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K-State Football Signing Day 2006


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Kansas State Announces 2006 Recruiting Class

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State head football coach Ron Prince announced the addition of 27 student-athletes to the Wildcat football program Wednesday, including 23 National Letter of Intent signees.

Four of the announced student-athletes - Devin Anderson, Josh Freeman, Courtney Greer and Moses Manu - are already enrolled at Kansas State and will participate in spring drills. The balance of the class will join the program prior to preseason camp in August.

"I am very pleased to introduce this signing class," said Prince. "It is, and will continue to be, the focus of this organization to build a fast, strong, tough and disciplined football team that consistently competes for championships. We believe that each of these young men possesses the integrity, toughness and competitiveness that we are looking for in a Wildcat football player."

One of the most geographically diverse recruiting group of commitments in school history, the student-athletes that comprise Kansas State’s class of 2006 literally hail from sea to shining sea. A total of 15 different states are represented in the class, ranging from Connecticut and New York in the Northeast, to Georgia and Florida in the Deep South, to California an Oregon in the Far West.

The Big 12 region is also well represented in the class, with at least one student-athlete hailing from each conference state except Iowa.

Texas, long a fertile recruiting ground for the Wildcats, once again yielded a bumper crop of signees with a class-high seven student-athletes hailing from the Lone Star State.

The states of Kansas and Oklahoma produced the next largest group of commitments with three each. Florida and Missouri, with two signees each, were the only other states to produce multiple signees.

On the field, every non-special teams position group is represented, though the class is heavily weighted toward defense. Seventeen of the 27 commitments are projected to play on the defensive side of the ball, including eight backs, four tackles, three linebackers and two ends. The offense includes four running backs, three linemen, a quarterback, a tight end and a wide receiver.

The majority of the class - 16 of the 27 - are out of the high school ranks, while 10 are junior-college transfers. The class also includes one grayshirt - running back Courtney Greer - who joins the program after being a part-time student during the fall.

“These players embody the type of character that we want to represent our university and our program," Prince added. "It's the head coach's job to put the team together and there is a factor with the roster and the number of position players we decided to sign. But more than that, it is a factor that that they are the right kind of people that we want in our program."

 
Kansas State 2006 Recruiting Class:

--- Devin Anderson, 5-10, 185, DB (Click name to read bio)  |  Watch Video
--- Brandon Balkcom, 6-2, 280, DT  |  Watch Video
--- Chris Carney, 6-1, 175, DB  |  Watch Video
--- Ray Cheatham, 6-0, 185, DB  |  Watch Video
--- Gabriel Crews, 6-3, 300, DT  |  Watch Video
--- Courtney Edmond, 6-2, 220, DB  |  Watch Video
--- Josh Freeman, 6-6, 230, QB  |  Watch Video
--- Courtney Greer, 5-10, 210, RB  |  Watch Video
--- John Houlik, 5-11, 215, LB  |  Watch Video
--- Rob Jackson, 6-3, 265, DE  |  Watch Video
--- James Johnson, 5-11, 200, RB  |  Watch Video
--- Otis Johnson, 5-11, 185, DB  |  Watch Video
--- Zach Kendall, 6-4, 280, DT  |  Watch Video
--- Scott Krehbiel, 6-7, 280, OL  |  Watch Video
--- Moses Manu, 6-3, 260, DE  |  Watch Video
--- Jeron Mastrud, 6-6, 255, TE  |  Watch Video
--- Kenneth Mayfield, 6-4, 300, OL  |  Watch Video
--- Davyon McGhee, 5-11, 215, LB  |  Watch Video
--- Antwon Moore, 6-1, 218, DB  |  Watch Video
--- Joshua Moore, 5-11, 180, DB  |  Watch Video
--- Leon Patton, 5-8, 175, RB  |  Watch Video
--- Justin Roland, 6-2, 250, LB  |  Watch Video
--- Tony Purvis, 6-0, 175, DB  |  Watch Video
--- Jamal Schulters, 5-10, 180, RB  |  Watch Video
--- Patrick Turner, 6-4, 330, OL  |  Watch Video
--- Trevor Viers, 6-5, 265, DT  |  Watch Video
--- Cedric Wilson, 6-1, 190, WR  |  Watch Video

 
 
2006 Signees
 

DEVIN ANDERSON | DB
5-10, 185 | Ponca City, Okla. (Northeastern Oklahoma A&M) |
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Quickly: A tough and fleet-footed cover corner with excellent leadership skills... Was one of the top defensive backs in the Southwest Junior College Football Conference (SWJCFC) during 2005... A three-star rated prospect by Rivals.com... Received two stars from Scout.com... Signed an NLI with Kansas State in December and will participate in spring drills... One of four teammates from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M (NEO) to sign with K-State.
NEO: A 2005 first team All-Southwest Junior College Football Conference selection as a sophomore... Helped lead the Golden Norseman to a 9-3 record and a victory over Mississippi Golf Coast in the Dalton Defenders Bowl... Started 11 games... Tied for the conference lead in interceptions with seven and also led NEO with 22 pass deflections... Recorded 69 tackles, including 42 solo stops, recovered two fumbles and blocked a punt... Appeared in six games as a freshman in 2004, registering 20 tackles (nine solo)... Coached by Rob Green.
Ponca City HS: Named to the 2003 Oklahoma Coaches All-State East team as a defensive back... An honorable mention all-state pick by both the Tulsa World and Daily Oklahoman... Tapped as the District 6A-4 offensive player of the year at quarterback and all-district at defensive back... Was also a standout on the hardwood as a prep, starting three years at point guard for the Po-Hi basketball team.
Recruiting: Selected K-State over offers from New Mexico and UNLV.
Personal: Devin Sherrod Anderson was born Jan. 31, 1986... Son of Vincent Anderson and Tonda Frederick.
Why K-State?: "I felt really comfortable with Manhattan and the community. It is going to be a good fit for me. Kansas State is a powerhouse in the Big 12, and I think I'll have a chance to play for a ring. And that is what everyone wants."


