February 6, 2013
Kansas State's class of 2013 includes 26 players from the high school ranks and six community-college players. Of the group, nine are currently enrolled at Kansas State and will participate in spring practice.
"As we've always maintained, it takes several years to accurately assess the quality of a recruiting class and the young men who represent it," said Snyder. "Hopefully we have assessed the skills, capabilities and intrinsic values of these young people accurately. As always, time will tell. Part of the value of this class lies in the fact that nine of these student-athletes either have been or will be in classes and participate in our out-of-season program and spring practice. We are impressed by the desire of each of these young men to become the best person, best student and best athlete possible as they seem committed to work hard toward that end.
As always, we greatly appreciate the high school and community college coaches, faculty members and administrators throughout the state of Kansas and the United States who have received our coaches and our program so very graciously, and I am especially proud of the Kansas State faculty for their assistance in conveying the great support services and equally great education provided by this University."
The defensive side of the ball boasts 18 players, including seven linebackers, six defensive linemen and five defensive backs. K-State's offensive recruiting haul also includes three offensive linemen, tight ends and wide receivers as well as a pair of quarterbacks. Also included are a place kicker and long snapper, as well as one player listed as an "athlete" who could play on either side of the ball.
As is the case in past years, Kansas State's class of 2013 also continues to show how broad and thorough Snyder and his staff were on the recruiting trail as 10 different states are represented, including 12 players from the state of Kansas, eight from the state of Texas, three from Iowa, two from the states of Missouri and Nebraska, and one each from the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Louisiana and Oklahoma.
Head Coach Bill Snyder Quotes:
On the addition of quarterback Jake Waters…
“It is really significant and I think it will certainly enhance Daniel’s (Sams) play. We are hoping that it becomes a very competitive environment and there is no reason, at this point in time, to believe that it will not. The greater the competition you have at any position, whether it is at quarterback or any place else, probably presents better opportunities for young people to improve their performance, They should feel compelled to improve their performance and committed to do so and I think both Daniel and Jake feel that way. It will be a good competition.”
On his recruiting philosophy…
“I think how young people get assessed is probably different at one venue is different than it is at another. How we might assess young people is obviously different than the way other people might asses someone. It kind of depends on what you are looking for. You know we have a strong beliefs in all of those intrinsic values that we talk about in here all of the time and that is a major part of the draw that we bring to the table; it is important to us. I think our coaching staff does a very, very fine job, not that other staffs do not do a very, very fine job of assessing young people, but you like to bring young guys in that are committed to that constant improvement that we talk about all of the time. That give you a chance to grow into a position and I think it is a combination of the fact that we invest more time in studying the young people that we are interested in - others that we are not – more so that anyone does that is not involved in collegiate football. That does not mean that we do not make mistakes, but by the same token, we have a pretty good understanding of what we have and what we want and what we think is important to our program.”
On Kansas Player of the Year Tanner Wood…
“Tanner is one of those guys that can play on both sides of the ball. He can do multiple things. He is a good athlete. He has really fine athletic ability in relation to his size. He will have his pick in regards in where he wants to play. We see him being able to play on both sides of the ball. It kind of depends on where he wants to go.”
On defensive end Jordan Willis’ ability to contribute right away…
“I would not say that he would not have the opportunity to do that but all young people that come in, we talk to them about redshirting. That is a decision that I allow that player to make and I have my reasons for that. We certainly counsel with them but so much of it depends on how you make the transition from high school to a four-year institution and your competitive nature on the field. You should not make that decision right now. You should compete as hard as you can and when we get closer to the season, we can see where you are on the depth chart. He might prefer to be on the field and play as a freshman. If you are numbers three, four, or five on the depth chart, you might realize that playing time might be hard to come by and you might choose to do that. Our staff will counsel with him in regards to where he might fit in still remains to be seen, as it does with all of them.”
