Trent Tanking has been a frequent visitor to Manhattan, Kan. in the past year. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound inside linebacker from Holton (Kan.) High School traveled to Kansas State over the weekend to take in the annual Sunflower Showdown. He left with some positive news from the staff on his recruitment.
"I got to speak with my recruiter, Sean Synder," said Trent Tanking. "He's such a nice guy who seems to really like me and my family and is always available to answer any of my questions. I also spoke with Mike Cox, the linebackers coach. I get along really well with him. They told me they were talking about [the prospect] of offering me on Friday. They said they hadn't made up their minds yet, but would keep discussing it and would let me know. I really like Kansas State. They have a good family environment there. The recruiting coordinator told me I should be leading the tour because I've been there so many times."
Tanking is emerging as one of the state's top prospects on one of the top Kansas teams. Holton is off to a 6-0 start this season. In a their 4-3 defense, Tanking plays middle linebacker. He has 70 tackles, one sack, three pass breakups, two fumble recoveries, and a forced fumbles.
"My goal is to play Division 1 football, but my focus is winning a state championship as a senior," he said. "I think if we do well, then we all look good. Offers are out of my hands, so I'm going out there to play my best and win games.
"My vertical speed has really improved since last year. [As a junior] I was a half-step slow getting to plays, but this season I'm a lot quicker. I'm doing well against the faster players in spread offenses. I'm also stronger and getting rid of my blockers easier and on to the ball carrier. As a three year starter, the team looks toward me for leadership. The coaches love having me out there as another coach on the field."
Tanking ranks in the top three percentile in his class with a 4.04 weighted GPA. He also scored a 32 on the ACT. He's drawn interest from Ivy League schools; Harvard, Cornell, and Penn.
Tanking also reports interest from Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Kansas. He holds offers from Division II schools; Missouri Western State, Pittsburg State, and Washburn. The Holton Wildcats begin District play this weekend with a game at Wamego.