Kansas announced a recruiting class of 25 on national signing day Wednesday, and only eight will not have played college football.
The Jayhawks signed 17 junior college players, the most in the program’s history.
“I enjoyed hitting the juco’s,” Kansas coach Charlie Weis said at a news conference. “I’d never been in them before.”
They came from junior colleges from across the country, from California to Mississippi, Arizona to New York with Kansas and Iowa in between. After a 1-11 season Weis’ first year, the Jayhawks needed a talent upgrade – immediately.
“We know there are multiple holes to fill here,” Weis said. “That’s no big secret.”
Defensive lineman could make an immediate impact. Marquel Combs, who transferred from Pierce College in California, is the top-rated junior college prospect by ESPN.com.
Chris Martin transferred from City College of San Francisco, and originally committed to Weis’s Notre Dame team as a high school junior. “I proceeded to get fired the next year, and he de-committed,” Weis said.
The secondary also could get an immediate boost of potential starters.
“Look at the volume of front line juco guys on the defensive side, you have a whole bunch of starters coming out of that group,” Weis said. Kansas signed four from the Kansas City area, including two quarterbacks: Montell Cozart of Bishop Miege and Jordan Darling from Shawnee Mission East.
Also from the region are Ben Johnson a tight end from Basehor Linwood and Dexter McDonald, a defensive back who played at Rockhurst and transferred from Butler County Community College.
McDonald started his career at Kansas, playing in seven games as a redshirt freshman.