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Three-star juco linebacker from California picks Kansas

September 20, 2012, 3:54 p.m. Updated September 21, 2012, 12:14 a.m.

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Kansas University’s football team picked up its second oral commitment of the week from the Class of 2013 on Thursday, landing a pledge from Marcus Jenkins-Moore, an outside linebacker from Pierce Community College in Woodland Hills, Calif., JayhawkSlant.com reported.

Jenkins-Moore joins Mississippi defensive end Andrew Bolton (Hinds CC) as KU’s eighth and ninth commitments in the current class.

A three-star prospect, according to Rivals.com, Jenkins-Moore had scholarship offers from a dozen other BCS-conference schools including Kansas State, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Texas A&M and Texas Tech.

JayhawkSlant reported that tight ends coach Jeff Blasko was the lead recruiter for Jenkins-Moore, but defensive coordinator Dave Campo also played a heavy role in landing the sophomore, who, at 6-foot-3, 210 pounds, is known for his speed. It sounds as if Campo may have been one of the deciding factors.

“He’s very passionate and knows what he’s talking about,” said Jenkins-Moore of Campo during a recent interview with JayhawkSlant.com. “He knows how to get players ready for that next level. He’s the kind of defensive coordinator you want to play for.”

Another factor, according to Jenkins-Moore, was KU’s determination.

“Kansas showed they wanted me more than all of the other schools,” he told JayhawkSlant. “All of the coaches, Blasko, Weis and Campo, would Facebook me every day and they recruited me the hardest. If the other schools wanted me as bad they would have been on me like Kansas was. They always stayed in touch and asked me how everything was going along with my family.”

Jenkins-Moore made his official visit to KU during the weekend of the TCU game. He made the trip with juco teammate Marquel Combs, a four-star, 6-3, 305-pound defensive tackle who also has KU on his very long list.

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