LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Marquel Combs didn't plan on any of this happening.
He didn't plan on becoming one of the nation's top junior college prospects, or having to decide among 50 scholarship offers. He certainly didn't plan on choosing Kansas.
Up until his senior year of high school, Combs didn't even plan on playing football.
"My uncle was like, 'Dude, you're getting too big to be sitting on the couch,'" he explained with his usual good-natured sense of humor. "I'm like, 'What do you mean? I'm just chilling, enjoying myself.' He was like, 'No, I want you to get out and play football.'"
Nothing like brutal honesty from the family to get in shape.
Combs eventually was persuaded to give football a shot. He signed up for the team at Hamilton High School in Memphis, Tenn., but found the first weeks to be exactly what he had dreaded.
"I was getting drilled around," he said. "I'm talking about bad. I'm talking about real bad."
When he first met Combs, Hamilton coach DeCorye Hampton ...