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K-State Football Signing Day 2009


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Kansas State Football 2009 Recruiting Class:

--- Joseph Bonugli, 6-0, 192, DB (Click name to read bio) |  Watch Video
--- Clarence Bumpas, 6-2, 218, LB |  Watch Video
--- Troy Butler, 6-1, 200, DB |  Watch Video
--- Carlton Callender, 6-1, 186, DB |  Watch Video
--- William Cooper, 6-5, 260, OL |  Watch Video
--- Ryan Doerr, 6-3, 185, P/K |  Watch Video
--- Thomas Ferguson, 6-1, 205, DB |  Watch Video
--- Jeffrey Fitzgerald, 6-4, 280, DL |  Watch Video
--- Timothy Flanders, 5-9, 191, ATH |  Watch Video
--- John Hubert, 5-9, 190, RB |  Watch Video
--- Marcus Kennard, 6-5, 199, WR |  Watch Video
--- Emmanuel Lamur, 6-4, 214, DB |  Watch Video
--- William Lawson, 6-8, 290, OL |  Watch Video
--- Cornelius Lucas, 6-8, 275, OL |  Watch Video
--- Tomasi Mariner, 6-4, 290, OL |  Watch Video
--- Andre McDonald, 6-8, 270, OL |  Watch Video
--- Torell Miller, 6-3, 200, DB |  Watch Video
--- Angelo Pease, 5-11, 205, ATH |  Watch Video
--- Blake Slaughter, 6-0, 219, LB  |  Watch Video
--- Travis Tannahill, 6-4, 240, TE  |  Watch Video
--- Keenan Taylor, 6-5, 275, OL  |  Watch Video
--- Kadero Terrell, 6-2, 235, LB  |  Watch Video
--- Daniel Thomas, 6-2, 227, QB  |  Watch Video
--- Courtney Thompson, 6-0, 180, DB  |  Watch Video
--- Tramaine Thompson, 5-8, 165, ATH  |  Watch Video
--- Zach Trujillo, 6-4, 230, TE  |  Watch Video
--- Grant Valentine, 6-3, 240, LB |  Watch Video
--- Meshak Williams, 6-4, 225, DL  |  Watch Video
--- Braden Wilson, 6-4, 220, ATH  |  Watch Video
--- Ty Zimmerman, 6-2, 200, ATH  |  Watch Video

 Watch highlight videos at inside.kstatesports.com
 
2009 Signees

Joseph BONUGLI | DB
6-0, 192 | San Antonio, Texas (Warren HS) | Watch Video

AT WARREN HIGH SCHOOL: A three-star prospect and 50th-best safety in the nation by Rivals... Finished his senior season with 115 tackles and three interceptions as Warren advanced to the second round of the Texas state playoffs... Tallied 79 tackles and four interceptions as a junior, leading the Warriors to the school’s first district championship... Was a two-time first team all-area, all-district and district defensive MVP selection as a junior and senior... Also earned consecutive first-team all-state honors from the Texas Sports Writers Association... Maintained a 3.7 GPA.
RECRUITING: Chose K-State over offers from Arizona, Colorado State, Army and SMU, and interest from Missouri, TCU and Houston.
PERSONAL: Born on April 4, 1991... Son of Robert and Susan Bonugli... Plans on majoring in pre-med.


Clarence BUMPAS | LB
6-2, 218 | Colorado Spring, Colo. (Sierra HS) | Watch Video

AT SIERRA HIGH SCHOOL: A three-star prospect and the 65th-ranked outside linebacker in the nation by Rivals ... Named first team all-conference and all-area as a junior and senior... Also earned all-state 4A honors as a senior... Combined for 28 sacks his final two seasons including 16 as a junior and recorded 73 tackles his senior campaign... Named 2008 PrepColorado 4A All-State on defense... Was also a state qualifier in the 4x100 and 4x200, as well as a two-year letterwinner in basketball... Named to the school’s honor roll during the fall of 2008.
RECRUITING: Chose K-State over offers from Colorado State and New Mexico, and interest from Arizona State and Wyoming.
PERSONAL: Born on April 12, 1991... Son of Kristina Bumpas.
WHY K-STATE: “I loved how the whole town was centered on Kansas State. It's also close to home, and they love football there. It's a really nice environment where the people support the team. I think they're on the verge of a breakout season.”


