February 6, 2013
Once heir apparent to Heisman Trophy finalist Collin Klein, Kansas State quarterback Daniel Sams will face some serious competition thanks to the signing of junior college transfer Jake Waters.
Out of all 32 members of the recruiting class announced by Kansas State on Wednesday, Waters might spark the most interest. He directed Iowa Western Community College to a national championship last season, passing for 3,501 yards.
Prior to Waters' commitment, many had considered Sams the favorite for the starting job in 2013. The addition of Waters makes that much less certain -- and that is exactly the way Kansas State coach Bill Snyder wants it.
Kansas State's 2013 signees announced Wednesday, with position, height, weight and school:
Chance Allen, ol, 6-5, 295, Duncanville HS, Klein, Texas
Blake Baird, lb, 6-1, 225, Silver Lake (Kan.) HS
Brogan Barry, db, 6-2, 195, Hayden HS, Topeka, Kan.
Ajahne Brager, ol, 6-4, 280, Magnolia (Texas) HS
Austin Butterfield, te, 6-4, 207, Grandview HS, Aurora, Colo.
Jesse Ertz, qb, 6-4, 199, Mediapolis HS, Burlington, Iowa
Randy Friesen, de, 6-8, 229, Meade (Kan.) HS
Will Geary, dl, 6-0, 290, Topeka (Kan.) HS
LeAndrew Gordon, wr, 5-7, 160, Pantego Christian Academy, Arlington, Texas
Judah Jones, wr, 6-1, 180, Evangel Christian HS, Shreveport, La.
Kip Keeley, lb, 6-2, 205, LaCrosse (Kan.) HS
Matthew McCrane, pk, 5-11, 165, Brownwood (Texas) HS
Cre Moore, db, 6-0, 175, Broken Arrow (Okla.) HS
Reid Najvar, ol, 6-4, 290, Klein Oak HS, Spring, Texas
Sean Newlan, db, 6-2, 200, Phillipsburg HS, Prairie View, Kan.
Nick Ramirez, lb, 6-1, 228, Lee's Summit (Mo.) West HS
Drew Scott, ls, 6-2, 205, Xavier HS, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Matt Seiwert, ath, 6-3, 260, Conway Springs (Kan.) HS
Cody Small, te, 6-4, 237, Cypress Woods HS, Cypress, Texas
Trent Tanking, lb, 6-2, 220, Holton (Kan.) HS
Logan Thompson, lb, 6-3, 225, Sedgwick (Kan.) HS
Dayton Valentine, te, 6-4, 240, Baldwin (Kan.) HS
Vernon Vaughn, wr, 6-2, 190, Sumner Academy, Kansas City, Kan.
Isaiah Williams, lb, 6-1, 223, Skyline HS, Dallas
Jordan Willis, de, 6-5, 250, Rockhurst HS, Kansas City, Mo.
Tanner Wood, de, 6-5, 235, Conway Springs (Kan.) HS