Despite the loss on Saturday, Kansas football did receive some good news on Sunday. Jayhawkslant is reporting a pair of junior college commitments at some key positions of need. Probably the position that has struggled most this year has been that of the wide receiver position. On Saturday Kansas hosted Mark Thomas out of Nassau Community College. Thomas is a 6'2" 210 pound wideout that has clocked out with 4.4 forty speed during his time at Nassau. While offensively the Nassau offense isn't very pass heavy, Thomas had received offers from Rutgers, Syracuse and West Virginia before committing to Kansas.
The other commitment comes at the linebacker spot where Kansas adds Samson Faifili who was set to visit Iowa State next week but has since cancelled that visit. Faifili is a shade under 6', checks in at 240 pounds and has very good speed from the middle linebacker spot. Faifili provides added depth at the linebacker spot and it might allow Ben Heeney to move outside, a spot that Dave Campo has mentioned as a more natural fit. I certainly wouldn't count Heeney out in the middle as he has shown a lot this year, but Faifili will without a doubt provide competition and depth and an option similar to what McDonald was expected to bring this year.
Right now Kansas is selling immediate playing time and a chance to showcase your talent from the get go. Fortunately that pitch is still very relevant regardless of what happened on Saturday. Unfortunately it's also nice to have some success to sell as well. But that has to start somewhere, so hopefully this next group can blend with the improvement we've seen to date and get us closer to the end goal.