True Freshman | 6-6 | 330 lbs. | Hutchinson, Kansas
- Position: Offensive Line
- Previous College: None
- Projection: Redshirt
- Status: On Scholarship
Joshua David Rivas (b. April 12, 1999) is a big, beefy offensive line signee in the Class of 2017.
He was a three-star-rated player by Rivals who also had offers from Arkansas, Kansas, Memphis, Missouri and Purdue, but he apparently has been a K-State fan since the age of 5, when he was watching Darren Sproles dance around people.
“Rivas, the second-heaviest of 80 scholarshipped offensive linemen signed in the Snyder era, envisions himself between 310 and 315 pounds by the start of fall camp, and could be in the mix to replace (Terrale) Johnson,” writes GoPowercat.com’s D. Scott Fritchen:
“Coach (Charlie) Dickey told me and my parents if I work hard over the summer I could be fighting for a position,” Rivas said. “That made me feel good. It made me feel that all of my hard work is paying off.”
I’m going to play this conservatively and say Rivas still redshirts, but he certainly has the right attitude and skills (not to mention size) to get on the field immediately:
“My size, my quick feet, how well I move, my footwork improved tremendously over the past year,” Rivas said.
“Coach Dickey is a great coach. If you just watch the offensive line, you see them work and that gets your attention. You see their footwork and the different combo blocks, and he just does a great job. What I’ve heard from players is that he loves to watch film, break it down and help you one on one. I can’t wait.”
“I’m ready to grind with them. I’m ready to work hard,” Rivas said (of the returning starting offensive linemen). “They’re going to be brothers for life. I’m just ready to be up there. I can’t wait. I’m ready to go right now.”
Rivas played for under head coach Ryan Cornelsen for Hutchinson High School. He was regarded as the 50th-best guard in the Class of 2017 by ESPN, while he was rated the third-best player in the state of Kansas by ESPN and 247Sports.
Rivas was a two-time USA Today Sports/American Family Insurance All-USA Kansas team member, a two-time all-state honoree by The Topeka Capital-Journal and The Wichita Eagle, and an honorable mention pick by both media organizations as a sophomore.
He also earned all-state honors from the Kansas Football Coaches Association (KFBCA) as a senior, was named to The Wichita Eagle and KFBCA top-11 teams in 2016, earned All-Midlands Region accolades from PrepStar, and also participated in track and field.
Rivas was named the Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Division I Offensive Player of the Year as a senior after helping the Salthawks to earn a 10-2 record and rush for 356 yards per game.
He was selected to play in the 2017 Kansas Shrine Bowl.