Countdown to Kickoff: 58 days away with defensive tackle Cartez Crook-Jones

Leading up to the start of K-State's 2021 football season, the Collegian takes a look at what to expect and highlights every player on the roster. (Archive photo by Dylan Connell | Collegian Media Group)

The Collegian’s countdown to kickoff series rolls along with just 58 days until Kansas State football kicks off the 2021 season against Stanford in Arlington, Texas.

No. 58 on K-State’s roster is Cartez Crook-Jones, a 6 foot 4 inch, 270-pound junior defensive tackle out of Grandview, Missouri. Crook-Jones has only appeared in two games during his three years with the Wildcats, redshirting his first year in 2018.

The two games Crook-Jones appeared in were both blowout K-State victories. He saw time as a reserve defensive end in K-State’s 52-0 win over Bowling Green in 2019 and as a reserve defensive lineman in K-State’s 55-14 win over KU this past year.

However, in those two appearances, Crook-Jones did not record any statistics.

Crook-Jones was a three-star prospect out of Grandview High School, with ESPN ranking the defensive end as the 11th best player in Missouri. Crook-Jones also received offers from Iowa State, Missouri, Memphis and Kansas.

Crook-Jones committed to the latter of those four schools in February 2017, planning to spend his playing days 72 miles east of Manhattan as a Jayhawk.

However, after K-State offered him in July 2017, Crook-Jones de-committed from KU on Dec. 10, 2017 — the same day he committed to K-State.

Aside from football, Crook-Jones also played basketball in high school for the Bulldogs.

As for academics, Crook-Jones is currently majoring in communication studies at K-State.

Crook-Jones’ name was not mentioned to the media throughout spring practice this year. With him only coming into games as a reserve in blowouts over the past two years, it will be interesting to see if his role changes this season.

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