With the College Football signing day just under a fortnight away, Bring On The Cats will be breaking down the Kansas State recruiting class over as we prepare for February 4th. Yesterday, JT got us started with a broad overview of the 2015 class, and today we're going take a look at the players who have already signed their letter of intent.
Joshua Little, DE:
Joshua Little is a 6'3" 230 lbs. defensive end from Trinity Christian High School in Jacksonville, FL. Prior to the this season, Little played at Millwood High School in Oklahoma City. During his junior year at Millwood, Little was consistently in the opponents backfield, finishing with 76 tackles, and five sacks in 2013. After transferring to Trinity, Little struggled with the increased competition level that Florida high school football brought, as he finished his senior year with: 19 total tackles, 1.5 sacks, and 1 quarterback hurry. However, watching his hudl.com video you can see a player who is a prototypical Bill Snyder defensive linemen. He plays big, fills holes, and sheds the occasional blocker. With a season or two in K-State's strength program, Little has the potential to be a big disruption in the backfield.
Alex Barnes, RB:
Alex Barnes is a 6'0" 210 lbs. running back from Pittsburg High School in Pittsburg, KS. This past season Barnes helped lead the Pittsburg Purple Dragons to the Class 5A state quarterfinals, where he carried the ball 29 times for 149 yards and a touchdown. However, Barnes (who benched 385 lbs. and runs a 4.48-40 yard dash) may be destined to play safety at Kansas State, especially With red-shirt freshman running back Dalvin Warmack expected to be the future of Kansas State's backfield. Teams like Baylor, and TCU have had great success recruiting two way athletes and then molding them into star defensive players and it appears Bill Snyder, and his coaching staff may be taking a similar approach with this years recruiting class. Barnes' hudl.com video mostly highlights his powerful touchdown runs, but when the occasional defensive play shows up it shows a powerful hitter with good defensive instincts. Think Danzel McDaniel type powerful. Time will tell which side of the ball Barnes plays on, but I'm pretty confident in saying he will be a future starter.
Alex Delton, QB:
Alex Delton, a 6'0" 195 lbs. QB, became the first player to commit to the 2015 class, doing so all the way back on February 25, 2014 according to rivals.com. Delton helped led Hays High School in Hays, KS to a 6-0 start before Hays faltered, losing two of their last three, and unfortunately missing the state playoffs. As a senior, Delton totaled nearly 3,000 yards, and scored 31 total touchdowns. By graduating in December, Delton was able to enroll this spring and will be part of the Wildcats spring practice session. Delton has said he is excited to have a head start on learning the playbook, and hopes the head start will help earn him a starting job, even if that remains a remote possibility. Delton's hudl.com highlights show a QB who stands tall in the pocket and throws a great deep ball with solid touch. He also has the speed to outrun would be tacklers. The biggest thing for Delton to work on is his size. He needs to add a few pounds to be able to with stand the punishment Bill Snyder asks his QB's to take. If he can add pounds without sacrificing speed he could be he next great Wildcat QB.
These three players represent a slightly different recruiting approach for Bill Snyder and Co., as both Little and Delton received scholarship offers very early in the recruiting period. This is something Bill Snyder did rarely in previous years, but over the past two recruiting classes he has begun to offer scholarships earlier in the recruiting period. They also highlight the emphasis on high school athletes, over JUCO players, something JT pointed out as well in his story yesterday. I think Coach Snyder feels like he has a good foundation of players and is now attempting to fill in areas with long term depth. Overall, these three players are a great start to what should be Bill Snyder's best recruiting class since his first stint as the head coach of the Kansas State Wildcats.