On the impact of defensive backs Nate Jackson and Cre Moore…
“We have got some young guys, who are returning, that we are really counting on, but it is important. You have got to continue to have young people come in at those positions. You would like for them to be able to step in and create a competitive environment at that position. Whether they can remains to be seen. We will have to wait until they get here.”
On linebacker Nick Ramirez…
“He possesses reasonable size, room for growth, he has a high level toughness about him and he seemingly has a good grasp on the position that he plays. They tell me he practices hard, I have not seen him practice, but I do know he plays very hard. He is one of those guys that go whistle to whistle.”
On K-State’s philosophy on deferring enrollment…
“I think the main thing behind it is if you have a youngster that you would really like to have in your program and you have either you have not designated a scholarship or if you have commitments that fill that particular position. In other words, we have an allotment of scholarship for each position. So if somebody is out there that you really like that either the pot is full or you are not really taking anybody at that position but we would really like to have him, you think in terms of redshirting him because you can count that as a part of next year’s class. I think it benefits a young person. If it benefits us, that is how. I think we were the first program in the country to do that with Brian Cavanaugh. When you go back to that situation, Brian was here for 5 and a half years and he was the starter for us his last year here. Had he come at a regular time, he never would have been a starter at Kansas State, so it was a great value to him. You also look at the opportunity to get in a full semester, spring practice and then your five-year window starts after that. Then you have five years to play four. If you were a greyshirt who redshirted, you have a year and a half of actual football activity as well as acclamation to the university, before you even start you eligibility. So that is a great asset. I always ask the question ‘Would you be better your first year of college or you fifth year of college?’ and the answer would probably be the latter. So that just gives them that opportunity to get themselves well prepared to get on the field at a young period of time during their eligibility.”
High School Student-Athletes (26)
Name Pos HT WT Hometown (Previous School)
Chance Allen OL 6-5 295 Klein, Texas (Duncanville HS)
Blake Baird LB 6-1 225 Silver Lake, Kan. (Silver Lake HS)
Brogan Barry DB 6-2 195 Topeka, Kan. (Hayden HS)
Ajahne Brager OL 6-4 280 Magnolia, Texas (Magnolia HS)
Austin Butterfield TE 6-4 207 Aurora, Colo. (Grandview HS)
Jesse Ertz QB 6-4 199 Burlington, Iowa (Mediapolis HS)
Randy Friesen DE 6-8 229 Meade, Kan. (Meade HS)
Will Geary DL 6-0 290 Topeka, Kan. (Topeka HS)
LeAndrew Gordon WR 5-7 160 Arlington, Texas (Pantego Christian Academy)
Judah Jones^ WR 6-1 180 Shreveport, La. (Evangel Christian HS)
Kip Keeley LB 6-2 205 LaCrosse, Kan. (LaCrosse HS)
Matthew McCrane^ PK 5-11 165 Brownwood, Texas (Brownwood HS)
Cre Moore DB 6-0 175 Broken Arrow, Okla. (Broken Arrow HS)
Reid Najvar OL 6-4 290 Spring, Texas (Klein Oak HS)
Sean Newlan DB 6-2 200 Prairie View, Kan. (Phillipsburg HS)
Nick Ramirez LB 6-1 228 Lee’s Summit, Mo. (Lee’s Summit West HS)
Drew Scott LS 6-2 205 Cedar Rapids, Iowa (Xavier HS)
Matt Seiwert^ ATH 6-3 260 Conway Springs, Kan. (Conway Springs HS)
