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Sunday, November 18, 2012

KU football program lands oral commitments from Juco LB and WR

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Although the outcome left the Memorial Stadium bleachers nearly empty and 23 seniors on the verge of tears, it appears that Saturday’s 51-23 loss to Iowa State was not a total loss for the Kansas University football program.

Rivals site JayhawkSlant.com is reporting that two junior college prospects committed to the Jayhawks following Saturday’s loss to the Cyclones.

Samson Faifili, a linebacker at American River juco, orally committed to the Jayhawks immediately after the loss.

During his first two juco seasons Faifili registered 110 tackles, including 14 for loss and 12 sacks. It sounds as if the opportunity to be a part of KU’s ongoing rebuilding project appealed to the 5-foot-11, 240-pound inside linebacker.

"Coach Weis told me before I committed that it is easy for a recruit to jump on a train that's already going" Faifili told the web site. "But it takes a strong person to go somewhere to help build something. I want to go in and help build a team and hopefully lead them to Big 12 championships."

Faifili had offers from Charlotte, Hawaii, Iowa State, Nevada and Oregon State. He cancelled his upcoming visit to Iowa State and said his commitment is solid and his trips are finished.

Not long after learning of Faifili’s commitment, JayhawkSlant reported that Mark Thomas, a 6-foot-1, 205-pound wide receiver from Nassau Community College in New York (former school of KU lineman Aslam Sterling) also had orally committed to Kansas.

Thomas was being pursued by West Virginia, UConn, Purdue and Arizona State, but said his bond with KU receivers coach Rob Ianello and the pieces in place at KU made his decision easy.

"I think the future is good and I believe Jake Heaps is going to be a very good quarterback," Thomas told JayhawkSlant’s Jon Kirby. "He set all kinds of records at BYU. The history that Charlie Weis has also speaks a lot about the future. I think if we get the right players we can open up the offense. I liked a lot of people I met. I felt at home."

The addition of Faifili and Thomas brings KU’s commitment list in the Class of 2013 to 13. Both players made official visits to KU over the weekend.

Weis said last week that KU was in position to sign as many as 27 players in the class.

Comments

beebe1 1 year, 4 months ago

Our "System" may look like K State, but they can "tackle" and "cover".

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rockchalk_dpu 1 year, 4 months ago

Well the good news continues to roll in for recruiting. KU just picked up a commitment from an offensive lineman out of City College of San Francisco, Ngalu Fusimalohi.

Guy looks like a pretty good get at 6' 3" 300, and could fill take over immediately for the departing seniors. Based on his video, looks like he has quick feet, solid blocking downfield and plays either the left or right side of the line so Grunny could have a nice roadgrader on his hands.

http://www.hudl.com/athlete/832161/highlights/17174375

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Jennifer Nikkila Pressgrove 1 year, 5 months ago

I am also pretty optimistic for the future, but let's not forget they are losing a lot of talent on the offensive line and McDougald and Oporum on defense. The secondary is still going to be a little rough next year unless recruiting brings in immediate help. But if there is a QB who can complete more than 50 percent of passes next year to some receivers that can get open, the offense will be balanced and potent.

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KGphoto 1 year, 5 months ago

5'11" 240... Thump!

Looks like he can move it too, with a 4.5 40, and they call him Lil Troy. Nice, but somebody needs to tell them he has 30 pounds on Polamalu.

http://content.bandzoogle.com/users/PolyWideSports/images/content/faifili.jpeg

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akgjenkintown 1 year, 5 months ago

By KSU getting pounded by Baylor we are stuck with a SEC team again in the championship game with Notre Dame who has played the weakest schedule of the top 6 teams. One loss by KSU negated the entire Big XII conference and again shifts the football power to the south and to an independent. How Oregon who lost in OT to a ranked Stanford team dropped behind 3 SEC is a joke. The BCS is a travesty. Why college football has to wait for a playoff is a joke.

