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K-State Football Signs 28

KSAL Sports - February 6, 2014 6:19 am

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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.

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