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KU football lands juco defensive tackle Combs

Kansas coach Charlie Weis is keeping the junior college recruiting pipeline flowing, landing two more commitments on Tuesday, including one from juco defensive tackle Marquel Combs of Pierce Community College in Woodland Hills, Calif. 

Combs, one of the most highly recruited juco players in the country, unveiled his choice late on Tuesday night. It ended a recruitment that included close to 50 offers and interest from many other schools. Before Tuesday, Combs, 6-3 and 305 pounds, had strongly considered KU, K-State and Washington State before narrowing his choices to KU and K-State.

"[I] know where i should be," Combs wrote on Twitter on Tuesday night, "and its in kansas." 

Combs, who has continually talked — and tweeted — about assembling a "Dream Team" of recruits at Kansas, continued that vow on Tuesday night. Maybe the words "Dream" and "Team" don't exactly jibe well with your usual 1-11 program. But for Combs, it makes sense. 

"I love my decision," Combs told "Now I just want to be a good recruiter for KU and keep the talent coming in."

Combs' junior college teammate at Pierce, linebacker Marcus Jenkins-Moore, had already committed to KU earlier in the fall. Now, both come to KU pursuing what Weis believes he can deliver to juco recruits: immediate playing time and a chance to play for a staff with NFL experience.

So far, the juco commitments are stacking up.

Earlier Tuesday, Isaiah Johnson, a defensive back out of Iowa Western Community College, committed to Weis and KU. Johnson, 6-1 and 210 pounds, picked Kansas after receiving offers from New Mexico, Northern Iowa and Wyoming, among others, according to

Johnson’s commitment came just a day after Rivals reported that Cassius Sendish, a cornerback at Arizona Western Community College, verbally committed to KU. Sendish, 6-2 and 185 pounds, also had offers from K-State, BYU and Illinois, among others.

The additions of Johnson and Sendish should help fill a void in the secondary. The Jayhawks started three seniors — safeties Bradley McDougald and Lubbock Smith and cornerback Greg Brown — in the unit this season. Junior cornerback Tyler Patmon and sophomore cornerback JaCorey Shepherd will be back next year.

With the additional commitment of kicker/punter Trevor Pardula (DeAnza College, Calif.) this past weekend, the Jayhawks now have 17 players in their 2013 recruiting class, including 11 junior college players. That includes 10 new commitments and defensive back Dexter McDonald, who will return to KU after a year at Butler County. Kansas also recently lost commitment Taylor Lewis, a defensive back from DeSoto, Texas, to Oklahoma State, according to Rivals.

Here’s the full list of commitments:

Ben Johnson, TE, Basehor-Linwood HS (Basehor, Kan.); Montell Cozart, QB, Bishop Miege HS (Kansas City, Mo.); Jordan Darling, QB, SM East HS (Prairie Village, Kan.); Kellen Ash, LB, Parkway South HS (Ballwin, Mo.); Joey Bloomfield, OL, Ballard HS (Louisville, Ky.); Colin Spencer, DB, Woodrow Wilson HS (Dallas, Texas); Andrew Bolton, DE, Hinds Community College (Miss.); Marcus Jenkins-Moore, LB, Pierce Community College (Woodland Hills, Calif.); Dexter McDonald, DB, Butler County Community College (El Dorado, Kan.); Tedarian Johnson, DL, Hinds CC; Sampson Failfili, LB, American River (Sacramento, Calif.); Mark Thomas, WR, Nassau CC (Garden City, N.Y.); Ngalu Fusimalohi, OL, City College of San Francisco; Trevor Pardula, K/P, DeAnza College (Calif.); Cassius Sendish, CB, Arizona Western CC, (Yuma, Ariz.); Isaiah Johnson, S, Iowa Western CC; Marquel Combs, DT, Pierce CC (Woodland Hills, Calif.)