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58 DAYS TO 2021 KICKOFF: Cartez Crook-Jones

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In which BracketCat counts down the 58th day until the 2021 kickoff with a profile of Kansas State defensive end Cartez Crook-Jones.

#58 Cartez Crook-Jones
Sophomore defensive end Cartez Crook-Jones (58) saw his first Big 12 playing time last season against Kansas, but did not record any stats. He enters 2021 hoping to see more time as a tackle.
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NOTE: Kansas State has elected to advance players’ classification even though the 2020 season did not affect eligibility. Those who wish to take advantage of this extra year will be listed as a (“super”) senior again after their original eligibility would have been exhausted.

#58 Cartez Crook-Jones

Redshirt Junior | 6-4 | 270 lbs. | Grandview, Missouri
Cartez Crook-Jones
Cartez Crook-Jones
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Defensive Tackle
  • 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 saw playing time as a reserve defensive end against Bowling Green in 2019 after redshirting in 2018.

Crook-Jones played against Kansas as a reserve defensive lineman in 2020, but did not record any statistics. This offseason, he transitioned from defensive end to defensive tackle.

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 former 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.

Crook-Jones is majoring in communication studies.