Jenkins-Moore Solid to Kansas

Linebacker Marcus Jenkins-Moore

Los Angeles (Calif.) Pierce College linebacker Marcus Jenkins-Moore is solid with his commitment to the Jayhawks...

Los Angeles (Calif.) Pierce linebacker Marcus Jenkins-Moore has spent two seasons at the junior college and has grown from the opportunity.

"I've had a really good experience out here at Pierce and have met a lot of people. I had to adapt to the environment. Being a linebacker and being 210 lbs., you have to mature a lot. You have to study and come out here with that heart and play hard," he said.

Jenkins-Moore picked up over twenty offers but ended his recruitment by committing to Kansas in September.

"Recruiting was awesome, just getting to meet all these coaches and do interviews like this. It's been really good. I'm committed to Kansas; I love the fanbase, the coaches. Everyone has been so welcoming to me and it feels good. I have another place I can call home. I feel really good about everything with Kansas," he said.

The 6-foot-3, 210-pound prospect connected with the coaching staff and feels confident that he can help turn the Jayhawks' program around, especially as they play in the Big 12, a conference whose leader changes quite often.

"That's why I committed. Coach [Charlie] Weis is a really good guy. Everyone has been doubting him and his whole staff, but I think they can turn it around. He hasn't had much time there, but I'm excited to play for him and for [defensive coordinator] Dave Campo; I'm ready to get them back on the map," he said.

Though Jenkins-Moore has three years to play two, he's not planning on using his redshirt.

"I want to play right away, be that impact player," he said.

He has also been doing his best to help recruit his close friend and teammate, defensive lineman Marquel Combs, who is also seriously considering a Kansas commitment.

Though he missed some of this season due to a toe injury, Jenkins-Moore is looking forward to returning to the field this weekend for Pierce's bowl game.

"It's been a good season for the team. I missed some time, and I'm excited to get back. As a whole, our team did well. Everyone was expecting us to win because we have the talent, and we have," he said.

After the season, Jenkins-Moore plans on "working out, eating a lot, and living in the weight room."

The linebacker is on track to graduate in May and will join the Jayhawks' program in June.

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