Cody Small^ TE 6-4 237 Cypress, Texas (Cypress Woods HS)
Trent Tanking LB 6-2 220 Holton, Kan. (Holton HS)
Logan Thompson LB 6-3 225 Sedgwick, Kan. (Sedgwick HS)
Dayton Valentine TE 6-4 240 Baldwin, Kan. (Baldwin HS)
Vernon Vaughn^ WR 6-2 190 Kansas City, Kan. (Sumner Academy)
Isaiah Williams LB 6-1 223 Dallas, Texas (Skyline HS)
Jordan Willis DE 6-5 250 Kansas City, Mo. (Rockhurst HS)
Tanner Wood DE 6-5 235 Conway Springs, Kan. (Conway Springs HS)
Community College Student-Athletes (6)
Name Pos HT WT Hometown (Previous School)
Chris Brown DT 6-4 345 Mesa, Ariz. (Scottsdale CC)
Travis Green^ DB 6-1 210 Omaha, Neb. (Iowa Western CC)
Nate Jackson DB 5-11 185 Daly City, Calif. (College of San Mateo)
Dakorey Johnson^ LB 6-3 200 Mesquite, Texas (Trinity Valley CC)
Devon Nash^ DE 6-5 260 Lincoln, Neb. (Iowa Western CC)
Jake Waters^ QB 6-2 215 Council Bluffs, Iowa (Iowa Western CC)
^ Currently enrolled
Arizona (1): Chris Brown
California (1): Nate Jackson
Colorado (1): Austin Butterfield
Iowa (3): Jesse Ertz, Drew Scott, Jake Waters
Kansas (12): Blake Baird, Brogan Barry, Randy Friesen, Will Geary, Kip Keeley, Sean Newlan, Matt Seiwert, Trent Tanking, Logan Thompson, Dayton Valentine, Vernon Vaughn, Tanner Wood
Louisiana (1): Judah Jones
Missouri (2): Nick Ramirez, Jordan Willis
Nebraska (2): Travis Green, Devon Nash
Oklahoma (1): Cre Moore
Texas (8): Chance Allen, Ajahne Brager, LeAndrew Gordon, Dakorey Johnson, Matthew McCrane, Reid Najvar, Cody Small, Isaiah Williams
Klein, Texas (Duncanville)
AT BOOKER T. WASHINGTON HIGH SCHOOL: A two-year letterman and a two-year starter for coach Drew Svoboda... Helped Duncanville to back-to-back district runner-up finishes... An all-state honorable mention selection as a senior... Attended the same high school as former Wildcat and current Arizona Cardinal running back William Powell.
PERSONAL: Chance Allen was born on January 16, 1995... Son of James and Wendy McClure.
Silver Lake, Kan. (Silver Lake)
AT SILVER LAKE HIGH SCHOOL: Kansas 3A Defensive Player of the Year... A 3A all-state pick by VarsityKansas.com and the Topeka Capital-Journal... An all-league selection at linebacker as a senior... Helped Silver Lake to back-to-back 3A state title game appearances in 2011 and 2012... Was a member of the 2010 3A state championship team as well as Eagle teams that won four-straight league and district titles... Recorded 273 tackles and 15 sacks during his prep career... A two-year letterman in football and a three-year letterman in baseball.
PERSONAL: Blake Baird was born in 1995... Son of Ric and Anne Baird.
Topeka, Kan. (Hayden)
AT HAYDEN HIGH SCHOOL: Named to the Topeka Capital-Journal’s All-City first team as a senior... An all-league and all-state pick in 2012... Named team MVP following his senior season... Was an all-city and all-league honorable mention selection as a junior... Also participated in basketball and track and field for Hayden.
PERSONAL: Brogan Barry was born in 1994... Son of Anthony and Jana Barry.
Magnolia, Texas (Magnolia)
AT MAGNOLIA HIGH SCHOOL: An all-district performer as a junior in 2011 and a second-team pick in 2012... Recorded 162 tackles, 14 sacks and 11 forced fumbles during his prep career.
PERSONAL: Ajahne Brager was born in 1994... Son of Paul and Rashindra Brager.
Mesa, Ariz. (Scottsdale Community College)
AT SCOTTSDALE CC: Tallied 68 tackles, including 13 for loss, and six sacks during his sophomore season in 2011... Committed to Washington State following the 2011 season but chose to sit out the 2012 season due to a coaching change at WSU.
