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2014 Kansas State Recruiting Class Analysis

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Posted Feb 7, 2014


Kansas State Wildcats 2014 ... Head Coach: Bill Snyder


Kansas State Wildcats

2013 Record: 8-5
8/31 NDSU L 24-21
9/7 La-Lafayette W 48-27
9/14 UMass W 37-7
9/21 at Texas L 31-21
9/28 OPEN DATE
10/5 at Oklahoma St L 33-29
10/12 Baylor L 35-25
10/19 OPEN DATE
10/26 West Virginia W 35-12
11/2 Iowa State W 41-7
11/9 at Texas Tech W 49-26
11/16 TCU W 33-31
11/23 Oklahoma L 41-31
11/30 at Kansas W 31-10
Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl
12/28 Michigan W 31-14


Kansas State | The 2014 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2014: As always, Kansas State was rock-solid when it came to the little things like penalties and other mistakes, the defense didn’t stiffen enough in the red zone allowing reams to score 91% of the time inside the 20. Seven starters are gone on defense including three in the secondary and linebackers Blake Slaughter and Tre Walker. Replacements are needed this recruiting season.

The 2014 Class Is Heavy On ... Instant impact performers. It’s Kansas State, so the JUCO transfers are coming in. The offense doesn’t need too much pop right away, but A.J. Allen and Luke Hayes could help considering both starting offensive tackles are gone. The defense needs defensive backs, and corners Danzel McDaniel and Jesse Mack are ready right out of the box. The stars from the lower level are DT Terrell Clinkscales, a 6-4, 315-pound anchor, and Dvonta Derricott, a key fill-in for a linebacking corps that lost a few key parts.

2013 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 65. That Class Was Heavy On ... Defensive ends. JUCO transfer Jake Waters has the potential to fight for the starting quarterback job right away, while Jesse Ertz fits what Bill Snyder likes to do. However, this class is big for the defensive side with end Tanner Wood one of the best recruits to come to Manhattan in a while, and JUCO transfer Devon Nash and Jamone Boyd making this a good haul of linemen. JUCO transfers De'Vondre Campbell and Nate Jackson will start soon at linebacker and corner, respectively, while linebacker Nick Ramirez is a future leader in the middle.

2012 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 86. That Class Was Heavy On ... It’s Kansas State, so as always the focus is on bringing in as many ready-made JUCO players as possible to win right now. This isn’t going to be a huge signing class, and there won’t be as many JUCO signees as normal, but Bill Snyder will try to gets instant starters for both lines while hoping to find the right fit at quarterback in Tay Bender for down the road. However, Snyder is 72, and it’s questionable whether or not he’ll still want to be coaching by the time the freshmen are done. 

2011 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 40. That Class Was Heavy On ... Quarterbacks. As always, Bill Snyder went hard after the JUCO transfers with corner Allen Chapman a lockdown defender and safeties Kip Daily and Nigel Malone ready for right now, and defensive end Meshak Williams a great-looking end to put in the rotation. The offensive backfield got a few new options with JUCO transfers Justin Tuggle and Angelo Pease two fast, mobile players who can handle the offense this year. Daniel Sams is a prep pickup who’ll be groomed for the near future.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 84. That Class Was Heavy On ... JUCO transfers. If it's Kansas State there are going to be Junior College transfers. Overall this is a mediocre class with the bulk of the players for the near future coming in last year, especially in the secondary, and Bill Snyder is going for the immediate boost to get the program back over the hump and into Big 12 South title contention. Matthew Pearson will start somewhere in the secondary and Adam Davis will be used from Day One on the line as a pass rusher. In the freshman class, linebackers Tre Walker and Laton Dowling will be the keys to the 2013 Wildcat defense.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 89. That Class Was Heavy On ... defensive backs. If you’re going to try to compete in the Big 12, you need good defensive backs. Kansas State didn’t exactly break the recruiting bank on star prospects, but the secondary got the most help with safeties Thomas Ferguson and Carlton Callendar the best in the class. Throw in JUCO transfer Troy Butler and corner Courtney Thompson, along with safeties Joseph Bonugli and Torrell Miller, and the Wildcats are thinking defense first with this class.

Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl
Kansas State 31, Michigan 14
Basically … Kansas State was in control throughout and pitched a nearly perfect game as Tyler Lockett caught three touchdown passes from six, 29 and eight yards out, and John Hubert ran for a one-yard score for a 31-6 lead. Michigan managed two Matt Wild field goals from 22 and 26 yards away, but the defense couldn’t slow down the Wildcats and the O couldn’t keep the chains moving. The Wolverines finally got into the end zone on a three-yard Fitzgerald Toussaint run with just over a minute to play, but Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder was already drying off from the Gatorade bath by then.

- Time of possession: Kansas State 35:04 – Michigan 34:56
- Rushing yards: Kansas State 149 – Michigan 65
- Kansas State QB Jake Waters completed 21-of-27 passes for 271 yards and three scores, and he ran 12 times for 42 yards.
- Kansas State RB John Hubert ran 16 times for 80 yards and a score.
- Kansas State WR Tyler Lockett caught ten passes for 116 yards and three touchdowns, ran once for four yards and returned two kickoffs for 74 yards.
- Michigan QB Shane Morris completed 24-of-38 passes for 196 yards with a pick, and ran four times for a team-leading 43 yards, with 40 coming on one big late dash.
- Michigan WR Jeremy Gallon caught nine passes for 89 yards.
- Kansas State SS Dante Barnett made a team-leading eight tackles with a pick for 51 yards.

Kansas State 31, at Kansas 10
Basically … Kansas State’s D forced six turnovers and the O ran at will, but Jake Waters got the team up 21-0 on two touchdown passes from 35 yards out to Zach Trujillo and a 29 yarder to Glenn Gronkowski wrapped around a 21-yard John Hubert touchdown run. The Jayhawks came back late in the first half with ten points, highlighted by an 11-yard Jimmay Mundine touchdown catch, but KSU owned the second half with Waters running for a 15-yard score and Ian Patterson hitting a 31-yard field goal.
- Kansas State QB Jake Waters completed 10-of-21passes for 160 yards and two scores with a pick, and he ran for a score
- Turnovers: Kansas 6, Kansas State 2
- Kansas State RB John Hubert ran 30 times for 220 yards and a score
- Kansas RB James Sims ran 22 times for 82 yards

Oklahoma 41, at Kansas State 31
Basically … Oklahoma overcame a huge day from Tyler Lockett thanks to Brenan Clay, who ran for a 64-yard touchdown and scores on a three-yard touchdown run following a great punt return from Jalen Saunders. Lockett hit the OU secondary with touchdown catches from 48, 30 and 90 yards in the second quarter, but the Wildcats managed just ten points the rest of the way with Jake Waters running for a one-yard score. Zach Sanchez gave the Sooners breathing room in the fourth taking a Waters interception 74 yards for a score.
- Kansas State WR Tyler Lockett caught 12 passes for 278 yards and three scores
- Oklahoma QB Trevor Knight completed 14-of-20 passes for 171 yards and a score with a pick, and he ran 14 times for 82 yards and a score.
- Oklahoma RB Brennan Clay ran 14 times for 82 yards and a touchdown.
- Kansas State ran 22 times for 24 yards and a score. John Hubert was held to 17 yards on nine carries.

at Kansas State 33, TCU 31
Basically … Jack Cantele hit a 41-yard field goal with three seconds to play to give Kansas State the lead for good in a wild see-saw game. Cantele made four field goals on the day with three in the second half, and Jake Waters made two touchdown passes hitting Tyler Lockett with a 74-yard touchdown pass for a 14-0 lead, and Tramaine Thompson on a 79-yard play to pull ahead 24-21 in the third. TCU kept up the pace with Trevone Boykin throwing a touchdown pass to Josh Doctson for a one-yard touchdown and ran for a seven-yard score, and Casey Pachall connected with David Porter for a 51-yard score for a 28-24 lead before Cantele accounted for the rest of the Wildcat scoring.
- Kansas State QB Jake Waters competed 10-of-24 passes for 234 yards and two touchdowns with a pick, and fellow quarterback Daniel Sams completed 3-of-5 passes for 23 yards while running 19 times for a team-leading 109 yards and a touchdown.
- TCU QB Casey Pachall completed 23-of-33 passes for 248 yards and a touchdown with a pick.
- Kansas State WR Tyler Lockett caught eight passes for 123 yards and a touchdown.
- Kansas State outgained TCU 411 yards to 348

