KU Announces 2005 Football Signees

<p><strong>LAWRENCE, Kan.</strong> -- Twenty-five standout student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to attend the University of Kansas and play football next season for head coach Mark Mangino.</p>

"This class will help our program in many areas," said Mangino. "Especially along the defensive and offensive lines, which were a high priority. We were able to land our No. 1 quarterback prospect and strengthen our overall speed and athleticism on both sides of the ball.

The Jayhawks signed four of the top high school recruits from the state of Kansas -- defensive lineman Caleb Blakesley (Ottawa HS), quarterback Kerry Meier (Pittsburg HS), offensive lineman Adam Welty (Newton HS) and defensive back Darrell Stuckey (Washington HS). In addition, KU landed six high school athletes from the state of Texas.

Seven players will be with the team when the Jayhawks begin spring practice next month, including Kansas junior college transfers Brian Murph (Marston, Mo./Butler County CC) and Wayne Wilder (Forsyth, Ga./Garden City CC).

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

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Class Hometown (High School/Previous School)

  • Rodney Allen DE 6-3 275 Jr.-TR Miami, Fla. (Coral Gables HS/Garden City CC)
  • * Marcus Anderson OL 6-3 1/2 285 Jr.-TR Hayward, Calif. (Skyline HS/City College of San Francisco)
  • * Tang Bacheyie S 6-1 195 Fr.-HS Windsor, Ontario (Sandwich HS)
  • Josh Bell TE 6-7 250 Fr.-HS Hitchcock, Texas (Hitchcock HS)
  • Caleb Blakesley DL 6-5 277 Fr.-HS Ottawa, Kan. (Ottawa HS)
  • Russell Brorsen DE 6-4 235 Fr.-HS Stillwater, Okla. (Stillwater HS)
  • * Paul Como OLB 6-2 248 Jr.-TR Dana Point, Calif. (Murrieta Valley HS/Saddleback College)
  • * Jake Cox OL 6-5 295 Jr.-TR Marengo, Iowa (Iowa Valley HS/Iowa Central CC)
  • # Alex Hanson PK 6-0 180 Fr.-HS Ankeny, Iowa (Ankeny HS)
  • James Holt S 6-3 200 Fr.-HS Altus, Okla. (Altus HS)
  • Bobby Johnson DT 6-3 270 Fr.-HS Kansas City, Mo. (Westport HS)
  • Kerry Meier QB 6-3 208 Fr.-HS Pittsburg, Kan. (Pittsburg HS)
  • * Brian Murph WR 6-1 185 Jr.-TR Marston, Mo. (New Madrid County HS/Butler County CC)
  • Raimond Pendleton WR 5-10 180 Fr.-HS Garland, Texas (South Garland HS)
  • Angus Quigley RB 6-2 210 Fr.-HS Cleburne, Texas (Cleburne HS)
  • Jose Rodriguez OL 6-6 255 Fr.-HS La Puente, Calif. (Bishop Amat HS)
  • Jake Schermer LB/S 6-2 200 Fr.-HS Nixa, Mo. (Ozark HS)
  • Darrell Stuckey DB 6-1 183 Fr.-HS Kansas City, Kan. (Washington HS)
  • Justin Thornton DB 6-1 185 Fr.-HS St. Joseph, Mo. (Central HS)
  • Jonathan Throneberry DT 6-3 300 Fr.-HS Lone Grove, Okla. (Lone Grove HS)
  • Darius Warner DE 6-3 245 Fr.-HS Grapevine, Texas (Grapevine HS)
  • * Eric Washington LB 6-2 220 Jr.-TR Detroit, Mich. (Crockett HS/Minnesota West CC)
  • Adam Welty OL 6-6 280 Fr.-HS Newton, Kan. (Newton HS)
  • Jeff Wheeler DE 6-7 240 Fr.-HS Houston, Texas (Clear Lake HS)
  • * Wayne Wilder DT 6-3 295 Jr.-TR Forsyth, Ga. (Mary Persons HS/Garden City CC)
  • Arist Wright LB 6-0 205 Fr.-HS Houston, Texas (Alief Taylor HS)

* - will participate in spring drills
# - non-scholarship athlete

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