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KU signing day: Jayhawks officially sign 14 players
02/06/2013 12:33 PM
05/16/2014 9:03 PM
The paperwork and signatures began to flood in early on Wednesday. By early afternoon, the Kansas football program had confirmed the signings of 14 players.
The Jayhawks entered the day with 11 members of their 2013 recruiting class already signed — a number that includes defensive lineman Ty McKinney, who was originally a member of last year’s recruiting class, and high school defensive back Colin Spencer, who graduated early and will participate in spring practice in Lawrence.
Here’san overall outlook on KU’s latest recruiting class
, and here’s the list of who has signed so far, to be updated throughout the day.Kellen Ash, LB, 6-3, 194, Ballwin, Mo.
One of the early commitments in the 2013 class, Ash has the speed to likely profile as an outside linebacker. He'll need to add some weight, but he was ranked as the 10th best recruit in Missouri, according to Rivals.com.Joey Bloomfield, OL, 6-6, 305, Louisville, Ky
It's not often KU goes into Kentucky and grabs a kid rated as the 57th best offensive tackle in the country. But Bloomfield committed last summer and stuck with KU even after K-State came in later and offered.Andrew Bolton, DE, 6-3, 280, Hinds CC (Miss.)
Bolton suffered a season-ending knee injury last fall, but he possesses the type of talent that should allow him help a maligned KU pass rush.Montell Cozart, QB, 6-2, 180, Bishop Miege
An athletic dual-threat quarterback, Cozart played under KU offensive line coach Tim Grunhard at Bishop Miege before Grunhard came to KU last year. He's rated as the fourth-best recruit in Kansas, according to Rivals.
Jordan Darling, QB, 6-4, 226, Shawnee Mission East
A high school quarterback from right in the Kansas City-area, Darling played one season at SM East after transferring in from Waco-Midway in Texas. A son of a military family, Darling threw for at least 1,000 yards in three different states. One of the top-rated pro-style quarterbacks in Kansas, Darling has the physical tools and size that made him an early priority for KU coach Charlie Weis.Samson Faifili, LB, 5-11, 240, American River CC (Calif.)
Faifili, a linebacker with some size, was a standout for American River Community College (Calif.) last season. He's also the second-cousin of former Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o, who was recruited by Weis.Ishmael Hyman, WR, 6-0, 169, Holmdel, N.J.
The Jayhawks have a huge need at receiver, and Hyman, a high school standout from New Jersey, picked Kansas over offers from Boston College, Syracuse, Purdue and Rutgers, among others.Ben Johnson, TE, 6-5, 230, Basehor-Linwood
Another local prospect who committed early, Johnson is rated as the sixth-best recruit in the state of Kansas.Isaiah Johnson, DB, 6-1, 210, Iowa Western CC
Johnson picked KU after receiving offers from New Mexico, Northern Iowa and Wyoming, among others, according to Rivals.com.Kevin Short, DB, 6-2, 185, Fort Scott CC
Short played safety and cornerback at Fort Scott, setting the school's all-time mark for interceptions. He could battle for a spot in depleted secondary.Mark Thomas, WR, 6-2, 210, Nassau CC (N.Y.)
Thomas, who committed to KU last October, picked the Jayhawks over Connecticut and Marshall, according to Rivals.com.Rodriguez Coleman, WR, 6-3, 195, Garden City CC
Coleman committed to Cincinnati out of high school before spending two seasons at Garden City and re-opening his recruitment.Colton Goeas, LB, 6-2, 245, Honolulu, Hawaii
KU was active on the recruiting trail in Hawaii, and the extra focus helped them land Goeas, the son of former NFL lineman Leo Goeas.Marcus Jenkins-Moore, LB, 6-3, 210, Pierce CC (Calif.)
A junior college teammate of Marquel Combs, who signed in December, Jenkins-Moore was rated by Rivals as one of the top junior college linebackers in the country.Already signed
Marquel Combs;DT;6-3;305;Pierce CC (Calif.)
Zach Fondal;OL;6-5;295;Navarro JC (Texas)
Ngalu Fusimalohi;OL;6-3;300;CC of San Francisco
Tedarian Johnson;DT;6-3;285;Hinds CC (Miss.)
Chris Martin;DE;6-5;260;CC of San Francisco
Dexter McDonald;DB;6-2;203;Butler CC
Trevor Pardula;K;6-5;210;De Anza, Calif
Cassius Sendish;DB;6-2;185;Arizona Western CC
Mike Smithburg;OL;6-3;300;Iowa Western CC
Colin Spencer*;DB;5-10;179;Dallas, Texas
Ty McKinney**;DL, 6-3;310;Trinity Valley CC*High school player already on campus ** Originally a member of last year's recruiting class