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JAYHAWKS NOW HAVE 23 COMMITMENTS

February 2, 1996

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An offensive lineman from California and a defensive end from Florida have given verbal commitments to play for Kansas University's football team next fall.

Chuck Jarvis, a 6-foot-4, 300-pound offensive tackle from San Pedro, Calif., and Victor Bullock, a 6-3, 210-pound defensive end from Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) Boyd Anderson High, have committed to KU.

The Jayhawks now have 23 known commitments, though they are not binding. The national letter of intent signing period begins Wednesday, and KU is expected to sign 25 players.

Jarvis, an all-city, all-league, Los Angeles Times all-central city and all-South Bay selection as a senior, picked KU over Colorado, UNLV, Nebraska and Oregon.

"The Kansas people did such a great job, he was sold overnight," San Pedro coach Mike Walsh said. "A reporter from Oregon was calling me every day, asking if he was still going to visit Oregon. But Chuck canceled all his visits. He was sold on Kansas as soon has he got back."

Jarvis allowed just one quarterback sack last season, and his QB threw for 2,000-plus yards. Walsh said Jarvis' greatest strength was his strength.

"We had a combine out here, and he took 185 pounds and benched it 27 times," Walsh said. "His upper-body strength is just tremendous. His lower body needs a little work, but Chuck just owned the line. Right now, he's good with the run and the pass. He's got pretty good feet for a big guy."

Walsh said Jarvis already has met NCAA initial-eligibility guidelines.

Bullock, the Florida end, picked KU over Kansas State, Louisville, Wisconsin and Mississippi.

"His greatest strengths are his tenacity and his quickness," Anderson High coach Selwyn Brown said. "He has the instincts to be a great player. He didn't make all-league or all-city, but that doesn't mean anything. There's a lot of talent down here."

KU and KSU were Bullock's two finalists.

"He really liked both schools, but KU won out, for whatever reason," Brown said. "It was a toss-up, but he seems pretty happy with his decision."

Brown said he didn't know Bullock's eligibility status.

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