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25 DAYS TO (TENTATIVE) 2020 KICKOFF: Ekow Boye-Doe

In which BracketCat counts down the 25th day until the 2020 kickoff with a profile of Kansas State defensive back Ekow Boye-Doe.

#25 Ekow Boye-Doe
Ekow Boye-Doe (25) played in seven games in 2019, primarily on special teams, and is poised for more playing time as a defensive back this season.
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Disclaimer: As the 2020 football season still is “technically” scheduled to proceed as planned in Manhattan, despite the loss of our game against Buffalo on Sept. 5 (the date we were counting down to!), we will continue the Countdown for just a little bit longer...

#25 Ekow Boye-Doe

Redshirt Sophomore | 6-0 | 165 lbs. | Lawrence, Kansas
Ekow Boye-Doe
Ekow Boye-Doe
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Defensive Back
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Third-String
  • Status: On Scholarship

Ekow Boye-Doe (b. Nov. 4, 1999) is a highly touted defensive back who was born in Ghana, but was plucked out of the enemy stronghold an hour and 15 minutes east of Manhattan.

He redshirted in 2018 after picking K-State over offers from Kansas, Missouri State, Northern Iowa and Tulane, as well as interest from Iowa, Iowa State, Missouri and Oklahoma State.

Boye-Doe played in seven games in 2019, primarily on special teams, and made a tackle as a reserve defensive back in the season opener against Nicholls.

He played under head coach Dirk Wedd at Lawrence High School, where he was rated the third-best player in the state of Kansas for the Class of 2018 by 247Sports, while he was ranked No. 4 by Rivals and No. 6 by ESPN.

And Boye-Doe was listed as the 116th-best athlete in the nation for the Class of 2018 by ESPN as he also excelled at wide receiver in high school.

A first-team all-state performer as a senior by The Topeka Capital-Journal and The Wichita Eagle, Boye-Doe also was named a first-team all-league player at defensive back and picked up second-team honors as a receiver, while he was named to the All-Simone Award team.

He also participated in basketball and track for the Lions. Here’s what Ian Boyd at SportsTreatise had to say about Boye-Doe’s potential as a cornerback:

I imagine the plan here is to translate EBD’s length and speed into a cornerback down the line. He looks a bit more comfortable on offense on his highlights, but he can turn and run some and he makes a few open-field tackles. Right now, he’s mostly just a raw skill athlete with good speed and a nice frame, so we may have to wait and see what they make of him.