Kansas Football Signs 20
Feb. 6, 2008
"We are pleased with our class overall," Mangino said. "We have been able to meet some immediate needs and some long-range needs."
"We feel strongly about our transfer players, who should make an impact very soon," Mangino said.
Among those transfers is Jocques Crawford, who led the National Junior College Athletic Association in rushing with 1,935 yards and was that division's offensive player of the year as a sophomore last season. Crawford ran for 19 touchdowns while playing at Cisco (
The signing class includes seven players from the state of
The four players from the state of
"We have been able to sign offensive and defensive linemen in this class who possess not only size and power, but great quickness and athleticism," Mangino said.
Four of the players are already on campus - junior college transfers Nathan D'Cunha and Rod Harris, and high school players Pick and Nick Plato.
Name Pos Ht Wt Yr Exp Hometown (Previous School)
Tim Biere TE 6-4 240 Fr. HS
Greg Brown DB 5-11 164 Fr. HS
Jocques Crawford RB 6-1 230 Jr. JC
Nathan D'Cunha OL 6-6 307 Jr. JC Campbelltown, NSW,
(St. Gregory's/Santa Barbara CC)
Rod Harris, Jr. WR 6-2 200 So. JC
Tanner Hawkinson TE 6-6 245 Fr. HS
Ben Lueken OL 6-6 300 Fr. HS
Trevor Marrongelli OL 6-4 285 Fr. HS Rolling Rock,
D.J. Marshall DE 6-4 230 Fr. HS
Darius Parish DT 6-4 325 Fr. HS
Daymond Patterson WR 5-9 175 Fr. HS
Kale Pick QB 6-2 200 Fr. HS
Nick Plato TE 6-6 228 Fr. HS
Corrigan Powell DB 5-10 161 Fr. HS
Sean Ransburg Ath. 6-1 195 Fr. HS
Josh Richardson OLB 6-4 200 Fr. HS
Alonso Rojas P 6-3 220 So. TR
John Williams OL 6-4 335 Fr. HS
Tim Biere Beer-ee
Jocques Crawford Jock
Nathan D'Cunha Deh-coon-uh
Ben Lueken Loo-kin
Trevor Marrongelli Mare-in-jelly
Darius Parish Dare-e-us
TE, 6-4, 240, Fr., HS
Last name is pronounced beer-ee... Was a first-team all-Super State selection in 2007... Was an All-State defensive back by the Omaha World Herald... Also earned All-Metro honors... Was a Nike
DB, 5-11, 164, Fr., HS
Was an All-District First-Team cornerback as a senior... A Rivals.com Texas top 100 player... Recorded 35 tackles, three interceptions and 19 passes broken up... As a junior he had 28 tackles, two interceptions and four passes broken up... Team won the state championship... Also competes in track.
RB, 6-1, 230, Jr., JC
First name is pronounced Jock... Named junior college offensive player of the year by the NJCAA as a sophomore in 2007... Was a NJCAA and JC Gridwire First-Team All-American... Rushed for a national junior college-leading 1,935 yards and 19 touchdowns on 283 attempts as a sophomore... His 19 touchdowns were second in the nation and his 118 points were third... His 1,935 yards were the most by a NJCAA running back since 2000... Rushed for 328 yards and three touchdowns against
OL, 6-6, 307, Jr., JC
Last name is pronounced deh-coon-uh... Enrolled at
Rod Harris, Jr.
WR, 6-2, 200, So., JC
Spent just one season in junior college... Recorded 23 receptions for 317 yards and two touchdowns in 2007... Was an All-Valley and All-District selection as both a high school junior and senior... One of Dave Campbell's top 25 wide receivers in the state of
TE, 6-6, 245, Fr., HS
Was an all-state selection as a defensive lineman his senior year... Earned All-State First-Team honors as a tight end as a junior... Selected to the Kansas Shrine Bowl team after his senior year... Was named the conference offensive MVP his senior year... Recorded 30 catches for 500 yards and five touchdowns as a senior... As a prep junior he had 24 receptions for 363 yards and nine touchdowns... Defensively, he made 30 tackles, including two sacks... Also plays basketball and was an All-League Second-Team selection as a junior... Grandfather, mother, two brothers and one sister attended
OL, 6-6, 300, Fr., HS
Last name is pronounced Loo-kin... Named All-State First-Team as a senior... Was an All-Conference selection for three straight years... Earned All-Metro First-Team recognition as a senior... Was an All-Metro Second-Team selection as a junior... Was All-Metro Honorable Mention as a sophomore... Served as a team captain his senior year.