Kansas State 49, at Texas Tech 26
Basically … Kansas State got a 63-yard touchdown dash from John Hubert in the first and two touchdown runs from both Jake Waters and Daniel Sams in a stunning blowout. The Wildcats were up 35-10 at halftime helped by a Tramaine Thompson 20-yard touchdown catch from Waters, but Texas Tech made it interesting in the third on a four-yard Baker Mayfield touchdown run along with a 31-yard Ryan Bustin field goal. Sams’ one-yard touchdown run and a pick six from Ty Zimmerman ended the threat.
- Texas Tech was -3 in turnover margin and committed ten penalties for 80 yards.
- Kansas State QB Jake Waters completed 6-of-9 passes for 65 yards and a score, and he ran eight times for 38 yards and two touchdowns. Fellow quarterback Daniel Sams completed one of his two throws for 11 yards and ran 11 times for 81 yards and two touchdowns.
- Texas Tech QB Baker Mayfield completed 34-of-44 passes for 276 yards and two scores, and Daniel Webb completed 13-of-20 passes for 78 yards and a score.
- Kansas State DE Ryan Mueller made five tackles with three sacks and a forced fumble.

at Kansas State 41, Iowa State 7, Nov. 2
Basically … Kansas State’s defense limited Iowa State’s offense to 249 total yards. The Wildcats shut out the Cyclones for the first 56 minutes of the game and forced three ISU turnovers, rolling to an easy win in Manhattan. Kansas State limited Iowa State quarterbacks to 17-of-36 completions for only 126 yards with no touchdowns and three interceptions. The Wildcats established a 17-0 halftime lead and took a 27-0 lead with 10:57 left in regulation on a three-yard touchdown run by John Hubert.
- Kansas State quarterbacks Jake Waters and Daniel Sams combined for 221 passing yards and 89 rushing yards. The pair completed 13-of-20 passes between them and did not throw an interception.
- Iowa State’s longest run from scrimmage was 13 yards.
- Iowa State’s longest passing play from the line of scrimmage was 16 yards. ISU did not produce a single scrimmage play beyond 20 yards.
- Kansas State’s offense generated five scrimmage plays of at least 23 yards in length.

at Kansas State 35, West Virginia 12
Basically … Kansas State’s defense forced three turnovers, but it was the passing game that pulled off a shocker as Jake Waters threw three touchdown passes and Daniel Sams threw another. The offense clicked late with Tyler Lockett catching scoring passes from nine and 24 yards out and Tramaine Thompson catching a 30-yard touchdown pass as part of a 28-0 run over the last 18 minutes. Lockett started out the scoring with a 35-yard touchdown catch, but West Virginia scored 12 straight points with two Josh Lambert field goals and a six-yard Clint Trickett touchdown run for the lead. It was all KSU the rest of the way.
- What was that?! Kansas State’s Jake Waters and Daniel Sams combined to complete 18-of-21 passes for 291 yards and four touchdowns with no picks, while Waters ran for 55 yards and Jake Hubert ran for 86 yards and a touchdown. The passing game never works like this, at least not this year, with Tyler Lockett ripping up West Virginia for 111 yards and three touchdowns on eight grabs, while Curry Sexton caught six passes for 112 yards. The O worked and worked well in the second half.
- All of a sudden, Kansas State is in the mix again for a bowl game. With Iowa State up next and Kansas to close, all it’ll take is one more win to get to six. With three of the next four games at home before going to KU, hopes for a decent year are back on.

Baylor 35, at Kansas State 25
Basically … Baylor was pushed, down 25-21 going into the fourth, but Tevin Reese changed that in a hurry with a 54-yard touchdown catch early in the fourth, and following an interception from Ahmad Dixon, Glasco Martin put it away with a 21-yard dash in the final minutes. The Bears blasted two home runs in the second on a 93-yard scoring play from Reese and a 72-yard touchdown pass to Antwan Goodley, but Kansas State owned the third quarter with 15 straight points on two, two-yard touchdown runs from Daniel Sams and a 32-yard Jack Cantele field goal, but Baylor owned the fourth.
- It wasn’t the explosive offense Baylor is used to cranking out, with just 109 yards on the ground and two really, really big pass plays jacking up Bryce Petty’s 342-yard passing numbers, but the team showed it could handle being pushed. Lache Seastrunk was held to just 54 yards and 21 of Glasco Martin’s 70 yards came on his final touchdown run. At the end of the day, though, it was a ten point Baylor win on the road.
- Daniel Sams was fantastic at times with 199 yards and three touchdowns on 30 carries, but he only completed 4-of-7 passes for 41 yards with the key late pick. Jake Waters did nothing, completing 6-of-15 passes for 77 yards. The offense did what it needed to do, holding on to the ball for over 39 minutes and only turning it over the one time.
- Can Baylor really do this? With Oklahoma looking awful against Texas, it’s free sailing for a little while with Iowa State and Kansas up next before facing the Sooners, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State. Kansas State might have had the right formula with a strong running game and ball control, but there has to be more pressure on Bryce Petty.
- Now at 2-4, for all the decent things Kansas State has done, it’s going to take a major effort now to get to a bowl game. Fortunately, four of the next five games are at home, and the season-ender is at Kansas, but the Wildcats have to now win four of their final six to get into the postseason with at road game at Texas Tech and a home game against Oklahoma still to deal with.

