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The 2000 Kansas State Football Recruits

Wildcat Football Recruiting Review

The 2001 K-State Football Recruits

OL Chris Boggas - Arguably the top offensive lineman in Texas and one of the top ten linemen in America, the case can be made that Chris is also the gem of this recruiting class.   The Irving (TX.) High School product camped in Manhattan last summer at coach Snyder's football camp and since that point has listed K-State among his top teams.   Irving High is coached by Jim Bennett, the brother of Wildcats defensive coordinator Phil Bennett. Phil recruits the Irving area for the Cats. Boggas is a consensus All-American and listed as one of the top 15 linemen by PrepStar has him listed as the #5 OL in the Midlands region, and a pre-season Dream Teamer.   Kansas State was chosen over Texas, TCU, Hawaii, Arkansas, Louisiana Lafayette, Florida State and Tennessee and many others .   Boggas, a class 5A all-state selection in his senior season, was hosted by OL Steve Washington on his official visit. Following the season Chris was also named as a representative for Texas in the Cal-Tex Shrine Game

Boggas to KSU: MO-KAN Football
Boggas to K-State: Dallas Morning News
Boggas Photo Gallery: Big 12 Blitz

P/K Jared Brite - When Jared commited to K-State the Wildcats essentially got two athletes in one.  From Centennial High School in Bakersfield, California Brite is looking foraward to playing both football and baseball for the Wildcats.  Considered by many not only one of the top punters in the nation, Jared is a top pitching prospect as well who has received some major league attention. College will be his first priority though.  A PrepStar All-American, Brite averaged over 45 yards per punt this last season and was impressive at a summer camp at UCLA.  There his punts were regularly timed at over 4.4 seconds of hang time, and his best pooch punt had a hang time of nearly 5 seconds.  For the season he had 87% of his kickoffs go for touchbacks and he tied a local record with 11 FGs in 1999.  Brite is also ranked the No. 48 baseball prospect in the country by Baseball America and features at 90+ MPH fastball.

A Brite future: Powercat Illustrated

DE Alax Carrier - Touted by his coach as a "pass rushing terror", Carrier commited to the Wildcats on his January 14th weekend visit.  A key part of one of the best defenses in the Houston area at Cypress Falls High School, Alex added 25 pounds without losing his speed (a 4.5 40 yard dash) in between his junior and senior season.  Golden Eagles coach Wayne Hooks says he has a good frame to put on more weight in college.  Carrier had 54 tackles, including six sacks, with four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries on defense... and 21 receptions for 370 yards and four TDs as a tight end his senior season.  A all-region and Team MVP selection after his senior season, Alax was recruited by his future position coach for the Wildcats, Bob Fello.  He also had offers from Texas Tech, TCU, Iowa State and Texas A&M.

Carrier commits to Cats: MO-KAN Football

FB Rock Cartwright - A Baylor signee out of Conroe (TX.) High School in 1998, Rock was a partial qualifier and has attended Trinity Valley Community College the past two years.  He comes into the Wildcats program with 3 years to play 2.   Cartwright started all four years at Conroe (3 years at RB, 1 at LB) and rushed for over 45-hundred yards in his time with the Tigers moving on to play running back for TVCC as a freshman.  Later he moved to fullback and used his powerful 5-8 240-pound frame to be the main backfield blocker.  Despite that he still managed a few 100+ yard games for the Cardinals in '99.

TE Brian Casey - Casey commited to Missouri shortly after attending their summer camp and being offered a scholarship, but after looking around a little further found K-State more to his liking.  The North Kansas City High School product appears to be just another one of those great athletes K-State gets in every class.   He was not only an all-conference quarterback this past season while completing 91 of 171 passes for over a thousand yards and 18 touchdowns, but also at defensive end where he had 70 tackles and 10 sacks.  Finished his career at North with 225 tackles, including 23 sacks. All-conference basketball selection in his junior season who averaged 21 points and 9 rebounds a game.  Casey commited to Missouri after camping there this summer.  He later attended the K-State-Colorado game during the season and came away impressed.  Casey also had an official visit on the December 3rd weekend as well.  MO-KAN Football ranks Brian as the #3 tight end prospect in the 2 state area, he's also a PrepStar All-American and listed as their #4 TE in the midlands region.

