KU Football Release:
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas football coach Charlie Weis and his staff have been hard at work since the conclusion of the 2012 season. After combing the country for the last few weeks, the hard work has paid off as the Jayhawks received nine signatures for its 2013 football signing class Wednesday, the first day of the December signing period.
Weis and his staff put together one of the top December junior college classes as Wednesday’s haul included the top-rated junior college prospect in the country according to ESPN, Marquel Combs (Pierce College).
In addition to the highly touted Combs, KU added defensive line stalwarts in four-star prospect Chris Martin (City College of San Francisco), Tedarian Johnson (Hinds Community College) and Ty McKinney (Trinity Valley Community College).
The Jayhawks added two defensive backs by signing Dexter McDonald (Butler Community College) and Cassius Sendish (Arizona Western College). McDonald is returning to KU after spending the 2010-11 seasons on the team.
Kansas signed two offensive players Wednesday, both offensive linemen. Michael Smithburg (Iowa Western) and Ngalu Fusimalohi (City College of San Francisco) each signed on to be Jayhawks.
KU also added a specialist on Wednesday by signing punter/kicker Trevor Pardula (De Anza College). Pardula has experience in punting, place kicking and kickoffs.
Complete bios of each player are listed below:
2013 Kansas December Signee Notables
2013 Kansas Football Signees
Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. Exp. Hometown (Previous School)
Marquel Combs DL 6-3 310 Jr. JC Memphis, Tenn. (Pierce College)
Ngalu Fusimalohi OL 6-3 300 Jr. JC Daly City, Calif. (CC of San Francisco)
Tedarian Johnson DL 6-3 260 Jr. JC Jackson, Miss. (Hinds CC)
Chris Martin DL 6-4 260 Jr. JC Oakland, Calif. (CC of San Francisco)
Dexter McDonald DB 6-1 205 Jr. JC Kansas City, Mo. (Butler CC)
Ty McKinney DL 6-3 310 Jr. JC Weatherford, Texas (Trinity Valley CC)
Trevor Pardula P/K 6-5 210 Jr. JC San Jose, Calif. (De Anza College)
Cassius Sendish DB 6-2 185 Jr. JC Waldorf, Md. (Ariz. Western College)
Michael Smithburg OL 6-3 300 Jr. JC Fairfield, Iowa (Iowa Western CC)
OL, 6-3, 310, Jr., JC
(Hamilton HS/Pierce College)
Rated the No. 1 junior college prospect in the country by ESPN.com… A four-star prospect coming out of Pierce College according to ESPN and Rivals… Tabbed Second Team All-Pacific Conference in 2012… Tied for 15th in the conference with 7.5 TFLs during the 2012 season… Finished the year with 19 tackles, 7.5 TFLs for a loss of 37 yards and two sacks… Also added a pass breakup and a quarterback hurry… Played for Efrain Martinez at Pierce College… Helped Pierce to a 9-2 record and a Patriotic Bowl win over Mt. San Jacinto… In 2011, he totaled 32 tackles, 10 TFLs and 2.5 sacks… Played just one season of varsity football in high school… Earned all-metro honors his senior year at Hamilton High School… After receiving more than 50 Division I offers, considered Kansas State, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Washington State and Houston before selecting KU… Son of Mashele Combs and Sean Stewart.
OL, 6-3, 300, Jr., JC
Daly City, Calif.
(Jefferson HS/CC of San Francisco)
Rated the 90th best junior college prospect in the country by ESPN.com… Named First Team All-Nor Cal Conference… Played on an offense that averaged 40.2 points per game and averaged 452.1 yards per game in 2012… Helped City College of San Francisco to a 10-2 record and a state runner-up finish in 2012… Team won the NJCAA national championship in 2011… Played for head coach George Rush… Teammate of current Jayhawk quarterback, Turner Baty, at CCSF… Played offensive guard and defensive tackle for Ako Poti at Jefferson High School… Helped the Indians to a 9-3 record his senior year… Also entertained offers from Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon State, San Diego State and Western Michigan… Son of Sione and Vika Fusimalohi.
DL, 6-3, 260, Jr., JC
(Murrah HS/Hinds CC)
Named Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) All-State Honorable Mention in 2011 after collecting 38 tackles, 11 TFLs and five sacks at Hinds CC… Followed that up with eight tackles and two sacks, while playing defensive line in 2012… Played for coach Gene Murphy at HCC… Earned four letters playing for coach Zach Grady at Murrah HS… Selected to play in the Bernard Blackwell All-Star Classic following his senior season at MHS… Member of the A-list honor roll… Also lettered in track and field at Murrah… Chose Kansas over offers from Iowa State, Memphis, Mississippi State and Texas Tech… Son of Lindsey and Cheryl Johnson.
