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K-State Football Signing Day 2007


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Kansas State Football 2007 Recruiting Class:

--- Michael Abana, 6-7, 295, DT  |  Watch Video
--- Cory Adams, 6-4, 230, LS  |  Watch Video
--- Alesana Alesana, 6-6, 295, OL  |  Watch Video
--- Clyde Aufner, 6-7, 260, OL  |  Watch Video
--- Dee Bell, 5-9, 170, RB  |  Watch Video
--- Lamark Brown, 6-3, 215, ATH  |  Watch Video
--- Gary Chandler, 5-11, 186, DB  |  Watch Video
--- Josh Cherry, 6-1, 170, PK  |  Watch Video
--- Richard Evans, 5-10, 170, WR  |  Watch Video
--- Colten Freeze, 6-7, 270, OL  |  Watch Video
--- Raphael Guidry, 6-4, 240, DE  |  Watch Video
--- Brian Harris, 6-4, 217, ATH  |  Watch Video
--- Tysyn Hartman, 6-2, 190, QB  |  Watch Video
--- Reggie Haynes, 6-0, 170, DB  |  Watch Video
--- Danny Hogan, 6-2, 190, WR  |  Watch Video
--- Payton Kirk, 6-6, 240, DE  |  Watch Video
--- Ben Liu, 6-6, 325, OL  |  Watch Video
--- Jeremy Mack, 6-4, 210, TE  |  Watch Video
--- Kendrick Matthews, 5-10, 180, DB  |  Watch Video
--- Jerrell McDaniel, 6-0, 175, WR  |  Watch Video
--- Deon Murphy, 5-10, 170, WR  |  Watch Video
--- Chris Patterson, 6-3, 215, LB  |  Watch Video
--- Ernie Pierce, 6-4, 204, WR  |  Watch Video
--- Dante Pinchback, 6-5, 265, TE  |  Watch Video
--- Jeremy Reed, 5-11, 205, RB  |  Watch Video
--- Jake Roepke, 6-7, 300, OL  |  Watch Video
--- Kevin Rohleder, 6-1, 205, LB  |  Watch Video
--- Eldridge Sims, 6-6, 279, OL  |  Watch Video
--- Xzavier Stewart, 6-1, 275, DT  |  Watch Video
--- Darhnaz Tigner, 6-2, 200, DB  |  Watch Video
--- Brandon Walls, 6-1, 205, LB  |  Watch Video
--- Justin Woods, 5-10, 180, RB  |  Watch Video

 
 
2007 Signees
 

Michael ABANA | DT
6-7, 295 | Virginia Beach, Va. (Santa Monica JC) | Watch Video

QUICKLY: A mammoth defensive tackle who possesses excellent speed for his size... Is relatively new to the game, but has all the tools to be a force in the middle... Has only played three years of organized football... Picked up the game after moving from Nigeria to the U.S. as a high school senior.... Is rated as a three-star prospect by Rivals.com... Received two stars from Scout.com... Projected to have three years to play two seasons at K-State.
SANTA MONICA COLLEGE: Played two seasons for the Corsairs and emerged as a dominating presence in the middle during the 2006 campaign... Closed out an exceptional sophomore season by receiving honorable mention All-America honors from JC Gridwire, despite playing on a Santa Monica team that went just 3-7... Was also a first team All-Western State's Conference selection... Tied for fourth on the team with 33 total tackles during 2006... Over 20 percent (7.0) of his tackles occurred in the opponent's backfield, including 3.0 sacks... Also had two pass breakups, two forced fumbles and an 80-yard fumble return for a touchdown... Coached by Robert Taylor.
FRIENDS SCHOOL: Played just one season of high school football at the Friends School in Virginia Beach after emigrating to the U.S. from Nigeria... Earned the nickname "The Nigerian Nightmare" as a prep after quickly adjusting to the American game.
RECRUITING: Selected Kansas State over offers from Texas A&M and Washington State... Also received interest from Oregon, Oregon State, and Colorado.
PERSONAL: Chidubamu "Michael" Abana was born July 24, 1987.