North Kansas City's Casey signs with Kansas State: K.C. Star

DT Jerad Cowan - From Alief (Texas) Hastings High School, Cowan made an official visit to K-State on the January 21th weekend.  Not wanting to rush a decision though, Cowan still wanted to see a little bit of Oklahoma State before commiting anywhere.  That visit was cancelled due to the weather, and Jerad decided after that to verbal to the Wildcats.  A 2nd team class 5A all-state selection, Cowan had 81 tackles (20 of those solo tackles) and 5 sacks in his first season starting for the Bears as a senior.  A performance like that, along with his size, strength, and speed has made a lot of people take notice.  Cowan started to show up on a lot more top 100 lists in the state as signing day approached.  Max Emfinger ranks him #5 in the Big 12 region in his Quick Defensive Tackle category.  SMU, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech were also under consideration.

Cowan to K-State: MO-KAN Football

TE/OL Jon Doty - From a Dowling High program in West Des Moines, Iowa loaded with talent (3 D-1 signees: DeWayne Long to Nebraska, Tyson Smith to Iowa State), Doty has listed the Wildcats high in favorites throughout the recruiting season.   Due to that it was no surprise that days after his weekend official visit he decided to make a pledge to K-State.  A 3 sport star, Doty plays TE in high school...but has a good frame to put on weight and could project to the offensive line on the next level.  As a junior he had 11 receptions for 177 yards and 4 TD's.  Following that all-conference performance on a very talented Dowling squad Jon attended coach Snyder's summer camp.  First Down Recrutiing ranks Doty as the top recruit in Iowa this season, and Jon is the #4 tight and selection in the magazine's Midwest region and an All-American.  Doty chose the Wildcats over offers from Iowa State, Minnesota, and Iowa.

Dowling's Doty picks Kansas State: Des Moines Register
Tight end picks KSU: MO-KAN Football

DB DeMarcus Faggins - DeMarcus should be a welcome addition to K-State's defensive backfield in the years to come.   It is thought he could come in and make an immediate impact despite the availability a redshirt season.   Coming out of Irving (Texas) High School in 1997, DeMarcus was coached there by Jim Bennett, is the brother of the Wildcat assistant Phil Bennett. For the Tigers DeMarcus was a two time all-district selection and 2nd team all-state selection as a senior.   His ties to the K-State program run deeper than the Bennett connection though, he's also good friends with current Wildcat cornerback Alan Walker, who signed in the 1999 class out of Irving's McArthur High School.  Faggins made his official visit to Manhattan early on the Novemeber 20th weekend.    The pre-season junior college All-American pick chose the Wildcats over Oklahoma, Colorado, and Kansas among others.

DE/LB Ken Greene - Ken commited to K-State on his visit during the December 10th weekend.  An Independence Community College (Kansas) product, Greene started every game for the Pirates as a freshman at defensive end, but was injured a good portion of his sophomore season when he moved to linebacker.  When he did hit the field Greene was a solid contributor, earning 2nd team All-Jayhawk Conference honors in limited action (just 5 games).  For the year Greene tallied about 50 tackles.   He will graduate in the spring and join the Wildcats for fall practices.  Ken was an all-state selection cming out of high school in Omaha, Texas.  Before making his decision, Oklahoma State, South Carolina and Minnesota were also under consideration.  Bob Fello recruited Greene for the Wildcats.

DE Mike Johnson -  One of three players from Boulder (CO.) Fairview High School to get a division-1 scholarship for football...Johnson had to wait the longest of the three to get his college choice finalized.  A participant in coach Snyder's summer camp in 1999, Mike had his eye on the K-State program long before that.  During his spring break last year Mike visited Manhattan, and during that time he spent more than an hour in Coach Snyder's office about K-State football and came away impressed.  He played the waiting game and it paid off, as the recruiting coordinator Greg Peterson (who also recruits the Colorado area) called with and offer in early January and Johnson jumped at the move.  While he could play on either side of the line in college, most project him as a defensive end.  He was an all-league pick on both sides of the line, but an all-state selection at defensive end. He's the first two way starter in the Fairview program since Tony Boselli, current Jacksonville Jaguars offensive lineman.  K-State was chosen over Colorado, Colorado State, Arizona State and Wyoming.

Johnson commits: The Boulder Daily Camera

OL Nick Leckey - The Grapevine, Texas prospect set up a visit early with the Wildcats on the December 10th weekend.  Leckey wamted to commit to K-State, but left Manhattan with no offer.  That suddenly changed as soon as he was back home as K-State coaches called that Sunday night with an offer, and Leckey accepted. Nick has been an anchor on the Mustangs O-Line for the last 3 seasons playing at guard, two of those as an all-district selection. Was also an honorable mention all-state pick in '99.  Pre-season he was named one of the top 10 linemen in that state RecruitingNow (now Texas Super Team.  First Down recruiting lists him as the #5 OL in the state, and PrepStar tabs him as an All-American and their #13 OL in the midwest region .   In the post season Nick made nearly all of the top 100 lists in-state from the Houston Chronicle to the Dallas Morning News.  He plans to major in either engineering or business in college. Besides Kansas State, Leckey also had trips scheduled for Texas Tech, Texas and Missouri, those were cancelled following his verbal commitment. Nick was not only one of the top football players in the state as a senior, but also was an undefeated and state champion wrestler in Class 5A.

