and Purdue and said he plans to sign with Kansas in February and report to campus next summer.

Friday’s three additions bring the number of oral commitments in KU’s current class to 22 — 15 juco prospects and seven high school athletes.

Of those junior-college players, three — Coleman and Short, along with four-star defensive tackle Marquel Combs, who tapped KU earlier this week — began their college careers together at Fort Scott. The upcoming reunion was not lost on Combs, the leader of KU’s #DreamTeam2013 Twitter movement, who hit the social media site on Friday to celebrate the news.

“I got both of my dawgs with me at KU,” wrote Combs, referencing Short and Coleman. “Just like (the) Fort Scott days!”

Comments

troutsee 1 year, 4 months ago

Yes, Martin, a 4 star D end just committed.

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soapisurfriend 1 year, 4 months ago

Chris Martin just committed. I talked to a coach today who said Martin was enjoying his visit and expected him to commit before the weekend was over, and he did. So there's that.

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W Keith Swinehart II 1 year, 4 months ago

We have an intelligent and hard working coaching team. I believe they CAN coach. Plus, we have an AD in support. Can't ask for much more.

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DocPossum 1 year, 4 months ago

Watch the spring game before making any win-loss projections. Charlie, Dave, Rob are making KU known all around the country. We need more bodies and weapons and we are getting them. Recruiting rankings don't mean much and aren't final until February anyway. Beating K-State at their own game obtaining JUCO talent is great, but beating them on the field will only be better. Holsapple will whip anyone we get into shape. Receivers who can catch will be a big improvement! (Sham)rock Chalk Jayhawk!

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2008KUGrad 1 year, 4 months ago

For you fans who are saying we win 3 or 4 games if we're lucky, you are out of your mind. We will be bowl eligible in 2013. Mark my word. I know we're coming off a 1-11 season, but we had a handful (at least 5-6) very close games, that could have swung our way. We very well could have been 4-8, 5-7, or 6-6 this year, with a couple lucky bounces vs. Texas, TTU, OSU, & even TCU (if we would have capitalized on their 5 or more turnovers.) Don't forget the non-conference games to Rice & NIU. At times, our defense look much improved, with 1st & goal for our opponent & the Jayhawks stuffing them 4 times to leave the drive scoreless.

With that said, adding these JuCo players will be a wonderful upgrade. I am hopeful the QB & WR game will be a complete 180, as it can't get any worse than it was this year. I am not worried about our running backs, they're the reason we were in all those close games. I follow these new commits on Twitter. They're hungry to be the factor in turning this program around. They're excited & cannot wait to get on the field. They absolutely hate kstate, already (if you've read the tweets kazzou fans have been sending to our recruits, you can see why.) These players, especially Combs & Jenkins-Moore & tough & excited to get here. They even tweeted out a picture of our stadium, saying how awesome it is...when all we (fans) do is criticize it.

I am sure some of the recruits won't work out, one way or another, whether it's on or off the field issues. However, with a completely different feel to our offense & defense, & the competitive nature of the current team & coach staff, & adding in these recruits who want to live up to the dreamteam2013 motto, we will suddenly forget about the past 4 seasons very soon. Rock Chalk!

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Stephen Johnson 1 year, 4 months ago

Ok. Here's my take. With HS players you really don't know if they can compete at the D1 level. They are unproven and most of them need a year at least with a strength and conditioning coach to be able to perform at this level. Juco players of the caliber of the guys we are signing can step right on the field and compete in the BIG12. BANG! As far as academics, it's not just Juco players that can fall out here, high school players can struggle as well. I am super pumped about the class HCCW is putting together.

