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November 21, 2012Over the next 30 days there won't be much free time on the schedule for Marquel Combs. The four-star defensive tackle will be very busy focusing on recruiting and his school work.
Combs, from LA Pierce, didn't return to his home of Memphis because he had a late class he didn't want to miss. On Friday he will be off to Washington State for an official visit.
"I had classes so I didn't make it back home," he said. "Then I'm going to Washington State so I stayed here."
The hectic schedule will continue for Combs. There is still a visit to Kansas State on November 30 when the Wildcats host Texas. The final visit is still up in the air.
"It is getting rough," Combs said. "I am trying to narrow it down. I have been talking to other junior college players to see where they might be going. A lot of us are hoping to set up a dream team. Some of us would like to go to the same school."
Combs said two of the players he stays in contact with are Isaiah Johnson and Cassius Sendish. Johnson, from Iowa Western will visit Kansas in December. Sendish took a visit to Lawrence in September.
"It would be good if a lot of us found a place we could go in right away and play," Combs said.
A couple weeks ago Combs narrowed his list down to seven schools. He hopes to trim that down even more in the upcoming weeks.
"I am still talking to a lot of coaches and I will have one visit left after Kansas State," he said. "I'm also trying to figure out the coaching situations at some of the schools I am looking at."
LA Pierce is coming off a win in the Patriotic Bowl over Mount San Jacinto. They won 37-34 in double overtime. It was a good way for Combs and his close friend Marcus Jenkins-Moore to finish their junior college career. Jenkins-Moore committed to the Jayhawks in September.
"Me and Marcus are like brothers," Combs said, "I do listen to him. He's always talking to me about Kansas. It's funny because when I wake up he's always saying Rock Chalk."
Combs said Kansas head coach Charlie Weis is going to fly out to visit him with Jeff Blasko once coaches are allowed to make visits. He also said they will visit his mother, Mashele.
In two weeks Combs said he will announce his final three schools. Until that time he is going to analyze what places will be the right future home for the next two years.
"One thing I will look is who I have the best relationship with," he said. "I will look at who can make me the best player and where I stand on everybody's depth chart. I don't want to go anywhere and be another number. I am going to see what the best fit is for me."