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Two Texas recruits make oral commitments to Jayhawks

November 4, 2003

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Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino put more of an emphasis on recruiting in Texas this season, and that move appears to be paying off.

The Jayhawks have received an oral commitment from Marcus Herford of Cedar Hill, Texas, according to rivals.com.

Now all Mangino has to do is figure out where to put the 6-foot-3, 205-pound prospect.

Herford started his senior season at quarterback and passed for 866 yards and nine touchdowns and rushed for another 486 yards through six games. But Cedar Hill coach Joey McGurie moved Herford to wide receiver to take pressure off the team's top receiver, who was drawing double coverage.

In three games, Herford has 16 catches for 322 yards and four TDs.

Herford, who already was being recruited by KU, Iowa State and Houston as a quarterback, has drawn increased interest from other schools since switching positions.

But McGuire said the senior's future likely would be at quarterback.

"He runs a 4.46 (-second 40-yard dash) and can throw the ball," McGuire told rivals.com. "We didn't move him because he can't play quarterback. We moved him because we needed another receiver to help our team out. Kansas is not wasting a scholarship on this kid. Even if he doesn't play quarterback, he could play wide receiver or safety."

Kansas also has picked up a commitment from offensive lineman Ryan Cantrell (6-3, 265) from Clements High in Sugar Land, Texas. Cantrell said he was recruited by Iowa State, TCU, Louisiana Tech, Southern Methodist, Arkansas and Houston.





Cantrell is the third known offensive lineman to commit to Kansas, joining Silver Lake's Scott Haverkamp (6-4, 280) and Olathe East's Todd Haselhorst (6-4, 284).

He also is the third known Texan in the class. KU earlier got an oral commitment from Plano West tight end Jim Reuber (6-4, 225).

Reuber recently told rivals.com that his older brother, Mike, planned to join KU as a walk-on. The fullback previously attended Arkansas.

Jim's twin brother, Tim, is a quarterback at Plano West and has drawn interest from KU as well as Central Florida, Tulane, and Stephen F. Austin.

The Reubers also has an older brother, Alan, who is a starting offensive tackle for Texas A&M. The family was in College Station, Texas, Saturday to watch the Aggies' 45-33 victory over Kansas.

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OSU kickoff: KU's game against Oklahoma State has been scheduled for 1 p.m. Nov. 15 at Stillwater, Okla. The game will not be televised.

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Underclassmen recount: KU used 14 sophomores, six red-shirt freshmen and four freshmen in Saturday's game at Texas A&M.

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