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SCHOTTENHEIMER COMMITS TO PLAY KANSAS FOOTBALL

January 7, 1992

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Consensus all-state quarterback Brian Schottenheimer of Blue Valley announced Monday he would sign a national football letter of intent with Kansas next month.

"I felt at home with KU,'' the 6-1, 172-pounder said. ``I like what's going on in the program. My dream is going to a school and helping them get to a game Jan. 1."

Schottenheimer, son of Chiefs' head coach Marty Schottenheimer, reached his decision over the weekend while in Buffalo with his parents prior to Kansas City's playoff game with the Bills.

``After dinner Saturday night, we went back to our room and I talked to my mom and dad about KU,'' Brian Schottenheimer said. ``They said they'd be all for it. My mom was excited about it because she thought it would be a school I'd like even if I didn't go there to play football.''

KANSAS IS the only school Schottenheimer visited. He also considered Alabama, Texas A&M and Georgia Tech.

Schottenheimer led Blue Valley High in suburban Kansas City to a 12-0 record and the Class 5A state championship last November. He passed for 1,387 yards and 16 touchdowns while tossing only three interceptions.

"KU's been the school that's been most interested in him," Blue Valley coach Steve Rampy said. "That's where he wanted to go, and I think it's a good decision for both parties."

Schottenheimer becomes the second consensus all-stater to make a verbal commitment to Kansas.

Earlier, lineman Chad Hayes of Atwood said he would sign with the Jayhawks. The 6-4, 250-pound Hayes helped Atwood to three straight Class 2A state titles.

Five other Kansas high school products have also issued oral commitments to attend KU.

THEY ARE Bob Goltra, a 6-7, 250-pound lineman from Fort Scott; Jason Brown, a 6-5, 220-pound lineman from Blue Valley; Jared Smith, a 6-2, 235-pound lineman from Pittsburg; Chris Jones, a 6-3, 190-pound wide receiver from Newton; and Keith Rodgers, a 6-1, 195-pound defensive back from Shawnee Mission Northwest.

Jones was a first-team all-state selection of the Wichita Eagle. Goltra, Smith and Brown were second-team all-state picks of the Topeka Capital-Journal.

Meanwhile, the Coffeyville Journal has reported that Kansas has signed Johnny Mattress, a second-team All-Jayhawk Juco Conference quarterback from Coffeyville CC.

The 6-0, 220-pound Mattress, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, threw 29 touchdown passes in two seasons with the Red Ravens.

Junior college players were eligible to sign letters of intent in December, but high school seniors cannot pen a college tender until Feb. 5.

Although NCAA Div. I-A schools can sign 25 players annually, Kansas is expected to offer only 15 to 18 grants this year because of the 95-scholarship limit.

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