"It was great meeting with Coach Snyder and Coach Cox," said Trent Tanking. "They told me I have a legitimate chance to play in two years. They offered me a chance to walk-on and earn a scholarship. Going to Kansas State has been a dream of mine ever since I was little. I've been going to Wildcat home games all of my life. I saw this as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I couldn't pass that up. I'm going to take advantage of it and be a member of the Wildcat football team.
"Coach Cox sees me as a middle linebacker. He told me he thinks I could play other positions as well, but didn't specify any others but middle. He thinks I can play for him. He likes my ability to plug holes and make plays in the backfield. I think he's a really great guy. We started talking during the summer when I was there for the football camp. I love what he does with the defense and think he's a great person to help develop my game."
At Holton High School, Tanking had a big senior season leading the Wildcats to a Kansas Class 4A state championship.
"It was a great way to go out," Tanking said. "We went 14-0 with the state title. We finished state runner-up in my sophomore year so it was nice to go back and get it done this year. Our defense was awesome. I think we only allowed 50 points all season. I was named to the Top 11 by the Topeka Capital-Journal and the Wichita Eagle, 4A Defensive Player of the Year by Campus Sports and first team All-State, All-League, and All-County. I had 155 tackles, 105 solo and 50 assisted, five sacks, three picks, seven pass breakups, three forced fumbles, and three fumble recoveries.
"My two biggest strengths are my reaction time and knowledge of the game. I felt like I did a well this year at just being able to do my job on the field. I'd align the defense, read my keys, and know what I was supposed to do during the course of a play."
Tanking was a three year starter on varsity at Holton. An outstanding student, Tanking reports a 32 on the ACT and a 4.0 GPA and is looking into academic scholarships until he earns one of the athletic variety. Tanking was recruited to Kansas State by Sean Snyder. He plans on being on campus by early June.