Troy BUTLER | DB
6-1, 200 | Waldorf, Md. (Antelope Valley CC) | Watch Video

AT ANTELOPE VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE: Rated as the No. 86 junior college player in the nation and a three-star prospect by Rivals ... Helped team win consecutive conference championships... Was named a 2008 California Junior College All-American, the 2008 regional defensive player of the year and 2008 American Pacific Defensive Player of the Year... Recorded 62 tackles, two interceptions and three forced fumbles in 2008... Returned an interception 67 yards for a touchdown during a game in 2007.
AT GWYNN PARK HIGH SCHOOL: Played three years for the Yellow Jackets... Led team to the Maryland state championship and a perfect 15-0 record his senior season... Tallied 11 interceptions as a senior.
RECRUITING: Chose K-State over an offer from Iowa State and interest from Arizona State, California, Oregon State and UTEP.
PERSONAL: Born on May 18, 1987... Son of Carmen Butler... Plans on majoring in mass communications and would like to get into sports broadcasting.
WHY K-STATE: “The campus and the town are really nice and I felt really comfortable around the coaches.”


Carlton CALLENDER | DB
6-1, 186 | Miami, Fla. (Doral Academy HS) | Watch Video

AT DORAL ACADEMY HIGH SCHOOL: A three-star prospect by Rivals... The No. 79 safety in the nation by Rivals... Played defensive back, wing back and wide receiver for head coach Evan Cooper... First Team All-Dade County 3A-1B selection on defense by the Miami Herald... Possesses 4.3 speed and a 40-inch vertical leap... Collected 64 tackles as a senior and totaled three interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown... Was selected to play in the All-Dade County All Star Game... Also competed in basketball and track.
RECRUITING: Chose K-State over offers from Louisville, Pittsburgh, West Virginia and Colorado State.
PERSONAL: Born on April 21, 1990... Son of the late Shalonda McGregor.
WHY K-STATE: “It's great all around. They have great academics there and I liked the coaches.”


William COOPER | OL
6-5, 260 | Hayti, Mo. (Hayti HS) | Watch Video

AT HAYTI HIGH SCHOOL: Named to the Missouri Football Coaches Association All-State First Team in Class 1... A first team all-region selection along the offensive line... Earned First Team SEMO South All-Conference honors... Also averaged 13.0 points and 7.0 rebounds this past season on the hardwood... Played for head coach David Gilmore... Valedictorian of his 2008 high school class.
RECRUITING: Chose K-State over interest from Kansas and Missouri.
PERSONAL: Born on February 7, 1990... Parents are William, Sr. and Betty Cooper.
WHY K-STATE: “Kansas State was the best place for me. The whole visit went very well.” 


Ryan DOERR | P/K
6-3, 185 | Katy, Texas (South Carolina) | Watch Video

AT KANSAS STATE/SOUTH CAROLINA (2008): Sat out the 2008 season after transferring from South Carolina.
AT KATY HIGH SCHOOL: Helped high school team to a 16-0 record and the Class 5A Division II state title in his senior season... Averaged 42.7 yards per punt during senior season... Tallied 57 touchbacks on 108 kickoff attempts... Rated the No. 18 kicker by Rivals his senior year... Prep All-American by numerous publications.
RECRUITING: Originally signed with South Carolina and also considered Army, Rice and Air Force.
PERSONAL: Born June 19, 1989... Russell and Marcie Doerr.


Thomas FERGUSON | DB
6-1, 205 | Grand Prairie, Texas (South Grand Prairie HS) | Watch Video

AT SOUTH GRAND PRAIRIE HIGH SCHOOL: A three-star prospect and the 79th-best cornerback in the nation by Rivals... Started as a sophomore, helping his team finish 10-2 to clinch the bi-district championship... Collected 44 tackles, seven sacks, two pass break ups and a forced fumble during his senior season... Named the sophomore district defensive MVP in 2006, was an honorable mention all-district pick in 2007 and a first-team all-district selection in 2008.
RECRUITING: Chose K-State over offers from Kansas, Colorado, Arizona, Central Florida, Colorado State, Utah and Southern Miss, and interest from Nebraska.
PERSONAL: Born on September 27, 1990... Son of Thomas, Sr., and Beverly Ferguson.
WHY K-STATE: “I just liked the hospitality out there. It just felt like home. The coaches were good, and the atmosphere just reminded me of Dallas.”


