Archive for Thursday, February 7, 2002

KU Football Signees

February 7, 2002


Junior College

Tony Coker, OL, 6-6, 320, Hoisington, (Hoisington HS/Hutchinson CC). Played last season at Hutchinson Community College originally signed with KU out of high school regarded by most recruiting services as one of the top offensive linemen in the Jayhawk Conference spent the 2000 season as a red-shirt freshman at KU was a three-year letterman in football and lettered in track and basketball in high school. 40-yard dash time: 5.25 seconds.

Reggie Curry, DE, 6-3, 225, Oxnard, Calif. (Rio Mesa HS/Moorpark CC). Credited with nine quarterback sacks, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in earning honorable mention all-conference honors last season at Moorpark CC had 154 tackles as a junior and senior at Rio Mesa High credited with 85 tackles as a senior with four sacks, four forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries. 40 time: 4.6.

Cory Kipp, DE, 6-5, 255, Riverside, Calif. (North HS/Riverside CC). A two-year all-conference selection at Riverside CC ranked No. 41 nationally among junior college prospects by Rivals 100 credited with 13 quarterback sacks as a freshman earned PrepStar All-American, SuperPrep All-Farwest, Long Beach Press-Telegram first-team, Best in the West and Tacoma News Tribune Western 100 honors his senior year named to Mike Gottfried's Top Recruit Big Man all-Speed Team a three-year letterman, had 15 sacks his senior year after a school-record 22 as a junior set a school record with 49 career sacks attended the University of Arizona and red-shirted in 1999. 40 time: 4.6.

Bill Whittemore, QB, 6-1, 190, Nashville, Tenn. (Brentwood HS/Ft. Scott CC). Was the Jayhawk Conference most valuable player and only unanimous pick for all-conference honors last season at Fort Scott Community College threw for 2,082 yards with 16 touchdowns and eight interceptions last season completed 59 percent of his passes and rushing for six TDs the top-ranked quarterback in the Jayhawk Conference by MoKan Magazine coached at Fort Scott by former KU quarterback Kevin Verdugo played one season at Tennessee-Martin and started as a red-shirt freshman. 40 time: 4.7.


Gary Heaggans, WR, 6-3, 206, Kansas City (Schlagle/Purdue). A transfer from Purdue appeared in 10 games last season during his red-shirt freshman year as a reserve credited with three receptions for 26 yards ranked as the No. 18 wide receiver and No. 126 player overall in the nation by Prep Football Report following his senior season at Schlagle High named Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Kansas as a senior after catching 27 passes for 670 yards with nine touchdowns in a run-oriented offense helped his team to a league championship his senior season also lettered in basketball and was a high jumper in track and field. 40 time: 4.5.

High School

Jon Cornish, RB, 6-0, 200, New Westminister, British Columbia, Canada (Thomas More). Rushed for 3,200 career yards and 49 touchdowns as a three-year letterwinner for Thomas More Prep averaged 14.9 yards per carry while rushing for 2,136 yards and 31 touchdowns as a senior had a single-game best of 336 yards and four touchdowns also credited with 152 career tackles, including 89 his senior season earned a combined eight letters in football, basketball and track selected the British Columbia Provincial Player of the Year. 40 time: 4.5.

Travis Dambach, OL, 6-5, 270, Jackson, Mo. (Jackson). An all-state and all-region selection at Jackson High in 2001 named the outstanding offensive lineman in his conference also selected most outstanding athlete and offensive lineman at his school during his senior season a three-year letterwinner in football helped his team to the conference and district championships his senior season. 40 time: 5.17.

Derek Fine, TE, 6-4, 220, Sallisaw, Okla. (Sallisaw). Named to Oklahoma Coaches Assn. All-State team selected by The Daily Oklahoman to its Elite 25 All-State team also made Tulsa World All-State team ranked No. 49 nationally among prep tight ends by Rivals 100 named all-district and best offensive player in District 4A named his team's most valuable player helped Sallisaw to a combined 26-2 record as a junior and senior with a pair of state runner-up finishes broke the school record for yards receiving in a season (798) and in a career (1,792) had 34 receptions for 798 yards as a senior with eight touchdowns named team MVP in basketball. 40 time: 4.6.

Charles Gordon, WR, 5-11, 175, Carson, Calif. (Santa Monica). Selected most valuable player for Santa Monica High his senior season had 66 receptions for 1,229 yards as a senior, and 1,100 yards and 16 touchdowns as a sophomore also named player of year in the Ocean League had single-game highs of 10 receptions for 217 yards and four TDs his senior year also named most valuable player on his baseball team as a junior helped his team to a league championship in 2001 earned three letters in football, two letters in basketball and three letters in baseball. 40 time: 4.5.

Joe Hogan, QB, 6-3, 180, Sallisaw, Okla. (Sallisaw). Passed for 1,800 yards and 14 touchdowns as a senior earned Class 4A all-star honors team captain and offensive player of the year as a senior also named to the Muskogee Phoenix All-Area team selected to play in the Oil Bowl and the Eastern Oklahoma All-Star game helped his team win the district, regional and area championships in 2001 also quarterbacked Sallisaw to a state runner-up finish as a senior lost just one game as a starting quarterback during his prep career earned a combined 10 letters in football, basketball and baseball. 40 time: 4.7.

Dexter Jackson, DB, 6-2, 185, Miami (Jackson). An all-region selection by Prep Star Magazine his senior season selected by the Orlando Sentinel as one of the top 10 prep defensive backs in Florida credited with 70 tackles, 10 tackles for losses, four fumble recoveries and three caused fumbles also had two interceptions helped lead his team to the state semifinals as a junior a three-year letterman in football. 40 time: 4.59.