 

Corey ADAMS | LS
6-4, 230 | Monument, Colo. (Lewis-Palmer) | Watch Video

QUICKLY: A special athlete who is expected to keep Kansas State's long-snapping fortunes in good hands for years to come... Evaluated by many as the top-rated long snapper in the class of 2007... Considered to be a strong blocker and an effective performer in coverage... Also played defensive end as a prep... Received two stars from both Rivals.com and Scout.com... An All-Midlands selection by PrepStar.
LEWIS-PALMER HS: Lettered and started three seasons for the Rangers... Earned second team All-Jeffco/Springs 5A conference accolades as both a junior and senior... Also picked up multiple honorable mention all-area honors during his high school career... Anchored a special teams unit that did not allow a punt or kick block during 2005 and 2006... Also lettered three years in track & field... Twice qualified for the state 5A meet in the discus... Earned first team all-area honors in the discus in 2006 and second team accolades in 2005... Captured the 2006 Metro League shot put title... Also a standout performer on the hardwood and earned two letters in basketball... Football coach at Lewis-Palmer was Tony Ramunno... Also worked with long-snapping coach Chris Rubio of Chris Sailer Kicking.
RECRUITING: Selected K-State over offers from Arizona State and Oregon State... Also received recruiting interest from Colorado.
PERSONAL: Corey Adams was born July 26, 1989, in Mountain View, Calif... Parents are James and Cynthia Adams... The youngest of three children... Plans to major in business.
WHY K-STATE: "The coaching staff was the big factor for me. I really like coach (Ron) Prince and Coach (Tim) Tibesar. They did a great job of selling me that Kansas State was the place I needed to be playing college football. I felt really comfortable in Manhattan. I really liked the town and the campus. It was just a good fit for me."

 

Alesana ALESANA | OL
6-6, 295 | Malie, Western Samoa (San Francisco CC) | Watch Video

QUICKLY: A mammoth offensive lineman who played for one of the top offenses in the California Community College system... Earned four stars from Scout.com, which rates him as one of the top tackles in the class of 2007... Received three stars from Rivals.com... Has adjusted quickly to American football after growing up as a rugby player in Western Samoa... Signed an NLI with Kansas State in December and is already on campus and preparing to participate in spring drills.
SAN FRANCISCO CITY COLLEGE: A 2006 first team California all-state selection by the coaches association... Also earned first team All-America honors from JC Grid-Wire... Helped lead CCSF to an 18-3 record and a pair of Nor Cal championships during his two seasons with the Rams... Helped CCSF to a 10-2 mark in 2006 and a berth in the state title game... Key component of an offensive unit that averaged 35.1 points and 453.6 yards per game during the 2006 regular season, while giving up less than 2.5 sacks per game... Overall, CCSF averaged 409 yards per game in 2006 and 440 yards per game in 2005... Paved the way for quarterback Zac Lee to finish third in the state in total offense (309.0 yards per game)... Joined the CCSF program in 2004 as a grayshirt.
SAMOA COLLEGE: Attended Samoa College, a high school in Western Samoa... Graduated from high school in 1998.... Grew up playing rugby.
RECRUITING: Selected K-State over offers from Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Kentucky and Washington State... Also received recruiting interest from California and Washington.
PERSONAL: Alesana Alesana was born Dec. 10, 1979, in Western Samoa... Hails from the village of Malie, which is located on the outskirts of the nation's capital, Apia... Is undecided on a major.
why k-state: "I just knew after the visit to Kansas State that it was what I wanted to do. I felt good about the school and about the team. The players were great to be around and the coaches are outstanding."

 

Clyde AUFNER | OL
6-7, 260 | Raymore, Mo. (Raymore-Peculiar) | Watch Video

QUICKLY: One of the top Missouri prospects in the class of 2007 and a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award, honoring the top offensive/defensive lineman in the Kansas City area... Moves extremely well and is said to have massive potential... Regarded as an outstanding pass blocker who has very long arms... Also is said to possess excellent foot work and agility for a player his size... A three-star prospect who is considered to be the No. 15 overall player from Missouri and the No. 51 offensive tackle nationally by Rivals.com... Receive three stars from Scout.com, which ranks him as the No. 72 offensive tackle in the country.
RAYMORE-PECULIAR HS: Prepped at perhaps the top high school program in the state of Missouri... Helped lead Ray-Pec to Class 5 state titles in 2004, 2005 and 2006... A first team all-state selection as both a junior and senior by the Missouri Coaches Association, the Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association and the Kansas City Star... Also earned All-Metro honors from the Kansas City Star as a junior and senior and was a three-time all-conference and all-district performer (2004-05-06)... Served as a captain for the Panthers during his senior season... Anchored an offense that averaged 365 yards and 41 points per game during the past three seasons... Blocked for current Wildcat quarterback Carson Coffman during the 2004 and 2005 seasons at Ray-Pec... Coached by Tom Kruse... Also lettered twice in basketball and once in track & field.
RECRUITING: Selected K-State very early in the recruiting process... Received recruiting interest from Michigan State, Kansas, Missouri and Colorado State.
PERSONAL: Clyde Aufner was born July 23, 1988, in Kansas City, Mo... Parents are Clyde Aufner and Tina Alyea... Has one sister... Plans to major in engineering... Earned the nickname "The Diesel" as a prep for the way he mows down opponents.
WHY K-STATE: "(Kansas State) was the right fit. I really liked the energy of the coaching staff and they offered me a scholarship early in the process. I think there's something to be said for getting that early offer. I'm excited about attending Kansas State."

