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February 5, 1998

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Muhammad Abdul-Rahim, 6-0, 180, DB, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Community College

Algie Atkinson, 6-5, 220, DE, Evanston (Ill.) Township High

Demond Benford, 6-3, 240, DE, Killeen (Texas) High

Henri Childs, 6-2, 205, RB-DB, Shawnee Mission West

Andrew Davison, 5-11, 185, DB-WR, Detroit Chadsey

Byron Gasaway, 6-4, 180, WR, Grandview, Mo.

Kyle Grady, 6-4, 270, OL, Mesquite (Texas) Poteet

Trace Haskell, 6-0, 170, DB-QB, Liberal

David Hurst, 6-3, 230, TE, Round Rock (Texas) McNeil

Matt Jordan, 5-10, 195, RB, Junction City

John Oddonetto, 6-5, 280, OL, Eastern Arizona CC

Joey Pelfanio, 6-1, 205, P, Sacramento (Calif.) City College

Dion Rayford, 6-3, 250, DE, Saratoga (Calif.) West Valley CC

Gabe Rosalis, 6-5, 275, OL, Victoria, Texas

Roger Ross, 5-9, 170, WR, Denver Jefferson

Justin Sands, 6-7, 250, DT, Lawton (Iowa) Lawton-Bronson

Mitchell Scott, 6-3, 230, LB-FB, Commerce, Texas

Carl Shazor, 6-3, 190, DB, Detroit King

Nick Smith, 6-4, 250, OL, Dallas Adams

Kevin Toles, 6-4, 198, DB, Tulsa (Okla.) Broken Arrow

Jonas Weatherbie, 6-2, 200, QB, Annapolis (Md.) Broadneck

Muhammad Abdul-Rahim, 6-0, 180, DB, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Community College

Recorded 47 tackles, four interceptions and a team-best 11 broken-up passes as a sophomore. ... Returned one INT for a 47-yard TD. ... Two-year all-conference pick. ... Native of Washington, D.C. ... Earned three letters in football, three in basketball and one in track at D.C.'s Dunbar High. ... Brother, Aazaar, is starting cornerback at San Diego State, and father, Omar, played pro football with Philadelphia and Washington. ... Spent first juco season at Mesa (Ariz.) CC.

Algie Atkinson, 6-5, 220, DE, Evanston (Ill.) Township High

Recorded 104 total tackles, including 60 unassisted stops with eight pass deflections. ... Had school-record 16 sacks as senior and 15 as junior. ... All-area and all-state pick by Chicago Sun-Times and second-team all-state pick by Chicago Tribune. ... Helped team to an 11-1 record. ... Evanston ranked No. 1 in Illinois and No. 4 nationally by USA Today. ... Three-year football letterman.

Demond Benford, 6-3, 240, DE, Killeen (Texas) High

Credited with 82 total tackles, a school-record 12 sacks, three blocked kicks (two of which he returned for TDs) and three fumbles caused as a senior. ... First-team all-district and all-state. ... Rated No. 12 defensive line prospect in the Big 12 region by Prep Star magazine. ... Three-year letterman in football and two-year letterman in track.

Henri Childs, 6-2, 205, RB-DB, Shawnee Mission West

Had 1,100 yards rushing and 12 TDs on 172 carries as senior. ... Also had seven pass receptions for 300 yards and four TDs. ... Averaged 7 yards per carry. ... Had five interceptions and 49 tackles on defense. ... All-league and all-state selections. ... Father, Henry, played for Kansas State and in the NFL.

Andrew Davison, 5-11, 185, DB-WR, Detroit Chadsey

Named to Detroit News Dream Team (top 23 players in state). ... Also all-metro and all-Detroit. ... Credited with 48 receptions for 716 yards and 11 TDs as a wide receiver. ... Recorded 45 tackles and two fumble recoveries at DB. ... Three-year starter on defense. ... Standout sprinter.

Byron Gasaway, 6-4, 180, WR, Grandview, Mo.

Rated as second-best prep prospect in Missouri by First Down Recruiting. ... Rated as 11th-best player in Midlands region and seventh-best "skilled athlete" in country by SuperPrep magazine. ... Named to SuperPrep All-America team. ... One of the top 20 receivers in the country according to National Recruiting Advisor. ... All-state, all-metro and all-league. ... Accounted for 15 TDs as senior. ... Played QB as junior and senior. ... Passed for 865 yards and rushed for 760. ... Had 30 catches for 600 yards while playing wide receiver as sophomore. ... Holds school track records in 100 (10.29 seconds) and 200 (21.60).

Kyle Grady, 6-4, 270, OL, Mesquite (Texas) Poteet

First-team all-district selection. ... Team's most valuable offensive lineman as senior. ... Also honored as team's most improved player. ... Academic all-district pick and National Honor Society member for four years. ... Two-year letterman.

Trace Haskell, 6-0, 170, DB-QB, Liberal

Rushed for 1,250 yards and 14 TDs on 160 carries as senior on state championship team. ... Passed for 785 yards and eight TDs. ... Three-year starter who led Liberal to a 23-1 record in two seasons. ... Recorded school-record 4,630 yards of total offense. ... Rushed for 2,910 yards and 40 TDs in career. ... Had 20 tackles and four interceptions as DB. ... All-state and all-conference pick.