Jeffrey FITZGERALD | DL
6-4, 280 | Richmond, Va. (Virginia) | Watch Video

AT KANSAS STATE (2008): Sat out the 2008 season after transferring from Virginia.
AT VIRGINIA (2007): Started all 13 games as a sophomore... Finished third on the team with 73 tackles (33 solo), second on the team in tackles for loss with 11.5 and third on the team in sacks with 7.0... Finished tied for the team lead in interceptions with two... Returned one interception for a 25-yard touchdown... Also broke up two passes, recorded 15 quarterback hurries, recovered one fumble and forced two fumbles... Named ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week after he recorded five tackles, including three for a loss and a sack that caused a fumble in a 28-23 win over Georgia Tech on Sept. 22... Recorded a career-high 11 tackles against Wake Forest... Turned in another 10 tackles in the regular-season finale against Virginia Tech.
AT VIRGINIA (2006): Was a unanimous freshman All-American after earning the nod from Scripps/Football Writers Association of America, The Sporting News and Rivals.com... Also named to ACC All-Freshman team by The Sporting News... Received the Bill Dudley Award as Virginia’s most outstanding first-year player... Started all 12 games as a redshirt freshman... Averaged 5.3 tackles per game, tops in the nation among freshmen linemen... Led the team with six sacks, which ranked third nationally among rookies... Shared the team lead with 12 tackles for loss... Finished the season with 64 tackles, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, two interceptions, three pass breakups and 14 quarterback hurries.
AT MERMITAGE HIGH SCHOOL: Multi-sport athlete who earned accolades at both defensive end and tight end under head coach Patrick Kane... Rated as the nation’s 20th-best strongside defensive end by Rivals.com... Also ranked as the No. 28 defensive end in the country by CollegeFootballNews.com and 41st by Scout.com... Named a three star player by Rivals.com and Scout.com...  Missed most of his senior year due to a knee injury... Selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, but was unable to participate due to injury... Had an impressive junior season, earning second team all-state, first team all-region and first team all-district honors at defensive end... Also played on district championship teams in basketball and baseball and competed in throwing events for track team.
PERSONAL: Jeffrey Lamont Fitzgerald was born Oct. 30, 1987, in Richmond, Va... Son of Shelia Fitzgerald...  Older brother, Justin, was a four-year letterwinner at wide receiver at Ohio University.


Timothy FLANDERS | ATH
5-9, 191 | Midwest City, Okla. (Midwest City HS) | Watch Video

AT MIDWEST CITY HIGH SCHOOL: Rated the 31st-best athlete in the nation and the No. 9 player in the state of Oklahoma by Rivals... Rushed for 5,143 yards and 65 touchdowns throughout his high school career, including 2,153 yards and 34 touchdowns during his senior season... Also recorded 231 receiving yards with four touchdowns throughout his career... Rushed for 1,604 yards and 20 scores as a junior and 1,386 yards and 11 touchdowns as a sophomore... Also recorded 171 tackles and five interceptions on defense... Earned first team all-city, all-district, all-conference and all-state, as well as being named the Oklahoma Gatorade Football Player of the Year in 2008.
RECRUITING: Chose Kansas State over offers from Oklahoma State, New Mexico, Rice, Toledo, Tulsa and Air Force.
PERSONAL: Brother, John, plays defensive back for Tulsa.
WHY K-STATE: “I think it's a great opportunity for me. I knew I was good enough to play in the Big 12, and now I'm going to get that chance. It was tough to pass up an opportunity to play running back in the Big 12.”


