Trent Tanking Enjoys Trip to Manhattan

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Taking a visit to Manhattan, Holton High School Linebacker Trent Tanking talks about his visit.

Trent Tanking from Holton, Kansas put in an impressive performance at Kansas State's summer camp. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound linebacker is still awaiting his first offer but knows he's on the Wildcat's recruiting board and is hoping things fall into place for an offer.

"The camp went well," said Trent Tanking. "I ran a 4.6 forty and a 4.09 shuttle. I was impressed with all of the coaches. I've been [to Manhattan] a couple of times and they all knew me by my face. I really liked working with Coach (Mike) Cox. He's has a good coaching philosophy. I liked that he's real player-friendly coach who seems to really know what he's doing. He said he'd be staying in touch and keep me updated on recruiting. They have a couple of guys they're waiting to hear from, but I'm hoping for an offer. I really liked it a lot."

Last season, Tanking formed one of the best linebacker duos in the Topeka area with Rob Riederer who signed with Tulsa in February. He made 110 tackles, and four interceptions in nine regular season games at Sam linebacker. He also rushed for 395 yards on 44 carries with five touchdowns. This year he'll be without Riederer and will move over the the Mike position.

"My smarts are probably my biggest strength," he said. "I know every position on the field and what to look for. I get the reads from my coaches and direct the team. I think my reaction time has improved [from last season]. On the field, I rely on my instincts and intelligence to be successful."

Intelligence is something Tanking definitely has plenty of. He scored a 32 on the SAT (which is in the 98th percentile) and is being pursued by Ivy League schools, Harvard and Cornell. As a sophomore, Tanking was an All-State selection when the Holton Wildcats won the Kansas 4A state championship.

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