Looking To Land Florida WR/DB

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State turns their recruiting attention to the Class of 2014 and Florida WR Jacob McCrary. Continuing to evaluate talent from across the country, Coach Snyder and Co. like what they see at Coral Reef Senior High School with offers to both McCrary and his teammate Nicodem Pierre.

Jacob McCrary became one of the first players offered by Kansas State for the Class of 2014. Both he and sophomore quarterback, Nicodem Pierre, of Coral Reef Senior High School, were extended offers from the Wildcat staff. It was the second offer McCrary's has received after a promising sophomore showing.

"In early March I was on the phone with Coach Smith," said Jacob McCrary. "He said he loved the way I played, and that I was the number one receiver on his board for the class of '14.

"My first offer came from Clemson and Coach Venables on February 20th. I was excited to receive both offers. This is what I've been working for and waiting on, but I didn't think it would go so fast. I know I have to work even harder to keep ‘em coming."

McCrary, 6-foot, 185-pounds, has excelled at wide receiver, defensive back, and special teams in his first two seasons playing for the Coral Reef Barracudas in Miami.

"At wide receiver I had 19 receptions for 450 yards and seven touchdowns," McCrary said of his sophomore season. "On defense I played free safety as the second man in the rotation. I handled both kick and punt returns, but didn't get the ball kicked to me very often.

"As a freshman I had four [special teams] touchdowns. My strengths at wide receiver are getting off jams, and I'm a solid route runner. At the Nike Sparq Combine in North Miami I had a 34 (inch) vertical and ran a 4.6-40."

A center on Coral Reef's basketball team, McCrary averaged eight points-per-game and 10 rebounds-per-game on the season. In the spring he's competing in the 100 meter dash, the long jump, and the 4X1 relay for track. He plans on staying busy throughout the summer until the start of his junior year.

"I'm looking in at attending summer camps," said McCrary. "I'd like to go to Clemson's and Kansas State's.

"Next year, I think we'll have another good team. I want to give my all and at the end have over 1,000 receiving yards and 70 receptions. I'd like to have a big year on kick and punt returns as well. My GPA is a 2.5, and I'm going to be focusing on bringing that up as well."

McCrary may become a big prospect in the class of '14. In addition to Clemson and Kansas State, he's already hearing from interested parties coast-to-coast.

"I've been on visits to Miami and Florida," McCrary said. "Oregon and Wisconsin are showing me interest. When I make my decision I think the school's academics are most important. I'd like to go to a program with a winning tradition.

"I understand Kansas State had a good record this season and went to the Cotton Bowl. They could be what I'm looking for."

McCrary's uncle, Herbert James, was the starting cornerback for Miami's 1991 National Championship team. Although Kansas State offered McCrary at wide receiver, some coaches think he can play defensive back like Uncle Herbert in college. He'll attend a football training camp in April.

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