Grapevine's Leckey chooses Kansas State: Dallas Morning News

QB/ATH Will Martin - A three year starter for Kenwood High School, Martin tallied over 5-thousand yards in total offense in that time.  In his senior season the Clarksville, Tennessee signal caller led his team to the state semi-finals in just the school's third year.  Martin had 1,468 yards and 12 touchdowns passing, and added another twelve-hundred yards and 19 more scores on the ground.  As a junior Will had 1,974 yards in total offense and 20 TDs. He also played a free safety for Kenwood, and was a Nashville Tennesseean Dream Team selection as a defensive back as a senior.  Will was named The Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle's player of the year, and was also a finalist for the state's Mr. Football award in '99.  He commited to the Wildcats on his official visit January 28th, previous to that he had been commited to Nebraska.  Oklahoma State, and Indiana were also in the mix.   Will is close to qualifying academically, if he can not do that the Wildcats expect to place him at a junior college.

Kenwood's Martin vaults into spotlight: Nashville Tennessean
Will Martin Profile: Nashville Tennessean
Martin selects KSU: MOKAN Football

OL Billy Miller - Miller visited and commited to the Wildcats on the last weekend before signing day.  The El Camino College (California) offensive linmeman is a two year starter who really came into his own in his sophomore season for the Warriors.  He was an unanimous All-Mission Conference selection, all-state and 2nd team J.C. GridWire All-American.  A three year starter at South Torrance High School (California), Miller decided to stay close to home and play for El Camino the past two seasons, he will now have 3 years to play 2 in Manhattan.  Kansas State was the school of choice, but Miller was also getting interest from Washington State, USC, Michigan, Colorado and Indiana.  Billy was recruited by Ron Hudson.

WR Antoine Polite - Polite is one of four players signed in this class that attended Coach Snyder's 1999 summer camp (the others being Boggas, Doty and Johnson). Antoine actually commited to Iowa the weekend before signing day, but on the Monday following was offered by K-State and accepted, something he said he would do before his trip to Iowa City. An all-state pick by both the Iowa high school coaches association and Des Moines Register, Polite had 54 catches for 771 yards and 14 touchdowns as a senior. That followed a 6-hundred yards, 7 TD effort his junior year, a season cut short by a broken arm to just six games. Antoine is a receiver who's known for his good hands and size (6-3, 185 pounds), but may need to work on his speed.

Being Polite pays off: MOKAN Football
Indianola's Polite decides on Wildcats: Des Moines Register

OL Ryan Schmuecker - The Wildcats reached into the heart of Husker country to sign Schmuecker (pronounced Shoe-mucker).  From Lincoln's Southeast High School, Ryan commited to the Wildcats on the official visit the December 17th weekend.   A starter since his sophomore year, Ryan has played nearly every position on the line for the Knights.  K-State recruited him to play center though, and possibly replace Randall Cummins after redshirting this season.   Shmuecker was an honorable mention all-state selection as a junior and moved up to all-state as a senior in Nebraska's largest high school classification (Class A). He's been singled out by many scouts for his run blocking technique.   The Wildcats, Colorado State, Iowa State and Nebraska were all involved with Ryan previous to his commitment.  He attended summer camps with the Cornhuskers and Rams before his senior season.

RB Josh Scobey - Was the only early commitment and signee for the Wildcats.  Scobey is originally from Del City, Oklahoma and signed with K-State out of high school in the 1998 class, but was placed at NEO due to academic problems.   As a freshman he led the Norsemen in rushing with nearly 12-hundred yards.   He came back as a sophomore and tacked on another thousand yards on his way to becoming the all time leading rusher and scorer for the Northeastern Oklahoma.   At Del City High Josh had over 19-hundred yards and 24 TD's his senior season.  He was considered one of the top dozen RB's in the nation coming out of high school by Max Emfinger, and was one of the top backs in the J.C. ranks in 1999 (Emfinger ranks him #3).  He's currently enrolled and will participate in spring work-outs.

