Disclaimer: As the 2020 football season still is “technically” scheduled to proceed as planned in Manhattan, with the recent delay of our season opener until Sept. 12 against Arkansas State, we will reset and continue this Countdown for just a little bit longer...
Goal No. 13: EXPECT TO WIN. And truly believe we will.
#13 Kirmari Gainous
True Junior | 6-3 | 255 lbs. | Tallahassee, Florida
- Position: Defensive End
- Previous College: Hutchinson Community College
- Projection: Third-String
- Status: On Scholarship
Kirmari Albert Gainous (b. March 21, 2000) is a powerful defensive end who transferred in from Hutchinson Community College in time for spring practices as part of the 2020 class.
Gainous played under head coach Quinn Gray at Lincoln High School in Tallahassee, Florida, where he picked up all-county honors as a senior in 2017 after totaling 50 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, four sacks and a pair of forced fumbles.
He totaled 84 tackles during his prep career for the Trojans.
Gainous then played two years for the Hutch Blue Dragons under head coach Rion Rhoades. He was rated the 33rd-best overall community-college prospect in the Class of 2020 by 247Sports, while he was ranked No. 38 by Rivals and No. 39 by ESPN.
He earned second-team NJCAA All-American honors as a sophomore in 2019 after posting 49 tackles, 16 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks, and he also forced three fumbles, broke up a pass and recovered one fumble.
Gainous tallied a season-high seven tackles at Iowa Central, a game that included 3.5 tackles for loss; registered a season-high 1.5 sacks on two occasions, at Iowa Central and in the Salt City Bowl win over Monroe College; helped Hutch to finish with a 10-2 record and final No. 3 national ranking; and played with current Wildcats Justin Gardner and Bart Harris.
He chose K-State over offers from Arkansas, Central Michigan, Colorado State, East Carolina, Eastern Michigan, Hawai’i, Houston, LSU, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Oregon State, SMU, UCF, UTEP and Western Kentucky.
Gainous’ lead recruiter was K-State running backs coach Brian Anderson.