Campus Corner

Kansas football team gets verbal commitment from player in Michigan

KU football David Beaty at a Jayhawks basketball game.
KU football David Beaty at a Jayhawks basketball game. The Kansas City Star

The Kansas football program has landed a verbal commitment from one of the top athletes in Michigan.

Marquis Smith, a native of Ypsilanti, Mich., committed to Kansas this weekend, according to Listed at 5 feet 10 and 170 pounds, Smith also held scholarship offers from Indiana, Ball State, Western Michigan and Eastern Michigan, among others.

Smith, who is rated as a three-star recruit, has played quarterback in high school. But he is expected to transition to another position at the college level. Despite hailing from Michigan, Smith has Kansas connections. Rod Jones, a former KU and NFL offensive lineman, is an assistant coach at Ypsilanti High School.

Smith becomes the sixth known commitment in Kansas’ 2016 recruiting class, according to Rivals.

To reach Rustin Dodd, call 816-234-4937 or send email to Follow him on Twitter: @rustindodd.