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With 58 days left in our countdown and future quarterback Aaron Sharp recently committed to K-State, the stars have aligned for today representing the national ranking of K-State’s current recruiting class of 2014. And while the low ranking doesn’t inspire optimism on the surface, there are numerous reasons to believe in the work that ‘s been done so far, and what the future holds.
As discussed earlier this week, K-State received a bump when Aaron Sharp switched his commitment from Utah. The dual-threat quarterback is among the best in the State of Texas, and is probably the fastest (he just won the 4A State Championship in the 200 meter dash). He is the team’s fourth best recruit among 247 Sports’ player rankings with an overall grade of 88. K-State’s other commitments for the class of 2014 are:
- RB Dalvin Warmack (Grade 90)
- OLB Elijah Lee (89)
- OC Dalton Risner (88)
- ILB Sam Sizelove (84)
- SDE C.J. Reese (83)
- S Connor Wilson (81)
While each of these players fill valuable needs (particularly Warmack, given the lack of depth behind RB John Hubert), the biggest shortcoming in this class is the lack of numbers. Aside from Sharp, all of these commitments were made by the end of April, with no May or June additions. While the program received recognition early in the year with a 2014 class among the top 30, the well dried up soon after. In fact, the only action the team saw over the past two months was the decommitment of Robert Castaneda, a 318 pound OT from Round Rock, TX.
It should be noted that none of K-State’s current commitments are from the State of Kansas – there are four Texans, two from Missouri, and one from Colorado. The top five recruits from the state remain undecided, and while only two of the five seem to have the Wildcats making more than a blip on their radar, a lot can change between now and next spring when National Signing Day comes around. Additionally, no other program has proven capable of doing more with what the recruiting services consider “less” (see our article on the average recruiting rank of K-State’s last four classes). Finally, Bill Snyder built a legacy on combing through the junior college ranks to find unwanted and overlooked players salivating at the chance to prove other schools wrong.
Recruiting is often about momentum – kids want a chance to play, but also want the assurance they’ll play on a good team. Back in March it started raining and seemed to pour in April before drying up in May. Hopefully Sharp’s decision rejuvenates recruiting efforts by exciting a couple of wide receivers wanting to play next to the stud, which brings in a defensive back willing to play on a team that looks to have an explosive offense, which also lands a defensive tackle…