LAWRENCE — In some ways, Chris Martin is just the type of football recruit that Charlie Weis wants at Kansas. Martin, a former five-star defensive end recruit from Aurora, Colo., has spent the first couple of years of his college career on the move. From a start at California, to a year at Florida, to a short stint at Navarro Junior College in Corsicana, Texas, to a final stop this season at the City College of San Francisco.
By RUSTIN DODD
The Kansas City Star
Even better, Martin originally committed to Notre Dame in 2008, when Weis was still coaching the Irish.
Martin, now a four-star juco recruit, is a potential impact defensive end who needs a place to showcase his talent. And Weis is coach of a 1-11 team with a roster full of holes and plenty of open spots.
On Saturday night, Martin decided that Kansas would be the best spot for him, committing to play football for Weis a second time, according to Rivals.com.
"I've always looked at him (Weis) as a mentor," Martin saind in an interview with Rivals.com. "He's a straight-shooter and he wouldn't steer me wrong."
That concludes a few years of school-hopping for Martin, whose time at Florida in 2010-11 overlapped with Weis’ one-year stint at the Gators’ offensive coordinator. KU strength coach Scott Holsopple was also at Florida before coming to Kansas. Martin’s travels have also included some off-field problems. Before leaving Florida, Martin was cited for possession of marijuana, according to multiple reports.
The commitment wrapped up a wild week of recruiting for Kansas, which has shifted intense focus to the juco ranks during this recruiting season. Among the highlights: The Jayhawks landed defensive lineman Marquel Combs (Pierce CC), one of the top juco recruits in the country; Fort Scott defensive back Kevin Short, an NJCAA All-American; and Garden City Community College receiver Rodriguez Coleman. Weis also hit on two key offensive-line recruits, Zach Fondal of Navarro Junior College, and Mike Smithburg of Iowa Western. Ishmael Hyman, a high school receiver from New Jersey, also committed.
"I don't know if there's another head coach in American that's been on the road recruiting the whole last two weeks," said Jon Kirby, a recruiting analyst for Rivals. "I think (KU) did it by starting relationships early and selling playing time."
Kansas now has 23 commitments in its class of 2013, including 16 from the junior college ranks, according to Rivals.com. The Jayhawks sit fifth in the Big 12 in Rivals class rankings and 30th nationally.