John HUBERT | RB
5-9, 190 | Waco, Texas (Midway HS) | Watch Video

AT MIDWAY HIGH SCHOOL: Led a 12-2 team to the state quarterfinals his senior season... Named the 2008 Super Centex Offensive Player of the Year and first team all-state from the Associated Press and the Texas Sports Writers Association after rushing for 2,853 yards and 41 touchdowns as a senior.... A member of the Waco Tribune Herald Texas Top 100 list... Named Waco Midway’s Most Valuable Player in 2007 and 2008... Named the 2007 and 2008 District 16-4A Offensive Player of the Year... Ranked No. 33 in the Lone Star Recruiting's Texas Top 100 and the No. 4 running back in Texas... Broke the Waco city single-season rushing record of 2,524 held by former University High and current NFL Pro Bowler LaDainian Tomlinson... Rushed for 1,747 yards and 22 touchdowns as a junior in 2007 en route to Super Centex Newcomer of the Year honors... A three-star prospect by Rivals.
RECRUITING: Chose K-State over offers from Louisiana Tech, North Texas, Idaho State and Montana State, and interest from Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and Colorado.
PERSONAL: Born on February 24, 1991... Son of Jabbar Lindsey and Tamara Hubert... Cousin of Perrish Cox, a senior defensive back at Oklahoma State.
WHY K-STATE: “I had a great time there and knew that was where I wanted to be. The people there all the way from the coaches, the students, the players, there were all great.”


Marcus KENNARD | WR
6-5, 199 | Lawton, Okla. (Lawton HS) | Watch Video

AT LAWTON HIGH SCHOOL: Had a standout senior season for the Wolverines as he recorded 30 catches for 581 yards and 12 touchdowns... His 12 touchdown receptions were the most in Oklahoma 6A... Earned all-district and all-state honors... Also lettered in basketball.
RECRUITING: Chose K-State over interest from Kansas, Tulsa and Wyoming.
PERSONAL: Born October 16, 1990... Parents are Anthony and Tammie Kennard... Plans to major in business.


Emmanuel LAMUR | DB
6-4, 214 | West Palm Beach, Fla. (Independence CC) | Watch Video

AT INDEPENDENCE COMMUNITY COLLEGE: A three-star prospect by Rivals... Collected 45 tackles in nine games with one sack and two interceptions as a freshman in 2008... Was selected to the 2008 KJCCC All Conference Second Team.
AT KINGS ACADEMY HIGH SCHOOL: Led team to an 8-4 record as a senior in 2007... Earned first team All-Palm Beach County honors and honorable mention all-state accolades... Recorded 70 tackles, three interceptions and two forced fumbles as a senior.
RECRUITING: Chose K-State over an offer from Ohio and interest from Arkansas and Kansas.
PERSONAL: Born on June 8, 1989... Son of Jean and Carolle Lamur.
WHY K-STATE: “I had a really good time (on my visit). I talked to the other recruits, some of the players and the coaches, Coach Vic (Koenning) and Coach Snyder. I had a great visit.”


William LAWSON | OL
6-8, 290 | Belleville, Ill. (Althoff HS) | Watch Video

AT ALTHOFF HIGH SCHOOL: A two-star prospect by Rivals... Was a first team all-city and all-area selection as an offensive tackle... Also named second team all-state in basketball.
RECRUITING: Chose K-State over offers from Iowa, Iowa State, New Mexico and Ball State, and interest from Kansas and Missouri.
PERSONAL: Born July 16, 1990... Parents are the late William Lawson and Sherri Steveson.
WHY K-STATE: “Basically, at K-State, I felt good there. They will give me a good education, for one thing. I know the coaches will make sure I do what I'm supposed to do. I know they'll hold me accountable, and if they do that I know I can make it out here and do the right thing. I feel like Coach Snyder is going to do some great things in the upcoming years. He already has done great things here, but I feel like he has more left in him.”


Cornelius LUCAS | OL
6-8, 275 | New Orleans, La. (Edna Karr HS) | Watch Video

AT EDNA KARR HS: A two-star prospect by Rivals... A three-year starter who helped the Cougars clinch consecutive district championships in 2007 and 2008... Earned first team all-district honors and was named the outstanding offensive lineman of the year... Invited to play in the Crescent City and Sportsman Paradise All-Star Games... Named second team all-district as a junior in 2007... Was named to the school’s honor roll.
RECRUITING: Chose K-State over offers from Tulane, Louisiana-Monroe, South Alabama, and Alabama State, and interest from Southern Miss and Louisiana Tech.
PERSONAL: Born on July 18, 1991... Son of the late Cornelius Lucas III and Priscilla Jones... Plans to major in engineering.
WHY K-STATE: “Coach Snyder builds his offense around his players’ attributes. I fit with the offense he's building. K-State just felt like home. It really felt like a family up there.”


