Head football coach Bill Snyder released Kansas State's 2011 recruiting class Wednesday with the announcement of 32 student-athletes who plan on joining or already are a part the Wildcat program.
Kansas State's class of 2011 includes 21 players from the high school ranks, eight junior college players and three four-year transfers. Of the group, 13 are currently enrolled at Kansas State and will participate in spring practice.
We greatly appreciate the coaches, faculty members and administrators throughout the state of Kansas and the United States who have received our coaches and our program so very graciously over these past two years, and I am especially proud of the Kansas State faculty for their assistance in conveying the great support services and equally great education provided by this University."
Overall on the defensive side of the ball, the 2011 class includes eight total defensive linemen, three linebackers and five defensive backs. K-State's offensive recruiting haul also includes three quarterbacks (or players listed as Athletes who have played QB), two running back/fullbacks, four wide receivers, one tight end and four offensive linemen.
Kansas State's class of 2011 also shows how broad and thorough Snyder and his staff were on the recruiting trail as all 32 players hail from 10 different states, plus Washington D.C., including seven from the state of Kansas, seven from Texas, five from Oklahoma, four from California, three from Georgia, one from the Washington D.C. area, one from Utah and also one each from Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana and New York.
Perhaps no other school in the nation boasts as many recruits with NFL ties as K-State in 2011. Justin Tuggle is the son of long-time NFL linebacker Jessie Tuggle, Glenn Gronkowski currently has three brothers (Dan, Rob and Chris) in the NFL, Ian Seau is the nephew of long-time NFL linebacker Junior Seau and Marquel Bryant is the cousin of NFL wide receiver Dez Bryant. Also, Tyler Lockett is the son of former Wildcat great Kevin Lockett and the nephew of Aaron Lockett, both of whom played in the NFL.
Arkansas (1): Samuel Harvill
California (4): Tanner Burns, Allen Chapman, Nigel Malone, Ian Seau
Colorado (1): Kyle Klein
Georgia (3): Angelo Pease, Justin Tuggle, Meshak Williams
Kansas (7): Arthur Brown, Bryce Brown, Morgan Burns, Jade Cathey, Curry Sexton, Boston Stiverson, Cody Whitehair
Louisiana (1): Daniel Sams
New York (1): Glenn Gronkowski
Oklahoma (5): Dante Barnett, Tyler Davidson, Hunter Davis, Tyler Lockett, Shaun Simon
Texas (7): Marquel Bryant, Kip Daily, Kason Hostrup, Brandon Mickens, Mike Moore, Destin Mosely, Dillon Wilson
Utah (1): Vaikalafi Lutui