Combs Intrigued by Kansas State

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State was one of the first schools to begin recruiting Marquel Combs of Los Angeles Pierce College. The 6-foot-3, 310-pound defensive tackle, who was once committed to Ole Miss, has accumulated 41 Division 1 scholarship offers. Even though he says he remains open to all of them and Kansas State looks to be in good shape to land one of them.

6-foot-3, 310-pound defensive tackle - Marquel Combs of Los Angeles Pierce College was once committed to Ole Miss ans since he re-opned his recruitment, many schools have left an impression on him - Kansas State is one of those schools.

"I really don't have any schools at the top right now," said Marquel Combs, "but I like Kansas State. I get along great with Coach Latimore and Coach Dickey. I'm looking at taking my official visit [to Manhattan] the weekend they play Texas around December the 1st.

"I went to KU on an official (two weekends ago). That went well, but I'm in no rush to make a decision. I probably won't decide until December 18th, which is signing day for JuCo players."

Combs has bonded with his teammates at Pierce College. He took his official visit to Lawrence with Marcus Jenkins-Moore (who has since committed to KU), a linebacker who the Wildcats are also heavily pursing and is expected to be on campus with Combs in December.

He's expressed interest in continuing to play with Jenkins-Moore at a Division 1 college. Combs also has high interest in Arizona State where teammate, Joe Morris, has committed.

"The Junior College experience has made me mentally stronger," Combs said. "I don't mean just with football, but life in general. It's more of a grind here than it is a struggle.

"We've only played two games and we're 1-1. I'm getting a lot of double and triple teams so I'm able to free up the linebackers. My job is commanding the middle at nose [tackle]. I haven't made many big plays yet, but I'm doing my job to help this team win."

At Hamilton High School in Memphis, Tenn., Combs only played football in his senior year. The adage 'you can't teach size' can certainly apply with Combs. He has an abundance of it and the Brahma Bull coaches have done a fine job developing him into a top Division 1 prospect. Now coaches, 41 in fact, from around the college landscape must wait to see if he'll lend his talent to their program for the next two years.

"Basically, my decision is going to be based on how well I get along with the coaches," Combs said. "I want to be in a campus environment I can enjoy with good fans and a great football atmosphere. I'd like to go somewhere I can play early. It's my goal to get to the next level and play in the NFL, but if that doesn't happen I want to get a good degree I can fall back on."

After a bye week, the Brahma Bulls return to action this Saturday with they face L.A. Southwest. They're coming off a tough loss to Mt. San Antonio, the junior college where Kansas State senior, Vai Latui, played before joining the Wildcats team last season.

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