 

Dee BELL | RB
5-9, 170 | Olathe, Kan. (Olathe East) | Watch Video

QUICKLY: Powerful skat-back with speed to burn... Has been timed at 10.5 in the 100-meters and is considered one of the fastest preps in Kansas... Was a finalist for the 2006 Simone Award, which is annually presented to the top player in the Kansas City metro area... Considered a three-star prospect by Scout.com, which ranks him as the nation's No. 81 running back... Earned two stars from Rivals.com... Tapped as the No. 13 player from Kansas and the No. 3 running back from the Sunflower State by Rivals.
OLATHE EAST HS: Started three seasons at running back for the Hawks... Totaled 3,731 rushing yards and scored 45 touchdowns during his prep career... Earned All-Metro honors from the Kansas City Star as well as honorable mention all-state accolades from both the Topeka Capital-Journal and Wichita Eagle as a junior and senior... Also named first team All-Johnson County and All-Sunflower League in both 2005 and 2006... Rushed for 1,640 yards on 269 (6.10 YPC) carries with 18 touchdowns during 2006... Served as the Hawks' team captain during 2006, helping lead East to an 8-3 record and a berth in the sectionals of the Kansas 6A playoffs... Totaled 1,821 yards and 23 TDs while leading East to the 6A state title game in 2005... Holds Olathe East's school record for career rushing yards... Selected to represent the East squad in the 2007 Kansas Shrine Bowl... Coached by Jeff Meyers... Also lettered three years in track & field and was the 2006 6A state champion in the 200 meters.
RECRUITING: Selected K-State over offers from Northwestern, Vanderbilt, Colorado State and SMU... Also received recruiting interest from Wisconsin, Missouri and Kansas.
PERSONAL: Demetrius Bell was born July 23, 1989, in Norman, Okla... Son of Kevin Shepard and Angela Bell... Father lettered as a running back at SMU, while grandfather, Woodie Shepard, lettered as a running back at Oklahoma... Plans on majoring in history... Would like to teach history and coach track & field and football following graduation.
WHY K-STATE: "The energy of Coach (Ron) Prince and Coach (James) Franklin was the main reason that I gave Kansas State my commitment. Another reason why I committed to Kansas State was because of the offense. It seemed like that offense is going to best fit my style."

 

Lamark BROWN | ATH
6-3, 215 | Hazelwood, Mo. (Hazelwood West) | Watch Video

QUICKLY: Big-time athlete who has displayed star power on both sides of the ball as a prep... Likely projects as a wide receiver at Kansas State... The top-rated prospect in the St. Louis metro area by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch... Considered to be the No. 4 athlete and No. 71 overall prospect nationally by Rivals.com, which rates him as a four-star prospect... Received three stars from Scout.com... PrepStar All-American... Rated as the No. 35 overall player in the Midlands Region by SuperPrep.
HAZELWOOD WEST HS: Started all four years for the Wildcats and was a two-time consensus Class 6 all-state performer by the Missouri Coaches Association, the Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association and the Kansas City Star... Also named to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch All-Metro team in both 2005 and 2006... A standout performer at wide receiver and running back as well as defensive back... Ended his senior season with 584 yards on 92 carries (6.35 avg.)... Scored 13 of the West's 20 touchdowns... Also caught three passes for 51 yards (17.0 avg.) and accounted for 44 percent of Hazelwood's total yards (800 of 1,814) during his senior season... Returned five kickoffs for 165 yards (33.0 avg)... Totaled 42 total tackles on defense, with 36 unassisted stops, three blocked field goals, two blocked punts and a fumble recovery... Played in the prestigious East Meets West All-American Bowl in Orlando, Fla., following his senior season... Rushed for 1,249 yards and 21 TDs during his junior campaign, while hauling in six receptions for 103 yards... Recorded 55 tackles, including 43 solos, three interceptions and a fumble recovery in 2005... Coached by Keith Herring... Also lettered in track & field and qualified for the Missouri 2006 State Track Meet in the long jump, 4x100, and 4x200.
RECRUITING: Selected K-State very early in the recruiting process... Received scholarship offers from Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska in addition to K-State.
PERSONAL: Lamark Brown II was born July 5, 1989, in Anchorage, Alaska... Son of Lamark and Angela Brown... Sister, Lakrisha, a senior on the Morehead State women's basketball team, earned first team Ohio Valley Conference honors in 2006.
WHY K-STATE: "I picked (Kansas State) because when I visited for the first time I was treated better than I had been anywhere else. I had been to Missouri and Indiana, but K-State was different. The fans were a lot better and the coaches made me feel a lot more welcome. I've been really impressed with the whole (program)."

