MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) _ Football signees announced Wednesday by Kansas State, with name, position, height, weight, school and hometown:
Kendall Adams, db, 6-2, 200, All Saints Episcopal HS, Fort Worth, Texas
Tyler Ahrens, wr, 6-5, 200, Tivy HS, Kerrville, Texas
A.J. Allen, ol, 6-7, 315, Grossmont (Calif.) CC
Will Ash, ol, 6-2, 338, Cathedral HS, Indianapolis
Terrell Clinkscales, dl, 6-4, 315, Dodge City (Kan.) CC
Zach Davidson, qb, 6-5, 215, Harrisonville (Mo.) HS
Andre Davis, wr, 6-0, 185, Santa Rosa (Calif.) CC
D'Vonta Derricott, lb, 6-0, 225, Garden City (Kan.) CC
Winston Dimel, fb, 6-1, 220, Manhattan (Kan.) HS
Jeb Drost, ol, 6-5, 300, Central HS, St. Joseph, Mo.
Bryce Fitzner, ol, 6-7, 292, Francis Parker HS, Poway, Calif.
Luke Hayes, ol, 6-6, 295, Butler County (Kan.) CC
Dominique Heath, wr, 5-9, 175, Hopewell HS, Huntersville, N.C.
Justin Hughes, lb, 6-1, 205, Tucker (Ga.) HS
Elijah Lee, lb, 6-3, 210, Blue Springs (Mo.) HS
Jesse Mack, db, 6-0, 180, Highland (Kan.) CC
Danzel McDaniel, db, 6-1, 205, Dodge City (Kan.) CC
Colby Moore, db, 6-1, 195, Liberty Christian HS, Argyle, Texas
Kaleb Prewett, db, 6-1, 205, Blue Springs (Mo.) HS
C.J. Reese, de, 6-4, 260, James Madison HS, San Antonio, Texas
Zach Reuter, wr, 6-3, 190, Rock Bridge HS, Columbia, Mo.
Isaiah Riddle, lb, 6-3, 235 Scottsdale (Ariz.) CC
Dalton Risner, ol, 6-4, 290, Wiggins (Colo.) HS
Alex Ruth, ol, 6-5, 298, Valor Christian HS, Highlands Ranch, Colo.
Sam Sizelove, lb, 6-2, 229, Argyle (Texas) HS
Dayton Valentine, te, 6-5, 260, Baldwin (Kan.) HS
Dalvin Warmack, rb, 5-8, 183, Blue Springs (Mo.) HS
K-State Announces 28 in 2014 Signing Class
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder released the Wildcats’ 2014 recruiting class Wednesday with the announcement of 28 student-athletes who plan on joining or have already joined the K-State football program.
The 2014 signing class is made up of 18 players from the high school ranks, as well as nine community-college players, while current Wildcat offensive lineman Will Ash has been awarded a scholarship. Of the group, six are currently enrolled at K-State and will participate in April’s spring practices, which culminate with the Purple/White Spring Game on April 26.
“As we all know by now, it will be two or three years before we can accurately assess the quality of this or any recruiting class. Hopefully we have assessed the skills and intrinsic values of this year’s class accurately, but time will tell. Including greyshirts from last year’s class, we have six of these student-athletes presently in classes and participating in our out-of-season workouts. Each of them have demonstrated a commitment to becoming the best person, student and athlete possible.
“We are also very proud of the fact that 10 members of this class carry a 3.6 or higher GPA, while the class extends through 12 states. Although it seldom identifies the true quality of a given class, 13 of these student-athletes were ranked 44th or higher nationally at their positions, including five of them in the top 10.
“As always, we greatly appreciate the high school and community college coaches, faculty members and administrators through the state of Kansas and across the nation who have received our coaches and program so very graciously. I am especially proud of and thankful for the Kansas State faculty, dean of students, director of finance, athletics support staff, athletics director and president for their assistance in conveying to these young men the great support services, education and caring relationships provided by our University.”
This year’s class boasts 16 offensive players, while 12 reside on the defensive side of the ball. The class is made up of eight offensive linemen, five defensive backs, four wide receivers, five linebackers and two defensive linemen, while the Wildcats are bringing in one quarterback, running back, fullback and tight end.
K-State also signed three high school seniors from Blue Springs High School in the Kansas City area, which is the most from one high school in a single signing class since 1999 when the Wildcats signed three from Mesquite North in Mesquite, Texas (Josh Buhl, Bryan Hickman and Corey White).
As is the case in years past, the Wildcat coaching staff scoured the nation for talent as Kansas State’s class of 2014 is represented by 12 different states, including six from Missouri, five from Texas, four from Kansas, two from California, Colorado, Georgia and Illinois, and one each from the states of Indiana, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.
