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DUM GRIDDERS

February 4, 1995

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One-third of Kansas' football recruiting class has not yet met NCAA initial-eligibility guidelines, but the KU coaches are confident the signees will make the grade.

Eight of KU's 24 signees say they have not yet qualified.

Seven have indicated they scored too low on a standardized test to qualify. They are: Jermaine Cromerdie of McKeesport, Pa.; Joe Corley of Los Angeles; Adrian Greene of Rockledge, Fla.; Thad Rawls of Coconut Creek, Fla.; Jahmal Wright of Culver City, Calif.; and Dion Johnson and Bonne Willis, both from Detroit, Mich.

The eighth, Chad Coellner of Salina, made his ACT score, but is short on the grade point average.

However, each of the eight is within striking distance of qualifying for a scholarship. Coellner, for example, said he had a 1.9 GPA, but expected to raise it above the minimum of 2.0 by the end of the school year.

"Most of the guys we signed are so close to qualifying," KU assistant head coach Golden Pat Ruel said. "They got, like, a 16. They're going to qualify. But they've gotta take the test again. You can't be messing around with guys who got a 12, or something like that."

All but one of the KU non-qualifying signees said he had scored at least a 16 on the ACT or a 660 on the SAT. The NCAA minimum is a 17 on the ACT or 700 on the SAT.

The exception is Willis, an Parade All-American at Pershing High, who said he scored a 10 on his initial take of the ACT and a 14 on the retake.

All eight signees said they had -- or planned to -- retake. It can take up to six weeks for the scores to be returned.

"(KU coach Glen Mason) OK'd those guys because he was in their homes," Ruel said. "He checked on their background, on their families."

Any players who do not qualify can opt for a small college or junior college or can enroll under the guidelines of NCAA Proposition 48.

Last year, three members of KU's recruiting class -- Lynwood wide receiver Joe Austin; L.A. wideout Andre Johnson; and Aliquippa, Pa., linebacker Tim Willis -- did not qualify. Willis was the only one who enrolled at KU as a Prop 48.

Another non-qualifier, Herndon, Va., defensive lineman Kalombo Kalombo, enrolled at KU as a Prop 48, but he was not recruited to KU and picked the Jayhawks on his own. He has made progress toward achieving eligibility, Mason said, and would be awarded a scholarship if he reaches it.

Recruiting over ... or is it?: Mason stressed at his Wednesday press conference that the 1995 recruiting season was over and that he didn't plan to sign any more players. That might come as news to Paterson, N.J., Eastside High linebacker Roger Alexander. A USA Today All-American, Alexander said he still is considering KU and Nebraska.

"We don't know yet," Eastside coach Donald Davis said. "We're still waiting on some things."

Like Alexander's test score. He has not yet qualified.

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