at Oklahoma State 33, Kansas State 29
Basically … It took a little while for the Oklahoma State offense to wake up, but down 29-23 late, everything started to click as J.W. Walsh hit Charlie Moore with a six-yard touchdown pass with just over four minutes to play and Ben Grogan hit his fourth field goal of the game to finally come up with a little breathing room. Kansas State got a huge day from Daniel Sams, who threw for two touchdown passes – starting off with a 67-yarder to Glenn Gronkowski to start the scoring - and ran for another, but two picks ended late drives.
- It was like the Oklahoma State offense didn’t quite click. It was effective, but not explosive, and there were too many misfires on good drives that led to field goal attempts. The running game didn’t go anywhere for the second straight week, gaining just 85 yards on 25 carries.
- Welcome to the party, Daniel Sams. He threw three picks, but the Kansas State quarterback completed 15-of-21 passes for 181 yards and two scores and he ran 27 times for 118 yards and a touchdown. Jake Waters simply didn’t move the offense, completing just 3-of-7 passes.
- Kansas State continues to make the mistakes it can’t afford. The key to the team’s success is keeping the penalties and turnovers to a minimum, but there were 12 penalties to OSU’s one, and five turnovers to one.
- The Cowboy defense has to start getting more credit. Tyler Johnson had a nice game with seven tackles and two sacks, and late interceptions from Daytawion Lowe and Shaun Lewis snuffed out Kansas State’s two final drives.

at Texas 31, Kansas State 21
Basically … Johnathan Gray ran for touchdowns from 21 and 15 yards out ad David Ash connected with Kendall Sanders from 63 yards away as Texas got control early and stayed in front throughout. Kansas State pulled within ten in the fourth quarter on a John Hubert four-yard run, and following a Malcolm Brown one-yard scoring run for Texas, the Wildcats kept it interesting with a one-yard Jake Waters score, but the Texas D held firm the rest of the way.
- The much-maligned Texas run defense allowed just 115 yards helped mostly by vastly improved play from the linebackers. Steve Edmond and Jordan Hicks combined for 18 tackles, while the line was most disruptive with Jackson Jeffcoat coming up with two sacks and five stops.
- Yes, the Texas run defense improved, but the secondary was lit up by Tyler Lockett, who came up with 237 yards on 13 catches. He also added 96 yards on kickoffs.
- In the nothing helps a defense like a good offense category, Texas settled things down with the ground game. The offensive line was more physical than it was over the last few weeks, and Johnathan Gray did his part with a tough 141 yards and two scores on 28 carries. The return of David Ash helped. Case McCoy completed 5-of-9 passes for 59 yards, while Ash added more to the mix hitting 14-of-25 throws for 166 yards and a score.
- Kansas State kept pressing, but it couldn’t do what it does best. Daniel Sams and John Hubert only got free for a few runs, and they couldn’t break off anything truly big. Hubert was kept to just 3.4 yards per pop.

at Kansas State 37, Massachusetts 7, Sept. 14
Basically … Kansas State rolled up 329 yards of rushing offense and came up with 31 unanswered points after UMass took a 7-6 first quarter lead on a two-yard Stacey Bedell run. Jake Waters ran for a one-yard score and hit Glenn Gronkowski on a 50-yard touchdown pass and worked with John Hubert on a 43-yard scoring play.
- The Kansas State running game rolled at will, with John Hubert leading the way with 118 yards, and Jake Waters ran for 74 yards to go along with his 115 passing yards, but this should’ve been an even bigger blowout. UMass hasn’t done anything all year, and K-State needed a little while to get things moving.
- Was there any sort of step forward for a UMass team looking for anything positive? A.J. Doyle threw two picks, but he completed 21-of-31 passes and moved the offense a little bit.
- Kip Dailey came up with two picks for the Wildcats. The K-State secondary hung back and let UMass complete passes, but there wasn’t anything over the top.
- UMass safety Ed Saint-Vil came up with 12 tackles and a forced fumble. He needed to make too many stops against Wildcats getting into the next level, but he had a decent game.

