#56 Wesley Hollingshed
Position: Defensive Line
Previous Colleges: University of Nevada; Trinity Valley Community College
Status: On Scholarship
Wesley Hollingshed (b. April 7, 1991) is a redshirt junior defensive tackle with two seasons to play two. He enrolled in December and participated in spring practice, although he was held out of the spring game with a minor injury.
Hollingshed signed with Nevada in the class of 2009, but was not academically eligible and so instead enrolled at Trinity Valley Community College in Texas. He must have redshirted in 2009, then played in 2010 and 2011.
(Or he redshirted his freshman year at Nevada, then transferred and played two years at Trinity . I'm not really clear which it was and information is hard to find on this matter, but either way, he's exhausted two years of eligibility.)
He was rated the No. 47 junior college player in the nation by Rivals.com and totaled 21 tackles in eight games in 2010. He and fellow signee Kent Gainous helped Trinity Valley to rank 20th in rushing defense in the NJCAA.
A first-team all-state selection, Hollingshed helped Peach County High School to win back-to-back state titles.
He played in the Gwinnett County All-Star game and also was a Gwinnett County player of the week. He compiled 14 sacks, 110 tackles and 22 tackles for loss during his senior campaign. You can watch his highlights here.
Hollingshed, in his own words, on the opportunity before him at K-State:
I think it says a lot that the coaching staff at Kansas State has alumni on it. It shows a bond and trust between them all, and you can tell they have a lot of pride in what they do.
That's one thing that stood out overall, the passion everyone has for K-State football. Coach Snyder talked about his love for the game and you see the community's support. It's a well-run program and they care about winning, and all of that is important.
I called the K-State coaches and committed (Tuesday). I just feel like it is the best place for me. My dad and I talked about it after the visit, and we both felt like it was a good place and was a place that we both liked.
Rivals' Brian Perroni said Hollingshed "(has) the potential to be an immediate contributor." I currently have down as second-string, but he definitely could push John Sua in the fall for the starting position opposite Vai Lutui.