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KU football newcomers at a glance

August 16, 2003


Football players who signed national letters of intent Feb. 5 with Kansas University (with position, height, weight and school):

Tang Bacheyie

DB, 6-1, 180

Windsor, Ontario, Canada

Sandwich Secondary School

Helped Sandwich win back-to-back Canadian national titles, including 23 straight victories. ... Can play running back, receiver or defensive back. ... Also had scholarship offers from Michigan State, Central Florida, Eastern Michigan and Toledo. ... Two-time all-city selection. ... City player of the year as a junior. ... All-Canadian first-team selection. ... Name is pronounced Tongue Ba-Shay.

Adam Barmann

QB, 6-4, 210

Weston, Mo.

West Platte High

Led West Platte to Class 1A state title as a junior when he passed for 2,300 yards and 20 TDs. ... Orally committed before senior season. ... All-state, all-metro, all-district and all-conference selection as junior and senior. ... rated him eighth in the Midlands and 28th nationally among QBs. Fifteenth-rated player in Missouri. ... Younger brother, Brian, is an all-state receiver. ... Also an all-conference and all-district selection in baseball and basketball.

Mark Brown

DB, 6-3, 185

Tulsa, Okla.

Booker T. Washington High

Did not play as a senior because of disciplinary reasons, but still received interest from Oklahoma and Colorado. ... Ranked 30th overall in state of Oklahoma.

Richard Estrella

OL, 6-4, 285

Los Angeles

Cerritos (Calif.) Community College/St. Paul High

Highly recruited lineman also received offers from Arizona State, Colorado State, New Mexico, Syracuse, UNLV, West Virginia and Bowling Green. ... Two-time all-conference pick.

Rodney Fowler

DB, 6-0, 192

San Diego

Pasadena City College/University City High

Added to recruiting class during summer. ... A qualifier out of high school, Fowler left junior college after his freshman year and has four years to use three seasons of eligibility. ... Can play safety or corner. ... Also was recruited by Washington, Arizona and Arizona State.

Marcus Hicks

DB, 5-10, 173

Rialto, Calif.

Chaffey (Calif.) College/Eisenhower High

First-team all-conference selection had six interceptions and broke up 35 passes as a sophomore. ... Also received offers from South Florida, UTEP, Utah and Weber State. ... Helped Chaffey win back-to-back league titles.

Zack Hood

OL/LS, 6-4, 255

Creston, Iowa

Creston High

The long snapper will walk-on as freshman, be given a scholarship second semester and be counted as a member of next year's recruiting class. ... Picked KU over Nebraska, New Mexico State, South Dakota and Wyoming. ... Helped Creston win two district titles. ... All-state and all-conference selection.

Moderick Johnson

WR, 6-5, 190


North Shore High

Led Mustangs to three district titles. ... The all-district receiver also had offers from Arizona, Northwestern, Wisconsin and Louisiana-Monroe. ...Caught 33 passes for 602 yards and four TDs as a senior. ... Greater Houston Offensive Player of the Year.

Chuck Jones

DE, 6-4, 275

Altadena, Calif.

Pasadena City College/Long Beach Poly High

First-team All-American as sophomore and two-time all-conference selection. ... Had 76 tackles, two sacks, broke up seven passes and blocked a punt as a sophomore. ... Can play end or tackle ... Also received offers from Arizona, UNLV, Fresno State, San Jose State and Boise State. ... Averaged 12.2 points and 9.6 rebounds for college basketball team as a freshman.

Tony King

WR, 6-3, 185

Florissant, Mo.

McCluer North High

All-state receiver and all-metro defensive back. ... Had 108 tackles and led league in interceptions. ... Caught 24 passes for 569 yards. ... Also received offers from Illinois and Wisconsin. ... Second-rated player in Missouri, according to Mo-Kan Football.

Reid Kirby

OL, 6-4, 290

Gladstone, Mo.

Oak Park High

Top-rated offensive lineman in Kansas City metro area, according to .... Versatile all-state, all-metro and all-conference selection played offensive line, defensive line, tight end and fullback as senior at Oak Park. ... Nineteenth-rated player in Missouri.

Brandon McAnderson

LB/RB, 6-0, 220

Lawrence High

All-state and all-conference selection rushed for more than 1,500 yards and was a defensive standout for LHS state playoff squad. ... Rated 63rd in the nation at his position by ... Sixth-ranked player in Kansas. ... Also received offer from Missouri. ... Shrine Bowl selection.

John McCoy

LB, 6-3, 250

Richwood, Ohio

Victor Valley (Calif.) College/North Union High

All-American made 114 tackles, including 42 for loss, and 10.5 sacks. ... Averaged 18 tackles per game. ... Conference defensive player of the year. ... Ranked 48th among junior-college players by rivals. ... Played rush end as freshman and led team with 19 sacks. ... Made 497 career tackles in high school and was all-state selection in Richwood, Ohio. ... Defensive MVP at Ohio all-star game. ... Two-time state wrestling runner-up. ... Received offers from Arizona, Ohio State, Oregon and Fresno State.

Zach Mims

OLB/DE, 6-3, 235

Kingwood, Texas

Hinds (Miss.) Junior College/Arizona State/Kingwood High

Was one of the top linebacker prospects in Texas two years ago after recording 117 tackles and nine sacks. ... Originally signed by Arizona State. Took a red-shirt as freshman and transferred to Hinds last year but didn't play because of a shoulder injury. ... Can play defensive end or linebacker. ... Received offers from Baylor and North Carolina. ... Owns Texas high school record in 110- and 300-meter hurdles.