Head Coach Bill Snyder Quotes
On the balance of junior college and high school players in this year’s class…
“It is about right. I think sometime you need two to find one, I guess. But I think every community college guy that we have we’ve got a firm and honest belief that they have a chance to come in and compete immediately, to help this program. All of them, and the incoming freshmen, certainly have that ability to do that over a certain period of time. With the community college guys, we are talking about the immediate needs that we believe each one of them has the capacity to do that. As far as balance is concerned, we normally do not usually take quite that many. We might end up taking one more. I think the last time that we did that was way back when we had 12 in 1998 or 1997. It was because of the needs and it panned out pretty well. You never know until they get here and spend some time. Like I say, it is going to take a year or two for the young guys to find out if they fit into the program appropriately. I believe they will and I have that confidence in them.“
On his perception of the class as a whole…
“It is a good class but how it would rank, who knows? A bunch of those guys are ranked extremely high by ESPN. I think I made note in the release that there were 13 guys who were ranked in their position in the top 44 in the country. Some of them high school and some of them community college but you know me and that does not mean a whole lot to me. That does not mean that it will not be a great class or a good class. As I have said before, you have got to be here for a while. It is kind of like coaches, nobody knows whether a guy is going to do great or not until he spends some time in the job. You define yourself over a period of time and that is what each recruiting class has to do. I may rank our class dead last in the Big 12, too. I do not think it is but it will prove itself out. What everybody should be looking at are the recruiting classes of 2011. How did they pan out? Because that tells the true story, I think, more than these guys who are untested at this level. That does not mean, whether it is here or anywhere else, to upgrade these guys because we made the decision to bring these guys in. So it is our belief that they are quality young people and quality young players. But the proof is in the pudding.”
On running back Dalvin Warmack and him reaching out to other recruits…
“He will make his way and prove himself. I think he will step in as a young man with tremendous intrinsic values all of the time. He is a guy who will do right and set the example. He will engage himself in leadership activities and I am confident that he will. All of the stuff that goes out and it is not just Twitter, but all of the different avenues that young people have and utilize immensely, some of it for good and some of it for not so good. I think there is a tremendous balance there and guys have to learn how to handle that and I think he has done it the right way. As far as I know, he has said the right things and it is more prevalent now and I think it does happen at virtually every school and every class has someone who is trying to promote others. Maybe not the entire class, but to promote others to come to that school. It is not brand new just because of social media. We have had young guys in the past, and have encouraged young guys in the past to try to reach out to other guys and try to build that relationship before they even get there, which makes that incoming class closer and close together and that allows them to endear themselves to their coaches and their teammates. It is a great deal.”
On having a large number of commitments early in the process…
“You have heard me say this before that the recruiting calendar so to speak is upside down. Young guys in the 2016 class are making commitments now. The 2015 class has been making commitments for a year. It has just gone haywire in some aspects of it and I do not like it that way, personally, on some occasions, you have to keep with the Jones’ so to speak and in doing so, you extend some offers ahead of time. Young guys have that option to make that decision and probably the reason that I do not like it so much is that I would hate to see us extend an offer to someone that we did not really feel good about. Some people could say that we extended an offer, got an acceptance, and then we get around this time of year, and we had a chance at somebody else but we cannot take him because the scholarship is filled up. That is not our issue. That is not my issue and that is why I have such a great sense of pride for and with those young guys who did make those commitments that early because they all stayed with it. Commitment is a major, major word. When you talk about getting married to your wife, you talk about commitment and so it is taken seriously. It really is, in my way of thinking. Whether you want to call it old school or not, I think it is factual. It is a major, significant word in our vocabulary and it really has meaning. So you put these young guys in a position where they make that early commitment. So pretty soon, that way of thinking extends itself to making a commitment right now but I can still look around for that “other girlfriend.” So we are encouraging inappropriate behavior when we do that. There are a lot of coaches that prefer to have the rules as they are. I personally would like to see it go back to where there are more restrictions in regards to how quickly all that can take place so we are not encouraging young guys to go back on their word because your word is important and indeed we do. That is not what athletics is meant to be about.”
On signing three prospects from the same high school and their abilities…
“I do not really know. It might have some impact on future young people coming out of that program towards K-State. The fact that they have been a very, very successful program and that could be whether there was one or two or three of them. They bring a confidence factor with them. They bring the experience of playing in and competing in and being a part of being leaders of a very successful program. I would just say collective because every single individual in this class is significant and important to us. But I think all three of them, sitting down and visiting with them, they are all good students. They really have those intrinsic values in place and they are all really serious about the game of football and being competitive. All three of them, if I did not say this before, have that leadership capacity within them to be able to assist our program in that way as well.”
On Dalton Risner…
“I think he is a bright young guy. He is a sizeable young man. He is athletic in relation to his size and the position that he plays and he is a young guy with that value system in place. The fact that he put himself out there just allows you to understand that he is a competitive young guy and bright enough to understand that here are a lot of ways to shoe a horse and you do all of the things that you can do in order to achieve the success that you want to achieve. He is young guy who is very capable of that. You still have to go back because you want that value system and the desire to be a quality student but you still have to have the capabilities to perform at this level and we certainly felt that he did.”
On the recruitment of Terrell Clinkscales…
“We did not do anything with Terrell that we would not do with anybody within the program. It is not that you do something differently with one young guy, in terms of how you are willing to invest yourself. It is just a matter of what I would hope that every young person who is in our program as well as every young person that we bring into our program would understand is that we will do everything that we conceivably can, that is legal within the NCAA and the conference and in terms of moral values, to help that young person and his family. We want to involve the family as well. That is just the way we approached it with everybody, not just Terrell.