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November 5, 1996


Two new quarterbacks plan to be in Kansas University's football camp this spring -- and that's before the Jayhawks land anybody during recruiting.

Jay Alexander, a native of Independence and the state's all-time career passing leader, plans to enroll at KU this spring and will try to join the team as a walk-on. And Akili Roberson, a ballyhooed junior college transfer who signed a letter of intent with the Jayhawks last spring but never enrolled, plans to come to KU next semester.

Alexander, who completed his prep career last fall with state records in passing yards (7,509) and touchdown passes (71), received only token recruiting interest last fall and enrolled at Garden City Community College, but he left after "two or three days," he said. He enrolled at hometown Independence CC but did not play football.

"I wanted to play again," Alexander said. "I started out at Garden City, but I wasn't real ready. I wasn't real comfortable out there, and I didn't want to play there. So I came back home and kind of talked to KU coaches. I'm applying to go to school there and I'm going to try walking on."

Alexander, a 6-foot-2, 198-pounder, completed 171 of 284 attempts for 2,033 yards last fall for Independence High. Utah State, Louisiana Tech and Arkansas wooed him but never offered a scholarship. Several smaller schools did, too, but Alexander decided to go to Garden City and try to earn a Division One scholarship.

"I knew I could probably go, but I wanted to go right out of high school," Alexander said. "I was disappointed I just didn't get to go anywhere."

And there's no guarantee he'll do anything at KU.

"I know that," Alexander said. "I'm just going to go and give it my best shot. I like KU. I used to live up there. I have family there. I'm still working out, still throwing. Hopefully, everything will work out."

Roberson, meanwhile, has worked out a few things, too.

A former Los Angeles city player of the year as a senior at L.A. Locke High, the 6-2, 185-pound Roberson committed to KU last fall but never arrived. He played two years at L.A. Southwest Community College and threw for more than 1,000 in each of his two years there.

"I'm most definitely coming next semester," Roberson said. "I had a little family problems, but they're all settled down now. I will definitely be there."

Purdue and Kentucky also recruited Roberson, but he headed to LA Southwest when he failed to meet NCAA initial-eligibility guidelines out of high school.

Roberson said he would graduate from LA Southwest in time to transfer to KU this spring, and he said he'd have two years of eligibility remaining.

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