Kansas State Announces 2009 Recruiting Class

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Head football coach Bill Snyder announced Kansas State's 2009 recruiting class Wednesday with the announcement of 30 student-athletes who plan on joining the Wildcat program.

Kansas State's class of 2009 includes 23 players from the high school ranks, five junior college players and a total of eight student-athletes that previously have enrolled at the institution.

"I am proud of our coaches who worked extremely hard with very little time," Snyder said. "Unfortunately, in several cases, we could not make up as much ground as we needed to and finished second on some of the nation's very finest student-athletes. A few of the commitments were because of the diligent work of the previous staff. Not totally unlike our first class in 1989, this group and our present underclassmen will become the foundation of the future of Kansas State University football."

Snyder and his staff were able to address the Cats' needs for the present and the future in the class, specifically in the defensive backfield. K-State signed seven defensive backs in all, two from the junior college ranks and five high school prospects, all of which are big, athletic defenders.

Overall on the defensive side of the ball, the 2009 class includes seven defensive backs, three linebackers, three defensive linemen and one punter/kicker.

K-State's offensive recruiting haul also includes one quarterback, one running back, one wide receiver, three tight ends, five offensive linemen and five athletes who can play a variety of positions from quarterback to running back to wide receiver.

In addition to filling a number of needs at a variety of positions, K-State was also able to add a large dose of size and speed to its team. A total of eight signees have been clocked at sub-4.55 in the forty and 14 new Wildcats have turned in forty times of 4.6 or faster. On the offensive line, the Wildcats have added five players that are each over 6-4, while the group averages 6-6 and 280 pounds.

Kansas State's class of 2009 also shows how thorough Snyder and his staff were on the recruiting trail in such a short period of time as all 30 players hail from 13 different states, including six coming from the state of Oklahoma, five from Texas and four each from Kansas and Florida.

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