K-State lands another 2021 recruit, 2022 linebacker

Chris Klieman runs on the field before K-State's football game against Bowling Green in Bill Snyder Family Stadium on Sept. 7, 2019. The Wildcats shut down the Falcons with a final score of 52-0. (Archive Photo by Logan Wassall | Collegian Media Group)

The past few days have been busy for Kansas State football recruiting as the Wildcats land two more commitments.

The first of the commitments is 2022 linebacker Jake Clifton from Owasso, Oklahoma. Clifton, who committed to the Wildcats on July 2, is the first commitment out of Oklahoma for K-State since Thomas Grayson in 2019. Owasso is also the home of current Wildcat linebacker Wayne Jones.

K-State beat out multiple Power Five schools for Clifton’s verbal pledge, including Washington State, Illinois, Missouri and Minnesota. The three-star linebacker is the ninth player in the 2022 class to make their verbal pledge to the Wildcats. He made an official visit to Manhattan on the weekend of June 18.

The early signing period for the class of 2022 is Dec. 15 of this year.

The second Wildcat commitment is 2021 Hutchinson Community College wide receiver, Tyrone Howell. Howell committed to the Wildcats on July 5, just three days after announcing his commitment to the University of Louisiana Monroe.

Howell is the second Blue Dragon added to the 2021 recruiting class, joining offensive tackle Kingsley Ugwu. He is also the second transfer receiver to join the Wildcats, joining former Nebraska wide receiver Kade Warner.

Howell played in seven games for the Blue Dragons this past season, accounting for 18 catches, 301 yards and three touchdowns. He was part of a Blue Dragon team that won the NJCAA national championship and had six catches for 108 yards in the championship game. He will have three years of eligibility remaining.