 

Gary CHANDLER | DB
5-11, 186 | Wichita, Kan. (Coffeyville College) | Watch Video

QUICKLY: An extremely athletic defensive back who figures to push for immediate playing time... Considered to be one of the top junior college defensive backs in the country and the top player in the Kansas JuCo ranks... Rated as the No. 5 overall junior college prospect in the nation... Received four stars from both Rivals.com and Scout.com.
Coffeyville College: A 2006 first team NJCAA All-American and two-time first team All-Jayhawk Conference defensive back... Also earned honorable mention All-America accolades from JC Grid-Wire... Helped Coffeyville to a No. 13 final ranking, a 7-4 record and a berth in the Top of the Mountain Bowl... Recorded 70 total tackles during the regular season, including 29 unassisted stops, while forcing three fumbles... Part of a defensive unit that finished 2006 ranked 12th nationally in pass defense (103.3 ypg) and 16th in total defense (227.2 ypg)... The Red Ravens defense also finished first in the NJCAA Region VI rankings in scoring defense, allowing just 12.6 points per game... Helped lead Coffeyville to a No. 9 national ranking, a 9-3 record, a NJCAA Region VI title and a berth in the Sea Island Bowl as a freshman in 2005... Collected 64 tackles, including two for losses... Also had three interceptions and forced a fumble as a freshman.
WICHITA HEIGHTS HS: Helped Heights to a 10-1 record in 2004, its best ever... Rushed for 1,905 yards on 260 carries (7.3 ypc), with 28 touchdowns at running back... Gained over 200 yards in four straight games, with five 200-plus outings... May have had best offensive game of the season against Emporia with six touchdowns... Recorded 98 tackles, including 57 solo stops, with nine tackles for losses on defense... Named Class 6A all-state by the Wichita Eagle and Topeka Capital-Journal as a defensive back... Was also a member of both papers' 2004 top-11 all-class teams... Participated in the 2005 East-West Shrine game... Began his prep career at Wichita East before transferring to Heights after his junior season... Rushed for 1600 yards as a junior in 2003 at East... Earned all-league honors as a defensive back and was an honorable mention all-state selection... Played quarterback and defensive back as a freshman and sophomore at East... Coached by Rick Wheeler at Heights... Also lettered in basketball and played for East's state title team.
RECRUITING: Originally signed with the Wildcats out of high school as part of K-State's February 2005 class... Chose Kansas State over offers from Arkansas, Louisville, Iowa State and Missouri.
PERSONAL: Gary Jermaine Chandler was born Oct. 31, 1986, in Wichita, Kan... Parents are Gary Chandler and Kathy Delt... Has two brothers, Brian (25) and Chris (11)... Comes from an athletic family as father Gary played at Tulsa, uncle, Vic, lettered as a defensive end at K-State from 1974-76 and uncle, Dewayne, was an All-Big Eight tight end at Kansas in 1992... Is undecided on a major.
WHY K-STATE: "All the arrows were pointing to K-State and I had signed with them out of high school. I really liked what I saw when I was up there for my visit this time and I knew that was the place. It was the best place for me."

 

