2021 College Football Class Review: Kansas State

By Corey Long - @CoreyLong
Updated Nov. 16, 2020.

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10 Kansas logo Kansas

2021 College Recruiting - 11 Commits

Last Player Grade Published on Nov. 16, 2020
Kansas State logo S Krew Jackson (Queen Creek, AZ) commits to Kansas State  View Class

For a long time, Arizona State and Boston College were thought to be the favorites for Jackson (6-4, 200), but Kansas State made its offer in the spring and stuck with Jackson until he committed. I'm curious if Jackson is a long-term fit in the secondary. He is already at a linebacker's size and is going to gain weight just by being in a college strength program. I wouldn't be surprised if Jackson comes in as an outside linebacker and goes from there.

Krew Jackson's Player Grade: C
Kansas State logo OL Andrew Leingang (Bismarck, ND) commits to Kansas State  View Class

Leingang (6-5, 265) really saw his recruitment take off in the summer when Minnesota, Stanford and Arizona State were among the schools that made scholarship offers. Kansas State, however, was Leingang's first offer from a Power Five program, and that proved to be enough to push the Wildcats over the top in this recruiting battle.

Leingang provides some good versatility with his ability to play guard and tackle. I think athletically guard is probably a better fit for Leingang at the next level, but right tackle isn't out of the question. Leingang is a no-frills blocker who showed significant improvement between his sophomore and junior film. He is a tough competitor and fits in well with the style of football Chris Klieman is putting together at Kansas State.

Andrew Leingang's Player Grade: C+
Kansas State logo WR Darell Jones (Coffeyville, KS) commits to Kansas State  View Class

Jones (5-11, 165) didn't have much going for him on the recruiting trail other than an offer from Eastern Michigan, but Kansas State extended an offer in late June, and it took just a couple of phone calls for Jones to join the Wildcats' 2021 class.

Speed is going to be Jones' ticket in college. He has a "camp verified" 40-yard time of under 4.4. Even if that number is disputed, anything close to the that range is going to be tough to catch. Jones should be able to contribute in the slot and likely be part of the kick and punt return teams.

Darell Jones' Player Grade: C
Kansas State logo DT Damian Ilalio (Manhattan, KS) commits to Kansas State  View Class

Kansas State stays local and gets a quick commitment from Ilalio (6-0, 270), who is a little undersized, but an interesting prospect who the Wildcats staff will try to work in as a three-technique. Ilalio doesn't play against the best competition in high school, but he does do a good job of being a dominant player at times. He has a wrestling background and plays with a high motor on the field. I don't know if Ilalio is a starter in college, but he could be a good program guy and provide depth on the defensive line.

Damian Ilalio's Player Grade: C-
Kansas State logo DE Gaven Haselhorst (Hays, KS) commits to Kansas State  View Class

Kansas State was Haselhorst's first Power Five offer - and first FBS offer of any kind - and he committed to the Wildcats just a few days later. He's listed as a defensive end, but the 6-foot-1, 222-pounder is going to be a linebacker and probably an interior linebacker. He can run pretty well in pursuit, but Haselhorst is a step slow coming off the snap, which might explain his lack of recruiting traction. There's room for Haselhorst to grow and potentially play strong-side end, but I think he'll be a guy who can play the run in between the tackles and provide a snaps as a capable second-level defender.

Gaven Haselhorst's Player Grade: C-
Kansas State logo ATH Devrin Weathers (Webb City, MO) commits to Kansas State  View Class

Weathers (6-1, 190) is a big athlete who could project at a few positions on the field. He is a running back in high school and a productive one at that, rushing for well over 1,000 yards as a junior.

Weathers has pretty good burst and shows good speed going down the field. I think he's going to stay at running back or end up at wide receiver, for what it's worth. Safety is also a possibility depending on Kansas State's depth there, but there isn't much on Weathers' film for me to speak on what kind of a defensive player he could be. Weathers has very good size and an ideal frame for running back and should be able to see the field at that position.

Devrin Weathers' Player Grade: C+
Kansas State logo TE/OT Austin Weiner (Gardner, KS) commits to Kansas State  View Class

Weiner (6-7, 245) is still pretty young in his football development, and I wouldn't be surprised to see him grow into an offensive lineman. Right now, he's a tight end who can move pretty well and shows some nice athletic traits. Weiner moved from Georgia, where he played a couple of games for Milton High School in Alpharetta.

