The Wildcat coaching staff is on a roll here in mid-to-late June. And things have not slowed down yet. On the heels of the announcement from one of the bigger names (and body) in the Sunflower State, two more young men have pledged their services to Bill Snyder and Kansas State. Eli Huggins, a 3-star defensive lineman out of Cumming, GA (West Forsyth), and Aidan Mills, a not-yet-rated lineman out of Newton, KS (Newton), have both pledged to be Wildcats .
Huggins is the first Georgian in this class, and helps continue the pipeline that Andre Coleman has established in the Peach State. The 6’4”, 285lb d-lineman’s commitment, announced Tuesday evening, comes over offers from 21 FBS and FCS schools, including all three service academies and multiple Ivy League schools (yes, scholarships aren’t the same there, but the kid basically needs to be a model student to get those offers). His commitment was big enough news to draw a full article from the local paper. You can check out some of his highlights over at Hudl. He’s got the size to play inside, but has the speed to play strong-side DE if needed.
Committing to Kansas State!!! #EMAW17 pic.twitter.com/0qCeYdg7Nw— Eli Huggins (@Elihuggs) June 21, 2016
Mills makes the fifth Kansan in the 2017 class that now numbers 8 young men. He’s also the fourth projected o-lineman from Kansas, meaning that in a few years the K-State o-line could look very much like those lines that Bob Devany and Tom Osborne built up at Nebraska during their reign: lots of big local boys who were often overlooked. Mills, who committed Wednesday morning, is also currently playing second-fiddle on the recruiting trail next to his much more sought-after teammate at Newton, Kade Remsberg, and currently only holds one other FBS offer, from Wyoming. The 6’5”, 260lb lineman also has some skills on the defensive line, actually earning more HS accolades as a defensive end than as an o-lineman, and it wouldn’t be a stretch to see him line up for the Wildcats as a defensive end or tackle. You can check out some of his highlights over at Hudl (just remember to try and focus on him, instead of his teammate running the ball :-) ).
Proud to be a wildcat!! #EMAW17 pic.twitter.com/q45muVT4BE— Aidan Mills (@aidanmills1999) June 22, 2016
As far as in-state recruiting goes, I’ll just leave these tweet here from Sports in Kansas:
KSU lands four studs at OL in KS for 2017 in the past week. Winning the state in trenches. KU offered one of them. pic.twitter.com/ALW80N8qWr— Sports in Kansas (@sportsinkansas) June 22, 2016
Oh, and a national writer chimed in too:
Another day. Another in-state offensive lineman picks #KState. Quickly building one of best OL classes in Big 12. https://t.co/cbB439gL1q— Jeremy Crabtree (@jeremycrabtree) June 22, 2016
While one of these guys is listed by the recruiting services as an offensive lineman, I think we’re looking at two, not one, new young men that will end up as defensive lineman for the Wildcats and line coaches Lattimore and Seiler. I guess we’ll just have to wait until 2017 to find out!