Tomasi MARINER | OL
6-4, 290 | Topeka, Kan. (Washburn Rural HS) | Watch Video

AT WASHBURN RURAL HIGH SCHOOL: A two-star prospect by Rivals... Named class 6A all-state defensive lineman by Topeka-Capital Journal and the Kansas Football Coaches Association... Was an All-City Top 11 pick... Helped the Junior Blues to a 5-4 record... Earned first team All-Centennial League honors on offense and second team honors on defense as a senior.
RECRUITING: Chose K-State over interest from Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma.
PERSONAL: Born June 19, 1991... Son of Blessing and Mary Mariner.
WHY K-STATE: “My grandfather, Earl Meyer, played at Kansas State (lettering in 1951-52-53) and I bleed purple. I've grown up with family members who have (played college football), and as I developed, I've always wanted to play Division I football.”


Andre McDONALD | TE
6-8, 270 | Choctaw, Okla. (Choctaw HS) | Watch Video

AT CHOCTAW HIGH SCHOOL: A two-star prospect by Rivals... Lettered three seasons at tight end for the Yellow Jackets... Also lettered one season in basketball and three seasons in baseball.
RECRUITING: Chose K-State over an offer from Tulsa and interest from TCU and New Mexico.
PERSONAL: Born December 19, 1990... Son of Andre and Robin McDonald.
WHY K-STATE: “My visit to Kansas State was great. I just really enjoyed everything about it. I was able to hang out with the recruits and with the players. I got to talk to the coaches quite a bit, too. I had a great talk with Coach Snyder. He is full of knowledge. We had a great talk about so many topics. It was a lot of fun. He told me he is really looking forward to having me up in the program.”


Torell MILLER | DB
6-3, 200 | New Orleans, La. (O. Perry Walker HS) | Watch Video

AT O. PERRY WALKER HIGH SCHOOL: A three-star prospect, the 90th-best safety and the 38th-best player in Louisiana by Rivals... Lettered three seasons for the Chargers, playing defensive back, quarterback, wide receiver and handling the kicking duties... Totaled over 150 tackles and eight interceptions... Also played receiver where he caught 53 receptions for 840 yards and 13 touchdowns... Earned a all-district honors as a junior and season and was selected to play in the Inaugural All-Louisiana Sportsman Paradise Bowl All-Star Game.
RECRUITING: Chose K-State over offers from Louisiana Tech and Louisiana-Monroe, and interest from Tulane and Louisiana-Lafayette.
PERSONAL: Born November 13, 1990... Parents are Paul and Kathy Miller.
WHY K-STATE: “He was able to get with Coach Snyder and Coach Koenning to talk about the schemes they are going to run. He liked that a lot. It was that and the environment up there.” - Derek Lamothe, high school coach


Angelo PEASE | ATH
5-11, 205 | Cairo, Ga. (Cairo HS) | Watch Video

AT CAIRO HIGH SCHOOL: A two-year starter who led the Syrupmakers to a 27-2 record in 2007 and 2008... Cairo won consecutive regional championships, was the state runner-up in 2007 and won the Class AAA championship in 2008... He accounted for three touchdowns (two passing and one rushing), including a 78-yard touchdown run, in the championship game... Rushed for 882 yards and was 89-of-141 passing with 19 touchdowns as a senior... Earned first team all-state honors from the Associated Press and was the Atlanta Journal-Constitution All-State Offensive Player of the Year in 2008... Was also an honorable mention all-state quarterback by the AP and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 2007.
RECRUITING: Chose K-State over an offer from Troy and interest from UAB, Clemson and Georgia Tech.
PERSONAL: Born August 12, 1991... Son of James and Lena Pease... Plans on majoring in business.
WHY K-STATE: “I had several schools looking at me but I just felt like this was the best for me. I chose them because of a lot of things about the school, the coaches and the way I felt while I was on the visit.”


