Kansas University commitment Marcus Jenkins-Moore caused quite a stir late Wednesday afternoon, when he posted on both his Facebook page and his Twitter account that he had plans to take an official visit to Louisville.
Jenkins-Moore, one of the biggest KU supporters in the current recruiting class, hails from Louisville and the news spread quickly. Fans took to message boards and Twitter in search of answers, some going as far as to say their hearts dropped or that their days were ruined.
In the end, it all turned out to be much ado about nothing.
When reached by phone by the Journal-World, Jenkins-Moore said he was just “bored” and simply was “playin' around.”
Later, on the social media sites, he said he simply floated the fake message out there to see if KU fans would notice.
They did. And so did he.
Later, he returned to the popular sites to post the following soothing statements:
“I was just playin,” he wrote on Facebook. “It's Rock Chalk til the death of me!”
As for Twitter, the Pierce Community College linebacker was busy responding to numerous KU fans but also fit in the following: “Just playin around a lil bit! No worries #Kansas ! There's only gonna be one hat present in 7 days! Cracked a joke on my #KU family! Forgive me.”
Jenkins-Moore more is one of 15 players expected to sign national letters of intent next Wednesday, the first day of the regular football signing period.
Jenkins-Moore said he could not wait to make it official and that he had started a countdown for his arrival on campus.
As for his partner in crime, Pierce defensive tackle Marquel Combs, who was not believed to be in on the Twitter/Facebook prank, Jenkins-Moore said he thought Combs would be returning to Pierce for the spring semester to finish up classes that did not transfer and the two of them would report to Lawrence in June.
That was just his read on the situation, though, and by no means is official. Combs signed with KU in December and had planned to arrive on campus in time for the start of the spring semester but has not yet reported.
We'll keep an eye on that situation as well as Twitter, but don't expect any more jokes from Jenkins-Moore before next Wednesday.