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58 DAYS TO 2019 KICKOFF: Cartez Crook-Jones

In which BracketCat counts down the 58th day until the 2019 kickoff with a profile of Kansas State defensive end Cartez Crook-Jones.

#58 Trent Tanking
The graduation of Trent Tanking (58) has left his number available for another defender, redshirt freshman defensive end Cartez Crook-Jones.
Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images

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#58 Cartez Crook-Jones

Redshirt Freshman | 6-3 | 254 lbs. | Grandview, Missouri
Cartez Crook-Jones
Cartez Crook-Jones
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Defensive End
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Third-String
  • Status: On Scholarship

Cartez Crook-Jones (b. Aug. 28, 1999) was a member of the Class of 2018 who is hoping to see his first playing time as a defensive end after redshirting last season.

Crook-Jones played under head coach Jeremie Picard at Grandview High School, where he earned second-team all-state honors from the Missouri state media as a senior in 2017.

Viewed as the 11th-best player in the state of Missouri for the Class of 2018 by ESPN, he also was a second-team all-league player as a junior in 2016 after posting 55 tackles, nine sacks, 7.5 tackles for loss and three forced fumbles for the Bulldogs.

Crook-Jones picked up second-team all-metro honors from The Kansas City Star, while he was named to the All-Jackson County Advocate team as a senior in 2017. He also played basketball for the Bulldogs and prepped with current KSU offensive lineman Shane Cherry.

Crook-Jones picked K-State over offers from Iowa State, Kansas, Memphis and Missouri, as well as interest from Arkansas. His primary recruiter was quarterbacks coach Collin Klein.