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KU football 2013 recruiting class

Name Pos. Height Wt. Hometown (High school/Previous school) KUsports.com Bio
Kellen Ash LB 6-3 194 Ballwin, Mo. (Parkway South High) As a junior, Ash finished with 87 tackles, including 20 for loss, and was named all-conference, all-metro and all-state.
Joey Bloomfield OL 6-6 305 Louisville, Ky. (Ballard) Bloomfield, a three-star prospect, is rated by Rivals.com as the seventh-best player in Kentucky. He said his relationship with KU offensive line coach Tim Grunhard was key but added that he loved everything the school had to offer. He chose KU over Colorado, Houston, San Diego State and Wyoming and became the seventh player in the Class of 2013 to commit to KU.
Andrew Bolton DE 6-3 280 Raymond, Miss. (Hinds CC) During his first season at Hinds CC, Bolton recorded 65 tackles, including 18 for loss and nine sacks. That monster performance attracted attention from some of college football’s biggest names, as Alabama, LSU and Ohio State were among the several schools showing serious interest in Bolton.
Rodriguez Coleman WR 6-3 195 Garden City (Garden City CC) According to JayhawkSlant.com, Coleman had planned to make his way to Cincinnati after his two-year juco stint, which began at Fort Scott CC. However, Coleman reopened his recruitment and schools like KU, K-State and others started to call. KU assistant Clint Bowen also was the lead recruiter for Coleman.
Marquel Combs DT 6-5 305 Woodland Hills, Calif. (Pierre CC) 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 — the four-star defensive tackle chose the Jayhawks.
Montell Cozart QB 6-2 180 Roeland Park (Bishop Miege) Cozart, who played high school ball for KU offensive line coach Tim Grunhard, is a three-star prospect according to Rivals.com and is the fourth quarterback to commit to Kansas since Weis took over in December, joining Dayne Crist, Jake Heaps and Turner Baty. Cozart was named the Gatorade Player of the Year in Kansas last year after throwing for 2,448 yards and 31 touchdowns and rushing for 550 yards. HE had scholarship offers from Minnesota, Northern Illinois and West Virginia and was receiving serious interest from at least half a dozen more BCS schools.
Jordan Darling QB 6-4 226 Prairie Village (Shawnee Mission East) Darling, a three-star prospect according to Rivals.com, was the second quarterback in the 2013 class to pick KU — Bishop Miege High QB Montell Cozart committed in March 2012 — and the fifth QB brought to town by new head coach Charlie Weis since he took the job in December 2011.
Samson Faifili LB 5-11 240 Sacramento, Calif. (American River Juco) During his first two juco seasons Faifili registered 110 tackles, including 14 for loss and 12 sacks. He had offers from Charlotte, Hawaii, Iowa State, Nevada and Oregon State. He canceled a visit to Iowa State and said his commitment is solid and his trips are finished.
Zach Fondal OL 6-5 295 Corsicana, Texas (Navarro Juco) Fondal canceled trips to Arkansas and Texas Tech and committed to KU after meeting with KU coach Charlie Weis and recruiting coordinator Rob Ianello. The two-star offensive tackle becomes the 18th player to commit in the Class of 2013 and KU’s 12th junior-college pledge.
Ngalu Fusimalohi OL 6-3 300 San Francisco, Calif. (City College of San Francisco) The guard chose KU over Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon State, San Diego State and Western Michigan. KU coach Charlie Weis and offensive line coach Tim Grunhard also played a big role in landing the lineman, who came from the same school as KU quarterback Turner Baty.
Colton Goeas LB 6-2 245 Honolulu (St. Louis HS) Goeas, a three-star prospect, chose KU over offers from Hawaii, Tennessee, UCLA and Washington State. He became the 25th member of KU’s 2013 recruiting class.
Ishmael Hyman WR 6-0 169 Holmdel, N.J. (Saint John Vianney) Wide receivers coach Rob Ianello was the lead recruiter for Hyman, and the three-star recruit told JayhawkSlant.com's Jon Kirby that a 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 KU in February and report to campus in the summer.