AT SKYLINE HIGH SCHOOL: Named first team all-region...Helped his school win a division championship in 2009... Participated in track and wrestling... Recorded a school record for pins in a season with 34.
PERSONAL: Chris Brown was born in 1992... Son of Christopher and Patricia Brown... Has one brother, Michael.
AURORA, COLO. (GRANDVIEW)
AT GRANDVIEW HIGH SCHOOL: Played for the Wolves under head coach John Schultz... Team advanced to the semifinals of the Class 5A state championship... Hauled in 10 receptions for 96 yards and one touchdown... Also named a first team all-league punter after averaging 33 yards on 35 punts.
Burlington, Iowa (Mediapolis)
AT MEDIAPOLIS HIGH SCHOOL: Named the Iowa Gatorade Player of the Year following his senior year... An All-American honorable mention selection by Parade Magazine... Broke the Iowa high school state record for most touchdowns in a career (98) and ranks fifth in state history in career passing yardage (7,317)... Registered over 9,000 total yards and 130 touchdowns in his prep career ... Named the 2012 Offensive Player of the Year as well as a first team all-state selection by Iowa Preps after leading Mediapolis to a state runner-up finish and a 13-1 record... Honored as the All-Hawkeye Player of the Year... A two-time Des Moines Register and Iowa Newspaper Association First Team All-State honoree... Twice named to the all-district first team as well as the district’s 2012 MVP... Was named to the Iowa Sports Connection’s First Team All-State squad in 2011... Named the All-Hawkeye Co-Offensive Player of the Year as a junior... An Iowa Preps Elite Second Team All-State selection as a junior... A three-year letterwinner in basketball... Named a first team all-state pick by the Des Moines Register and Iowa Sports Connection as a junior... A first team all-conference selection and a second team all-state performer by the Iowa Newspaper Association in 2012... A first team all-conference and a third team all-state performer as a sophomore... Also a three-year letterwinner in track... Won a state championship in the 4x100 in 2012.
PERSONAL: Jesse Ertz was born in 1994... Son of David and Denice Ertz.
Meade, Kan. (Meade)
AT MEADE HIGH SCHOOL: A 2012 first-team all-State 1A pick at defensive end by VarsityKansas.com... Named to the all-district and all-league first teams as a senior... An honorable mention selection at defensive end by the Topeka Capital-Journal as a senior... Led the Buffaloes to a 2-1A state championship in 2010 and 2012 as well as three-straight league titles from 2010-2012... An honorable mention 2-1A player at defensive end and tight end as a junior... Also a standout for the Meade basketball team... Named a first-team all-league and All-Southwestern Kansas pick as a junior... An all-state second-team performer in 2012... Led Meade to a 2A state runner-up finish in 2012.
PERSONAL: Randy Friesen was born in 1994... Son of Buck and Margaret Friesen.
Topeka, Kan. (Topeka)
AT TOPEKA HIGH SCHOOL: A 2012 All-City League first-team pick at defensive linemen... Named to the Topeka Capital-Journal and VarsityKansas.com 2012 Top 11 teams... An All-State 6A first-team offensive lineman according to the Topeka Capital-Journal and VarsityKansas.com... Named Kansas 6A Defensive Player of the Year... Selected to play in the 2013 Kansas Shrine Bowl... The back-to-back 6A state wrestling champion in the 285-pound class... The defending 6A state power lifting champion... Also participated in baseball and track and field.
PERSONAL: Will Geary was born in 1995... Son of Mike Geary and Lee Geary.
Arlington, Texas (Pantego Christian Academy)
AT PANTEGO CHRISTIAN ACADEMY: Helped Pantego Christian Academy to a 6-4 record and a district championship during his senior year... Listed as the fastest wide receiver in the class of 2013 according to ESPNU... Was a first-team all-district selection following his junior year... Also a standout for the Panther basketball and track teams.