(Scobey) credits higher education, mother for talent: Kansas State Collegian

LB Maurice Thurmond - A Fort Worth Dunbar High School Wildcat, and future K-State Wildcat...Maurice is a 3-time all-district selection in District 9-4A.  After a 53 tackle effort at LB in 1997 Thurmond was chosen the sophomore of the year in the district.  He then made the grade again as a LB in 1998 with 95 tackles.  However with Dunbar looking to establish a solid running game he was asked to move to running back as a senior. There he finished the season with 1,259 yards (averaging 7.5 yards/carry) and 18 touchdowns.  He did manage some time at linebacker though, and had 33 tackles and 5 sacks.  Maurice visited on the January 21st weekend and had said beforehand he planed on commiting to the Wildcats.  He left Manhattan without and offer, but was called by the coaching staff Tuesday night with an offer and he accepted.  K-State was chosen over Syracuse, Iowa State, and Texas Tech. Thurmond is from the same district as Wildcat LB Terry Pierce who is from Fort Worth's Eastern Hills High.

Texas LB picks KSU: MO-KAN Football
Dunbar linebacker picks Kansas State: Dallas Morning News

DT Jerry Togiai - Following a 2 year Mormon mission Togiai resurfaced at Ricks Community College and had a great sophomore season.   The 23 year old may have an age advantage on his opponents, but according to Ricks coach Ron Haun does not have an advantage when it comes to experience.   The speedy (4.85 40 yeard dash) 6-foot-4 295-pound defensive is fairly new the the game, he started playing at Roosevelt High in Honolulu where he was a four year starter. There he was also an all-state pick as a senior, and went on to be an second team all-region pick for the Vikings both his freshman and sophomore years at Ricks.  His stats were solid though, 83 tackles and 5 sacks this last season. Togiai took official visits to San Diego State, Oregon State, and UNLV before visiting Manhattan and later commiting.  Jerry will have 3 years to play 2 for the Wildcats, but may play right away.

Togiai picks K-State: MOKAN Football

S Derrick Yates - Yates was rated as one of the top defensive backs coming out of Texas (Washington High in Houston) in the 1996.  He was a Texas Super Team selection for Texas Football Magazine before academics detoured him from a division-1 school to Coffeyville Community College.  Following a redshirt season and 2 year as a starter for the Ravens, he's was one of the most coveted safeties in the JUCO ranks.  Recruiting guru Max Emfinger ranks him the top free safety prospect in the nation, although with his size and speed Derrick could also play cornerback. Jayhawk conference coaches will not disagree...he was a first team all-conference selection this season for Coffeyville at defensive back, and picked up 2nd team honors as a return specialist.  Derrick was looking at Missouri, Arkansas and Ole Miss as well, but commited on the Wildcats on his first official visit.  His younger brother Darwin plays for Washington High School and is considered one of the top offensive line recruits in Texas next year.

S Michael Menifee - Menifee is another one of those players who did not get a lot of attention before the season, but following it interest picked up. He's from a solid program in Aldine Nimitz and is a tall, physical safety who plays well in both run support and pass defense. Menifee does a good job of shutting down the other teams top a junior he had just 2 interceptions (one returned for a TD) as teams stayed away from throwing his way. He has listed the Cats as a leader for about the last two months, and commited just before signing day aftter visiting in late January. Mike was not officially announced with the class as coaches were reportedly waiting for a passing test score. He will attend Blinn (TX.) Community College. KSU over Texas Tech, Mizzou and KU.

A State-by-State Breakdown

Josh Scobey*Northeastern Oklahoma A&M
Ken Greene Independence Community College
Nick Leckey Grapevine, Texas (High)
Ryan Schmuecker Lincoln, Nebraska (Southeast)
Brian Casey Gladstone, Missouri (North Kansas City)
DeMarcus Faggins Navarro Community College
Mike Johnson Boulder, Colorado (Fairview)
Alax Carrier Houston, Texas (Cypress Falls)
Jared Brite Bakersfield, California (Centennial)
Derrick Yates Coffeyville Community College
Jerry Togiai Ricks Community College (Idaho)
Chris Boggas Irving, Texas (High)
Jon Doty West Des Moines, Iowa (Dowling)
Maurice Thurmond Fort Worth, Texas (Dunbar)
Jerad Cowan Alief, Texas (Hastings)
Billy Miller El Camino Community College
Antoine Polite Indianola, Iowa (High)
Rock Cartwright Trinity Valley Community College
*Scobey enrolled at mid-semester in order to participate in spring practices

Placed at Junior College

Will MartinClarksville, TN (Kenwood)6-02004.55Coffeyville (KS.) CC
Michael Menifee Aldine, TX. (Nimitz)6-2190
Blinn (TX.) CC

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