K-State football has picked up its ninth commitment, and have really started to stockpile in-state talent with Applegate making the fourth from the Sunflower State.
Today's commitment comes from Mill Valley's Evan Applegate, who announced his commitment (as is becoming the preferred media) via Twitter
I just committed to be a KSU WILDCAT!!! Thank you to all the coaches who have recruited me. pic.twitter.com/EaXA7LlU69— Evan Applegate (@big_apple55) August 15, 2014
The 6'7" 280 tackle is rated as a 3-star by both Rivals and ESPN, though 247Sports does not have a composite for him.
The Wildcat coaching staff beat out Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Minnesota, Arkansas, and KU among others for Applegate's services. Seems like our staff has really stepped up their game, as this is not the first recruit this year to spurn schools that traditionally haven't had much issue beating out the Cats for top players.
ESPN's Insider scouting report ($$) indicates a prospect who is solid in run blocking but may need work in pass protection. Their bottom-line:
Bottom LineSo there is a lot for Coach Dickey to work with there. Hopefully he will grow in to the next Stiverson or Whitehair.
We feel that Applegate is developmental size prospect with a bright future; displays good athleticism and flexibility for a big man; will need time and a red shirt year to grow physically while polishing technique before challenging for playing time at the Power Conference level of competition.
And, finally, below are his Junior season highlights courtesy of Hudl.com