PERSONAL: LeAndrew Gordon was born in 1994... Son of former K-State defensive back Joe Gordon and Zina Barrow.
Omaha, Neb. (Iowa Western CC)
AT IOWA WESTERN CC: Helped IWCC win its first NCJAA National Championship in 2012... Played outside linebacker and strong safety for the Reivers during his redshirt freshman year... Named to the All-Midwest Conference first team as a defensive back in 2012... Earned back-to-back Player of the Week honors for his performances against North Dakota SCS and Ellsworth CC... Recorded 62 tackles, including seven tackles for loss... Also tallied one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and five interceptions, two of which he returned for scores... Signed and redshirted at Dodge City CC in 2010-11 before deciding to play closer to home at IWCC.
AT OMAHA NORTH HIGH SCHOOL: Led North High School to back-to-back district titles in 2008 and 2009... A three-year letterwinner for coach Larry Martin... An all-state, all-district and all-metro performer in 2010... Tallied over 100 tackles and 10 interceptions during his last two prep seasons.
PERSONAL: Travis Green was born in 1993... Son of Troy Tyler and Roxanne Green.
Daly City, Calif. (College of San Mateo)
AT COLLEGE OF SAN MATEO: Helped College of San Mateo to a 7-4 finish in 2012... Registered nine interceptions during his two years at CSM... Earned all-conference honors at defensive back in 2011.
Mesquite, Texas (Trinity Valley Community College)
AT TRINITY VALLEY: Tallied 82 tackles, including seven tackles for loss, and five sacks in his two seasons at TVCC.
AT MESQUITE NORTH HIGH SCHOOL: Named a Second Team All-District 11-5A linebacker as a senior in 2009.
PERSONAL: Dakorey Johnson was born in 1992... Son of Glen and Kristina Johnson... Younger brother of former K-State wide receiver Quincy Morgan.
Shreveport, La. (Evangel Christian)
AT EVANGEL CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL: Originally signed with K-State out of high school in 2012... Recorded just over 1,000 all-purpose yards and scored 16 touchdowns en route to all-district honors as a junior... Had 43 receptions for 728 receiving yards with six touchdowns as a senior... Also averaged 24.0 yards on eight kick returns in 2011... Evangel advanced to the Louisiana 2A State Semifinals in 2011.
PERSONAL: Judah Jones was born in 1993... Son of Dewitt and Kim Jones... Plays the drums for the highly-successful family Christian Gospel band, forever JONES... His parents formed the band with their five children... The band was nominated for two Grammy Awards in 2011.
LaCrosse, Kan. (LaCrosse)
AT LACROSSE HIGH SCHOOL: Named to the 2012 All-Class ‘Top 11’ third team by the Topeka Capital-Journal... An All-State selection at linebacker by VarsityKansas.com and the Topeka Capital-Journal... Tabbed as the 2-1A Defensive Player of the Year... Named to the Hays Daily News Super 11 team... Selected to play in the 2013 Kansas Shrine Bowl... Led LaCrosse to back-to-back state runner-up finishes in 2011 and 2012... A three-time All-district and All-league linebacker... Named to the all-league second team at linebacker as a freshman in 2009... A three-year letterwinner in basketball and track and field... On the hardwood, was named to the all-atate second team as a junior in 2012... Is the defending Kansas 2A State Champion in the javelin... Set a school-record with a throw of 191-2.
PERSONAL: Kip Keely was born in 1995... Son of Bill and Kathy Keely.
Brownwood, Texas (Brownwood)
AT BROWNWOOD HIGH SCHOOL: Connected on 7-of-12 field goals as a senior, including a school-record 52-yarder... Selected to play on Team USA in the 2013 U19 International Bowl... Won the Dallas Kicking Camp’s Golden Boot award in 2011.
PERSONAL: Matthew McCrane was born in 1994... Son of Steven and Lori McCrane.