BRANDON BALKCOM | DT
6-2, 280 | Hazel Crest, Ill. (Northeastern Oklahoma A&M) |
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Quickly: A solidly-built defensive tackle who has good feet... Received three stars from Scout.com and two stars from Rivals.com... Expected to have three years of eligibility at Kansas State...One of four teammates from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M (NEO) to sign with the Wildcats... Originally hails from the Chicago suburb of Hazel Crest, Ill.
NEO: Played just one season at NEO... Earned honorable mention All-Southwest Junior College Football Conference honors as a redshirt freshman in 2005... Helped lead the Golden Norseman to a 9-3 record and a victory over Mississippi Golf Coast in the Dalton Defenders Bowl and a No. 6 final national rank... Ranked fifth in the SWJCFC with 103 tackles, including eight sacks, which tied for third in the league... Also had an interception... Redshirted as a freshman in 2004... Coached by Rob Green.
Homewood-Flossmoor HS: Prepped at Homewood-Flossmoor Community High School in Flossmoor, Ill.
Recruiting: Received interest from New Mexico, North Texas, Oklahoma State and UCF during the recruiting process.
Personal: Brandon Balkcom was born Sept. 19, 1985.
Why K-State?: "The players there are all great. They were all class, just classy guys. I'm just excited to play with all of those guys at one of the most elite conferences in the country. I am proud to be a Wildcat. I would not want to go anywhere else. (Coach Prince) is going to get the program turned around again, there's no doubt about it."


CHRIS CARNEY | DB
6-1, 175 | Denver, Colo. (Mullen) |
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Quickly: Comes to Kansas State from one of the top 5A programs in the state of Colorado... A smart player with good speed and quickness... Combines those strengths with a great attitude... Considered by many to be the top cornerback prospect in the state... Is a three-star rated prospect by Rivals.com... Received two stars from Scout.com... Tapped as Rival's No. 48 cornerback prospect nationally... Also Rivals' No. 13 overall prospect in the state of Colorado.
Mullen HS: A three year starter and two-time All-Centennial League selection... Received first team Class 5A all-state honors from both the Rocky Mountain News and the Denver Post as a senior... Was also a 2005 all-Colorado (all divisions) selection by the Post... Collected 136 tackles and six interceptions as a senior, helping Mullen to an 11-3 record and a berth in the 5A state title game... Helped lead Mullen to the Colorado 5A state championship as a junior... Totaled 110 tackles and four interception as a junior... Had 99 stops and three picks as a sophomore... Coached by Dave Logan... Also competed in track & field as a prep.
Recruiting: Selected K-State over offers from Iowa State, Washington State and Wyoming... Also received recruiting interest from California and Washington.
Personal: Christopher Kelly Carney was born Nov. 7, 1987, in Denver, Colo... Parents are April and Ruben Williams... Has two brothers and two sisters... Cousin of former Wildcat great Dyshod Carter.
Why K-State?: "The day (Kansas State) offered, I committed. I have wanted to go there for so long and this was not something that I could pass up. My cousin, Dyshod Carter, played there and I've been able to go to Manhattan a few times because of him. I just really like it there."


RAY CHEATHAM | DB
6-0, 185 | El Dorado, Ark. (Independence CC) | Watch Video

Quickly: Perhaps the top cornerback in the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference (KJCCC) during 2005... A three-star rated prospect by both Rivals.com and Scout.com... The No. 42 junior college prospect in the country according to Rivals... SuperPrep's No. 76 overall junior college player nationally... Expected to have three years of eligibility at Kansas State.
Independence CC: Played just one season at Independence... Named first team All-KJCCC as well as Indy's team MVP as a redshirt freshman in 2005... Recorded 35 tackles, including 29 solo stops, and a sack from his cornerback spot... Also had three interceptions and helped Independence finish the regular season as the league's top-ranked unit in both total defense (263.4 ypg) and passing defense (140.6 ypg)... Coached by David Ward.
El Dorado HS: Lettered three years and started two while a prep at El Dorado High School... Earned all-area and All-5A South Conference honors as a senior in 2003... Was also tapped to the Golden Triangle team... Coached by Jeff Williams.... Also lettered twice in basketball and track & field... Jumped 23 feet to win the conference long jump title in 2003.
Recruiting: Selected K-State over offers from Iowa State, Kansas and Minnesota.
Personal: Ray Charles Cheatham was born Aug. 6, 1986, in El Dorado, Ark... Parents are Rev. Charlie Ray Cheatham and Felicia Cheatham... Has two brothers and a sister... Future plans include coaching football.
Why K-State?: "I felt comfortable with (Head Coach Ron Prince) and the entire coaching staff. It is just a good situation. I can go in and contribute early. I can also get a good education at the same time. It is just the best place for me to be."


