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Originally published June 5, 2012 at 09:19p.m., updated June 6, 2012 at 12:24a.m.

KU picks up another commitment as Dallas cornerback taps Jayhawks

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He might not be rated as the top player in the Class of 2013, but he was the top performer at the Nike Football SPARQ Combine earlier this year.

And now he’s a Jayhawk.

Tuesday night, the Kansas University football team picked up an oral commitment from Colin Spencer, a 5-foot-10, 174-pound cornerback from Woodrow Wilson High in Dallas.

Spencer’s score of 141.12 was the top score at the SPARQ Combine and the third best score of all time. He ran a 4.42-second 40-yard dash, a 3.87-second shuttle run and also turned in a 41.7-inch vertical jump.

Sources told the Journal-World that Spencer is regarded throughout Texas as an elite athlete who could play a number of different positions including corner and wide receiver. His immediate future appears to be on defense, and the Dallas native told Jon Kirby of JayhawkSlant.com that he was thrilled to commit to a school which featured former Dallas Cowboys coach Dave Campo as its defensive coordinator.

“Knowing what he can teach me as a corner is great,” Spencer told Kirby. “I’m excited to learn a little of what he knows.”

Spencer also had high praise for KU coach Charlie Weis.

“... He seemed like a great guy,” Spencer told Kirby. “You can tell he cares a lot about people.”

KU was the first school to offer Spencer and that appeared to make the difference. He chose Kansas over interest from TCU, Arkansas, Texas A&M, Tulsa, Louisiana Tech, and SMU and still plans to attend The Opening, in Oregon, which will feature some of the top prospects in the nation.

Spencer becomes KU’s fifth commitment in the Class of 2013 and the second in two days. He joins Shawnee Mission East quarterback Jordan Darling, who committed Monday night, as well as Bishop Miege QB Montell Cozart, Basehor-Linwood High tight end Ben Johnson and St. Louis linebacker Kellen Ash.

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JJHAWK 2 years, 1 month ago

Matt, When do we find out who our new fifth year players are?

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Jayhawk1958 2 years, 1 month ago

Write it down. BCS bowl in year 3.

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championhawks 2 years, 1 month ago

I think recruiting is a big part of it, but not the only thing. Don't forget Weis had some pretty big recruiting classes at ND and but didn't perform well enough for a BCS bid.

I'm not a Weis hater, I love having him as the KU coach, but I'm not one to jump the gun and get too optimistic before we take the field!

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bigreed 2 years, 1 month ago

Weis went to 2 BCS bowls in 4 years at Notre Dame.

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John Randall 2 years, 1 month ago

But those 2 years were early, with mostly holdover players. Anyway, what ND did then is history, significant for what was learned more than what was done.

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Robert Brown 2 years, 1 month ago

I like your optimism, but given the full round robin conference schedule, making it back to a BCS bowl (if that term is even used in the future) is going to be a very tall order. The 2007 team was fortunate in not having to play UT, Tech and OU the year they went to the Orange Bowl. That is never going to happen with a ten team league.

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jhox 2 years, 1 month ago

We would have beaten all but OU on that list, that year. I can recall being disappointed to not have Texas on the schedule that season. That Texas team wasn't all that good. OU likely would have beaten us, but I recall watching them pound MU and thinking that our team would have matched up with them a little better than Missery did.

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rob4lb 2 years, 1 month ago

So even in your best case scenario, we would have lost two conference games and not go to a BCS bowl which was my point. And you don't know what would have happened against UT and Tech. It is not as if KU blew out alot of teams that year in conference. I remember nail biters with A&M, CU, and K-State, none of which were close to Top 25 teams like UT and Tech were.

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rob4lb 2 years, 1 month ago

K-State was clearly overrated. They didn't even go to a bowl that year and we barely beat them. To assume we would have beaten Texas and Texas Tech is a huge leap of faith.

KU took advantage of a weak schedule to get an Orange Bowl bid and then proved they belonged in the game by beating Va Tech. There is nothing wrong with that. It was a great accomplishment.

It's going to be much harder to replicate that season given the tougher future schedules.

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John Randall 2 years, 1 month ago

Realistically, four games in the 2007 were very close and winning all four was simply a violation of laws of probability.

Not finishing the comeback at Arrowhead saved KU from possible embarrassment in conf champ game.

That whole season was lightening-in-a-bottle!

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Mike Hart 2 years, 1 month ago

BCS bowl in year 3? Idiotic...

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Cmill1221 2 years, 1 month ago

Not really.... Mangino did it in 6.

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squawkhawk 2 years, 1 month ago

What part of "unranked" do you not understand. Meh.

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John Randall 2 years, 1 month ago

I don't understand the part where most of you value ranking over performance. Why would you rather crow about ranking before the game than celebrate after?

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april28 2 years, 1 month ago

Campo said that he needs athletes to defend the spread...I guess he just got one!

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ahpersecoachingexperience 2 years, 1 month ago

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waywardJay 2 years, 1 month ago

Actually I wondered if he used the same photographer that Coach K uses to pose his team at various spots on campus.... you know since they are never seen on Campus.