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mikehawk 1 year, 4 months ago

This is a "try to get some wins now" dice roll, and it is kind of our only play. The program is so far down and the lack of bunches of decent to good players to compete at Big 12 level (or, as it turns out, at Conference USA level, either) leaves this as the only option to have a chance to win some games next year. Did somone say 7 and 2 next year? Surely you jest or somebody has been deep into the Blue Eggnog already. Accusations of copying Snyder at KSU? Who cares? Teams in the NFL are built on copying success from other teams. Snyder has had past success with the JUCO route, he now only has a few in the mix and the rest are 4 year players. Got to start somewhere, and this is where you have to start with current state of our program. I predict three wins next year. Four wins next year equals massive upgrade. Six and a bowl, we are talking Big 12(10) Coach of the Year. High end JUCO players with grade, character, maturity issues in your rear view mirror...come on down. Right now, we don't have any street cred with high end high school boys.

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Adam McEwen 1 year, 4 months ago

I think we are gonna punch some people right in the mouth next year. What else ya got for us Charlie?

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hawkdds 1 year, 4 months ago

With the quality of players coming in don't be surprised if there are more defections which will open up more scholarships, but Charlie will not run anyone off, its not his style. He is very loyal to his players regardless of their ability. On a jump ball I'll take the 6'3" over the 5'10 every time. Have you noticed how many 6'8'' tight ends are suddenly showing up and are good hands guys, both in the pros and college..

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MoralVictory 1 year, 4 months ago

Ultimately, who cares where the players come from? If you can reload successfully every year out of the Juco ranks, then why not do it? I understand that the idea of having long-term players in the program but I don't really care if we sign 25 a year from Juco's as long as the numbers can be managed, there is success on the field and achievement in the classroom.

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machinegun 1 year, 4 months ago

Coach Weis and his staff have worked hard all year. They are doing an outstanding job recruiting. The sky is the limit.

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Boouk 1 year, 4 months ago

With Patmon gone and Hyman committed, do we have 5 or 6 scholarships still left?

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Mark Lindrud 1 year, 4 months ago

People may not like hearing the KState way, but there's a reason Snyder has been successful. This doesn't mean we need to do this every year,but we need to do it for now. Obviously as we get not successful, we won't be go after JUcO players as much, but getting a majority of them will help for the time being. I don't care who you have to emulate to win as long as it brings success. Now it's time to coach them up and make them winners.

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daverinoku 1 year, 4 months ago

by any chance does Bruce Kallmeyer have a son?

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Boouk 1 year, 4 months ago

With Hyman committed and 5 scholarships left, I'm thinking at least one more DE (hopefully Chris Martin), S, and LT(hopefully Josiah St. John) all capable of contributing immediately. Maybe use the other two on another WR and field-goal kicker.

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Hawks58 1 year, 4 months ago

Another great pick up in Hyman. This recruiting class is shaping up rather nicely!

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milehighhawk 1 year, 4 months ago

Hyman is a Jayhawk, per Rivals

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jayhawkintx1973 1 year, 4 months ago

Kansas has now passed West Virginia and Iowa State as well is two former foes, Mizzou and Nebraska in this year's recruiting class. Up to Number 34, an improvement from number 48 two days ago.

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ahpersecoachingexperience 1 year, 4 months ago

"Just like the fort Scott days" I sure hope fort Scott can beat Rice!

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Mike Barnhart 1 year, 4 months ago

K-State's current Fiesta Bowl roster is loaded with JuCo's. Don't expect all 15 to play. I'd bet four or five don't ever set foot on campus, another four or five will be lazy and a few more will redshirt. Best guess, four of these guys will start and two more will contribute. That's actually a pretty big deal!

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Reuben_J_Cogburn 1 year, 4 months ago

Pop Quiz

What was the biggest problem in the passing game this year? A. Inept Quarterbacks B. Short WR's C. Poor Routes D. Dropped Passes E. All of the Above

Actual question, just out of curiousity.

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Randy Maxwell 1 year, 4 months ago

Snider took 9 jc's last year and 10 the yr before its how he rebuilt his program

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phog1004 1 year, 4 months ago

I feel like it has been a long time since I have been excited about KU's defense they way I am right now. I know these guys have a lot to prove on the field, but the hype is AWESOME. Aside from returning guys like Stowers, Tavai, Reynolds, Goodman, we also have #2 DT in 2013 class in Combs, the #8 DT in 2012 in McKinney, the #8 DE in 2013 in Bolton, and possibly the #5 if Martin jumps on board too.

