Charlie Weis wants a quick reversal at Kansas. He plans to attain that with JUCO talent. Weis landed four-star defensive end Chris Martin out of City College of San Francisco, a former five-star recruit in 2010 who committed to Cal, transferred to Florida and left the Gators after a marijuana arrest. This alerted many to the fact he has 16 JUCO players verbally committed for 2013.
JUCO players can provide an instant talent infusion. They also often come with poor academic backgrounds or checkered pasts and have no connection with the program. Bringing in a couple such players is common. As Cam Newton and Nick Fairley showed, this can lead to great things, but bringing in 16, presuming the commitments hold, is an incredible number.
This can be successful. Bill Snyder brought in 17 JUCO players over two classes in 2011 and 2012 and has won 11 games this year. This can also fail miserably. Steve Kragthorpe brought in 19 over two classes in 2008 and 2009 and won one conference game. Given Weis’ program building track record at Notre Dame, this should be a concern, though one would have been just as concerned had he brought in all high school players.
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