Marcus Jenkins-Moore LB 6-3 210 Woodland Hills, Calif. (Pierre CC) A three-star prospect, according to Rivals.com, Jenkins-Moore had scholarship offers from a dozen other BCS-conference schools including Kansas State, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Texas A&M and Texas Tech.
Ben Johnson TE 6-6 225 Basehor (Basehor-Linwood) During his junior year, Johnson caught 56 passes for 956 yards and 12 touchdowns. Rivals.com lists Johnson the top tight end prospect in Kansas for the 2013 class.
Isaiah Johnson S 6-1 207 Council Bluffs, Iowa (Iowa Western CC) Johnson, a 6-foot-1, 207-pound safety, comes to KU just weeks after winning a national championship with Iowa Western Community College. He led the NJCAA in interceptions for most of the season with eight.
Tedarian Johnson DT 6-3 285 Raymond, Miss. (Hinds CC) Johnson finished the 2011 season with 38 tackles and five sacks and has the potential to play either defensive tackle or end at KU. He is a juco teammate of current KU commitment Andrew Bolton and becomes the 11th member of the Class of 2013 to pledge his services to the Jayhawks.
Dexter McDonald CB 6-2 203 El Dorado (Butler County CC) Listed as the No. 12 overall prospect in the state of Missouri by Rivals and the 77th cornerback nationally in the class of 2010, McDonald received offers from Illinois, Missouri, Kansas and Iowa State. He played seven games for KU in 2011, picking up 17 tackles before transferring after the season to Butler County CC. He was re-recruited by the Jayhawks in 2012.
Trevor Pardula K/P 6-5 210 DeAnza, Calif. (DeAnza College) During the 2012 season, while earning all-conference honors, Pardula averaged 44 yards per punt and landed 14 kicks inside the opponent’s 20-yard line. Many recruiting analysts expected Pardula to be tough to pull away from his home state, but it sounds like a weekend visit in December, which was hosted by quarterback Turner Baty, put Kansas over the top.
Cassius Sendish CB 6-2 190 Yuma, Ariz. (Arizona Western CC) Sendish chose Kansas over offers from five other BCS-conference schools including Kansas State and Iowa State. He was an all-region and all-conference selection in 2012 at Arizona Western, the same school that produced KU wide receiver Josh Ford, who hosted Sendish on his visit back in September. Although the two came from the same school, they never played together.
Kevin Short CB 6-2 185 Fort Scott (Fort Scott CC) A first-team NJCAA All-American, Short chose the Jayhawks over Arkansas, Houston, Louisiana Tech, LSU, Mississippi State and Syracuse. The three-star prospect became the third cornerback — and fourth defensive back — in the 2013 class to commit to Kansas, joining juco players Isaiah Johnson, Dexter McDonald and Cassius Sendish. Safeties coach Clint Bowen was the lead recruiter for Short, who hails from Florissant, Mo., and, in 2012, became Fort Scott’s career leader in interceptions with eight.
Pearce Slater OL 6-8 340 Torrance, Calif. (El Camino CC) Many expected the athletic Slater to be a December graduate and enroll at the college of his choice in January in time for spring ball prior to the 2014 season. However, he fast-tracked his junior-college graduation and will report to KU in August in time for most of fall camp. Slater, who chose KU over offers from Arizona State, Texas Tech and Utah, will have three years of eligibility remaining.
Mike Smithburg OL 6-3 300 Council Bluffs, Iowa (Iowa Western CC) Smithburg chose the Jayhawks over interest from schools ranging from Akron and Florida Atlantic to Memphis, Illinois and South Florida and canceled a visit to Illinois. While at Iowa Western in 2012, he won a juco national championship and was an honorable mention All-America selection.
Colin Spencer HB 5-10 174 Dallas (Woodrow Wilson) Spencer’s score of 141.12 was the top score at the 2012 Nike 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.
Mark Thomas WR 6-1 225 Garden City, N.Y. (Nassau C.C.) Thomas was being pursued by West Virginia, UConn, Purdue and Arizona State, but he said his bond with KU receivers coach Rob Ianello and the pieces in place at KU made his decision easy.
* — Updated July 17, 2013

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