Kansas State got great news from just north of the border when Will Swanson, a 6’5, 235 pound, 3-star (85) tight end from Papillion-La Vista South High School in Papillion, Nebraska verbally committed to the Wildcats 2020 recruiting class.
Extremely excited to say that I’m committed to the University of Kansas State! Thanks to all my family, friends and coaches. I wouldn’t be where I am now without the support I’m truly grateful. #EMAW #family pic.twitter.com/zyotzY087r— Will Swanson (@WillSwanson11) June 20, 2019
Swanson committed to K-State over a growing list of Group of 5 offers and recent interest from both Iowa and Iowa State.
What He Brings to the Table
Note: Swanson plays both DE/TE in high school but will play TE at K-State.
Swanson is a bit of a late bloomer who has just started to fill out his 6’5 frame. According to Ryan Wallace of GoPowercat.com, he burst onto the scene at the Linwood Mega Camp and continued his momentum at the Minnesota Camp where he was named one of the top 5 campers.
He comes in as a plus level blocker with potential to grow in the passing game. That’s exactly the type of player the Wildcats are looking for at tight end. Swanson can help out on the line of scrimmage early in his career and has the athletic ability to leak out and make tough intermediate catches. At 6’5 with good hands, he also provides a solid target in the redzone.
What Does This Mean for the 2020 Class?
Tight end was a huge area of need in the 2020 class, and Klieman and company have two (or three) in the bag already.
Swanson joins Christian Moore (and possibly Cody Stufflebean) to form a complementary duo at the position. Moore is an H-back type tight end that should be able to help out in the passing game early in his career. Swanson is a more conventional tight end that should be able to help out in the running game early in his career. Both tight ends have some work to do in order to round out their game at the next level, but can contribute early in a specific role.
Bringing in Swanson also shows just how aggressive this coaching staff can be when they find a player they like. Swanson wasn’t even a consideration a few weeks ago before he impressed at the Linwood camp. The staff saw a player they liked, dropped a quick offer, got him on campus for an official visit, and got a commitment in the span of a few weeks, beating other teams to the punch.
I expect Swanson to rise up the recruiting rankings as a senior.
The quarterback position is starting to get interesting. I’ll have more on that a tomorrow (as long as I avoid any more frustrating, time sucking issues. I’ve had enough of those this week).
I’m behind on some of these profiles. I’ll be putting out profiles on Sam Shields, Hadley Panzer, Cody Stufflebean, and JoJo Wilson ASAP. K-State has been on fire the last few weeks.