When trying to sway a committed recruit, the best course of action is to get the player on campus for the opportunity to persuade him in person. Kansas State did just that when they entertained Marcus Jenkins-Moore, who committed to Kansas, in September. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound outside linebacker made his official visit to Manhattan with Pierce College teammate, Marquel Combs, for the Texas game.
"I'm not going to lie," said Marcus Jenkins-Moore, "the stadium was rocking. It was a good feeling being in that kind of crazy atmosphere. I had scheduled the official visit before I committed to Kansas, but I decided to go ahead and take it to mix it up and see what it's like and visualize how it would be to play there.
"I spent a lot of time with Coach Cox throughout the weekend. He just let me know if I were to go there that there would be playing time available to me next season. My player-host was Jarvis Leverett. I enjoyed myself, but I'm still committed to KU."
That visit must have been some cause for concern for Jayhawk head coach, Charlie Weis. He flew to Louisville, Ky. to meet with Jenkins-Moore mother after the visit and had an assistant go to Woodland Hill, in the Los Angeles area, to meet with the player in person.
Jenkins-Moore played in the first five games for the Pierce Brahmas before fracturing a metatarsal bone which caused him to miss the remainder of the regular season. He was able to comeback and help his team take the Patriotic Bowl on November 17th in Hemet, Calif.
"I was probably only 95-percent," Jenkins-Moore said of his health status for the bowl game. "I just wanted to go out there and help my team win. I played well with four tackles in the game. We got in win in overtime against Mt. San Jacinto."
If the Wildcats can secure a commitment from Marquel Combs, it would highly increase their chances with Jenkins-Moore. The two have bonded at Pierce and have expressed strong interest in playing together at a Division 1 program. For the time being, Jenkins-Moore is thinking about his future as a Jayhawk.
"The first thing I want to do [at Kansas]," Jenkins-Moore stated, "is get that first win to silence all of the doubters who say Kansas is never going to be any good again. I want to get that heat off of Coach Weis."
Combs will make his announcement of December 17th, the day junior college players are able to sign their letter of intent. Jenkins-Moore will as well and by then we'll know for sure what kind of effect this weekend's visit to Kansas State had on him. Although an uphill battle, the Wildcat staff would love to land either player, preferably both.