When you are only days away from Signing Day, you look to finish up strong and put in place the final touches on your recruiting class - and the Cats just added another Big Recruit to their list of verbal commitments with Lawton HS Wide Receiver Marcus Kennard.
Visiting Manhattan this past weekend, Marcus Kennard, a wide receiver out of Lawton HS in Lawton, Oklahoma is the latest to commit to Coach Snyder and his staff.
"Marcus went up there this last weekend and met the coaching staff and just decided that Kansas State is where he wanted to go. He committed to Kansas State and I think he is very happy with his decision. I know we are all happy that he is going to K-State," Lawton HS Head Coach Randy Breeze told KStateFans.
A bit of an unknown coming into this year, Coach Breeze feels the Cats stole a star in the making.
"K-State got a great player. This is a guy that lead the 6A High School level in Touchdowns. He is a great leaper and at 6-foot-5 you can see how tough he is on other teams. Really we would just throw the ball up sometimes and let him go get it. This is a kid that is just a tremendous learper. Standing still from a flat jump he jumps 46 inches. I know he can one step jump 41 inches. He is a long strider. He does not have that great first step where he blows people off the line. He has a long stride and gets into the defensive back and his cut with that stride is what allows him to blow people up. He will make his cut and cover 6-8 yards and get seperation," Coach Breeze beamed about Kennard.
Living in Denver prior to this season, Kennard made honor roll for Lawton this past semester and is looking to take his ACT in the near future.
A tall reciever, Coach Breeze states that at times Kennard was nearly unstoppable.
"We threw him touchdowns in triple coverage. There were times that they would double him and put double coverage on him and when that did not work they would sometimes put three guys on him and he still made plays. They woudl triple team him sometimes and he would catch touchdowns in triple coverage. Because he was so dominant at times, we would have to use him as a decoy and maybe he would only catch a couple of balls for the game. Teams did what they could to keep him away from the ball."
Talent does not fall far from the tree in this family and Coach Breeze said Marcus' brother, who graduated from Langston this past year, was the defensive player of the year in Oklahoma for his school division and is looking to make the jump straight to the NFL.
"His brother is going to try and go straight to the NFL. he is going to go to some of the combines this year and although it might be a stretch, he has the talent and is going to give it a try."
Although he will sign with the Cats tomorrow in a ceremony at his High School at 9:30 am, Kennard will sign with Kansas State and then greyshirt and look to join the team in January.
We will have a more in-depth story from Marcus himself as we continue rolling out Kansas State Recruiting Stories leading up to Signing Day and Beyond. Stay Tuned....