David Hurst, 6-3, 230, TE, Round Rock (Texas) McNeil

Caught 83 passes for 1,100 yards and seven TDs during three-year prep career. ... Caught 48 passes for 591 yards as senior. ... Two-year all-region selection, three-time all-district pick. ... Rated among state's top 100 recruits and ranked No. 52 in Texas by SuperPrep. ... Named 11th-best TE prospect in the Big 12 region by Prep Star. ... Also earned all-district honors in basketball.

Matt Jordan, 5-10, 195, RB, Junction City

Rushed for 1,693 yards and 24 TDs on 206 carries in nine games as senior. ... Thrice rushed for more than 300 yards in a game. ... Holds school records for career and single-season rushing yards. ... Recorded two 1,000-yard seasons. ... Three-year starter. ... All-state and all-conference. ... Lettered in football, basketball and track.

John Oddonetto, 6-5, 280, OL, Eastern Arizona CC

First-team NJCAA All-American as sophomore. ... All-conference pick. ... Two-year starter. ... Played linebacker at Globe (Ariz.) High, where he was named the league's defensive MVP. ... Class 3A South defensive player of year as senior. ... All-state offensive lineman in high school. ... Paying his own way to KU first semester; will get scholarship in fall.

Joey Pelfanio, 6-1, 205, P, Sacramento (Calif.) City College

Seventh-best juco punter nationally last fall. ... Averaged 42.3 yards on 41 punts. ... All-state, all-region, all-league honoree. ... Had 17 punts downed inside 20-yard line. ... Played strong safety for El Camino (Calif.) High. ... Ranked fifth in state and first in northern California as punter his senior year in high school.

Dion Rayford, 6-3, 250, DE, Saratoga (Calif.) West Valley CC

First-team all-conference and first-team all-state selection as sophomore. ... Led state jucos with 22 sacks. ... Helped team to 7-4 season and postseason bowl. ... Named outstanding defensive player in Silicon Valley Bowl. ... Played fullback and linebacker at Los Gatos (Calif.) High.

Gabe Rosalis, 6-5, 275, OL, Victoria, Texas

All-district and all-Bay Area selection. ... Also named to all-South Texas team. ... Honorable mention all-state. ... Played DL as junior. ... Moved to OL as senior and helped team to 11-1 record and finals of the Class 5A regional. ... Three-year letterman in football and basketball.

Roger Ross, 5-9, 170, WR, Denver Jefferson

Credited with 126 receptions, 40 TDs and 2,845 yards during career. ... Had 41 catches for 985 yards and 15 TDs as senior. ... Had two punt-return TDs and four interceptions as DB. ... Two-time all-state pick and three-time all-conference selection. ... Led state in yards, receptions and touchdowns. ... SuperPrep All-American. ... Rated No. 5 WR in Big 12 region by Prep Star.

Justin Sands, 6-7, 250, DT, Lawton (Iowa) Lawton-Bronson

Recorded 50 tackles, 12 QB sacks as senior. ... All-state pick. ... Two-time all-district selection. ... Named to Iowa Elite team. ... Iowa Shrine Bowl participant. ... Three-year letterman. ... Lettered four years in track and two years in basketball. ... All-conference in basketball as junior. ... KU's first commitment (October).

Mitchell Scott, 6-3, 230, LB-FB, Commerce, Texas

Named to Dallas Morning News' top-100 state list. ... Named one of state's top 20 running backs by Blue Chips magazine. ... All-district in football and basketball. ... Nephew of former Texas Tech and current Baltimore Ravens RB Bam Morris.

Carl Shazor, 6-3, 190, DB, Detroit King

Two-time all-Detroit and all-metro pick. ... First-team all-state as senior, second-team as junior. ... Credited with 78 tackles with six INTs as senior. ... Recorded whopping nine blocked punts. ... Ranked No. 32 on Detroit News' Blue-Chip list. ... Had four INTs as junior. ... Three-year letterman in football and track.

Nick Smith, 6-4, 250, OL, Dallas Adams

Selected as one of top 100 players in Dallas area by Dallas Morning News. ... Played on both lines as senior. ... All-district selection as junior and senior on OL. ... Second-team all-district as DL.

Kevin Toles, 6-4, 198, DB, Tulsa (Okla.) Broken Arrow

Three-year letterman. ... Started last two seasons at WR and FS ... Credited with 37 catches for 826 yards and 13 TDs as junior and senior. ... Had three INTs and 54 total tackles as senior. ... All-metro pick as senior. ... Two-year track letterman. ... Brother, Jimmy, is a QB at New Mexico State.

Jonas Weatherbie, 6-2, 200, QB, Annapolis (Md.) Broadneck

Led county and set school single-season record with 1,660 passing yards. ... Connected on 106 of 159 passes with just two INTs as senior. ... Threw school-record 20 TD passes. ... Rushed for 265 yards and 11 TDs on 53 carries. ... Set school single-game record with 352 passing yards. ... All-county pick and second-team all-metro pick. ... Son of Navy head coach Charlie Weatherbie.

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