#76 Josh Rivas
Redshirt Freshman | 6-6 | 329 lbs. | Hutchinson, Kansas
- Position: Offensive Line
- Previous College: None
- Projection: Third-String
- Status: On Scholarship
Joshua David Rivas (b. April 12, 1999) is a big offensive lineman who developed during his redshirt season and now will compete for playing time while continuing his development.
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 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.