Signing class announced

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Twenty standout student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent (NLI) to attend the University of Kansas and play football next season for head coach Mark Mangino.

"We believe that we've helped ouselves in areas of need and enhanced the overall athleticism and speed of our football team with this recruiting class," said Mangino.

The Jayhawks signed three of the top recruits from the state of Kansas -- offensive lineman Todd Haselhorst (Olathe East HS), offensive lineman Scott Haverkamp (Silver Lake HS) and linebacker Mike Rivera (Shawnee Mission Northwest HS). In addition, 11 members of the 2004 class are Texas natives, including nine high school signees from the Lone Star State.

Mangino also announced that three players who were with the program a year ago -- Scott Bajza, Zack Hood and Matt Thompson -- will receive scholarships for the 2004 season. Two additional student-athletes, Jeff Edwards (Lenexa, Kan.) and Josh Lawrence (Lawrence, Kan.) will join the team as walk-ons.

Following is a roster and biographical sketches for each of KU's signees.

Jermail Ashley - DE
6-5, 250 lbs, 1-28-83
Jr.-TR - Fort Worth, Texas (Fossil Ridge HS/Tyler CC)

Theo Baines - CB
5-11, 190 lbs, 6-10-83
Jr.-TR - Rosenburg, Texas (B.F. Terry HS/Tyler CC)

Scott Bajza - WR
6-5, 215 lbs, 4-16-82
Sr.-SQ - Cerritos, Calif. (Cerritos HS/Cerritos College)

Raymond Brown - S
6-3, 190 lbs, 9-28-86
Fr.-HS - St. Louis, Mo. (Cardinal Ritter College Prep)

Ryan Cantrell - OL
6-3, 275 lbs, 1-7-86
Fr.-HS - Sugarland, Texas (William P. Clements HS)

Anthony Collins - DL
6-6, 250 lbs, 11-2-85
Fr.-HS - Beaumont, Texas (Central Senior HS)

Jeff Edwards - PK
5-10, 180 lbs, 10-12-83
Jr.-TR - Lenexa, Kan. (Shawnee Mission West HS/Coffeyville CC)

Dexton Fields - WR
6-0, 180 lbs, 4-3-82
Fr.-HS - Dallas, Texas (South Oak Cliff HS)

Gary Green II - RB
5-9, 170 lbs, 10-13-85
Fr.-HS - San Antonio, Texas (James Madison HS)

Rodney Harris, Jr. - S
6-0, 185 lbs, 2-19-83
So.-TR - Fontana, Calif. (Fontana HS/San Bernardino Valley CC)

Todd Haselhorst - OL/DL
6-5, 290 lbs, 12-30-85
Fr.-HS - Olathe, Kan. (Olathe East HS)

Scott Haverkamp - OL
6-4, 275 lbs, 12-22-85
Fr.-HS - Silver Lake, Kan. (Silver Lake HS)

Marcus Herford - QB
6-3, 205 lbs, 10-1-85
Fr.-HS - DeSoto, Texas (Cedar Hill HS)

Zack Hood - LS/OL
6-4, 255 lbs, 6-24-84
So.-1L - Creston, Iowa (Creston HS)

Charlton Keith - DE
6-5, 230 lbs, 5-4-83
Jr.-TR - Akron, Ohio (Buchtel HS/Minnesota/Minnesota-West CC)

Josh Lawrence - TE
6-3, 220 lbs, 6-20-86
Fr.-HS - Lawrence, Kan. (Lawrence HS)

James McClinton - DT
6-1, 295 lbs, 7-4-86
Fr.-HS - Garland, Texas (Lakeview Centennial HS)

Jim Reuber - TE
6-4, 238 lbs, 6-29-85
Fr.-HS - Plano, Texas (Plano West Senior HS)

Mike Rivera - LB
6-3, 250 lbs, 1-10-86
Fr.-HS - Shawnee Mission, Kan. (Shawnee Mission Northwest HS)

Jason Swanson - QB
6-0, 190 lbs, 1-24-83
Jr.-TR - San Diego, Calif. (HS Performing Arts/City Coll. of SF)

Aqib Talib - CB
6-2, 180 lbs, 2-13-86
Fr.-HS - Richardson, Texas (Berkner HS)

Matt Thompson - OL
6-5, 295 lbs, 5-4-82
Jr.-TR - Missoula, Mont. (Big Sky HS/Air Force)

Kyle Tucker - P/K
6-2, 205 lbs, 11-6-85
Fr.-HS Katy, Texas (Cinco Ranch HS)


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