at Kansas State 48, Louisiana-Lafayette 27, Sept. 7
Basically … Kansas State got back on track, breaking over a 3-3 game with 31 straight points helped by a 94-yard kickoff return for a score from Tramaine Thompson after halftime to go along with short scoring runs from John Hubert, Daniel Sams and Jake Waters. ULL got a kickoff return for a score of its own from Darryl Surgent, but it wasn’t enough to keep up.
- Other than a breakdown in kickoff coverage, the Kansas State special teams once again made a huge, huge difference. Thompson effectively put the game away with his kickoff return for a score to start the second half, and he set up another touchdown with a big punt return. He’s a weapon the Wildcats need for everything to work.
- ULL QB Terrance Broadway tried to rally the team, and he came up with a rushing touchdown and an 18-yard passing score to Jamal Robinson, but the offense didn’t move when it needed to in the first half.
- The Wildcat defense played better than it did against North Dakota State, but the run defense is still a concern. There weren’t enough third down stops, but the D came up with the plays it needed early. Ty Zimmerman ended any comeback hopes with a pick six in the third quarter.
- Alonzo Harris averaged close to six yards per carry for the Ragin’ Cajuns, but the team got too far behind to keep going to him.

North Dakota State 24, at Kansas State 21, Aug. 30
Basically … Two-time FCS champion North Dakota State stunned the defending Big 12 champion with a 23-play drive capped off with a one-yard Brock Jensen touchdown run with 28 seconds to play. Kansas State’s last gasp drive was instantly halted by an interception from Grant Olson to complete the upset. Jensen threw two touchdown passes and ran for the game-winner as part of a late comeback after getting down 21-7 in the third. Jake Waters connected on long touchdown passes to Tramaine Thompson and Tyler Lockett, and Daniel Sams ran for a 17-yard score to give the Wildcats the lead, but the Bison scored 17 unanswered points.
- Brock Jensen might be the best quarterback Kansas State will face all season long. He doesn’t make mistakes and he always fights for yards, completing 20-of-29 passes and being nearly flawless after giving away an interception.
- The Wildcat defensive line got shoved around. North Dakota State’s blocking was nearly flawless when it had to be. The Bison front five put on a clinic on the game-winning drive.
- North Dakota State out-Kansas Stated, Kansas State. The Wildcats have to win games by being flawless, controlling the clock, and controlling the tempo, but the Bison held on to the ball for 36:03, committed just one penalty to K-State’s two, and turned it over once to K-State’s two.
- The Wildcats couldn’t run the ball. John Hubert was held to just 23 yards and the team was stuffed for 40 yards on 23 carries. NDSU was simply more physical.

Spring Analysis Why To Be Excited All five starters return to an offensive line that did a fantastic job in pass protection and paved the way for 194 rushing yards per game. Having a strong quarterback like Collin Klein helped the cause, but the front five did its part to make the balanced offense shine and now it’s an experienced group that should be a major positive. Defensively, the safety situation should be among the best in the Big 12 with Ty Zimmerman, Jarard Milo and Dante Barnett a talented group should be strong enough pick up the slack for a front seven that needs a ton of retooling. The quarterback situation should be fine, and having a veteran running back like John Hubert to rely on will help the transition. Tyler Lockett is one of the nation’s top return men and should be even more of an offensive weapon.

Why To Be Grouchy The overhaul. Kansas State does as good a job of filling in the gaps as any program in the Big 12, but this is ridiculous. All the starters on the defensive front seven are gone along with corners Nigel Malone and Allen Chapman from a group that finished first in the Big 12 in scoring defense, second in sacks and second against the run. It’s not just the starters; several of the key backups are gone, too. There’s time to figure out the pieces to the puzzle with North Dakota State, Louisiana-Lafayette and UMass to start the season, but the Big 12 opener at Texas comes up fast.

What Needs Working On Is there a quarterback who can step in and replace what Collin Klein brought to the table? The leadership, the toughness and the production all made him one of the best quarterbacks in the nation over the last few years, and while Daniel Sams might be a dangerous runner with a ton of upside, can he be consistent? Can he be the same sort of efficient and effective passer that Klein turned into? JUCO transfer Jake Waters will get his say this spring, but it’s up to Sams to take to gig by the horns.