GABRIEL CREWS | DT
6-3, 300 | Jonesboro, Ga. (Lovejoy) |
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Quickly: A quick interior line prospect that holds his ground extremely well... Showed excellent mobility and lateral speed during a very productive prep career... Prepped at one of the top programs in the state of Georgia... An All-Southeast Region pick by Prep Star... A Fab50 defensive lineman by Fab50 Recruiting... Listed as a two-star prospect by both Rivals.com and Scout.com.
Lovejoy HS: A three-year starter and two-time All-Region 5A-4 selection... Also a two-time All-Henry/Clayton County pick... Totaled 189 tackles, including 46 tackles for loss (20 sacks) during his prep career... Finished senior season with 69 tackles, 18 behind the line of scrimmage, and 6.5 sacks... Recorded 42 tackles and six sacks from his interior line position as a junior... Coached by Al Hughes... Also lettered in track & field as a prep, competing in both the shot put and discus.
Recruiting: Received recruiting interest from Mississippi State, Memphis, Ball State, Michigan State and Central Michigan.
Personal: Gabriel D. Crews was born Sept. 6, 1987, in Griffin, Ga... Parents are Charles Crews and Wonda Tatum... Cousin of Jada Brown, who plays defensive tackle at Memphis... Plans to major in physical therapy.
Why K-State?: "Coach Prince and his staff will do great things in the next four years and I'm just glad that I'll be a part of it."


COURTNEY EDMOND | DB
6-2, 220 | La Marque, Texas (Blinn College) |
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Quickly: One of the top junior college defensive backs in the nation... Possesses 4.4 speed in the 40... Is also regarded as a physical DB who defends well against the run... Was one of the top defensive backs in the Southwest Junior College Football Conference (SWJCFC) during 2005... A three-star rated prospect by Rivals.com... Received two stars from Scout.com... Originally signed with Northwestern (La.) State out of high school... One of two signees from Blinn College in the recruiting class.
Blinn College: A 2005 first team All-Southwest Junior College Football Conference selection as a sophomore... Helped lead the Buccaneers to a 7-3 record... Recorded 31 tackles, including a sack... Also had two interceptions and helped Blinn finish the regular season as the league's top-ranked defense (210.4 ypg)... Saw playing time as an outside linebacker as a freshman... Coached by Brad Franchione.
La Marque HS: A first-team all-district and first-team All-County selection... LaMarque's Defensive Player of the Year as a senior after collecting 103 tackles and five interceptions... Helped LaMarque go 11-3 as a senior, 10-4 as a junior and 12-1 as sophomore... Also earned first-team all-district honors in soccer and qualified for regional competition in track and field... Coached by Bryan Erwin.
Recruiting: Received recruiting interest from Michigan State and Missouri.
Personal: Courtney Edmond was born Sept. 24, 1984, in Galveston, Texas... Son of Gayla Davis... Has a brother, Larry, and a sister, Inez... Served as treasurer for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Why K-State?: "I'm excited about being part of what (Head Coach Ron Prince) is building. I just felt like (Kansas State) was the place for me to be and I can't wait to be part of it."


JOSH FREEMAN | QB
6-6, 230| Kansas City, Mo. (Grandview) | Watch Video

Quickly: One of the nation's most sought-after quarterbacks... A four-star rated prospect by both Rivals.com and Scout.com... The No. 4 pro-style rated quarterback in the country by Rivals... Also ranked as the No. 92 overall prospect in the nation by Rivals and the top player in the state of Missouri... A top 100 Dream Team selection by PrepStar and the magazine's No. 9 quarterback nationally... A 2005 EA Sports Elite 11 participant and one of just six quarterbacks selected to play in the prestigious U.S. Army High School All-America game... The No. 6 player in the Midlands region and No. 8 quarterback nationally by SuperPrep.
Grandview HS: Passed for over 7,000 yards as a prep... Led Grandview to a 7-4 record, a district title and a berth in the sectional round of the Missouri state playoffs as a senior... Completed 151-of-286 passes (53 percent) for 2,622 yards and 33 touchdowns in 2005... Also rushed for five scores... Earned first team Class 4 all-state honors from the Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association... Was also selected to the Kansas City Star All-Metro team and was the 2005 Simone Award winner as the top player in the Kansas City metro area.... Topped 2,400 yards through the air with 23 touchdowns as a junior... Had 1,946 passing yards and 24 passing TDs as a sophomore, leading Grandview to a 9-3 record and a spot in the quarterfinals of the Class 4 playoffs... Set 10 school records during his career at Grandview, including career passing yards (7,175), passing touchdowns (78), attempts (809), completions (385), yards passing in a game (403) and touchdowns in a game (6)... Coached by Jason Godfrey.
Recruiting: Selected K-State over offers from Colorado, Nebraska, Texas A&M and Wisconsin.
Personal: Josh Tyler Freeman was born Jan. 13, 1988... Parents are Ron and Teresa Freeman... Father, Ron, played professionally in the USFL and serves as Grandview High's defensive coordinator... Plans to major in business.
Why K-State?: "Coach Prince. Just the confidence (Coach Prince) has in what he's going to do in that program and what he thinks he can do with me as his quarterback. He really instilled confidence in me and in their program. That's what won me over."