Blake SLAUGHTER | LB
6-0, 219| Missouri City, Texas (Elkins HS) | Watch Video

AT ELKINS HIGH SCHOOL: Three-star rated prospect by Rivals.com and Scout.com... Named one of the top 100 players in Texas for 2008 by Rivals.com... Rated as the No. 22 middle linebacker in the nation by Scout.com... Named to the preseason Touchdown Club All-Greater Houston team... Also named to the PrepStar All-Region team... Missed most of senior season after an ACL injury in the second game of the season... Collected 25 tackles and two sacks in the first two games of the season... Set the record for tackles for the Knights when he recorded 124 tackles including 11 for loss and five sacks during junior season... Also nabbed an interception and recovered two fumbles... Had 58 tackles and an interception during sophomore season... Also excelled in the classroom... Named to the National Society of High School Scholars and also Randy Rodgers’ First Team Academic All-State team.
RECRUITING: Chose K-State over Iowa State, Oklahoma State, Rice and Texas Tech.
PERSONAL: Blake Slaughter was born March 14, 1990... Parents are Ava and Steve Slaughter.
WHY K-STATE: “My family and I broke it down and it was just the total package from academics to athletics. It took a lot of consideration and a lot played into it.”


Travis TANNAHILL | TE
6-4, 240 | Olathe, Kan. (Olathe East HS) | Watch Video

AT OLATHE EAST HIGH SCHOOL: A three-star prospect by Scout.com and the 13th-best player in the state of Kansas... A tight end who also played quarterback and punted... Helped lead Olathe East to three straight district titles... Was a KFBCA all-state punter as a senior... Also named to the PrepStar All-Region team... Garnered all-league, all-state and all-metro honors as a senior... Played for head coach Jeff Meyers... Versatile athlete who also played basketball and ran track... Was the state champion in the javelin as a sophomore... Also set the school record in the javelin.
RECRUITING: Chose K-State very early in the recruiting process in 2008.
PERSONAL: Travis Tannahill was born February 8, 1990... Parents are Mendy and Nathan Tannahill.
WHY K-STATE: “I just loved the town of Manhattan. I just felt like I was supposed to be there.”


Keenan TAYLOR | OL
6-5, 275 | Tulsa, Okla. (Booker T. Washington HS) | Watch Video

AT BOOKER T. WASHINGTON HIGH SCHOOL: A three star prospect and the 33rd-best prospect in the state of Oklahoma by Rivals... Was a 2008 all-state selection by The Daily Oklahoman... Led Booker T. Washington to its first state title since 1984 as the 2008 squad went 13-1... Earned a 3.0 GPA.
RECRUITING: Chose K-State over interest from Oklahoma State, Tulsa, Iowa State and Kansas.
PERSONAL: Born July 16, 1991... Son of Anthony and Chequita Taylor... Brother, Anthony, Jr., played center at Tulsa.
WHY K-STATE: "I just felt really comfortable with everything there. I really like the coaching staff at Kansas State. They know what their plan is there and what they are going to do to get things going the right way.”


Kadero TERRELL | LB
6-2, 235 | Eustis, Fla. (Garden City CC) | Watch Video

AT GARDEN CITY COMMUNITY COLLEGE: Redshirted in 2008 as a member of the practice squad... Two-star prospect by Rivals.com.
AT EUSTIS HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year starter for the Panthers in football and basketball... Second-Team All-Florida in football and basketball... Contributed to a district championship in 2006 for the football team.
PERSONAL: Born August 6, 1987... Parents are Ernest Lecky and Kimberly Ellison... Majoring in Kinesiology.
WHY K-STATE: "I am really excited about going to K-State and playing for Coach Snyder. I talked to Coach Chris Cosh some, too. He is going to be my position coach and I think he will be a good coach to play for.”


Daniel THOMAS | QB
6-2, 227 | Hilliard, Fla. (Northwest Mississippi CC) | Watch Video

AT NORTHWEST MISSISSIPPI COMMUNITY COLLEGE: A four-star prospect by Rivals.com and the No. 35 junior college prospect in the nation... Also a three-star prospect by Scout.com... Rated as the No. 8 JUCO prospect in the state of Mississippi by the Sun Herald... Rushed for over 500 yards and seven touchdowns as a freshman and helped lead Northwest to a division championship... Accounted for 618 yards and six touchdowns last season on 103 carries... Also threw for 450 yards and two scores... A JUCO All-American.
AT HILLIARD HIGH SCHOOL: Rushed for 1,100 yards and 11 touchdowns at quarterback as a senior... Threw for 936 yards and added 11 touchdowns... Also chipped in 57 tackles and one interception as a senior safety... Earned all-state honors as both a quarterback and linebacker... All First Coast Team... Team MVP.
RECRUITING: Chose K-State over offers from Oklahoma, Baylor, Middle Tennessee St., and UAB.
PERSONAL: Daniel Thomas was born October 29, 1987... Parents are Jerald and Louella Thomas.


