Kansas State's football coaching staff has restocked the Wildcat locker room with 32 new talents who will join the Wildcat family.
The lineup includes 21 freshmen, eight junior college transfers and three new Wildcats from the four-year ranks. Of those 13 are currently enrolled at K-State. While the class is without 5- or 4-Star talent, it does include no fewer than 18 individuals with 3-Stars to their resume.
On the general makeup of the class, coach Bill Snyder echoed his words from 1991, and 2001, and now 2011: "You hope you've done your homework and have made some good choices on capabilities and values, but you never know until a couple years down the road. That's when you get a chance to really define the quality of the class collectively."
Included on the offensive side are three quarterbacks/athletes, two running backs, four wide receivers, one tight end and four linemen.
On defense are nine linemen, three linebackers and five defensive backs. One kicker also signed.
"We've covered a lot of bases and have a lot of good people," Snyder generalized.
Three new quarterbacks join the Wildcats in Daniel Sams (6-2, 210) from Slidell, La., Justin Toggle (6-3, 228) Blinn College, and, Angelo Pease (5-11, 205) from Hutchinson Community College.
Pease, however, will be first looked at as a defensive back, and perhaps as a running back or wide receiver on offense.
Of Sams and Toggle, while different in size, Snyder called them "… more similar than they are dissimilar. They are what most people would refer to as dual-type quarterbacks. They are the types that laid the foundation here with their ability to run and throw the ball."
Sams passed for 577 yards and seven TDs plus rushed for 579 yards and nine scores as a senior. Tuggle was ranked the no. 1 dual-threat junior college QB after passing for 2,015 yards and 17 TDs, and rushing for 733 yards and 12 scores. Tuggle started his career at Boston College in 2009 playing in three games and passing for 229 yards and four touchdowns.
"Bryce will make us faster right off the bat. He's a fluid runner who is growing into becoming a complete back when it comes to being a good blocker," said Snyder. "But he's a good runner, has good feet and good hands."
Also on the list as a running back is Glenn Gronkowski as a fullback, but Snyder indicated he would be looked at as a receiver. Gronkowski caught 53 passes for 762 yards last year at Williamsville North High in Amherst, N.Y.
Helping the depth at offensive line is Shaun Simon, a 6-2, 315-pounder from Hutchinson Community College, plus high schoolers Cody Whitehair (6-5, 300) from Abilene, Kan., Boston Stiverson (6-4, 295) from Andover, Kan. and Kason Hostrup (6-5, 300) from Sachse, Texas. The leading receivers are Jade Cathey (6-5, 185) from Liberal, Kan., Tyler Lockett (5-11, 170) from Tulsa, Okla., Destin Mosely (5-9, 174) from Jefferson, Texas, and Curry Sexton (6-0, 190) from Abilene, Kan.
Also signing was tight end Tyler Davidson of Jenks High School in Tulsa, Okla., where he helped his team to a 13-1 record in 2009.
COMING FROM GOOD STOCK:
Unique to this recruiting class are multiple players who come from most talented families.
• Tyler Lockett, WR from Tulsa, Okla., is the son of all-time leading Wildcat receiver Kevin Lockett, and the nephew of Lockett's brother, Aaron.
• Ian Seau, DE, Carlsbad, Calif., is the nephew of former NFL great Junior Seau.
• Glenn Gronkowski, FB, Amherst, N.Y., has three brothers currently in the NFL – Dan (Broncos), Rob (Patriots) and Chris (Cowboys). Another brother, Gordie, also played two seasons of minor league baseball.
Of these bloodlines, Snyder said, "I'm certain part of that rubs off. I can't say that there's an athletic gene, but there is an attitude of how to approach your love for the game."
13 ALREADY IN CAMP:
Among the Wildcats already enrolled in school and poised for spring ball are:
High schoolers –Curry Sexton, WR: Destin Mosely, WR; Kason Hostrup, OL; Tyler Davidson, TE; Kyle Klein, DE