Broken Arrow, Okla. (Broken Arrow)
AT BROKEN ARROW HIGH SCHOOL: Named to the Oklahoma ‘Top 11’ All-State team as a senior... A 2012 All-State 6A selection at cornerback by The Oklahoman... A three-year starter who recorded four interceptions and 100 tackles in his final two years... Helped Broken Arrow to a runner-up finish in the 6A state championship game in 2011... A standout in track and field that helped set a school record in the 4x100 relay.
PERSONAL: Cre Moore was born in 1995... Son of Steve and Mary Moore.
Spring, Texas (Klein Oak)
AT KLEIN OAK HIGH SCHOOL: A first-team all-district pick as a senior... Named to the Houston Chronicle’s 2012 Top 100 football recruits... Voted a team captain as a senior... A 2012 Preseason First Team All-Greater Houston selection.
PERSONAL: Reid Najvar was born in 1994... Son of Don Najvar and LeeAnn Schultz... Brother, Jordan, plays tight end at Baylor.
Lincoln, Neb. (Iowa Western CC)
AT IOWA WESTERN CC: Helped IWCC win its first NCJAA National Championship in 2012... Earned First Team All-American honors as a defensive lineman... Was a Midwest Football Conference (MFC) first team all-conference pick as a sophomore... Ranked as the 53rd-best community-college player in the nation by Rivals.com... Tallied 36 tackles, four and a half sacks and one interception for a touchdown during his second season at IWCC... Named an Honorable Mention Region XI honoree as a freshman in 2011... Recorded 45 tackles and six sacks as a freshman in 2011.
AT LINCOLN EAST HIGH SCHOOL: Played linebacker at Lincoln East High School.
PERSONAL: Devon Nash was born in 1992.
Prairie View, Kan. (Phillipsburg)
AT PHILLIPSBURG HIGH SCHOOL: Named an all-state honorable mention performer as a junior and senior by VarsityKansas.com and the Topeka Capital-Journal... An all-league selection at quarterback, defensive back and punter... A four-year letterman in football and a three-year letterman in basketball and track and field... The back-to-back Kansas 3A State Champion in the 110M Hurdles... Also won the 3A crown in the 300M Hurdles and placed second in the discus in 2012.
PERSONAL: Sean Newlan was born in 1994... Son of George and Sue Newlan.
Lee’s Summit, Mo. (West High School)
AT WEST HIGH SCHOOL: A three-year starter for West High School... Dubbed a four-star prospect by Rivals.com and ESPN.com... Named to the MaxPreps 2012 Missouri Preseason All-State team prior to his senior season... Named to the Kansas City Star’s All-Metro Second Team as a linebacker following the 2012 season... Selected to play in the 2012 Offense-Defense All-American Bowl... Notched 115 tackles as a junior while leading the Titans to a 12-1 finish... Named a first team all-state linebacker by ESPNHS following his junior season in 2011... Helped Lee’s Summit West win a 5A state championship as a sophomore in 2010 as he registered 130 tackles and seven sacks.
PERSONAL: Nick Ramirez was born in 1994... Son of Humberto Ramirez and Tracy Ramirez.
Cedar Rapids, Iowa (Xavier)
AT XAVIER HIGH SCHOOL: Successfully connected on 67-of-67 snaps over the course of his junior and senior seasons... Received a five-star rating at Kohl’s Longsnapping Camp prior to his senior year... Helped the Saints to a 14-1 record and a 4A runner-up finish in 2012... Also competed in basketball (two years) and baseball (four years).
PERSONAL: Drew Scott was born in 1995... Son of Andrew and Sue Scott.
