Recruiting 2013: Can Charlie Weis and Kansas bounce back?

By patmercadante
Charles LeClaire-US Presswire

One win was not what Kansas Jayhawks fans anticipated when Charlie Weis was hired as the head coach.

Last year, the Jawhawks struggled on the field and Weis was a public relations nightmare, getting involved in a  altercation with a student reporter.

Winning solves all problems and for Weis and the Jayhawks winning will begin as early next Wednesday on National Signing Day. Weis has a solid class coming to Kansas and with that class, the Jayhawks can be a factor in the Big 12 in the near future.

Currently, the Jayhawks have 25 commitments, and that is great news for Jayhawks fans.  The news gets even better as seventeen of the recruits are junior college transfers that will be able to provide an immediate impact.

Some of the key additions will be in the Jayhawks defensive front seven. Defensive ends Chris Martin, Andrew Bolton, defensive tackles Tedarian Johnson, Marquel Combs and outside linebacker Marcus Jenkins-Moore will be able to a spark on the  struggling defensive front. Martin was the 18th ranked recruit going into Florida but transferred to the City College of San Francisco. Martin had offers from Washington State and Nebraska before deciding to head to Kansas.

Jenkins-Moore had at least six other offers committed after his visit in September and he is not coming alone. Combs  had 40 other offers and was leaning between Kansas State and Kansas. Weis talked to Combs, and his recruitment of other junior college players was the difference maker in bringing  Combs to Kansas.

Bolton suffered a late injury that might have scared away Oklahoma and LSU, but that did not stop Weis and his staff. Bolton, like Jenkins-Moore is bringing a teammate in Johnson. Johnson chose Kansas over Texas Tech citing, “It felt like home.”

Weis has done an outstanding job scouting and recruiting junior colleges around the country. If Weis can get an impact out of these key additions, Kansas will be back atop the Big 12 sooner than many expect.

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