Need No. 1 … addressed … times two.
As it relates to offensive and defensive needs, coach Bill Snyder said, "We helped ourselves in the line more than anything else in terms of immediate help, and depth, on both sides."
Eleven trenchmen – seven on defense and four on offense – headline the 28-man 2010 recruiting class announced Wednesday by Snyder.
The breakdown of the class includes 16 from the high school ranks, seven junior college talents and five individuals who were on the Wildcat roster last year, but are being counted forward to this year's class.
Of those 28, 16 are currently involved in the program as either grayshirts from last year, or mid-term transfers.
"Any time you have 16 in a class that's already with you, there has to be something positive in that respect in that we don't have to wait another semester before they get here," said Snyder.
"We have 16 guys in our program, plus another five that were with our team last year, which includes one starter (Prizell Brown, DT), so it really is a class that's all over the board."
Of the 11 linemen, a half-dozen tip the scales at 300 pounds, which includes 6-foot-5, 325-pound Manase Foketi from Mt. San Antonio College. A 3-Star recruit, Foketi helped his school to a 13-1 record and national championship this past year. "
A tremendous run blocker," Snyder said of his potential starter at left tackle. "We saw tape on him and he blocks people from here to that wall over there."
Also from the juco ranks are Jordan Allred (OL, 6-4, 300, Pierce CC), Javonta Boyd (DT, 6-4, 302, Butler CC) and Ray Kibble (DT, 6-5, 310, Navarro JC), plus 300-pound high schoolers in Kason Hostrup (OL, 6-5, 300, Sachse, Texas) and Tomasi Mariner (OL, 6-4, 305, Topeka, Kan.).
Of adding the immediate bulk, Snyder said, "Yes, we can build young guys up, but we also needed people to come in and make a contribution at an early stage of their career. But you have to be more than just 300 pounds. You have to have the athletic ability and intrinsic values in place."
While pleased with the talents of the overall 28-man recruiting class, Snyder still expresses concerns about the process "… in this thing we call recruiting. I'm still trying to get my arms around it. I'm not sure if I'm totally comfortable with it."
Snyder is talking about the cyber-space technology, which is says, "… leaves no secrets out there. Everybody's visible. If a 5-year-old sneezes, he's on Rivals.com and I get it at 4 in the morning on my Blackberry. What used to take you four or five months to find out, you find out in five seconds."
Snyder's biggest concern is the early commitments, which prevents coaches, and players, from totally getting a feel for one another.
"Scholarship offers are going out so much quicker and young people are accepting scholarships quicker," said Snyder. "The boat just fills up quicker. With more and more early commitments, youngsters are saying they better make a commitment or they will be left out in the cold and not be able to get the school of their choice."
In talking with coaching friends, Snyder added, "It's probably moving faster than it ever has before, and probably faster than it should." On the grayshirt issue, Snyder said he wasn't sure how many of this year's freshman class would fall into that category.
And, on the challenge of getting the classes balanced, he said, "That will likely take until 2012. We have something like 60 percent of our players being either juniors or seniors. We're having to address recruiting young players to balance the classes, but also older players to fill areas of loss."
2010 WILDCAT RECRUITING CLASS TRIVIA
ALL IN THE FAMILY:
• Sammuel Lamur is the twin brother of current K-State defensive back Emmanuel Lamur.
• Kyle Klein is the brother of current Wildcat Collin Klein
• Billy Cosh is the son of Chris Cosh, the Wildcats' defensive coordinator.
• Brodrick Smith's father, Lawrence Tolbert, lettered as a wide receiver at K-State in 1986-88.
• Ty Zimmerman is the son of Junction City High School football coach Randall Zimmerman.
• Tate Snyder is the grandson of head coach Bill Snyder, and the son of former Wildcat punter Sean Snyder, who now serves as associate athletics director/associate head coach for football operations and development.
"Not many people have the opportunity to coach their son and their grandson," Snyder admitted. "I think I will enjoy that immensely. I'm not sure how much fun it will be for him, but I'll have a good time at it. The pressure will be on him. I'll just be able to sit back and enjoy it."
17 high schoolers, 10 community college transfers and one four-year transfer (Brodrick Smith, Minnesota)
WHERE THEY'RE FROM:
Offense – 3 quarterbacks, 2 running backs, 3 wide receivers, 1 tight end, 4 offensive linemen;
Defense – 5 defensive backs, 3 linebackers, 7 defensive linemen
Manase Foketi, OT, 6-5, 325 … but there are five other 300-pounders.
RECRUITING CLASS OF 2010:
Snyder told the story of DeMarcus Robinson bringing his little brother into the Vanier Sports Complex.
"He was no taller than this table, but I was told that he was playing in a little, little, little, little, little league in Wichita and that he was a good player," Snyder said. "I told him to have his father send me a DVD, and he did. The kid was unbelievable … I may offer him a scholarship."
DEPARTURE OF MOORE:
Kansas State senior-to-be Joshua Moore has signed with an agent to enter the 2010 NFL Draft. Asked what Moore had been told by the NFL, Snyder said, "He didn't hear anything from the NFL, but someone else had his ear." Snyder said he had conversations with Moore about his NFL potential, but admitted to being somewhat surprised by the decision.