COURTNEY GREER | RB
5-10, 210 | Midland, Texas (Christian) | Watch Video

Quickly: A versatile back with good size and speed... Can play either running back or fullback... Began receiving increased recruiting attention late in last season's recruiting process... Rated a two-star prospect by both Rivals.com and Scout.com... Accepted a grayshirt offer to attend Kansas State last February.
Christian HS: Rushed for 1,673 yards and 33 touchdowns on 228 carries (7.3 ypc) as a senior in 2004... Also had three receiving TDs... Helped guide Midland Christian to the 2004 Division II TAPPS (Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools) state title... Named the Offensive Player of the Year in TAPPS Division II District I and was a first team pick on the TAPPS Division II all-state team... Led the Midland-Odessa region in rushing and scoring for all classes during 2004... Named to the All-Permian Basin team at running back for all classes by the Odessa American ... Lettered at Midland Lee as a sophomore and junior, rushing for 670 yards in 2003.
Recruiting: Chose Kansas State over Iowa, UTEP and North Texas, among others.
Personal: Courtney Isaiah Greer was born Jan. 30, 1987... Parents are Isaac and Sherita Greer ... A hotel and restaurant management major.
Why K-State?: "I was really impressed with everything. The team and family feeling around the program was great. Everyone accepted me with open arms. The grayshirt program was a good decision for me. It gave me the chance to get adjusted to college a little bit. Now, I have that semester out of the way and I can now turn to football."


JOHN HOULIK | LB
5-11, 215 | Wichita, Kan. (Collegiate) | Watch Video

Quickly: An athletic and talented two-way player who could end up on either side of the ball at K-State... Is a two-star rated prospect by both Rivals.com and Scout.com.
Collegiate HS: A four-year letterwinner and three-year starter at Wichita Collegiate... Played both running back and linebacker for the Spartans... Earned first team Class 4 all-state honors from both the Wichita Eagle and Topeka Capital-Journal in 2005...Also a three-time All-Mid-Central Activities Association first team selection and two-time All-Metro pick... Selected to play in the 2006 Kansas Shrine Bowl. Recruiting: Selected K-State over an offer from Air Force.
Personal: John Houlik was born Feb. 13, 1987, in Wichita Kan...Parents are Jeff and Charlie Houlik... Grandson of Wichita State hall of fame running back Anton Houlik... Grandfather, Jack Ging, lettered three years at Oklahoma... Last name is pronounced "WHO-lick".
Why K-State?: "I loved all the coaches and the facilities. Everything was really good. I have always wanted to play in-state and this is a great school in a good conference. My family and friends are close and the people that I will be able to associate myself with for the next four or five years are really good people. It is going to be a good place for me."


ROB JACKSON | DE
6-3, 265 | West Haven, Conn. (Fort Scott CC) | Watch Video

Quickly: One of the top players in the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference (KJCCC) over the past two seasons... Possesses tremendous speed for his size... A three-star rated prospect by Rivals.com... Received two stars from Scout.com... Rated as the No. 76 junior college prospect in the country by Rivals.
Fort Scott CC: Perhaps the top defensive end in Jayhawk conference during 2004 and 2005... A two-time All-Jayhawk Conference first team defense selection.... Played both defensive end and tight end as a sophomore... Collected 35 tackles (28 solo), including nine for losses (six sacks) in eight games on defense... Hauled in four receptions for 90 yards (22.5 ypc) as a tight end on offense... Totaled 45 tackles (34 solo) in nine games as a freshman and led the KJCCC in sacks during 2004 with 9.0... Coached by Brian Vaganek.
West Haven HS: Prepped at West Haven High School, where he was considered the No. 16 overall prospect in New England by SuperPrep... Earned all-area and all-state honors at defensive end in 2003... Totaled 72 tackles, including 12 sacks, as a senior... Coached by Tim Nixon.
Recruiting: Selected K-State over offers from Iowa, Iowa State, Michigan State, Rutgers and South Florida.
Personal: Robert Gene Jackson was born Nov. 3, 1985, in New Haven, Ct... Parents are Robert Jackson and Sadie Groom... Related to basketball hall of famer Calvin Murphy.
Why K-State?: "It was just everything (Coach Prince) was telling me (about the program). I want to be a part of that. It sounds like a great plan and what he wants to do. He has a great coaching staff. That was a big part of it, too. They have a lot of energy. You can tell they really enjoy what they are doing. I know that it will be a lot of fun for me here."


