Countdown to Kickoff: 17 days away with wide receiver RJ Garcia, defensive end Ozzie Hoffler

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)

RJ Garcia II is a 6 foot, 175-pound wide receiver from Land O’ Lakes, FL. Coming to Manhattan from Berkeley Prep High School, Garcia played for the Buccaneers under head coach Dominic Ciao. He helped Prep go 7-2 and finish as state runner-ups in his final season.

During his career, Garcia racked up 1,342 yards on 71 receptions with 11 touchdowns. He also returned 17 kickoffs for 504 yards, netting 29.6 yards-per-return.

He was named to the 2020 Sports Illustrated All-America preseason watch list and earned honorable mention honors on the 2019 Tampa Bay Times Hillsborough County team.

Garcia played basketball for the Buccaneers during high school, with his father Renaldo Garcia as head coach.

Like his son, Renaldo is no stranger to collegiate sports. The elder Garcia started three seasons for the Florida basketball team from 1987 to 1991. He helped the Gators win their first SEC Championship in 1989 before playing professionally in Honduras.

Out of high school, RJ Garcia was rated a three-star athlete by 247Sports, was the 139th best player in Florida and the 148th best receiver in the nation.

Apart from Kansas State, Garcia also received offers from Columbia, Tulane, Florida Atlantic, FIU, Western Michigan and Georgia State.

Garcia ultimately committed to K-State, making his decision public through his Twitter on May 29, 2020.

Garcia officially signed with K-State at his high school on Dec. 16 later that year.

Garcia looks to impact the receiving game and special teams game with his explosive ability mentioned by multiple players and coaches on K-State’s staff.

The second player on today’s countdown is the 6 foot 2 inch, 220-pound defensive end from Atlanta, Georgia, Ozzie Hoffler.

Hoffler comes to K-State from Woodward Academy, where he played under head coach John Hunt. He finished his high school career with 115 total tackles, 21 tackles-for-loss and 17 sacks.

He was named a 2020 preseason All-State honoree by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution before his season. He helped Woodward go 13-1 and earn a trip to the state semifinals as a junior. He also earned honorable mention All-Region honors from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Out of high school, Hoffler was rated a three-star athlete from 247Sports, was the 68th best edge defensive end in the nation and the 114th best player in Georgia.

Hoffler received 31 total offers — including K-State — during his recruiting process out of high school. Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Boston College, West Virginia and Kansas made offers as well.

Hoffler committed to K-State and made his decision public through Twitter on Aug. 24, 2020.

Hoffler looks to leave his mark on the program in the coming years. However, it might take time before he sees the field, with defensive ends Bronson Massie, Khalid Duke and Felix Anudike sitting as veteran players on the depth chart.