Conway Springs, Kan. (Conway Springs)
AT CONWAY SPRINGS HIGH SCHOOL: Originally signed with K-State out of high school in 2012... Made the Topeka Capital Journal’s Top 11 and was also an all-class pick... A 2011 MaxPreps All-American... A First Team All-Central Plains League pick on offense and defense... Named Co-Defensive MVP for the Central Plains League... Helped Conway Springs win the 2011 3A State Championship with four tackles, including one for a loss, and a fumble recovery... Led Conway Springs to a combined 38-4 record and two state titles in three seasons... Also earned all-league and all-state honors in basketball and javelin (187 feet).
PERSONAL: Matt Seiwert was born in 1993... Son of David and Mary Seiwert... Brother, Darin, played football for K-State.
Cypress, Texas (Cypress Woods)
AT CYPRESS WOODS HIGH SCHOOL: Originally signed with K-State out of high school in 2012... Helped Cypress Woods to a 9-3 record in 2011... Listed in VYPE’s Top 75 Football Prospects in the Northern Houston area at No. 38... An All-district performer as a junior and senior who also earned All-Houston area honors as a senior... A “Rising Star” in 2010 by 5ATexasFootball.com at defensive end... Competed on Cypress Woods’ 7-on-7 team, which reached the semifinals of the Cy Falls Tournament in 2011.
PERSONAL: Cody Small was born in 1993... Son of David and Jo Small.
Holton, Kan. (Holton)
AT HOLTON HIGH SCHOOL: Named Kansas 4A Defensive Player of the Year... Named to the Topeka Capital-Journal and VarsityKansas.com 2012 Top 11 teams... Led Holton to the 2012 4A state championship... An All-4A first-team performer at linebacker by VarsityKansas.com and the Topeka Capital-Journal as a senior... Chosen to play in the 2013 Kansas Shrine Bowl... Named an All-league performer at linebacker as a sophomore, junior and senior... An honorable-mention All-4A pick at linebacker in 2010 and 2011... A three-time All-county selection at linebacker... Helped Holton to three-consecutive league titles... Also a three-year letterman for the Wildcat basketball team... An All-league and All-county pick at guard as a junior.
PERSONAL: Trent Tanking was born in 1994... Son of Andrew and Karla Tanking.
Sedgwick, Kan. (Sedgwick)
AT SEDGWICK HIGH SCHOOL: Selected to play in the 2013 Kansas Shrine Bowl... A four-year letterman... Named to VarsityKansas.com’s All-State 4A first team at linebacker in 2012... Helped the Cardinals to back-to-back league, district and bi-district championships... Recorded over 2,900 total years and 36 total touchdowns in 12 games as a senior... A first-team all-league linebacker as a junior and senior... Named an all-state honorable mention linebacker and quarterback as a junior... Also a standout in baseball and basketball... A back-to-back All-league selection in baseball... A 2012 All-league firsr-team pick in basketball as a junior.
PERSONAL: Logan Thompson was born in 1995... Son of Bryan and Kim Thompson.
Baldwin, Kan. (Baldwin)
AT BALDWIN HIGH SCHOOL: Selected to play in the 2013 Kansas Shrine Bowl... Named a First Team All-State 4A defensive end by the Topeka Capital-Journal... An honorable mention all-state selection by VarsityKansas.com... A star in track and field who won the 4A state championship in discus and shot put as a junior.
PERSONAL: Dayton Valentine was born in 1995... Son of the late Jeff Valentine and Marilee Valentine.
Kansas City, Kan. (Sumner Academy)
AT SUMNER ACADEMY HIGH SCHOOL: Originally signed with K-State out of high school in 2012... A Kansas City-Atchison League first team pick... Named First Team All-Kansas during his sophomore and junior seasons... Had 58 catches for 865 yards and 17 touchdowns as a junior... Finished career with 94 catches for 1,517 yards and 24 touchdowns... Averaged 16.1 yards per catch and one touchdown for every three catches... Led Sumner Academy’s basketball team to two state championships... Was a league honorable mention selection on the court as a junior... A Kansas Honor Scholar, USD 500 Scholastic Athlete and National Honor Society member... Accumulated a 3.48 GPA in high school.
