K-State Makes a Push

It always takes a while for new coaching staff's to get their feet under them, especially when they need to piece together a recruiting class in two months. Purple Pride and Scout.com Recruiting-Analyst Chris Pool takes a look at a possible quarterback recruit for the Wildcats.

The state of Illinois is absolutely loaded with quarterback talent in 2005. Isiah Williams, the No. 1 rated quarterback, in the Midwest, according to Scout.com, will sign with Illinois. Jared Funk, the No. 2 ranked quarterback, in Illinois, will sign with Vanderbilt. Army All-American Demetrius Jones is committed to Notre Dame and Deerfield's Alex Loukas picked Stanford.

The one quarterback who made the biggest leap in the Land of Lincoln is Scott Tolzien (Toll-Zeen), a 6-foot-2, 185-pounder, from Fremd High in Palatine, Ill. Tolzien is a three-year starter, he competed 65% of his passes in '05. Tolzien had 2,200 yards passing and 25 touchdowns as a senior.

Tolzien is mechanically sound, he throws a great ball, he's cerebral and able to go through all his reads and progressions. Scott has been coached extremely well and I wouldn't be surprised if he ends up being the best college quarterback from this crop in Illinois.

"Kansas State has been in school and they've started to call," Tolzien said. "They're talking about bringing me in for a visit in January. Coach (Ron) Prince told me he'll be looking closer at my film and I'll be hearing from him soon.

"Toledo (12-9) is my only offer right now. Kentucky (12-2) had offered and I did visit there but they've got two quarterback commitments now. Hawaii, Wisconsin and Kansas State are the last three schools to give me a call."

Rumor has it that Kansas State now has a commitment from Army All-American Josh Freeman. If the Wildcats are taking two quarterbacks, Scott Tolzien could be the guy and a great addition.

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