Coming off a shut-out victory over the Texas Longhorns, the 9th ranked Kansas State Wildcats are looking for another home victory this time facing off against the Oklahoma State Cowboys. This game is important not just for Big 12 standings, and playoff opportunities, but also for the 2015 recruiting class. The Wildcats have seven* confirmed prep players in attendance, four of which are already committed to Kansas State. Let's take a closer look at the six high school kids who get to experience a night game in Manhattan Kansas.
*(Editors Note: After publication it was confirmed Kalin Heath is also visiting this Saturday. The story has been updated to reflect Heath's visit.)
Duke Shelley-Tucker, GA (4*)
Duke Shelley is a cornerback from Tucker High School in Tucker, Georgia. Recruited by Andre Coleman, Shelley committed back in August. An attendee of The Opening in Eugene, Oregon, Shelley had offers from: Clemson, Georgia Tech, Mississippi State, South Florida, Tennessee, Utah, Wake Forest and Wisconsin. So far, Duke Shelley is the highest rated recruit in the 2015 class. For more information on Duke Shelley and his commitment check out our full article: K-State gets a Duke.
Isaiah Zuber-Stone Mountain, GA (3*)
Another commitment from a player in Georgia, another player recruited by Andre Coleman. Isaiah Zuber is a wide receiver from Stephenson High School in Stone Mountain, GA. Zuber was one of the first recruits to commit to Kansas State this year, doing so back in June. The 5-11, 175 lbs senior also held offers from: Boston College, Cincinnati, Georgia State, Illinois, Iowa State, Purdue, South Florida, and Virginia Tech. Check out Jon Morse's recap of his commitment complete with a bunch of videos: WR Isaiah Zuber commits to K-State.
Kalin Heath-Cartersville, GA (3*)
Kalin Heath is a running back from Cartersville High School in Cartersville, Georgia. Heath was the first running back, and the fifth overall commitment for the 2015 class for Kansas State. Heath, 6-1, 184 lbs, had interest from schools such as: Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, Kentucky, Miami, Oklahoma State, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt. He also had offers from many Power Five conference teams including: Indiana, Louisville, Mississippi State, and Washington State. Back in June, we recapped his commitment and asked if Heath could be the next Daniel Thomas: RB Kalin Heath becomes the 5th member of K-State's 2015 recruiting class.
Joshua Little-Jacksonville, FL (3*)
Josh Little, formerly of Millwood High School in Oklahoma City, is a defensive end from Trinity Christian Academy in Jacksonville, Florida. Little was the eighth player to commit to Kansas State doing so back in July. Following his commitment, Little and his family moved from Oklahoma City to Jacksonville which should allow Little to play against a higher level of competition. The 6-3, 235 lbs defensive end held offers from: Arizona State, Iowa State, North Texas, Purdue, Texas State, Washington State, and Wyoming. He also had some interest from Arkansas prior to his commitment. Our recap here at Bring on the Cats links to an article that compares Little's upside to Jadeveon Clowney: K-State lands number eight.
Mohamed Barry-Loganville, GA (3*)
Mohamed Barry is an outside linebacker from Grayson High School in Loganville, Georgia. Barry is rumored to be a silent commit to Kansas State, but he hasn't made any official announcement. Barry measures out at 6-1, 208 lbs. He currently holds offer from: Kansas State, Appalachian State, Georgia State, Marshall, Middle Tennessee State, North Carolina State, South Florida, Syracuse, UAB, Wake Forest, and Wisconsin. Cincinnati, Oklahoma State, Pittsburgh, and Tennessee has also shown interest in Barry's talent. Check out his Huld video below and you will see a kid who swarms to the ball, and finishes tackles well. He reminds me slightly of Danzel McDaniel in his ability to wrap up and tackle.
Almonzo Brown-Suwanee, GA (3*)
Almonzo Brown is a 6-2, 214 lbs, wide receiver from North Gwinnett High School in Suwanee, Georgia. A current Minnesota commit, Brown is another kid who Andre Coleman has been recruiting. Along with Barry, Zuber, and Shelley, Brown is the fourth player from Georgia to have his official visit this week against Oklahoma State. Besides Kansas State, Brown also has offers from: Florida, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Georgia Tech, Iowa, Kentucky, Southern Mississippi, and Western Kentucky, with Ohio State showing interest but no offer yet. From my quick viewing of his highlight video, Brown reminds me of a raw Demaryius Thomas. Here's hoping Bill Snyder can convince Brown that he'll look better in purple and white, instead of maroon and yellow (sorry 00).
George Lea-New Oreleans, LA (3*)
George Lea is a 6-2.5, 240 lbs, defensive tackle from L.B. Landry Senior High School, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Lea's recruiting is heating up, having just come off an official visit to Washington State, and following the Oklahoma State game this week, Lea is headed off to an official visit to Colorado. Besides Kansas State and Washington State, Lea has offers from: Arizona State, Colorado, Southern Mississippi, Tulsa, and Utah. His Hudl video, shows a kid who does a fantastic job shedding one on one blocks. With a year in the weight room this guy could be a load to handle for any offensive line.
As mentioned above this game has huge implications for this season, and with the number of recruits in town it could have an impact on future seasons as well. Here's hoping the Wildcats come out strong and dominate Oklahoma State, which can only help in securing those players already committed, and maybe bring in three more commitments. Let me know what you saw and thought of as you read/watched and learned about these players.