Feb. 2, 2012
By Mark Janssen
Twenty-six players from a dozen states that Snyder sees as "variety" being the plus. That includes a mixture of nine deferred enrollees from last year, plus the formula of high school and community college talents. "Then position-by-position we've recruited people at every single position on the board."
That was coach Bill Snyder's general assessment of the 2012 Kansas State football recruiting class Wednesday afternoon.
He would add, "It takes several years to accurately assess the quality of a recruiting class. Hopefully we have assessed the skills, capabilities and intrinsic values of these young people accurately."
Snyder pointed to defensive line as perhaps the single position of emphasis with the 2012 signing roster including six. Two of those come from the community college ranks in 6-3, 290-pound Chaquil Reed of Wichita, Kan., and transfer from Butler County Community College, and, 6-2, 300 Wesley Hollingshed from Atlanta, Ga., and transfer from Trinity Valley Community College.
Of that collective position on the field, Snyder said, "Some positions someone can step on the field quickly at a young age and defensive line is one of those, along with running back and wide receiver as compared to offensive line, secondary and quarterback."
FANCY NUMBERS: Marquez Clark, a 6-0, 180-pound wide receiver from Texarkansa and graduate of Navarro Junior College was ranked the No. 16 junior college player in the nation. This past year he caught 98 passes for 1,639 yards, which was a national single-season record.
Clark totaled at least 100 yards in receiving in his last 10 games and had nine catches or more in six of those games.
"The numbers tell you something," admitted Snyder. "You can't get that kind of yardage without having some skill. He has good feet, runs pretty well, has good hands and a pretty good knowledge of the position. I like the fact he seems to have a humble commitment for becoming the best that he can become and is disciplined to what he needs to do."
MEET MR. BENDER: Tavarius Bender, call him Tay, comes to K-State as a 6-2, 210-pound quarterback from Southwest High School in Lincoln, Neb. Bender is ranked the No. 20 dual-threat quarterback in the country after passing for 1,025 yards and rushing for 699 with 20 total touchdowns.
Of Bender's makeup, Snyder said, "I like the kind of person he is when it comes to dedication and his commitment. I like his passion for the game and commitment to trying to get better. He seems to have a willingness to learn. He's a sponge for the knowledge it takes to play the position he plays."
BY THE NUMBERS:
• Using approximate numbers, Snyder indicated every recruiting season starts with roughly 1,200 players that are sliced to around 300 by the start of the fall season before narrowed to the mid-30s where the final class will come from.
• The class covers 12 different states: 9 from Texas, 5 from Kansas, 2 from Oklahoma and Louisiana, and one from Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, New York and Nebraska.
• 6 community college and 20 high school graduates
• Defense: 6 linemen, 2 linebackers, 3 defensive backs
• Offense: 1 quarterback, 3 running backs, 5 wide receivers, 1 tight end, 3 offensive linemen, 2 athletes
• Scholarships were awarded forward to two members of last year's roster in defensive lineman John Sua and starting left guard Nick Puetz.
• Nine members of the class are currently enrolled at K-State and a total of 11 could take part in spring drills.
EARLY ASSESSMENT: While normally saying that the value of a recruiting class is not known for two to three years, of last year's recruiting harvest, Snyder said, "We had nine or 10 starters (in 2011) that came from last year's class. Based on that, it was a pretty successful recruiting class."