John Randle

RB/DB, 6-0, 175

Wichita Southeast

All-state prospect was standout running back and defensive back. ... Rated as 31st cornerback in nation, 70th-ranked player in the Midlands and third in the state. ... Hopes to play running back at KU. ... Picked Kansas over Kansas State. Also received offers from Colorado, Michigan State and Missouri. ... Former teammate of KU red-shirt freshman running back Jerome Kemp. .... Rushed for 1,757 yards as a senior and scored 17 TDs. ... Only running back to top 100 yards against state power Hutchinson. ... Named Most Valuable player of Kansas Shrine Bowl in July after 144-yard effort.

Bruce Ringwood

LB, 6-1, 205

Blue Springs, Mo.

Blue Springs High

Received Buck Buchanan Award as most outstanding lineman in K.C. metro area. ... Had 112 tackles and three sacks as senior. ... Ranked 69th at his position nationally. Eighteenth-ranked player in Missouri and top linebacker in the metro. ... All-conference, all-metro and all-state selection. ... Team won four league titles, three district titles and Class 5A state title in 2001. ... Coached by former Kansas University quarterback Kelly Donahoe.

Cesar Rodriguez

OL, 6-7, 253

La Puente, Calif.

Amat High

All-league and all-area selection also received offers from California and Idaho. ... Los Angeles Times first-team selection.

Shelton Simmons

CB, 5-11, 175

Georgetown, S.C.

Georgia Military/Chopper High

College won national title in 2001 and was runner-up in 2002. ... Can play safety or cornerback. ... Also received offers from UAB, Kentucky and East Carolina. ... All-conference selection in high school.

Andy Temple

DE, 6-3, 230

Chesterfield, Mo.

Parkway West

Second-team all-metro and first-team all-state selection. ... Defensive player of the year in his conference. ... Had 60 tackles and 12 sacks as a senior. ... Also received offers from Arkansas State and Southern Illinois.

Gabe Toomey

LB, 6-4, 235

West Des Moines, Iowa

Iowa Central Community College/Oklahoma/

Valley High

Took red-shirt at Oklahoma as freshman. ... First-team NJCAA All-American. ... Conference defensive player of the year and linebacker of the year. ... Has three years of eligibility remaining. ... 33rd-ranked junior-college player. ... Helped Valley High post 21-3 record as junior and senior. Had 120 tackles as junior and 140 as senior. ... Was 30th-rated prep prospect as a senior, according to and was USA Today's fourth-rated linebacker. Also prep All-American. ... Committed to Iowa State in November but switched commitment to Kansas in December.

Phil Tuihalamaka

DT, 6-3, 323

Riverside, Calif.

San Bernadino Valley (Calif.) College/Norte Vista High

All-state, all-region and all-conference selection. ... Had 5.5 sacks and 11 tackles for loss last season ... Cousin of former KU tackle Chris Maumalanga. ... Also received offers from San Diego State and Fresno State. ... Last name pronounced Too-holla-ma-ka.

Johnny Urrutia

OL, 6-3, 323

Pico Rivera, Calif.

Mt. San Antonio (Calif.) College/El Rancho High

Two-time all-conference selection. ... Rated among the top five guards in the nation. ... Also received offers from New Mexico, San Diego State, UNLV and New Mexico State. ... Three-sport all-conference pick was El Rancho High athlete of the year in 2001.

Scott Webb

K, 5-11, 180

Tulsa, Okla.

Union High

19th-ranked kicker in the nation and 17th-ranked player in Oklahoma, according to ... All-state and all-metro selection. ... Converted 67 of 69 extra-point attempts for Class 5A state champion.

Monroe Weekley

DE, 6-4, 256

Aliquippa, Pa.

Arizona Western/

Pitt/Aliquippa High

Weekley originally signed with Pitt, where he took red-shirt as freshman. ... All-state and All-American selection owns single-season (188) and career record for tackles (352) at Aliquippa High in Pennsylvania. ... Has three years of eligibility remaining.

Semester Transfers

KU signed two junior-college players who transferred for the spring semester and earned starting jobs during spring drills:

Joe Vaughn

C, 6-3, 290

Del City, Okla.

Northeastern Oklahoma/

Del City High

First-team all-conference and second-team All-American. ... Also had offers from Colorado State, Houston, Indiana, Louisiana Tech, UTEP and Tulsa. ... All-state selection at Del City, Okla. ... State champion in shot put.

Lyonel Anderson

TE, 6-3 240

Rochester, N.Y.

Alfred State (N.Y.) College/Wilson Magnet High

The school's all-time leading receiver can play receiver or tight end. ... Had 19 receptions for 382 yards and four TDs as sophomore and 26 for 534 yards and three TDs as a freshman.


KU had two players who signed letters of intent in 2002 but did not enroll last fall. They enrolled for the spring semester and will be freshmen this season:

Derek Fine

TE, 6-4, 220

Sallisaw, Okla.

Sallisaw High

All-state selection ranked 49th nationally among tight ends in 2001. ... Set school record with 1,792 career receiving yards. ... Reported to KU for preseason camp but was hospitalized because of complications from a summer appendectomy and returned to Oklahoma to recuperate.

Kenneth Thompson

DB, 5-11, 175

Grand Prairie, Texas

Nimitz High

All-area and all-state running back and defensive back failed to qualify academically in time for the 2002 season, stayed in Texas and later earned a qualifying test score.

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