It's hard to project what Weiner will be based on his lack of football time, but he's an athlete with a basketball background, and for Kansas State, he was worth taking a flyer on.

Austin Weiner's Player Grade: C-
Kansas State logo DE Brayden Wood (Boulder, CO) commits to Kansas State  View Class

Wood (6-2, 265) is a husky defensive lineman who could either play on the end in three-man fronts or slide to the middle in a four-man front. He plays with good explosive speed and has the ability to make flash plays in the backfield. Wood is strong enough to fight off blocks and double teams to get in on plays as well. He is all effort on the field and many of his film clips show him running down the field or across the field to try to get to the play. Wood is one of those guys who just makes plays.

Brayden Wood's Player Grade: C+
Kansas State logo WR Brenen Hawkins (Godley, TX) commits to Kansas State  View Class

Hawkins (6-3, 202) brings college-ready size and a diverse set of skills to the table. He has played football and run track in Texas as a long jumper, triple jumper and hurdler.

Hawkins' ability to elevate combined with his length and height makes him an exciting option in the red zone. He has been a very productive player in high school, having already collected over 100 receptions and 2,000 yards in high school before his senior season. Hawkins is a big target who's comfortable playing on the outside. He's going to compete and win the battles for the 50-50 balls, and he can elevate to grab catches in traffic. Hawkins can stretch the field a little too. He's a good weapon to have in the vertical passing game.

Brenen Hawkins' Player Grade: C+
Kansas State logo WR R.J. Garcia II (Tampa, FL) commits to Kansas State  View Class

Garcia (6-1, 162) is a taller receiver who will put more weight on his frame and eventually settle into playing on the outside. He is a big-play receiver who can stretch the field and go deep. Garcia is aggressive at going after the football and will make an adjustment to catch any ball thrown his direction. He looks a bit unsteady when he runs, which gives off the impression that he's not quite as fast as he really is. He is a hard worker and good athlete who also starts for his basketball team at Berkeley Prep.

R.J. Garcia II's Player Grade: C+
Kansas State logo CB Omar Daniels (Moultrie, GA) commits to Kansas State  View Class

I have some friends in Georgia who are very high on Daniels (6-0, 180) and believe he is one of the more under-recruited players in the Peach State. From looking at the film, Daniels is a solid player who does things by the book and seems to have a high football IQ. He doesn't put himself in a lot of bad positions. I think his speed might've led to his lack of power conference offers, but Daniels keeps the plays in front of him. He protects himself while still having an opportunity to make a play. When Daniels feels that he is susceptible to being beaten over the top, he might be a little conservative, but he a good tackler and technically sound.

Omar Daniels' Player Grade: B-

All Commitments - 12

Most recent Commitment on Aug. 25, 2020
  • 8/25 - Krew Jackson S
  • 8/23 - Andrew Leingang OL
  • 7/28 - Darell Jones WR
  • 7/28 - Damian Ilalio DT
  • 7/27 - Gaven Haselhorst DE
  • 6/18 - Devrin Weathers ATH
  • 6/16 - Austin Weiner TE
  • 6/16 - Brayden Wood DE
  • 6/2 - Brenen Hawkins WR
  • 5/29 - R.J. Garcia II WR
  • 5/13 - Omar Daniels CB
  • 1/1 - Jake Rubley QB

Last Season's Roster:

  • Seniors: 28
  • Juniors: 20
  • Sophmores: 16
  • Freshmen: 35
: 5 Players | 7 games played
Sr:0 Jr:0 So:0 Fr:0
Player Class Games|Starts
Thomas Helten N/A 2|0
E. Ollenburger N/A 2|0
Derek Bowman N/A 1|0
Cameron Cotton N/A 1|0
Hayden Gillum N/A 1|0
DB: 20 Players | 111 games played
Sr:5 Jr:6 So:1 Fr:8
Player Class Games|Starts
Denzel Goolsby Sr 8|8
Wayne Jones Fr 8|8
AJ Parker Jr 8|8
Jahron McPherson Jr 8|7
Kevion McGee Sr 8|1
Jonathan Alexander Jr 8|0
Ross Elder So 8|0
Brock Monty Jr 8|0
Walter Neil Jr. Jr 7|7
Johnathan Durham Sr 7|1
Daron Bowles Sr 7|0
Darreyl Patterson Sr 7|0
Lance Robinson Fr 7|0
Logan Wilson Fr 4|0
Ekow Boye-Doe Fr 3|0
Tyrone Lewis Fr 2|0
D.J. Render Jr 2|0
Will Jones II Fr 1|0
Vaughn Malone Fr 0|0
Kenyon Reed Fr 0|0
DL: 14 Players | 74 games played
Sr:5 Jr:3 So:2 Fr:4
Player Class Games|Starts
Trey Dishon Sr 8|8
Jordan Mittie Sr 8|8
Reggie Walker Sr 8|8
Kyle Ball Sr 8|1
Joe Davies Sr 8|0
Bronson Massie Jr 8|0
Drew Wiley Jr 8|0
Wyatt Hubert So 7|7
Eli Huggins So 6|0
Spencer Trussell Fr 3|0
Cartez Crook-Jones Fr 1|0
Jaylen Pickle Fr 1|0
Chris Dugan Jr 0|0
Matthew Pola-Mao Fr 0|0
K: 4 Players | 16 games played
Sr:1 Jr:2 So:1 Fr:0
Player Class Games|Starts
Blake Lynch Jr 8|0
Nick McLellan Sr 5|0
Ty Zentner Jr 3|0
Andrew Hicks So 0|0
LB: 10 Players | 49 games played
Sr:4 Jr:2 So:0 Fr:4
Player Class Games|Starts
DaQuan Patton Sr 8|8
Elijah Sullivan Jr 8|8
Nick Allen Fr 8|0
Daniel Green Fr 8|0
Eric Gallon II Sr 7|0
Khalid Duke Fr 3|0
Blake Richmeier Sr 3|0
Levi Archer Fr 2|0
Cody Fletcher Jr 2|0
Justin Hughes Sr 0|0
LS: 2 Players | 15 games played
Sr:0 Jr:1 So:0 Fr:1
Player Class Games|Starts
Randen Plattner Fr 8|0
Wesley Burris Jr 7|0
OL: 14 Players | 65 games played
Sr:6 Jr:2 So:3 Fr:3
Player Class Games|Starts
Evan Curl Sr 8|8
Scott Frantz Sr 8|8
Adam Holtorf Sr 8|8
Nick Kaltmayer Sr 8|8
Tyler Mitchell Sr 8|8
Josh Rivas So 8|0
Kaitori Leveston Fr 4|0
Ben Adler So 3|0
Christian Duffie Fr 3|0
Noah Johnson Jr 3|0
Cooper Beebe Fr 2|0
Hayden Perry Sr 2|0
Harrison Creed So 0|0
Justin Eichman Jr 0|0
P: 1 Players | 8 games played
Sr:1 Jr:0 So:0 Fr:0
Player Class Games|Starts
Devin Anctil Sr 8|0
QB: 6 Players | 25 games played
Sr:0 Jr:1 So:2 Fr:3
Player Class Games|Starts
Skylar Thompson Jr 8|8
Ryan Henington So 7|0
Nick Ast So 4|0
Chris Herron Fr 3|0
John Holcombe II Fr 3|0
Jaren Lewis Fr 0|0
RB: 12 Players | 58 games played
Sr:4 Jr:2 So:1 Fr:5
Player Class Games|Starts
Mason Barta So 8|2
Harry Trotter Jr 8|1
Tyler Burns Jr 8|0
James Gilbert Sr 7|7
Jax Dineen Fr 7|1
Luke Sowa Sr 7|0
Jordon Brown Sr 6|0
Joe Ervin Fr 4|0
Kirk Coomes Fr 2|0
Jacardia Wright Fr 1|0
Thomas Grayson Fr 0|0
Adam Harter Sr 0|0
TE: 5 Players | 31 games played
Sr:1 Jr:0 So:2 Fr:2
Player Class Games|Starts
Blaise Gammon Sr 8|6
Nick Lenners So 8|3
Logan Long So 8|1
Samuel Wheeler Fr 7|0
Konner Fox Fr 0|0
WR: 11 Players | 66 games played
Sr:1 Jr:1 So:4 Fr:5
Player Class Games|Starts
Dalton Schoen Sr 8|8
Wykeen Gill Jr 8|3
Joshua Youngblood Fr 8|2
Landry Weber So 8|1
Seth Porter Fr 8|0
Chabastin Taylor So 8|0
Malik Knowles Fr 7|5
Phillip Brooks Fr 7|0
Dylan Wentzel So 3|0
Keenan Garber Fr 1|0
Eric Hommel So 0|0


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