Non-Conference Games: North Dakota State, Louisiana, UMass
Realistic Best Case Record: 8-4
Worst Case Record: 5-7
Likely Finish: 7-5

Pre-Preseason Projected Wins: North Dakota State, Louisiana, UMass, Baylor, West Virginia, Iowa State, at Kansas

Pre-Preseason Projected Losses: at Texas, at Oklahoma State, at Texas Tech, TCU, Oklahoma

Schedule Analysis: It’s Kansas State, so there isn’t exactly a killer non-conference game to deal with hosting North Dakota State, Louisiana and UMass to open up the year. To be fair, the Wildcats need the tune-up time – and the Ragin’ Cajuns aren’t cupcakes – before opening up the Big 12 slate at Texas. Not helping the matter is a date at Oklahoma State up next, but there’s a week off to rest up and prepare.

In a strange scheduling fluke, KSU plays OSU and hosts Baylor before getting a second week off in a month before going on a six-game finishing kick. However, it couldn’t be much easier with four of the six games at home and the two road games at Texas Tech and the regular season finale against Kansas. Five of the nine Big 12 games are at home with West Virginia, TCU, Baylor and Oklahoma making the trip to Manhattan.

Team Concerns For 2013: The Wildcats always seem to find ways to reload under Bill Snyder, but the defense has way too much work to do after leading the Big 12 in scoring D and finishing second in run defense. Nine starters are gone with a wholesale change on the front seven, but having safeties Jarard Milo and Ty Zimmerman back will be a nice place to start. Of course, replacing Collin Klein is going to be next to impossible - at least from a leadership standpoint - meaning the offensive line has to be the star with all five starters returning. It would be nice if the passing game was a wee bit stronger now that Klein isn't there to rely on running the ball.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Defensive ends. JUCO transfer Jake Waters has the potential to fight for the starting quarterback job right away, while Jesse Ertz fits what Bill Snyder likes to do. However, this class is big for the defensive side with end Tanner Wood one of the best recruits to come to Manhattan in a while, and JUCO transfer Devon Nash and Jamone Boyd making this a good haul of linemen. JUCO transfers De'Vondre Campbell and Nate Jackson will start soon at linebacker and corner, respectively, while linebacker Nick Ramirez is a future leader in the middle.

2012 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 86. That Class Was Heavy On ... It’s Kansas State, so as always the focus is on bringing in as many ready-made JUCO players as possible to win right now. This isn’t going to be a huge signing class, and there won’t be as many JUCO signees as normal, but Bill Snyder will try to gets instant starters for both lines while hoping to find the right fit at quarterback in Tay Bender for down the road. However, Snyder is 72, and it’s questionable whether or not he’ll still want to be coaching by the time the freshmen are done. 

2011 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 40. That Class Was Heavy On ... Quarterbacks. As always, Bill Snyder went hard after the JUCO transfers with corner Allen Chapman a lockdown defender and safeties Kip Daily and Nigel Malone ready for right now, and defensive end Meshak Williams a great-looking end to put in the rotation. The offensive backfield got a few new options with JUCO transfers Justin Tuggle and Angelo Pease two fast, mobile players who can handle the offense this year. Daniel Sams is a prep pickup who’ll be groomed for the near future.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 84. That Class Was Heavy On ... JUCO transfers. If it's Kansas State there are going to be Junior College transfers. Overall this is a mediocre class with the bulk of the players for the near future coming in last year, especially in the secondary, and Bill Snyder is going for the immediate boost to get the program back over the hump and into Big 12 South title contention. Matthew Pearson will start somewhere in the secondary and Adam Davis will be used from Day One on the line as a pass rusher. In the freshman class, linebackers Tre Walker and Laton Dowling will be the keys to the 2013 Wildcat defense.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 89. That Class Was Heavy On ... defensive backs. If you’re going to try to compete in the Big 12, you need good defensive backs. Kansas State didn’t exactly break the recruiting bank on star prospects, but the secondary got the most help with safeties Thomas Ferguson and Carlton Callendar the best in the class. Throw in JUCO transfer Troy Butler and corner Courtney Thompson, along with safeties Joseph Bonugli and Torrell Miller, and the Wildcats are thinking defense first with this class.

 

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