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Big day. HUGE DAY. Great day for the future of K-State’s football program. On Saturday the Wildcats secured verbal commitments from five players; by far the biggest day of the recruiting process so far this year. Commitments have be slow rolling to this point, but these five prospects could make a major impact in changing the perception of the incoming 2014 class. Increasing the total verbal commit class to 13 are:
Prewett is a 6’2″, 200 pound safety from Blue Springs, Missouri. The Blue Springs program has produced some decent talent over the years, and this kid runs a purported 4.4 second 40. With offers from Missouri, Northern Illinois, and other schools, the two-star recruit is rangy enough to hunt down running backs and cover any receiver thinking he’s capable of crossing over the middle.
Ford is a receiver from Cartersville Georgia, a place The Jug truly has no knowledge of. Here’s what The Jug does know: Ford has excellent size at 6’3″, and at 180 pounds brings the perfect combination of speed and strength (he also runs a 40 yard dash under 4.5 seconds). ESPN ranks him the 125th wide receiver in the class and among the top 100 players in the State of Georgia with three stars. He had interest from several schools – predominantly in the Southeast – and chose K-State over Cincinnati and Miami of Ohio, among others. His junior year he caught 30 passes for 560 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Another safety for the class, this 6’1″, 195 pound recruit from Fort Worth, Texas received three stars from 247 Sports. He received offers from Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana Tech, and Rice before choosing K-State. He was one of several players to receive an offer after attending camp in Manhattan and immediately pledged his commitment. The 110th best athlete in the nation also attended camps at Texas, Alabama, Arkansas, and Oklahoma but was highly praiseful of Bill Snyder in discussing his decision. He played both offense and defense as a junior, securing 20 catches for 263 yards and four touchdowns last season. He also had 12 punt returns for 178 yards and a touchdown while recording 79 tackles and four interceptions on defense.
A cornerback from Charlotte, North Carolina, Stevens chose K-State over FBS schools Kentucky and East Carolina after professing his love for Manhattan a month ago. The two-star athlete is ranked the 223rd wide receiver in the nation and 44th best player in North Carolina by 247 Sports. Standing at 5’11” and 185 pounds, Stevens runs a 4.45 40 and benches a max of 235. All told, he appears to be a solid athlete fully capable of running with the Big 12’s receivers.
Heath is a short, quick wide receiver built in the form of several successful Wildcat predecessors. Hailing from Huntersville, North Carolina, the recruit stands at only 5’7″ and 161 pounds. The 65th best player in North Carolina visited Virginia Tech, Clemson, Duke, and North Carolina before deciding to play in Manhattan. His quickness ranks among the best in the nation, and Heath could be a promising candidate for assuming punt or kick return duties in the future.