Advertisement

Monday, April 27, 2015

Former South Carolina LB announces intentions to join KU football

Tennessee quarterback Joshua Dobbs (11) dives for the end zone while pressured by South Carolina's Marcquis Roberts during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Columbia, S.C., Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/ Richard Shiro)

Tennessee quarterback Joshua Dobbs (11) dives for the end zone while pressured by South Carolina's Marcquis Roberts during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Columbia, S.C., Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/ Richard Shiro)

Advertisement

For the second time in two days, a former SEC player has decided to relocate to the Big 12 and play for Kansas University.

Less than 24 hours after former Texas A&M; wide receiver LaQuvionte Gonzalez tweeted out his plans to make KU his new college football home, former South Carolina linebacker Marcquis Roberts announced on his Facebook page his intentions to become a Jayhawk.

“Thank you to all the schools that wanted me to join their school,” he wrote in the post. “It feels like a second chance. I will be playing football and working towards my master’s degree at Kansas University. Blessed beyond belief.”

While KU can’t yet comment on the new recruit following his verbal commitment, if Roberts arrives in Lawrence already with his bachelor’s degree he would be eligible to play immediately.

Gonzalez, on the other hand, won’t participate in KU games until 2016.

A 6-foot-1, 216-pound linebacker, Roberts couldn’t compete during his first two seasons at South Carolina. In 2011, shoulder surgery left him sidelined and he used his first medical redshirt. The following year, Roberts had to utilize a second medical redshirt while sitting out to rehab his left knee (torn ACL).

The Powder Springs, Georgia, product finally got healthy and on the field in 2013, when he played in 13 games, had 48 total tackles (31 solo), 1.5 sacks, 3.5 tackles for loss, defended two passes and forced a fumble.

In 2014, Roberts didn’t replicate that success. He played in 13 games, compiled 31 total tackles (15 solo), had 1.5 tackles for loss and defended two passes.

The Post and Courier in Columbia, South Carolina, reported Roberts has two seasons of eligibility remaining after starting five games for USC this past season, and nine in 2013.

A three-star linebacker in the Class of 2011 according to Rivals.com, Roberts also received offers from Mississippi State, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Cincinnati and others before choosing South Carolina.

Comments

Jack Joiner 7 years, 2 months ago

Bring him on, need all the bodies we can get! He has experience and was healthy all last year. Welcome to KU Marcquis Roberts!

Mark Lindrud 7 years, 2 months ago

Another talent coming in a year. There is no point in having transfers come and play this year, but next year, absolutely. Let's keep bringing them in.

Aaron Paisley 7 years, 2 months ago

It sounds like he's eligible in 2015 and will have 2 years of eligibility left.

Mark Lindrud 7 years, 2 months ago

Still yet to be determined, but either way I won't argue lol. If he graduates then he is ready, but if not then he has to sit out, but either way we need bodies at the moment. Let's hope Beaty doesn't live and die by a bunch of transfers down the road like someone we knew. cough cough

Mark Lindrud 7 years, 2 months ago

I know lol. Getting a few here and there never hurts, and we can use an influx of talent. I have more trust for Beaty than the "other" guy when he came in because I had a feeling he was a bad fit. So far, Beaty definitely seems like a Kansas guy who will build this team the right way and make it better.

Aaron Paisley 7 years, 2 months ago

Quite frankly, KU needs bodies at this point.

Mark Lindrud 7 years, 2 months ago

Now you have me thinking of Drowning Pool, 'Let the Bodies Hit the Floor." lol

Micky Baker 7 years, 2 months ago

Welcome Marcquis and LaQuvionte.

I hope these guys work out. Rodriguez Coleman and Corey Avery are suspended indefinitely for something. Luckily, we have Kinner. I do like the idea of getting another WR for the following season and a guy who can potentially contribute this coming season at Linebacker.

I hope it's academics for Coleman and Avery and that they get their act together. We could really use Avery as a weapon out of the back field to run and catch the ball. Coleman didn't contribute much last year, but he does have much more potential than he's showing. Studying really isn't that hard to do. It just takes discipline. Maybe we'll find out about these two guys soon.

Dirk Medema 7 years, 2 months ago

Sort of trading Isaiah Johnson to USC for him. It's always good to get D1 players though we're in greater need in the secondary. That being said, Bates and Stewart both looked good Saturday.

Dirk Medema 7 years, 2 months ago

Gotta like the recruiting vibe in general even if we are starting out behind and in a whole.

Titus Canby 7 years, 2 months ago

Does anyone know how to pronounce "LaQuvionte?"

Jim Stauffer 7 years, 2 months ago

I guess everyone is looking for the next Russell Wilson, but I think it is unlikely or at least very rare for that to happen. This guy looks to be good for depth. Maybe can be effective on special teams.

Jonathan Allison 7 years, 2 months ago

right now I think we'd be happy to just find the next Nigel King

Commenting has been disabled for this item.