Kansas State got a commitment from 6-foot-2, 300-pound defensive tackle Wesley Hollingshed, a sophomore at Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas. The verbal pledge came less than a month after Hollingshed and his father were on campus for the Kent State game. It was all they needed to see.
"From the fans, the campus environment, to the coaching staff, it felt like the right place for me," said Wesley Hollingshed on his commitment. "My father loved it as well. The coaches were great. I respect all of the things they do for the program. They're going to be there to support the team this season and in future seasons.
"It's a nice, stable environment on a wonderful campus. It's a place I think I can get a good education and play football with little chance of having anything go wrong."
Hollingshed, who played his high school ball at Norcross High School in Georgia, was recruited to the Kansas State by Michael Smith. He also had offers from Kansas, Marshall, and Mississippi State, but only took the Manhattan visit.
"I was talking to Coach Smith on the phone,: said Hollingshed, "and let him know I was ready to commit. "He seemed pretty excited about it. I can't wait to play in the Big 12. I'm going to graduate in December, so I'll be on campus for spring ball. This has been a gift from God."
Coming out of Norcross in 2009, Hollingshed signed with Nevada. After spending a redshirt season in Reno, he decided to start over again via the JuCo route and landed at Trinity Valley.
"I've matured a lot," said Hollingshed of his J.C. experience. "I take my time in making better, well thought out decisions about the big things with my future. Being here, has brought me closer to God. I like the experience I've had at Trinity Valley. It's always been good."
Hollingshed worked his why into the rotation as a redshirt freshman last season. He was singled out for his performance in Week 7 by the SWJCFC against Northeast Oklahoma A&M when he made seven tackles, two tackles for loss, and two sacks. This year he's the starting defensive tackle/nose guard, and his Cardinals are riding high with a No. 8 national ranking.
"We're doing pretty well," Hollingshed said. "We've been blessed and are undefeated at 5-0. We're hoping to win both a conference and national championship. If we do our best and think the same way, we can accomplish big things.
"Some of the things I've learned since I've been here is how to better breakdown film and what to watch for. My awareness on the field has improved by using my peripheral vision. I think I've become an all-around better player who's ready to tackle the challenges ahead of me at a big-time football program, Kansas State."
Hollingshed wears No. 94 for the Trinity Valley Cardinals. His head coach at TVCC is Brad Smiley.
***KSU GETS LARGE COMMITMENT***
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