Courtney THOMPSON | DB
6-0, 180 | Miramar, Fla. (Everglades HS) | Watch Video

AT EVERGLADES HIGH SCHOOL: Was a four-year letterwinner as a defensive back and quarterback, while he is also a standout track athlete... Led team with four interceptions, while also recording 50 tackles and 13 pass breakups as a junior in 2007... Led team to an 8-3 record as a quarterback in 2008, good for third in the district and fourth in the county... Completed 85-of-140 passes for 975 yards and 10 touchdowns... Also rushed for three scores... Named to the 6A-4A Honorable Mention All-Broward County Team by the Miami Herald... Was a state finalist in the 110-meter hurdles in 2007 with a time of 13.98...  Finished eighth in the FHSAA 3A-4A State Meet.
RECRUITING: Chose K-State over offers from Troy and Colorado State.
PERSONAL: Born July 16, 1991... Son of Will and LaVora Thompson.
WHY K-STATE: “I committed to Kansas State on the visit because it was just great. I really enjoyed the staff. They are a very close knit group. I hung around the players and everyone is really close. It is a family type atmosphere. The whole community is behind the school and the program and I really like the environment.”


Tramaine THOMPSON | ATH
5-8, 165 | Jenks, Okla. (Jenks HS) | Watch Video

AT JENKS HIGH SCHOOL: A three-star prospect and the No. 27 all-purpose back in the nation by Rivals... First team all-state kick returner by The Daily Oklahoman and second team all-state receiver by Tulsa World as a senior... First team all-state receiver by Oklahoma Coaches Association... First team All-Metro kickoff returner... Named No. 2 receiver in the region by Tulsa World... As a senior, finished with 31 carries for 550 rushing yards and four touchdowns... Caught 47 passes for 729 yards and six touchdowns... Had one kickoff return for a touchdown and three punt returns for touchdowns... Helped lead team to 6A championship game in 2008 and played in annual Oklahoma high school All-Star game... Helped lead the Trojans to state championships in 2006 and 2007... Caught 35 passes for 625 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior... Had three rushes for 84 yards, 11 punt returns for 122 yards (11.09 avg) and four kickoff returns for 130 yards (32.5 avg) in 2007.
RECRUITING: Chose Kansas State over Oregon State, Arkansas, Oklahoma State and Colorado.
WHY K-STATE: "My visit to Kansas State was amazing. I had a blast. I met so many people. I got to see the program from all sides. It is just a great place. After I got home from my visit, I decided to commit to Kansas State.”


Zach TRUJILLO | TE
6-4, 230 | Edmond, Okla. (Deer Creek HS) | Watch Video

AT DEER CREEK HIGH SCHOOL: Played four seasons for the Antlers, making two state playoff appearances... Was a standout on both sides of the ball as he recorded 39 career receptions for 628 yards and 10 touchdowns, rushed 40 times for 183 yards and two touchdowns, and recorded 200 tackles including 11 sacks and four interceptions... Named first team all-Edmond and all-district in 2008... Also an honorable mention all-state selection by The Daily Oklahoman as a senior... Was selected for the Class 5A West All-Star Team by the Oklahoma Football Coaches Association.
RECRUITING: Chose K-State over interest from Rice and Tulane.
PERSONAL: Born March 14, 1991... Son of Paul and Ann Trujillo... Plans on majoring in business.
WHY K-STATE: “It's crazy, but it's real exciting, too. They  have a great coaching staff.”


