According to our inside sources K-State wants to take a total of three cornerbacks, including JUCO CB Billy McClellan who recently gave Ron Prince and Company a verbal commitment on his official visit to Manhattan (October 5-7), leaving two spots open and still needing to be filled.
Checking in at 5-8.5, 163-pound the JUCO cornerback hailing from LA Harbour in Wilmington, California, will enroll in the spring. Kid's the first of three cornerbacks that'll be taken in this year's recruiting class if in fact Tim Tibesar and Gang can woo two more with the talent and skills needed to play for one of the top defenses in the nation, perhaps the best in the Big 12 North Division…
McClellan is expected to lend immediate help at cornerback since he will be given the reps and snaps during the spring and summer to learn the defensive schemes, coverages and terminology. With three years to play two, if McClellan struggles to pick up the system he can opt for a redshirt season, but given the need and depth issues in the secondary most expect him to make an early impact for the Wildcats in 2008…
"The coaches treated me like they really wanted me," McClellan sharing pertinent recruiting info said. "They made me feel like I was their No. 1 recruit this year at cornerback, and the first one they wanted in this class."
"I was hearing a lot more from Washington State, Nevada and Oregon State recently but they have yet to offer," McClellan told KStateFans.com. "I have enough credits to enroll in the spring at Kansas State and I'm not sure that that is the case with any other school recruiting me."
And, if he were to find a college who would transfer enough credits to allow him to enroll early there as well as Kansas State would McClellan be tempted to take a look, official or unofficial visit?
"No, I really don't think so. I want to keep my word with Coach Prince."
Let's take a look at the K-State Take Board's CB Targets/Numbers below and some of the cornerback targets we've featured here on KStateFans.com…
CORNERBACKS: Need: 3/Commits: 1
Jarrett Ben, Garland (TX), 5-10/165/4.4
John Flanders, Midwest City (OK), 5-10/170/4.4
Troy Stoudermire, Dallas (TX) Skyline, 5-9/165/4.4
Jarrett Ben: (Greg Burns)
On K-State: "They were the first to offer, the first to show a real interest in me. When Coach Burns offered me things blew up, for me, from there. It really jump started the (offer) process."
Official Visit Agenda: "I'm probably not going to give official visits to the in-state schools since I can drive to those programs, like Rice, North Texas, SMU, TCU, etc. As far as out-of-state schools, however, I think right now the three I am leaning toward officially visiting are K-State, Iowa State and Duke. And, I'm not sure if I'll take all five of my visits, but I'm pretty sure I will take three and those are the three leading today."
KSU's Shot: Medium
John Flanders: (Tim McCarty)
On K-State: "I like their coaches. And I like their program. And that they're competitive enough to win the Big North."
Official Visit Agenda: "I'd have to say my top four would probably definitely get an official visit: OSU, Tulsa, Texas Tech and K-State. And for my fifth-and-final visit it's probably between Missouri and New Mexico right now."
KSU's Shot: Medium
Troy Stoudermire: (Greg Burns)
On K-State: "I like their style of offense and they were the first to offer."
Official Visit Agenda: "Not set in stone but probably Minnesota, K-State, Oklahoma State."
KSU's Shot: Low to Med