Kevin Kane, LB, 6-2, 228, Parkville, Mo. (Rockhurst). A first-team all-state selection, all-metro and all-district as a junior and senior credited with a school record 116 total tackles as a senior also had three sacks, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries helped Rockhurst to the state championship as a junior lettered three years in football and two years in basketball ranked as the second-best prep linebacker in the KC area by MoKan Football. 40 time: 4.65.

Jerome Kemp, RB, 5-11, 195, Wichita (Southeast). A consensus Class 6A all-state selection named first-team all-state as a running back earned first-team all-city honors as a running back and defensive back named to the Wichita Eagle and Topeka Capital-Journal all-state teams the top rated safety in the region by MoKan Football ranked as the No. 39 player in the midlands by SuperPrep Magazine an all-region selection by Prep Star Magazine the leading rusher in the city as a senior helped his team to the city league championship in 1999 and 2000 and the district championship in 2000 and 2001 earned four letters in football and three letters in track. 40 time: 4.5.

Kyle Knighton, LB, 6-4, 236, Weston, Mo. (West Platte). Set a new Missouri state record for single season tackles (222) as a senior also established a new state career mark for total tackles with 547 set a Show-Me Bowl state title single-game record with 22 tackles had 29 receptions for 486 yards and five touchdowns as a tight end named first-team all-state and all-metro his senior season a three-time all-conference and all-district selection the top rated defensive end in the KC area by MoKan Football helped guide West Platte to a district and state championship his senior season won a combined 11 letters in four sports during his prep career. 40 time: 4.63.

Jerome Lewis, WR, 5-11, 180, Carrollton, Texas (Turner). Recorded the fifth-fastest time in Texas for the 100-meter dash last year (10.5) ranked No. 39 nationally among all-purpose backs by Rivals 100 all-around athlete who also excels in track and basketball has 30 first-place finishes as a sprinter on the track team during his prep career named most valuable player on his basketball team. 40 time: 4.38.

David Ochoa, OL, 6-5, 260, Houston (Dobie). A two-time all-district selection during his junior and senior seasons helped his team to the state playoffs both as a starter during his junior and senior seasons ranked No. 59 in the country among prep offensive guards by Rivals 100 recorded 55 pancake blocks as a senior and 40 as a junior. 40 time: 5.3.

Brandon Perkins, LB, 6-2, 210, Houston (Eisenhower). Named first-team all-district and second-team All Greater Houston his senior season also honored as the most valuable defensive player in the district during the 2001 season a finalist for the Houston defensive player of the year award a two-time team captain and three-year letterman at Eisenhower High had a single-game highs of 12 tackles and three sacks. 40 time: 4.6.

Skye Peterson, OL, 6-3, 280, Little Rock, Ark. (Omaha Millard West HS/Milford Academy). A three-year letterman at Millard West High in Omaha, Neb. played last fall at Milford Academy Prep School in Milford, Conn. earned all-state, all-district and all-metro honors as a senior helped his team win back-to-back district and conference championships as a junior and senior also lettered two years in track named to his high school honor roll. 40 time: 5.18.

Nick Reid, QB, 6-4, 210, Derby. An all-around athlete who started at quarterback and defensive back tapped the top quarterback prospect in Kansas by MoKan Football named to the coaches association Class 6A all-state team his senior year set a school record for career total offense with 4,171 yards credited with 16 career TD passes also rushed for 13 TDs averaged 10.4 yards per carry and 21.6 yards per passing attempt as a senior selected to play in the Shrine Bowl helped his team to an 8-1 record and district runner-up finish in 2001 missed three games due to a sprained knee started on the varsity as a sophomore and helped Derby to a No. 1 ranking in the state and a 9-1 record guided Derby to a combined 25-3 record his three seasons as a starter also a three-year starter in basketball and the team's leading scorer and rebounder an all-league performer in track. 40 time: 4.6.

Dominic Roux, WR, 6-0, 175, Los Angeles (Serra). A first-team all-league selection as a senior credited with 24 pass receptions for 611 yards and one TD also had 30 tackles as a defensive back an all-region selection in Prep Star Magazine helped his team to league championships as a junior and senior had a single-game high three touchdown receptions and 175 yards receiving as a senior lettered three years in football and four years in track also a standout sprinter in track helped his high school team to the state title in track as a senior. 40 time: 4.4.

Mark Simmons, WR, 5-11, 175, DeSoto, Texas (DeSoto). A product of one of the top high school programs in the state had 40 receptions for 688 yards and eight touchdowns his senior year a two-time all-district selection named one of the top 100 players in the state by the Dallas Morning News also included in the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram's Top 75 Players ranked as the No. 66 prep wide receiver by Rivals 100. 40 time: 4.5.

Kenneth Thompson, DB, 5-11, 175, Grand Prairie, Texas (Nimitz). Earned first-team all-state and all-area his senior season rushed for a career total of 4,127 yards had a single-game high of 276 yards against Duncanville credited with 135 career tackles and 12 interceptions as a defensive back selected most valuable player of the Metroplex a three-year letterman in football a state qualifier in the triple jump and on the 400-meter relay team as a junior placed third in the state in the triple jump. 40 time: 4.45.

Bob Whitaker, OT, 6-5, 310, Mt. Lebanon, Pa. (Mt. Lebanon). Earned all-state and all-conference honors his senior season helped his team to a conference championship as a junior and senior a two-year letterwinner in football ranked as the No. 17 player in the state by SuperPrep Magazine an all-region selection in Prep Star Magazine Ranked No. 69 among prep offensive tackles by Rivals 100. 40 time: 5.2.

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