JAMES JOHNSON | RB
5-11, 200 | Port Arthur, Texas (Blinn College) | Watch Video

Quickly: A natural runner who possesses excellent speed and toughness... Comes to K-State following an outstanding junior college career... Considered to be the top running back in the Southwest Junior College Football Conference (SWJCFC) over the past two seasons... A four-star rated prospect by both Rivals.com and Scout.com... The No. 10 overall junior college player in the nation and the No. 3-rated running back by Rivals... SuperPrep's No. 28 overall junior college player nationally... One of two signees from Blinn College in the recruiting class.
Blinn College: Rushed for 2,384 yards and scored 36 touchdowns during his two seasons at Blinn... Averaged just under 7.5 yards per carry during his career... Earned first team NJCAA All-America honors as a freshman in 2004 and honorable mention All-America accolades from the NJCAA as a sophomore in 2005... Was also a two-time first team All-Southwest Junior College Football Conference selection... Ranked seventh (115.2 ypg) in the NJCAA in rushing as a sophomore and fifth as a freshman (123.2 ypg)... Helped lead the Buccaneers to a 7-3 record in 2005... Totaled 1,152 yards on 170 carries (6.8 ypc) and 15 touchdowns as a sophomore... Led SWJCFC runner-up Blinn to a 9-2 record and a victory over Jones County Community College in the 2004 Golden Isles Bowl... Finished freshman season with 1,232 yards on 153 attempts (8.1 ypc) and led the nation in touchdowns with 21... Led the SWJCFC in scoring in both 2004 and 2005... 2004 conference offensive MVP... Redshirted during the 2003 season... Coached by Brad Franchione.
Memorial HS: Rated as the No. 30 running back in the nation by Rivals.com and Scout.com (then called TheInsiders.com) coming out of high school... A two-time class 4A honorable mention all-state selection as well as a two-time All-District 20-4A pick... Tapped as the District 20-4A Co-Offensive Player of the Year as a junior in 2001... A member of Max Emfinger's 2002 Texas Super Team... Rushed for 1,176 yards and averaged an eye-popping 9.26 yards per carry with nine touchdowns in just nine games as a senior at Memorial... Totaled 1,388 yards and 18 touchdowns as a junior at Port Arthur Jefferson... Coached by Butch Colbert at Memorial.
Recruiting: Selected K-State over offers from Texas A&M, Houston and Fresno State.
Personal: James Johnson was born Sept. 6, 1984 in Baton Rouge, La... Son of Carrie Bowie and the late Rick Fleming... Has a sister and two brothers.
Why K-State?: "(Kansas State) is a good situation. I feel like I have a chance to come in and play. I think (the new coaching staff) knows what they are going to do and they'll get it done. I'm 100 percent Wildcat."


OTIS JOHNSON | DB
5-11, 185 | Houston, Texas (Eisenhower) | Watch Video

Quickly: A fast, heady defensive back who began to emerge as a rising prospect late in the process... Is a two-star rated prospect by both Rivals.com and Scout.com.
Eisenhower HS: A three-year starter in the defensive backfield at Eisenhower... Started at free safety as a sophomore and junior before moving to cornerback as a senior... Earned second team All-District 18-5A honors in 2005... Totaled 52 tackles, including 37 unassisted stops, with five pass break-ups during his prep career... Coached by Derrell Phipps... Also ran track at Eisenhower and was a member of the school's nationally-ranked 4X100 relay team... Has clocked a 4.41 in the 40 and a 36-inch vertical... Timed at 4.0 in pro shuttle.
Recruiting: Selected K-State over offers from Washington State and UCF.
Personal: Otis Eugene Johnson was born Sept. 27, 1987, in Houston, Texas... Son of Otis E. Johnson and Pamela Stewart... Cousin, Gerald Green, plays for the NBA's Boston Celtics... Plans to major in information systems technology.
Why K-State?: "I felt really comfortable (at Kansas State). I just knew it was the right place for me. I really like Coach Prince."


ZACH KENDALL | DT
6-4, 280 | Peculiar, Mo. (Harrisonville) | Watch Video

Quickly: A physically gifted player with excellent work habits who is regarded as one of the top players in the state of Missouri... Prepped at one of the state's most successful programs... An All-Midlands pick by PrepStar... Is a three-star rated prospect by Rivals.com... Received two stars from Scout.com... Considered the No. 5 overall prospect in the state of Missouri by Rivals and the No. 45 defensive tackle nationally... The No. 53 player in the Midlands region by SuperPrep.
Harrisonville HS: Helped lead Harrisonville to three straight Class 3 state title game appearances, including state championships in both 2003 and 2005... Overall, Harrisonville posted a combined 39-3 record during his sophomore, junior and senior seasons... Selected as the 2005 Missouri Class 3 Defensive Player of the Year by the Missouri Football Coaches Association... Also a Class 3 all-state first teamer as a senior by the Kansas City Star and the Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association... Collected 74 tackles, including nine sacks and two fumble recoveries en route to all-state accolades as a junior... Had 46 stops with seven sacks as a sophomore... Coached by Fred Bouchard... Also lettered in basketball and track & field as a prep.
Recruiting: Selected K-State over offers from Kansas, Missouri, Ball State and Tulsa. Personal: Zach Kendall was born April 25, 1988...Son of Curtis and Sandra Kendall... Has a sister, Brooke... Plans to major in special education... Participated in a show chior in high school.
Why K-State?: "I talked to Coach Prince and it just gave me more reason to want to go to K-State. I think he's going to be a great head coach. He is going to be a great leader and I can't wait to play for him."


