Football recruiting news and notes
What has Charlie Weis been up to for football recruiting?
By Nick Ratliff
Welcome to this week’s addition of the Recruiting Trail. With the early signing period now over for basketball and the 2013 recruiting class almost wrapped up, this week’s blog will be almost completely dedicated to football recruiting. A number of commitments have been coming in for Charlie Weis’ program in the last couple of weeks, but first the one piece of basketball news I have.
Even though he fractured his foot in a game and may miss his entire senior season, top power forward in the country, Julius Randle from Plano, Texas, scheduled three December on-campus visits. Randle will visit the University of Texas and the University of Kansas in December, visiting Lawrence on December 29th for the game against American University. He will also visit NC State in late January. Some might be puzzled why Randle would visit during the winter break at KU, when many of the students are gone. But he is visiting Austin during the winter break as well, and he may be doing so to compare the crowds and atmospheres of the schools during a so-called “cupcake” game. I would have to think KU would come out on top in that comparison if that is in fact the case.
On the football side, Charlie Weis has reeled in a number of impressive recruits in the past two weeks. Juco offensive lineman Ngalu Fusimalohi, Juco wide receiver Mark Thomas, and Juco linebacker Samson Faifili all committed since the last blog post. Fusimalohi is a big offensive guard, while Thomas is a speedy 6’1”, 205 pound wideout, and his 40 yard dash times clock in the 4.4 second range. Faifili is a very productive inside linebacker who is actually a very good pass rusher from that position, racking up 12 sacks in his Juco career from inside linebacker.
Charlie Weis recently traveled to his home state of New Jersey to conduct an in-home visit with wide receiver Ishmael Hyman from Holmdel, N.J. Hyman is a very talented receiver and is considering Georgia, Purdue, Syracuse and in-state Rutgers to name a few along with Kansas.
Finally, a situation to watch closely is if Kansas commits Marcus Jenkins-Moore and Marquel Combs. Jenkins-Moore, a linebacker, and Combs, a defensive tackle, are both taking visits to Kansas State for their Senior Day festivities this weekend. Both players say they are firmly committed to the Jayhawks, but anything can happen in recruiting and The Recruiting Trail will keep you updated on this situation if anything plays out.
That’s it for this week’s Recruiting Trail. Check back next week for more recruiting news and notes.