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Ralster Jayhawk 1 year, 5 months ago

Need speed & talent. I appreciate everything that Weis, Campo, Grunhard, Ianello, Mitchell, and Holsopple are doing for us. Honestly, I dont feel so bad after watching KState get pounded by Baylor. KSU has about 3 key injuries--> and you see how they quickly resemble "KU2012". So we may be a few talented playmakers away, but the complicating factor is we do lose 20+ seniors. Nevertheless, I'm excited as hell for next season...

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Boouk 1 year, 5 months ago

By the way, Thomas's 40 time: 4.4 seconds. Kudos to Ianello for finding this diamond in the rough.

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Marc Frey 1 year, 5 months ago

I know that this is pure theory and "what ifs", but a few more good players and we would have won 3 more games. With 6 or 7 better players and we may have been bowl or bowel eligible. Each year, there are a couple of Big 12 teams we can beat, if we play well and we get some breaks. With a better team, we win those plus our non-conference. We are not that far away.

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James Naismith 1 year, 5 months ago

Nassau knows how to win.

2012 Football Schedule

Date

Day

Opponent

Site

Time/Results

September

2

(Sun)

Delaware Valley College JV

Doylestown, PA

W(45-0)

8

(Sat)

NAVY PREP

NCC

W(47-7)

15

(Sat)

Monroe College (@ SUNY-Maritime)

Bronx, NY

W(49-7)

22

(Sat)

Erie CC*

Buffalo, NY

W(27-7)

29

(Sat)

LACKAWANNA COLLEGE*

NCC

W(31-24)

October

6

(Sat)

Hudson Valley CC*

Troy, NY

W(47-0)

13

(Sat)

GEORGIA MILITARY COLLEGE

NCC

W(50-24)

20

(Sat)

DEAN COLLEGE*

NCC

W(38-20)

27

(Sat)

LOUISBURG COLLEGE*

NCC

W(45-6)

November

10

(Sat)

ASA College*

Brooklyn, NY

L(29-30)

December

1

(Sat)

El Toro Bowl (@ Arizona Western College)

Yuma

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Boouk 1 year, 5 months ago

Next year we'll have at least 3 LB's in Heeney, Marcus Jenkins-Moore, and Faifili who can compete in the Big 12, and Schyler Miles and Jake Love should provide quality depth. LT, DL, CB, S, and K are now our biggest needs. We should be fine at WR with McCay and Thomas. Josh Ford will finally know the playbook and hopefully Turzili is stronger and more consistent.

Unless KU adds more ready to play DE's and DT's, Andrew Bolton and Tedarian Johnson might be our only DL who can compete in the Big 12. We must add at least one more DL who can start from day one or else we're counting on Kevin Young, Jordan Tavai, and Ben Goodman playing a lot next season.

If Patmon is our starting CB next year, it's going to be another bad year defensively for KU. I think we should move him and Dexter McDonald to safety and start Shepard and either Tyree Williams, Collin Spencer, or Greg Allen at CB next year. Hopefully we add at least one more S and one more CB who can contribute immediately.

I think we should keep Aslam Sterling at RT and try to get a LT who can start next year on the recruiting trail, because do we want Riley Spencer or Pat Lewandowski starting next year at LT? We should be fine everywhere else at OL with Martin, Admire, Dent, and Sterling.

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Doug Cramer 1 year, 5 months ago

Good to see we got the linebacker. We need to get some young talented d-linemen going in this recruiting class.

Look J-Doc - I see ur point about Faifili committing to us after we get pounded. But I'm not sold that Weis will be able to get the talent that we need to compete in the big 12.

Now that we can look back on the season...I think Weis and Campo did a nice job with what they had. But if they don't get some studs in here...especially on the D-Line...then this program will continue to struggle against Big 12 competition.

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Brandon Pope 1 year, 5 months ago

Pretty impressive to land a guy like the linebacker. Think from that kid's perspective. He sees KU get drubbed by Iowa State at home. Makes state bowel eligible and means KU would need about 60 more games on the schedule this year to achieve the same. What does he do? Goes and cancels his visit to Iowa state and commits to KU. I think it says a lot about how Weis is selling this program right now. As well as the recruiting talent of his staff. It's going to take time but the players are coming.

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Janet Scott 1 year, 5 months ago

We need all the help we can get.

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