OL, 6-4, 285, Fr., HS
Last name is pronounced Mare-in-jelly... Selected to the All-Centex team as one of the best players in central
DE, 6-4, 230, Fr., HS
Played in the Max Emfinger All-American game... A Rivals.com Texas Top 100 selection... Played in six games as a senior, missing five contests... Had 29 tackles, including three for loss... Was credited with eight quarterback hurries and one forced fumble... As a junior he was credited with 70 tackles, including seven sacks... Also competed in power lifting and wrestling in high school... Father played college football, as did a couple of cousins
DT, 6-4, 325, Fr., HS
First name is pronounced Dare-e-us... Earned All-City recognition as a junior and as a senior... Recorded 32 tackles, including 1.5 sacks as a senior... Also recovered a fumble... Listed as the 58th best defensive tackle prospect by Rivals.com... Also competes in track and was fifth in the state in the shot put as a junior.
WR, 5-9, 175, Fr., HS
An All-State First-Team selection as well as an All-District pick as a senior... Named All-State First Team as a kick returner... Played in the Max Emfinger All-American game... A Rivals.com Texas top 100 selection... Earned Academic All-State Honorable Mention honors... Had 69 receptions for 826 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior... Returned kickoffs and punts as a senior with a 29.3 kickoff return average and a 21.6 punt return average... Had two kickoff returns for scores and one punt return for a touchdown... As a junior he recorded 40 catches for 493 yards and four scores... Also lettered in track... Set two school records, in the triple jump and in the 4x200 Relay.
QB, 6-2, 200, Fr., HS
Played in two games as a senior completing 27 of 44 passes for 510 yards and six touchdowns... As a junior he was an All-State and All-Conference selection... Was his team's offensive MVP... Led team to first winning record in 12 years... Threw for 1,779 yards and 19 touchdowns, while completing 55 percent of his attempts and throwing just six interceptions as a junior... Set 12 quarterback records at
TE, 6-6, 228, Fr., HS
Earned Max Emfinger All-America honors... Was an All-Conference First-Team selection as a senior... Was a
DB, 5-10, 161, Fr., HS
A three-time All-District selection and a two-time All-Garland pick... As a senior he registered 62 tackles, while breaking up eight passes and gaining four interceptions... As a junior he recorded 92 tackles and eight PBUs... The 92 tackles were a school defensive back record... Also had a school defensive back record 21 tackles in a single game... As a sophomore he recorded 55 tackles and one interception... Named his team's defensive back of the year four times... Was the team's freshman of the year as well... Also competed in track.
Athlete, 6-1, 195, Fr., HS
An All-State quarterback pick... Was tabbed the Class 3 Player of the Year... Named the Kansas City Star All-Metro Player of the Year as a senior... Named the Offensive Player of the Year by the Greater
OLB, 6-4, 200, Fr., HS
Recorded 64 tackles during his senior season... Had five tackles for loss... Had one interception while breaking up three passes... Also recovered two fumbles and forced another... Earned his team's most improved player award... Also competed in track and field... Holds school record in long jump and high jump... Brother Jay played at
P, 6-3, 220, So., TR
Sat out the 2007 season... Was
DB, 5-11, 190, Fr., HS
An All-State Third-Team selection... Earned All-District First-Team and All-Area honors as a high school senior... Recorded 119 tackles as a high school senior... Added three interceptions and three fumble recoveries... Returned one interception for a touchdown... Also played wide receiver... Earned a Dallas Morning News Player of the Week honor.
OL, 6-4, 335, Fr., HS
A First-Team All-State selection by the Tulsa World and Rivals.com... Also named All-Metro after his senior year... Was a three-time All-District selection... Earned Rivals.com All-State honors as a junior and a senior... Ranked as top 10 players in the state of
DE, 6-4, 260, Fr., HS
Earned All-State First-Team honors by the Topeka Capital Journal... Was a Class 3A All-State selection... As a junior he was a Class 3A First Team selection by the