Forget the 14 scholarship offers Pierce (Calif.) College linebacker Marcus Jenkins-Moore has amassed. The number is only good for his ego. Only three of them actually matter now. He has the usual nice things to say about the rest of list, but he has a small group of favorites that doesn't seem likely to change.
"I've got Arizona State, Kansas State and Kansas as my favorites right now," Jenkins-Moore said on Wednesday. And that shortlist is where he'll start the process of picking a school.
Jenkins-Moore took an unofficial visit to Arizona State last weekend and came away impressed. The coveted linebacker left Tempe without making a commitment, but it seems the Sun Devil program left its mark on the 6-foot-3, 210-pound junior college prospect.
"I enjoyed myself, you know," he said. "I got to hang with the coaches. I really liked everything I saw. I feel that the coaching staff is going to take that program back to what it was back in the day."
KU and K-State will get their turns to impress Jenkins-Moore soon enough. He plans to take a trip to Kansas on the weekend of Sept. 15 before hitting the Wildcats' campus for another official visit on Dec. 1, when Bill Snyder's squad is set to host Texas.
"Coach (Charlie) Dickey is a good guy. He's the one recruiting me," Jenkins-Moore said. "And knowing that Coach Snyder is there, too … he has the program winning. I mean, they were in the Cotton Bowl last year."
His interest in Kansas is based on the confidence he's developed in the Jayhawks' new coaching staff.
"Coach (Charlie) Weis and Coach (Dave) Campo over there -- I feel like they'll get that program back up," he said. "They have that experience. They know what it takes to get them winning again. They've been in the NFL."
A hard timetable for a commitment hasn't been set, but Jenkins-Moore won't rule anything out. Waiting until his visits are complete is option, sure, but so is making a verbal pledge on the spot. And as his trips to KU and K-State approach, he says there's no point in guessing what might happen.
"It just depends how those visits go," he said. "You never know."