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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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ukanjhox 1 year, 10 months ago

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Jason Keller 1 year, 10 months 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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Ralster Jayhawk 1 year, 10 months ago

Wow! Whoa...he runs a 4.4? Why thats about as fast as an Oakland Raider wide-receiver! Should be able to keep up with Div1 rcvrs. Man, what they feedin' that boy?

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jc1306 1 year, 10 months 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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jayhawkintx1973 1 year, 10 months 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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Keith Hummel 1 year, 10 months 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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KGphoto 1 year, 10 months 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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blindrabbit 1 year, 10 months 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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Jason Keller 1 year, 10 months 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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Michael Pannacciulli 1 year, 10 months ago

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

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akgjenkintown 1 year, 10 months 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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JHWKDW 1 year, 10 months ago

Good job to Coach Weis and the coaching staff!Keep it up!

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JHWKDW 1 year, 10 months ago

Good job to Coach Weis and the coaching staff!Keep it up!

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Doug Cramer 1 year, 10 months 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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Chris Bruning 1 year, 10 months ago

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

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YaBoyJrod 1 year, 10 months ago

We need OL/DL to build the program.

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ahpersecoachingexperience 1 year, 10 months ago

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april28 1 year, 10 months ago

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

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Jayhawk1958 1 year, 10 months ago

Write it down. BCS bowl in year 3.

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