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Ben Kliewer 2 years, 1 month ago

I wasn't sure if that's Ahperse what was talking about, or the fact that the kid looks like an Abercrombie and Fitch model.

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YaBoyJrod 2 years, 1 month ago

We need OL/DL to build the program.

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Chris Bruning 2 years, 1 month ago

BCS bowl in three years with the biggest star, Tony Pierson, a Turner Gill recruit. lol

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Doug Cramer 2 years, 1 month ago

YaBoyJarod is right. I'm not getting excited about this defense until they can bring in some quality D-linemen.

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Jeff Kilgore 2 years, 1 month ago

Exactly right. We are going to have major leaks again on offense this year unless our returning linemen vastly improve. Against Baylor, they played very well for three quarters. Maybe there is more there than I saw last year.

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oldalum 2 years, 1 month ago

Better conditioning should help there. They always seemed to run out of gas last year.

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John Randall 2 years, 1 month ago

Big potential help. Still, two players where six were needed is just a step in the right direction.

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akgjenkintown 2 years, 1 month ago

Unfortunately, none are truly Jayhawks until they sign their official and binding letter. Hopefully all we honor their verbal commitments.

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Michael Pannacciulli 2 years, 1 month ago

Sounds like he is an athlete...let's hope he can also play ball.

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NebraskaJayhawk 2 years, 1 month ago

Good point, but Campo is obviously a teacher of the game which bodes well for KU when they pick up high quality athletes like Spencer the Dispenser to play defense. I like the pick up and look forward to seeing this kid's contribution after a year under Campo's tutelage.

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Jason Keller 2 years, 1 month ago

Now this is news. Looks like Campo's ties in Texas are already paying off. Let's go get em'.

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blindrabbit 2 years, 1 month ago

jhox:: After the debacle of the 2004 KU/Longhorn game in Memorial Stadium how can you feel confident the the 2007 KU team would have beaten the Horns. It was obvious from 2004, that conference had overhyped Texas to the point that they we going to win regardless of the play on the field. Granted Vince Young was amazing in that game, but the game ball should have been awarded by the Horns to the officiating crew. Not an A&M fan at all, and a proud owner of some real longhorn cattle, but I can understand the Aggies wanting to get out of the dominance of UT.

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KGphoto 2 years, 1 month ago

What an athlete. Just from watching a couple videos you can see he has the potential to get bigger AND faster. To think he's running low 4.4s at 17 years old is scary. And whether you believe it's a true 4.4 or not, you can't cheat on the 41 inch vert.

Love his highlight reel. Don't know why they kept throwing his way but he looks like a natural ball hawk. He blocks about 5 kicks and runs down a couple RBs from 15-20 yards back. Blitzes, special teams tackles, trick plays...

Glad we got to him early.

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KGphoto 2 years, 1 month ago

There are also some more schools on the list, including Alabama, Michigan St., Colorado, Louisville, Harvard and Yale.

http://espn.go.com/college-sports/football/recruiting/player/_/id/138398/colin-spencer

Anyone know why he has no star rating?

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Keith Hummel 2 years, 1 month ago

This kid is a freak athlete. With the coaches we have he will undoubtedly develop into a great corner. He has been flying under the radar, but since his performance at the SPARQ Combine a bunch of big-time programs have taken notice. My biggest concern now is how he reacts when some of those programs start giving him offers. He's stated that his dream school is Arkansas. Will he stay committed to KU if the Hogs offer him a scholarship? I sure hope so, but it will be interesting to watch.

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DevilHawk 2 years, 1 month ago

He will be coached by Dave Campo, who is recognized as one of the best defensive coaches in the country.

He will also be practicing against the Charlie Weis offense, and CW is recognized as one of the best offensive coaches in the country.

While there are various reasons to choose a different school, I would believe that those two factors - in addition to Campo's and Weis' connections to the league - are very good reasons to pick and stay with KU.

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Micky Baker 2 years, 1 month ago

4.42 40 yard dash and 41.7" vertical leap? He's going to be able to close in on receivers and jump higher than many of them to get some INTs. He adds about 20 lbs. and doesn't lose that edge, he can be pretty good.

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jc1306 2 years, 1 month ago

Not too many white guys turning in SPARQ times that fast. Interesting prospect who seems ultra athletic. Way to go coaching staff!!!!!

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waywardJay 2 years, 1 month ago

4.4? sure, but are his hands softer than an Oakland Raiders Receiver....

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Jason Keller 2 years, 1 month ago

I watched all of 10 minutes of film on this kid and I will promise all of you that this is THE most talented defensive player KU has recruited in at least 5 years, and I say that respectfully. He has the raw speed and instincts to play on the perimeter and the toughness to blow up lead blocks on toss and sweep. He could dominate every receiver KU has right now, again respectfully. With this kid and the linebacker from Florida, our defense is already twice as good... I just wish Spencer was coming in this year. I don't know what our record will look like at the end of the year but, you can kiss the 40 point blowouts goodbye. We'll be able to do some things.

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