K-State football signs 22 recruits on National Signing Day

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K-State defeated Texas A&M in the AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl in the NRG Stadium in Houston on Dec. 28, 2016. The Wildcats beat the Aggies 33-28. (File photo by Emily Starkey | The Collegian)

It’s safe to say the Kansas State football team, and the fans, were ready for the next season after the Wildcats’ Texas Bowl victory over Texas A&M. While there was no football played today, we’re a step closer as the K-State football team welcomes 22 new members on National Signing Day.

The Wildcats class ranks No. 61 in the country, according to Rivals.

Two of the most sought after recruits in K-State’s 2017 recruiting class are 3-star junior college defensive end Xavier Davis and 4-star linebacker Daniel Green.

Davis signed with the Wildcats in the middle of December. Green surprised many when he chose the Wildcats over Mississippi and Utah. He is the 248th best recruit in the nation and the 10th best linebacker.

The Wildcats got themselves five offensive linemen as a part of this class, and they didn’t have to travel far to get most of them. Four of them, Josh Rivas, Aidan Mills, Ben Alder and Harrison Creed, all come from Kansas. Bill Kuduk, the other lineman commit, comes from Chicago.

One commit that got away from K-State was safety Evan Fields from Oklahoma, who chose to sign with the Arizona State Sun Devils. The Wildcats should be fine, though, as they snagged 3-star safeties Joshua Brown and Isaiah Stewart.

K-State is starting to make a strong pipeline state in Georgia. The Wildcats have recruited hard there the past few years and continued to do so this year as three more commits hail from the Peach State in Brown, defensive end Eli Huggins and cornerback Antonio Oliver.

With Elijah Lee declaring early for the NFL, that left a void that needed to be filled. While a current member of the team will likely fill that spot, there’s also the possibility of a new face filling those shoes. Green and Danny Walker, 2-star outside linebacker from Illinois, signed with the Wildcats, and 2-star junior college linebacker Da’Quan Patton also chose the Cats.

A quarterback’s best friend is a tall receiver he can throw it up to and have his guy come down with it. K-State might have found one of those guys in 6-foot-4 receiver Chabastin Taylor from Texas.

A key commit that K-State signed late was safety Elijah Walker. Walker was the 44th junior college player in the country. He originally committed to K-State in the fall then de-committed, but eventually chose to sign with K-State in the end.

Late in the signing day, the Wildcats got a huge boost by signing Tancey Richardson. Richardson is a 3-star athlete from South Carolina.

While these aren’t all the new faces that will be donning the purple and the white for the years to come, as it seams head coach Bill Snyder always finds a diamond in the rough with walk-ons, this is just a glimpse of what the K-State fan base will be cheering about. The purple will definitely be ready roll.

*All ranking according to rivals.com.

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