SCOTT KREHBIEL | OL
6-7, 280 | Pratt, Kan. (Pratt) | Watch Video

Quickly: A massive yet athletic offensive lineman who is regarded as one of the top two players in the state of Kansas... An All-America selection by PrepStar... A three-star rated prospect by Rivals.com... Received two stars from Scout.com... Tapped by Rivals as the No. 51 offensive tackle prospect in the nation... The No. 39 player in the Midlands region by SuperPrep.
Pratt HS: Started and played both ways while a prep at Pratt High School... Earned first team all-state honors as a senior from both the Topeka Capital-Journal and Wichita Eagle in Class 4A... Was also a first team all-state pick by the Kansas Football Coaches Association (KFBCA)... Earned Class 4A Top 11 honors from the Hutchinson News as a junior, despite seeing his playing time severely limited by illness... An all-area selection as a sophomore... Coached by Jeff Fuss... Also a multiple-year letterman in basketball... Considered to be one of the state's top post players.
Recruiting: Selected K-State over reported offers from Arkansas, Colorado State, Kansas, Nebraska and Tennessee.
Personal: Scott Krehbiel was born Oct. 4, 1987.
Why K-State?: "I just really feel that it is the best situation for me. One of the big reasons was I got to watch Virginia's offensive line in the bowl game. They looked really good and impressive and Coach (Ron) Prince was a big part of that. If he can coach like that, I want to be part of that. I just think the way things are going on in Manhattan, I think it is the right time to be there. I think things are looking very good up there."


MOSES MANU | DE
6-3, 260 | Inglewood, Calif. (El Camino College) | Watch Video

Quickly: A tough, hard-nosed defensive end with a motor that never quits... Is a three-star rated prospect by both Rivals.com and Scout.com... Considered to be one of the top defensive ends in the California Community College ranks, despite being relatively new to the game... May possess as much upside as any player in the class.
El Camino College: A first team All-California Region IV selection as well as a unanimous first team All-Mission Football Conference pick as a sophomore... Collected 50 tackles (40 solo) during the 2005 regular season, helping El Camino to a 10-0 record and a berth in the state playoffs... Finished the regular season with 19 tackles for loss, including 9.5 sacks... TFL total ranked second in the Mission Conference, while sack total was good for third in the league... Played five games at tight end as a freshman before switching to defensive end... Totaled 13 tackles, seven sacks and one forced fumble during 2004... Played for 2005 Region IV Coach of the Year John Featherstone.
Morningside HS: Had 22 catches for 300 yards and three touchdowns as a senior tight end at Morningside High School... Helped the Monarchs to a 12-2 record... Coached by Mike McCarthy... Also played basketball and volleyball as a prep... Was the team MVP and an All-Pioneer League pick in volleyball.
Recruiting: Selected K-State over reported offers from Arizona, California, Kentucky, San Diego State, San Jose State.
Personal: Moses Manu was born Oct. 24, 1985, in Tonga... Family also lived in Australia before moving to the United States... Parents are John and Letisia Manu... Was an honor roll student in high school.
Why K-State?: "I just think the coaches are going to be very successful. The players are very nice and I think they have a good group here already. All of that and then the whole school and the campus is just great. I feel comfortable with my choice and I'm looking forward to being a Wildcat."


JERON MASTRUD | TE
6-6, 255 | Beaverton, Ore. (Southridge) | Watch Video

Quickly: A rangy, versatile and athletic tight end prospect who played a number of positions in high school... Saw his stock rise significantly late in the recruiting process... Considered to be the No. 7 overall player in the state of Oregon by Rivals.com.
Southridge HS: Played quarterback, tight end and defensive end during his career at Southridge High School... Helped lead his team to a 9-2 record, the program's first-ever Metro League championship, and a berth in the second round of the Oregon 4A state playoffs in 2005... Named third-team all-state at defensive end by the Portland Oregonian... Also earned first team All-Portland Metro League honors as a defensive end and second team all-league accolades at tight end... Completed 49-of-82 attempts for 731 yards and 10 TD’s during senior season as a part-time quarterback... Quarterbacked the Skyhawks to a 6-3 record as a junior... Coached by Brad Mastrud.
Recruiting: Selected K-State over offers from Air Force and Oregon State.
Personal: Jeron Mastrud was born Dec. 17, 1987... Parents are Brad and Dede Mastrud...Father is the head football coach at Southridge High School.
Why K-State?: "I just felt like this was the best place for me to be. I felt like I needed to be at Kansas State to continue to the next level in my career and that they were the best place for me to do that."


KENNETH MAYFIELD | OL
6-4, 300 | Randallstown, Md. (Randallstown) | Watch Video

Quickly: A big, powerful offensive lineman who drew plenty of late interest from across the country... Considered a very strong prospect who also possesses solid speed, agility and versatility... Tapped as the No. 44 prospect in the Mid-Atlantic region by SuperPrep... A two-star prospect by both Rivals.com and Scout.com.
Randallstown HS: A two-way player during his career at Randallstown High School... Recorded 77 pancake blocks and was a dominant offensive lineman as a senior... Also collected 78 total tackles as a defensive lineman in 2005... Named to the Baltimore Sun's 2005 All-Baltimore County first team offense... Also a second team All-Baltimore Metro pick by the Sun... Earned all-division honors as a junior offensive lineman.
Recruiting: Selected K-State over offers from Temple and Toledo.
Personal: Kenneth Mayfield was born Nov. 22, 1988, in Baltimore, Md... Parents are Kenneth and Gail Mayfield... Father is a doctor, while mother is a teacher... Aunt, by marriage, is Lisa Leslie... Plans on majoring in criminal justice.
Why K-State?: "(Coach Prince) is a super man. I can't wait until I get back there this fall. It is a program on the rise. I am excited about this opportunity to help Kansas State and Coach Prince get back to bringing some bowl trophies back to Kansas State. This was the best opportunity I had. I mean, it is the Big 12 Conference. It is one of the best in the nation every year."


