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Kansas State Football: 2020 Signing Class - Quarterback

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How does Will Howard fit into the Wildcat football equation?

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 16 West Virginia at Kansas State Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The wheat is in the ... barn (I’m not entirely sure where you store wheat, but a barn seems reasonable) for the early 2020 signing period. I let the professionals run all over the country checking out recruits, and then I swoop in post signing day and give my somewhat informed opinion.

In reality, it’s hard to make definitive statements about the K-State 2020 recruiting class. I like what the coaching staff has done, but it will be a while before we see if the hard work pays off. Granted, a couple players will hit the field and make an impact next season, but it won’t be at the quarterback position unless something goes terribly wrong.

2020 Quarterback Recruiting (composite 247 rating and rankings)

Will Howard - 6’3.5, 210 - Pro Style QB - 3* (.85) - Downington, PA

Howard’s Skill Set

It’s easy to see why the coaching staff went out to Pennsylvania on numerous occasions to recruit Howard. He’s listed as a “pro style” (whatever that means) quarterback, but he’s not a big stiff guy who stands flat footed and deals from the pocket. Howard has a big arm, but has enough athletic ability to be a viable running threat at the collegiate level. He’s a slightly slower, slightly more physical version of Skylar Thompson.

Chris Klieman quarterbacks (be it Carson Wentz, Easton Stick, or Skylar Thompson) all have the ability to run the ball when called upon. Howard fits nicely in that mold.

2020 Depth Chart

  1. Skylar Thompson - Sr
  2. Nick Ast - Jr - or -
  3. Jaren Lewis - Fr (redshirt) - or -
  4. Will Howard - Fr

How Will Howard Fit Into the Equation

2020 will be an important year for the quarterback room. Skylar is the undisputed leader, but after Skylar, it’s going to be a 4 way, over the top rope battle royal for the back up spot. Earning the back up spot in 2020 doesn’t guarantee the 2021 starting spot, but is sure puts that player in a nice position.

Based on the depth chart, if Howard doesn’t come in and straight up win the back up job, he’s destined for a red shirt. Even if he wins the back up job, unless there is a huge gulf between Howard and the 3rd place quarterback....he’s destined for a red shirt.

Anyone Else at Quarterback for 2020?

K-State is all-in on Howard and he will be the sole scholarship addition to the quarterback room in 2020. There will also be an addition or two in the form of walk-ons, but those will likely be fluid until fall camp starts.