PERSONAL: Vernon Vaughn was born in 1994... Son of Vernon and Debra Vaughn.
Council Bluffs, Iowa (Iowa Western CC)
AT IOWA WESTERN CC: Named the 2012 NJCAA Offensive Player of the Year after leading Iowa Western to a 12-0 record and a National Championship... Accounted for over 300 yards of total offense in the National Championship game, a 27-7 win over second-ranked Butler CC... Named a 2012 NJCAA First Team All-American, the Midwest Football Conference Offensive Player of the Year and a MFC First Team All-Conference honoree... Set a NJCAA national record for completion percentage after connecting on 73.3 percent (244-of-333) of his passes while throwing for 3,501 yards, 39 touchdowns and just three interceptions... Threw for 307 yards and a school-record five touchdowns in the first half of a 65-21 win over No. 17 Dupage (Ill.)... Named a Second Team MFC All-Conference selection in 2011... Named to the 2010 Academic All-Region XI First Team as a freshman.
AT ST. ALBERT HIGH SCHOOL: Led the Falcons to two 1A Iowa State Championships and a 37-2 mark as a three-year starter... Threw for 5,288 yards and 70 touchdowns while running for 1,820 and 28 touchdowns during his prep career... A three-time First Team Iowa Newspaper Association (INA) All-State 1A selection at quarterback... Also a standout for the Falcons on the hardwood... Named a Second Team INA All-State 1A selection as a senior.
PERSONAL: Jake Waters was born in 1992... Son of Rick Waters and Carolyn Waters.
Dallas, Texas (Skyline)
AT SKYLINE HIGH SCHOOL: A 2012 all-district and all-region pick by the Dallas Morning News... Recorded 68 tackles as a senior en route to a 14-2 record.... Lettered three years and won three district championships while compiling a 28-6 combined record.
PERSONAL: Isaiah Williams was born in 1994... Son of Willie and Cecilia Williams.
Raymore-Peculiar, Mo. (Rockhurst)
AT ROCKHURST HIGH SCHOOL: A three-year letterman for the Hawklets... A 2012 Kansas City Star All-Metro First Team performer... Recorded 58 tackles and nine sacks during his senior season... Named to the MaxPreps 2012 Missouri Preseason All-State team prior to his senior year... Amassed 60 total tackles and 13 sacks during his junior campaign... Helped Rockhurst to a Class 6 Missouri State Championship and 13-0 finish as a sophomore in 2010.
PERSONAL: Jordan Willis was born in 1995... Son of Calvin and Demetrica Willis.
Conway Springs, Kan. (Conway Springs)
AT CONWAY SPRINGS HIGH SCHOOL: Named Kansas Gatorade Player of the Year following his senior year... An All-American honorable mention selection by Parade Magazine... A four-year letterman who led the Cardinals to a combined record of 45-5 during his high school career... Ranked by Rivals.com as the No. 2 player in the state of Kansas... Set a Kansas high school state record and the third-best single-game rushing yardage total in national high school history with a 659-yard, nine-touchdown effort in Conway Springs’ 84-56 win over Chaparral... Recorded 2,709 rushing yards, 43 total touchdowns and 110 tackles during his senior season ... Named to the Topeka Capital-Journal and VarsityKansas.com 2012 Top 11 team... An All-3A first team performer at running back by VarsityKansas.com and at linebacker by the Topeka Capital-Journal as a senior... Chosen to play in the 2013 Kansas Shrine Bowl... Named a First Team All-Central Plains League performer as a running back and linebacker in 2012... An all-state pick at linebacker as a junior... Led Conway Springs to a 13-1 record and a Kansas 3A State Championship in 2011... Tallied 88 tackles and three interceptions during his junior campaign... Also a standout in basketball and track and field.
PERSONAL: Tanner Wood was born on in 1994... Son of Tim and Michele Wood.