Thomas Headlines Offensive Haul of Recruits

Bill Snyder tried to cover all his bases on offense with his 2009 recruiting class, which included five athletes versatile enough just to be listed as "athletes." Wildcat fans will be anxious to see is quarterback Daniel Thomas would be another Michael Bishop- like performer

Offensively, the Kansas State 2009 recruiting class has a bit of this, a dash of that … and … a batch of "I don't know yets."

Five players among the 31 signed Wednesday were listed as "athletes."

"I like the versatility of this class," said Kansas State coach Bill Snyder. "On offense, we have several players who we think would have the capabilities to play at a couple spots.

That starts with running-style quarterback Daniel Thomas of Northwest Mississippi Community College, who the Wildcat coach says sort of reminds him of Michael Bishop.

"Because he runs around like he does -- people wouldn't recruit him as a running back if he couldn't run around really well -- and the fact that we want him as a quarterback should tell you that I believe he is very capable of throwing the football," Snyder said. "Can he throw the ball like Michael? Probably not. I would say he has the running and competitive spirit like Michael. That's probably where I'd draw that comparison."

Thomas rushed for 618 yards and passed for 450 yards last year, which followed a freshman year of rushing for 500-plus yards.

Out of Hilliard High School in Hilliard, Fla., Thomas rushed for 1,100 yards and 11 touchdowns , plus passed for 936 yards and 11 scores.

While others recruited Thomas as a running back, Snyder is thinking quarterback.

With the likely move of Lamark Brown back to wide receiver, two others to get a look-see at running back are John Hubert (5-9, 290) and Timothy Flanders (5-9, 191).

Hubert is from Waco, Texas, where he rushed for 2,853 yards and 41 touchdowns in his senior season. He was ranked No. 33 in the Lone Star Recruiting's Texas top 100, and the fourth best running back.

Flanders is from Midwest City, Okla. He rushed for 5,143 yards and 65 touchdowns during his prep career, which includes a 2,154-yard, 34-touchdown senior season.

"I knew I was good enough to play in the Big 12, and now I'm going to get that chance," said Flanders, who chose KSU over offers from Oklahoma State, New Mexico, Rice and Toledo. "I just couldn't pass up the opportunity to play running back in the Big 12."

While both sport fancy 40-yard-dash times, as Snyder says, "I've known a lot of 4.2s that left at .3, 4.4 or 4.5," Snyder said. Flanders is listed as an "athlete" as are Angelo Pease (5-11, 205), Tramaine Thompson (5-8-164), Braden Wilson (6-4, 220) and Ty Zimmerman (6-2, 200).

Zimmerman passed for 1,920 yards and 25 touchdowns in leading the Blue Jays to a 13-0 state title year at Junction City (Ks.) High School, while Pease led his Cairo, Ga., prep team to a 27-2 two-year record. T

he biggest of the five offensive linemen is 6-8, 290-pound William Lawson of Belleville, Ill., followed by 6-8, 275-pound New Orleans, La. The offensive count also includes three tight ends and one wide receiver.


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