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40 DAYS TO 2018 KICKOFF: Rahsaan York

In which BracketCat counts down the 40th day until the 2018 kickoff with a profile of linebacker Rahsaan York.

#40 Jarrod Cooper
One of the hardest-hitting safeties ever to play for K-State was Jarrod Cooper (40). Although listed at linebacker, incoming transfer Rahsaan York bears some physical similarities to Cooper and possibly could end manning the Cat safety/nickelback spot.

Rahsaan York

True Junior | 6-0 | 200 lbs. | Elk Grove, California
Rahsaan York
Rahsaan York
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Linebacker
  • Previous College: American River College
  • Projection: Third-String
  • Status: On Scholarship

Rahsaan Shamonte York Jr. (b. Aug. 3, 1997) is a JUCO transfer who will have three years to play two after picking the Wildcats over offers from Bowling Green, Fresno State, Iowa State, Kansas, Montana State, Nevada, Ole Miss, San Diego State, San Jose State and UNLV.

He played for under head coach Mike Johnson at Franklin High School in Elk Grove, where he registered 186 career tackles, including 85 as a senior, and earned all-metro honors from The Sacramento Bee during the final two years of his prep career.

York then played two years under head coach Jon Osterhout at American River College in California, where he was viewed as the seventh-best community-college outside linebacker in the nation by 247Sports, while ESPN placed him at No. 8 nationally.

He was named the California Community College Football Coaches Association (CCCAA) Defensive Player of the Year in 2017 after recording 97 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, four sacks and an interception for the Beavers.

York had four double-digit-tackle games, including a 14-tackle effort at San Mateo, and logged a season-high 4.5 tackles for loss and two sacks at City College of San Francisco.

He was a first-team All-Region performer in 2016 by totaling 90 stops and 15 tackles for loss, while he also helped the Beavers to advance back to the finals of the Northern California Playoffs in 2017, after they lost in the CCCAA Championship in 2016.

Here’s what Ian Boyd at SportsTreatise had to say about K-State picking up York:

York is (K-State’s) sole take, but he’s exactly what they need more of in their linebacker room. He’s blazing fast, as you’d hope from a guy that’s only 210, and he’s not afraid to play in the box so he regularly causes problems by beating offensive linemen to spots on traditional inside runs. He has sideline-to-sideline range, and is effective and experienced playing on the edge and blitzing from that alignment. Ideal outside-backer spot.