DAVYON MCGHEE | LB
5-11, 215 | Houston, Texas (Langham Creek) | Watch Video

Quickly: An athletic linebacker who possesses excellent power and speed... Is a former running back... Rated as a two-star prospect by Rivals.com.
Langham Creek HS: A 2005 first team All-District 17-5A selection and a second team Class 5A Region III pick as a senior... Also a unanimous second team All-Greater Houston selection after recording 130 tackles (95 solo), 17 tackles for loss, including 11 sacks... Moved from running back to linebacker prior to his senior season... Was tapped as a Texas Fab 50 and an honorable mention all-league running back as a junior... Rushed for 620 yards and seven touchdowns despite seeing his playing time hampered by injuries during 2004... Also saw spot-duty at linebacker for the Lobos on defense as a junior.... Coached by Paul Woodfin.
Recruiting: Selected K-State over an offer from Colorado.
Personal: Davyon McGhee was born Dec. 7, 1987, in Houston, Texas... The son of former Colorado All-American linebacker and New York Giant, Kanavis McGhee.
Why K-State?: "Kansas State was the best school for me. I like their new defensive coordinator and I think their defense will fit me great as an inside linebacker. I am excited about what (Raheem Morris) brings to the table."


ANTWON MOORE | DB
6-1, 218 | Ponca City, Okla. (Northeastern Oklahoma A&M) | Watch Video

Quickly: A big-hitting safety who is also an excellent kick returner... Is expected to have three years of eligibility at Kansas State... Matured as a redshirt freshmen into one of the top safeties in the Southwest Junior College Football Conference (SWJCFC) during 2005... Is a three-star rated prospect by both Rivals.com and Scout.com... Ranked as the No. 95 overall junior college prospect in the country by Rivals... One of four teammates from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M (NEO) to sign with K-State.
NEO: A 2005 honorable mention All-Southwest Junior College Football Conference selection as a redshirt freshman... Helped lead the Golden Norseman to a 9-3 record... Named NEO's MVP in victory over Mississippi Golf Coast in the Dalton Defenders Bowl... Ranked 13th in the SWJCFC in tackles with 86... Also had three interceptions and led the conference in kickoff returns, averaging 38.3 yards on 13 returns, including an 80-yard touchdown... Redshirted during the 2004 season... Coached by Rob Green.
Ponca City HS: A 2003 first team all-district pick and an honorable mention all-state selection by the Daily Oklahoman as a senior... Was also a standout on the hardwood and the track as a prep... Named to the league's all-freshman team in basketball.
Recruiting: Selected K-State over an offer from UNLV.
Personal: Antwon Moore was born July 12, 1985 ... son of Danny and Scherry Moore.
Why K-State?: "The people (at Kansas State) are very special and are all just really nice. The people in this whole town really are amazing. (K-State) really has been everything I expected or hoped it would end up being."


JOSHUA MOORE | DB
5-11, 180 | Pompano Beach, Fla. (Blanche Ely) | Watch Video

Quickly: One of the top defensive back prospects in South Florida... Possesses blazing speed and is also an outstanding kick returner... An All-Southeast Region pick by Prep Star... Entered his senior season as the No. 97 prospect in the state of Florida and the No. 47 cornerback nationally by Rivals.com... Considered a three-star prospect by the Miami Herald, which tapped him as the No. 15 recruit in Broward County... Is a two-star prospect by both Rivals.com and Scout.com.
Ely HS: Anchored a talented Ely defense for the past two seasons... Named first team all Broward County by the Miami Herald as a senior... Helped Ely to an 8-3 record and a berth in the quarterfinals of the state 6A playoffs... Also earned all-area honors as a junior and was named team most valuable player in 2004... Collected 60 tackles and 10 interceptions as a junior, the second most in Broward County... Helped Ely to a berth in the semifinals of the 6A state playoffs... Coached by coach Greg McGirt.
Recruiting: Selected K-State over offers from Florida State, Akron and Louisiana-Lafayette... Also received recruiting interest from Florida, Miami.
Personal: Joshua J. Moore was born Aug. 20, 1988, in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla... Parents are Jeff and Clarletha Moore.