We have some seriously talent and depth on the D-Line that I haven't seen before in a long long time (if ever). LB Unit will be strong as ever with the return of Heeney, Love, Tharpe, Miles, and the incoming MJM and Sampson Faifili.....(not to mention guys like Arnick off his RS, or Kande coming off injury)

and last but not least, I think we have real potential in the secondary to be really good there too. Sendish and Short are the #4 and #6 CB's in the class, and AA's.....both are 6'2" and fast, man coverage type guys. Add in the Safety that was second in the country in INTs, and you have 3 REALLY good pieces for Campo to work with, when added to Greg Allen, Tevin Shaw, and Shepherd who came along really nicely after the switch.

Christmas wish list will be complete when we land Josiah St John for the LT spot, Chris Martin at DE, and Hyman and/or Hunter Jarmon at the WR spot.

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MN_Jayhawk39 1 year, 4 months ago

I'm not worried about the high number of JUCO recruits in this class. These guys are looking for an opportunity to make an instant impact and KU is looking for guys who can make an instant impact. If we can have a significant improvement with the Wins and Losses next year we will catch the attention of the stud high school guys. I'm guessing this year will be heavy JUCO, next year will be 1/2 JUCO and 1/2 high school guys, with the number of JUCO guys declining each year as the program improves. K-State, WVU, and even ISU have more established programs and don't have the immediate need for the JUCO players. Another plus, is a lot of the JUCO players will be here for spring ball.

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Boouk 1 year, 4 months ago

By the way, this isn't the first time under Weis KU's beat out LSU for a recruit. JUCO DE Andrew Bolton chose us over LSU, Iowa, and Mississippi State.

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hawkdds 1 year, 4 months ago

Impressive list so far, now lets get some pipelines started to top ranked high school programs that churn out 3-5 star players annually.RCJH

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Phog4ever 1 year, 4 months ago

Hope we can get and keep all of these Juco guys academically eligible. We haven't exactly had stellar results with Juco recruits. At least we know academics are important to Charlie and he will stress that with these guys.

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ltownatrain 1 year, 4 months ago

They just keep jumping on the Rock Chalk Express....next stop....I don't know but it has to be better than the past three years.

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Ralster Jayhawk 1 year, 4 months ago

Weis needs WRs who can catch, juco WRs at least have a body of work to judge--and are more physically-developed specimens due to age. Campo needs at least 4 starter-quality DBs to allow for 2 starters, bump&run preferred, and the 3rd for nickel coverage, and the 4th for injury and dime pkgs. Gotta have the personnel to defend the spread offenses. Here's a nice reverse FACT: In playing the "scout team QB", Jake Heaps has been bizzee slingin' it all over the yard (to quote Weis) as he tried to prep the KU defense. But Campo basically admitted with this year's personnel, those spread offenses and Heaps were hard to guard. That says 2 things: Campo needs more bodies to allow "real" pass defense development, and really, entire defensive schemes development. And it says good things about Jake Heaps. Probably says good things about McKay, since he would be Heaps' primary target on the scout team also. All I can say is: I am impatient for next season, as I want to judge for myself.

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Reuben_J_Cogburn 1 year, 4 months ago

Holy crap they're over 6'1.

It's a Christmas miracle.

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KGphoto 1 year, 4 months ago

Gotta say, I've been a little down on Bowen for the special teams play, but he continues to show his value. Hopefully a lot of these guys will not only strengthen the defense/offense, but will help close the talent gap on said special teams.

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BPSkelly 1 year, 4 months ago

I wonder what is the most JUCO guys KU has ever signed to a class. This has to be amongst the most if not the most I recall. Hopefully they all can be reasonably productive and get this thing rolling.

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gdkadjayhawk 1 year, 4 months ago

The early Christmas presents just keep coming. Ty McKinney, please sign on the dotted line this Wednesday!

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