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SLATE: Wildcats Pursue Football Recruits Ahead of First-Ever Early Signing Period

K-State flips a KU commit.

NCAA Football: Iowa State at Kansas State
Even the footballs are idle during finals week.
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Yesterday, KSUEMAW! interrupted our regularly-scheduled programming to announce that 3-Star defensive end prospect Cartez Crook-Jones abandoned his commitment to David Beaty’s KU Jayhawks, and will instead play for Bill Snyder’s (we think) K-State Wildcats. Crook-Jones says he will sign on December 20, the first day of the first-ever early signing period for football. This early date may prove a boon to programs like K-State, who have in the past lost recruits late to the likes of Texas (Zack Shackelford, anyone?) and other big-name programs.

We also might wonder what effect Dana Dimel’s departure from the staff may have on recruiting, as well as what role recruiting may play in the choice of a new offensive coordinator. JT VanGilder laid out several scenarios and attempted to predict the most likely outcome.


Defensive back/special teams wizard DJ Reed picked up two more All-America honors Monday, being honored as a kick returner by the Football Writers Association of America, and as an all-purpose player by the Associated Press.

Along with Crook-Jones, K-State also got a verbal commitment of his Grandview, Missouri High School teammate, Shane Cherry, a 6-5, 300-pound offensive lineman. Look for a post from KSUEMAW! later today on Cherry. Ryan Black at the Mercury also checked in on K-State’s latest recruiting coup.

In the NFL, Tyler Lockett had the biggest day of any K-State alumni, with 185 all-purpose yards. It comes as no surprise that a number of K-State’s football graduates, including Lockett, BJ Finney, Emmanuel Lamur, and Elijah Lee, excel on special team,


Coach Weber is glad to get some added practice time this week to address issues that cropped up in the Tulsa Game. (Kellis Robinett, Star) In Bruce’s own, characteristic words: “We got low-blowed.” Yikes. Awkward.

If the Wildcats are to compete in the remainder of the season, bench players will have to contribute more. (Ken Corbitt, Capital-Journal) Two points and 37 minutes of playing time just won’t cut it. K-State also must address a glaring deficiency in rebounding. (Greg Woods, Mercury)

Xavier Sneed has been displaying his diversity this season, trying to give the squad whatever it needs, whether scoring, rebounding, defending or passing. K-State Sports Extra’s Corbin McGuire highlighted the athletic sophomore, including embedded video of his impressive one-handed follow-slam in Wichita.