LEON PATTON | RB
5-8, 175 | Cedar Hill, Texas (W.T. White) | Watch Video

Quickly: A speedy running back who possesses excellent vision... An All-Midlands pick by PrepStar... Considered to be a three-star prospect by Rivals.com and a four-star prospect by Scout.com... The No. 61 athlete in the nation and the No. 86 overall player in the state of Texas by Rivals... Also the No. 63 player in the Dallas Metroplex by the Dallas Morning News... The No. 39 player in the Southwest region by SuperPrep.
White HS: A 2005 District 9-5A first team selection... Rushed for 1,309 yards on 169 carries (7.7 ypc) and scored 11 touchdowns as a senior... Rushing total ranked 11th in all of class 5A... Also had 20 catches for 359 yards and three scores... Earned second team all-district honors as a junior... Totaled 738 yards and eight touchdowns on 70 attempts (10.5 ypc) in 2004... Coached by Mike Zoffuto... Also lettered in basketball and track as a prep.
Recruiting: Selected K-State over offers from Colorado State and Kansas.
Personal: Leon DeMarcus Patton was born Feb. 8, 1988, in Dallas, Texas... Parents are Vincent Nelson and Teresa Patton... Has a younger brother and sister... Cousin, Jason Smith, is a tight end at Baylor... Plans to major in engineering... Enjoys drawing and design.
Why K-State?: "Coach Prince was really an impressive man. He knows what he wants to do and he is going to do it. Coach Prince is going to be a good coach there and the other coaches he has, they got me excited. They had a lot of good stuff to tell me about what is going to be happening and what their plans are. I can't wait to get there. Just talking to them and knowing what they have planned, I want to be a part of that."


TONY PURVIS | DB
6-0, 175 | McCook, Neb. (McCook) | Watch Video

Quickly: An athletic and technically sound defensive back who possesses great speed... Also played quarterback as a prep... Considered to be one of the top athletes in Nebraska... Prepped at one of Nebraska's top programs... A two-star rated prospect by both Rivals.com and Scout.com... Also the No. 9-rated prospect in the state of Nebraska by Rivals.
McCook HS: A three-year starter at cornerback and a two-year starter at quarterback... Led McCook to back-to-back Class B championship game appearances as the Bisons' quarterback in 2004 and 2005... McCook went 12-1 both seasons... Was a defensive starter during the school's undefeated (13-0) state championship season in 2003... Helped lead McCook to a combined 37-2 record during his three seasons as a starter... Rushed for 1,145 yards and scored 16 touchdowns and passed for another 845 yards as a senior in 2005... Intercepted three passes on defense... Named to the Omaha World Herald's 2005 Super State (all classes) second team at quarterback... A 2005 first team Class B all-state selection at defensive back by both the Omaha World Herald and Lincoln Journal Star... Named the "Gazetteland Super 45" 2005 Player of the Year by the McCook Daily Gazette... Rushed for 706 yards and scored nine TDs, while passing for 879 yards as a junior in 2004.
Recruiting: Selected K-State over an offer from Idaho.
Personal: Tony Purvis was born March 10, 1988 ... Son of Mark and Kathleen Eiler and the late Chris Purvis... A merit honor roll student... Plans to major in Business.
Why K-State?: "The thing that stood out to me the most was the coaches. They are so full of energy; it was just great. They were just so much fun and so charged up. They were just jazzed about everything and I think that is going to bring a lot (to the program)."


JUSTIN ROLAND | LB
6-2, 250 | Ponca City, Okla. (Northeastern Oklahoma A&M) | Watch Video

Quickly: A tough, rugged linebacker who has a real nose for the football... Possesses excellent speed and plays with great leverage... Considered to be among the top linebackers in the Southwest Junior College Football Conference (SWJCFC) during 2005... Is a three-star rated prospect by both Rivals.com and Scout.com... One of four teammates from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M (NEO) to sign with K-State.
NEO: A 2005 honorable mention All-Southwest Junior College Football Conference selection as a sophomore... Helped lead the Golden Norseman to a 9-3 record and victory over Mississippi Golf Coast in the Dalton Defenders Bowl... Led the SWJCFC in tackles with an eye-popping 170 on the season from his inside linebacker spot... Also ranked second in the league in sacks with 9.0... Appeared in seven games at the strong-side linebacker position as a freshman in 2004... Recorded 51 tackles, 29 solo, a sack and a tackle for loss... Coached by Rob Green.
Ponca City HS: A 2003 first team District 6A-4 pick and an honorable mention all-state selection by the Daily Oklahoman as a senior... Was also a standout wrestler as a prep... Won the 2003 Oklahoma state title in the heavyweight division and helped Po-Hi win the state team title that season.
Recruiting: Selected K-State over an offer from UNLV.
Personal: Justin Roland was born Jan. 14, 1985.


JAMAL SCHULTERS | RB
5-10, 180 | Brooklyn, N.Y. (Fork Union Military Acad.) | Watch Video

Quickly: A gifted running back who comes from an athletic family... Rated as one of the top prep school running backs in Virginia... Also an outstanding kick returner... The No. 40 prospect in the state of Virginia by the Roanoke Times... Is a two-star rated prospect by both Rivals.com and Scout.com.
Fork Union: A two-year starter at Fork Union... Helped Fork Union to back-to-back state championship game appearances in 2004 and 2005... Earned 2005 Division 1 All-State honors as both a defensive back and running back... Also named to the 2005 Virginia All-Prep Football Team as both a defensive back and running back... Rushed for 2,018 yards on 115 carries and scored 26 touchdowns as a senior... Also nabbed six interceptions during 2005... Rushed 42 times for 454 yards and four touchdowns as a junior... Also had 12 kickoff returns for 336 and a score... Played the 2003 season at Canarsie HS in his hometown of Brooklyn, N.Y. and helped the team reach the PSAL championship game... Totaled 1,800 yards on 102 attempts