DL, 6-4, 260, Jr., JC
(Grandview (Colo.) HS/CC of San Francisco)
Comes to Kansas from City College of San Francisco where his play earned him a four-star rating by Rivals and a three-star rating by ESPN… Tabbed the 77th best junior college prospect in the country by ESPN.com… Had 65 tackles, including 41 solo hits, while playing defensive end in 2012… Recorded 4.5 sacks for a loss of 26 yards and also had two fumble recoveries… Suited up for coach George Rush at CCSF… Played at Navarro College (Texas) in 2011… Saw action in two games at Navarro, recording five tackles and one sack… Spent the 2010 season as a redshirt at Florida after signing with Cal out of high school… Coming out of high school was rated a five-star recruit by Rivals, Scout and Tom Lemming... ESPN gave him four stars... Ranked among the nation's Top 20 overall players on several lists, including the SuperPrep Elite 50 (No. 7), Scout (No. 10), Rivals (No. 18), Sporting News (No. 18) and the PrepStar Dream Team (No. 19)... Ranked as Scout's No. 1 outside linebacker nationally, while checking in at No. 2 for Rivals and No. 3 with Tom Lemming... Also listed as the nation's top defensive lineman by SuperPrep... Rated No. 1 overall player in Colorado in 2009 by both Rivals and Scout... Started as a linebacker in the 2010 U.S. Army All-American Bowl... Named a Parade All-American, first-team Best in the West and all-state following a senior season in which he recorded 97 tackles, 11.0 sacks, five forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries... Played for John Schultz at Grandview HS… Spent the 2008 season at Bishop O'Dowd High School in Oakland (Calif.), recording 110 tackles, 20.0 tackles for loss, 3.0 sacks and 11 pass breakups to lead his squad to a 10-2 mark... Posted 108 tackles, 4.0 sacks, three forced fumbles and two interceptions during an all-state sophomore campaign at Bishop O'Dowd… Son of Steven Martin and Cheryl Martin.
DB, 6-1, 205, Jr., JC
Kansas City, Mo.
(Rockhurst HS/Kansas/Butler CC)
Returns to Kansas after playing one season at Butler CC… Tabbed the 80th best junior college prospect in the country by ESPN.com… Played in five games at Butler CC in 2012… Recorded five tackles, one interception and one sack… Saw action in seven games during his redshirt freshman season at KU… Recorded 17 tackles, including nine solo stops… Was a two-time compete team player of the week in 2010… An all-state first team selection in the state of Missouri... Earned Kansas City all-metro second-team honors... Set a school record with nine interceptions as a senior... Returned one pick for a touchdown... Registered 60 tackles... Rated as one of the top five recruits in the Kansas City area... Was a four-year letterman at cornerback and wide receiver... Also competed in basketball and track… Is related to former Kansas basketball All-American Brandon Rush... Son of Dana and Dexter McDonald.
DL, 6-3, 310, Jr., JC
(Zion Academy/Trinity Valley CC)
Tied for fourth during 2011 season in the Southwest Junior College Conference with four sacks, which also led his team… Compiled 27 total tackles, two of which were for a loss, and added a fumble recovery during his sophomore campaign at Trinity Valley… Played for Brad Smiley at Trinity Valley CC… Recorded 39 stops and two fumble recoveries during his senior year at Zion Academy… Garnered Defensive Player of the Year honors for District 7-4A West following his 2009 season at Zion Academy… Named first team all-district as a junior and senior… Earned three letters in football… Plans to major in education at Kansas and would like to pursue a career in coaching… Brother, Adrick McKinney, played basketball at TCU… Uncle, Norman McKinney, played football at Texas State… Also considered Houston, UTEP and Arkansas State… Son of Lyedea Caston and Alex McKinney.
P/K, 6-5, 210, Jr., JC
San Jose, Calif.
(Leigh HS/De Anza College)
Averaged 40.9 yards per punt at De Anza College in 2012… Recorded a long of 55 yards, while pinning 13 punts inside the 20 yard line… Also kicked field goals at De Anza, making 13-of-22 field goals in 2012… Had a long field goal of 42 yards, and also connected on 45-of-48 extra points… Averaged 39.8 yards per punt in 2011… Recorded a long punt of 66 yards, while pinning 11 punts inside the 20 yard line… Averaged 64 yards per kick on four kickoffs… Played for coach Dan Atencio at De Anza… A first team all-league selection while playing at Leigh HS… Played for coach Kyle Padia at LHS… Also played soccer… Chose Kansas over San Jose State… Son of Todd and Manu Pardula.
DB, 6-2, 185, Jr., JC
(North Point HS/Arizona Western College)
Earned all-region and all-conference honors in 2012 after tallying 29 tackles, including 16 solo hits, in his sophomore season at Arizona Western… Also credited with 10 pass breakups and three TFLs… Played for coach Tom Minnick at Arizona Western… Sat out the 2011 season after recording 25 solo tackles and seven pass breakups in 2010 at College of the Canyons (Calif.)… Played for coach Garrett Tujague at College of the Canyons… Recorded 32 tackles, including 24 solo stops, as a senior at North Point HS… Also had one interception and five pass breakups… On offense, had nine receptions for 184 yards and three touchdowns… Coached by Ken Lane at North Point HS… Chose KU over Iowa State, Kansas State, Indiana and Illinois, among others… Son of Andras and Paula Sendish.
OL, 6-3, 300, Jr., JC
(Fairfield HS/Iowa Western CC)
Named a first team Midwest Football Conference selection after helping lead the Reivers to the NJCAA National Championship and a perfect 12-0 record in 2012… Also earned NJCAA Honorable Mention All-America honors… Played for Scott Strohmeier at IWCC… Helped Fairfield HS to back-to-back winning seasons in his final two years… Played for coach Mike Schenk at Fairfield HS… Also competed in wrestling and track and field at FHS… Chose KU over offers from Akron, Florida Atlantic, Memphis, Illinois and South Florida… Son of Dave and Madonna Smithburg.