Grant VALENTINE | DL
6-3, 240 | Burbank, Calif. (Glendale CC) | Watch Video

AT GLENDALE COMMUNITY COLLEGE: A three-star prospect by Rivals.com and the No. 43 junior college prospect in the nation... Tallied 93 tackles and 9.5 sacks during sophomore campaign... Earned WSC Pacific Division and CCCFCA Region III Defensive Player of the Year honors... Named a JC Grid-Wire All-American... Earned first team all-conference honors as a freshman... Recorded a two year total of 25 sacks, 163 tackles, and two fumble recoveries for touchdowns.
AT BURBANK HIGH SCHOOL: Recorded 75 tackles with 4.5 sacks and one fumble recovery during senior season... Had 11 catches for 226 yards as a tight end for the Bulldogs... First Team All-League (Foothill) and All-Area... Participated in Next Level All Star Game and Battle of the Valleys East vs West All Stars.
RECRUITING: Chose K-State over offers from Akron, Fresno State, NC State, Tennessee, Utah State, Washington State and West Virginia.
PERSONAL: Parents are Grant Valentine, Sr. and Chandra and Marcus Lavio... Majoring in business.
WHY K-STATE: “The Big-12 Conference is one of the hardest conferences you can play in. They said that they can basically fit me into their schemes, and I can get my degree in two years.”


Meshak WILLIAMS | DL
6-4, 225 | Sylvester, Ga. (Worth County HS) | Watch Video

AT WORTH COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL: Lettered three years for the Rams at defensive end and tight end, advancing to the Georgia state playoffs his sophomore and junior seasons... Collected 70 tackles to go along with 14 sacks as a junior, while he tallied 83 tackles and a school-record 23 sacks as a senior... Was a Super 6 selection by the Albany Herald... Also earned all-region honors as a sophomore, junior and senior... Selected to play in the Georgia High School All Star Game.
RECRUITING: Chose K-State over interest from Clemson, Florida State and South Carolina.
PERSONAL: Born June 3, 1991... Son of Geneva Williams.


Braden WILSON | ATH
6-4, 220 | Smith Center, Kan. (Smith Center HS) | Watch Video

SMITH CENTER HIGH SCHOOL: A two-way player both at running back and defensive end who was a Kansas Top 11 selection and First Team KFBCA All-State selection this past season... Team scored 72 points in the first quarter of a game last season, a national high school record... Helped lead Smith Center to four consecutive undefeated seasons and state titles... Ran for 1,807 yards on 112 carries and 29 touchdowns as a senior... His 65 total tackles on defense helped the Redmen shut out their first 11 opponents and allow just 20 points all year... Won the 2007 Kansas Class 2-1A championship with a 40-14 win over St. Mary's-Colgan... Rushed for 225 yards and three touchdowns in the 2007 state title game... Named to the 2007 Hays Daily News Super 11... The Redmen average 419 yards rushing and an incredible 11.8 per play and outgained their opponents by more than 4,000 yards for the season in total offense and by more than 4,300 yards on the ground... Also out-scored their opponent, 840-20, in 2007... Played for head coach Roger Barta... Also was an all-league basketball player and state qualifier in the discus and long jump.
RECRUITING: Chose K-State over interest from Kansas and several Division II and junior college offers in 2008.
PERSONAL: Braden Wilson was born October 9, 1989... Parents are Chuck and Meg Wilson... Biggest influence has been Smith Center native and former Wildcat Mark Simoneau.
WHY K-STATE: “It was a pretty easy decision for me to choose. It is an offer I didn't want to pass up.”


Ty ZIMMERMAN | ATH
6-2, 200 | Junction City, Kan. (Junction City HS) | Watch Video

AT JUNCTION CITY HIGH SCHOOL: A four-year letterwinner for the Blue Jays under head coach and father Randall Zimmerman... Was 144-of-221 for 1,920 yards and 25 touchdowns as a senior, while rushing 133 times for 1,046 yards and 18 scores... Led the Blue Jays to a 13-0 record and the 2008 Kansas 6A State Championship... Scored all three of the Blue Jays’ touchdowns in the state championship... Named to the Wichita Eagle Kansas Top 11 team... Named first team all-state in 2007 and 2008, as well as a honorable mention in 2006... Also lettered two years in basketball and baseball.
RECRUITING: Chose K-State over offers from Northern Iowa, Northern Illinois, Pitt State and Washburn.
PERSONAL: Born June 23, 1990... Parents are Randall and Stefanie Zimmerman... Plans on majoring in secondary education.
WHY K-STATE: “Back during football season, K-State offered me. After the coaching change, Coach Snyder honored that. I took an official visit last weekend and knew I had done the right thing.”


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