Josh CHERRY | PK
6-1, 170 | McCook, Neb. (McCook) | Watch Video

QUICKLY: One the nation's top combo kickers (placements/punts) and an outstanding all-around athlete... Considered to be an extremely competitive player and a diligent worker... High school coach Jeff Gross called him "a football warrior"... Ranked as the No. 12 kicker in the country and the No. 5 overall prospect in the state of Nebraska by Rivals.com... Received three stars from Rivals and two from Scout.com.
McCOOK HS: The Bisons' primary place-kicker and punter for three seasons... Also started at quarterback and defensive back for McCook as a senior in 2006, leading the Bison to a state semifinal appearance and an 11-1 record... Good on 15-of-22 career field goals, with a long of 52 yards... Connected on 129-of-135 (95.6 percent) PATs during his career and averaged of 41.61 yards per punt... Recorded touchbacks on nearly 50 percent of his kickoffs as 107-of-218 were not returned... Passed for 1,017 yards during 2006, his only year at quarterback, connecting on 47-of-81 attempts with 12 touchdowns... Also rushed for 596 yards and nine TDs... Recorded 63 tackles and three interceptions as a defensive back in 2006... Selected as the 2006 Nebraska Class B Player of the Year by the Omaha World-Herald and was a first team Super State selection at punter by the Lincoln Journal-Star... Also earned a spot on the Lincoln Journal-Star (kicker), Omaha World-Herald (punter and defensive back) and Associated Press (defensive back) 2006 Class B all-state teams and was named the McCook Daily Gazette Class B player of the year... Picked up first team Class B all-state honors as a junior from both the Lincoln Journal-Star and Omaha World-Herald as a kicker... Started at kicker for the West squad in the 2007 U.S. All-American Bowl Classic in Shreveport, La... Helped guide McCook to Class B state championship game appearances as both a sophomore and junior when he was a teammate of current Wildcat Tony Purvis... Also lettered in basketball and track & field... Helped lead McCook to the 2006 state track & field title, capturing the 800 in a time of 1:55.378 that broke a 32-year-old school record.
RECRUITING: Selected K-State very early in the recruiting process... Received recruiting interest from Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas and Texas Tech.
PERSONAL: Joshua Cherry was born Dec. 23, 1988, in Kearney, Neb... Parents are Pat and Melanie Cherry... Has a younger brother, Austin... Plans on pursuing a degree in the medical field.
WHY K-STATE: "(Kansas State) is a great place. It is a nice town, the campus is nice and the facilities are good. I'm excited about being a Wildcat. The campus was one of my favorite things. It is a beautiful campus. I love the older look to it with all the old buildings. It gets me every time."

 

Richard EVANS | WR
5-10, 170 | Dallas, Texas (Pinkston) | Watch Video

QUICKLY: A speedy and tough prospect who played running back and defensive back as a prep but is projected as a wide receiver at Kansas State... A two-star rated prospect by Rivals.com.
PINKSTON HS: A two-year starter for the Vikings... A 2006 first team All-District 14-4A selection... Totaled 945 yards on 130 carries and scored nine touchdowns as a senior... Five of his nine TDs came on runs of 29 yards or longer, with a long of 59 vs. Sunset... Had four 100-yard rushing games, including a season high 161 yards against Sunset.. Also hauled in six receptions for 67 yards... Had three interceptions as a defensive back... Coached by James Argenti... Lettered four years in track & field at Pinkston... Won the District 14-4A 200 meter track title in 2006.
RECRUITING: A late commitment to Kansas State.
PERSONAL: Richard Evans was born Oct. 2, 1988, in Irving, Texas... Parents are Richard Evans, Sr. and GeVonna Moore... Has a younger sister, Erin... Plans to major in physical education.
WHY K-STATE: "Everything was good on my visit. I had a really good time. I talked with the coaches quite a bit and they told me they were very interested in me coming to play for them."

 

Colten FREEZE | OL
6-7, 270 | Liberty, Mo. (Liberty) | Watch Video

QUICKLY: Athletic offensive lineman who possesses excellent mobility for his size... Regarded as an extremely consistent competitor... One of the top Missouri players in the class of 2007... A two-star prospect who is considered to be the No. 25 overall player from Missouri by Rivals.com... Also received two stars from Scout.com... High school teammate of fellow K-State signee Payton Kirk.
LIBERTY HS: A three-year letterwinner and two-year starter for the Bluejays... Saw action at both right guard and right tackle through his career... Key component of a Liberty offense  that produced 1,658 yards on the ground and 1,636 yards through the air in 2006... Anchored a Bluejay offensive line that only allowed 13 sacks... Named to the 2006 Kansas City Star Missouri Class 6 all-state first team... An honorable mention all-state selection by the Missouri Coaches Association... Also earned first team all-district honors and second team Suburban Big 7 accolades as a senior... Helped the Liberty offense generate over 2,100 rushing yards and 1,500 passing yards as a junior... Coached by Pat Hansen... Also lettered in track & field.
RECRUITING: Committed to Kansas State very early in the recruiting process... Also received recruiting interest from Iowa State, Kansas and Missouri.
PERSONAL: Colten Freeze was born August 4, 1988, in Springfield, Mo... Parents are Mark and Vernada Freeze... A national honor society member... Cousin, Joe Brown, played football at Central Missouri State, while uncle, Kevin Freeze, played basketball at Pittsburg State.
WHY K-STATE: "I really like what they have going on (at Kansas State) with the new coaches. I like how they're building from the ground up. I like the agriculture program and that's what I'm going to major in. They have a really nice program. I've been fond of their program for some time, and I'm really happy that's where I'm going."

 

Raphael GUIDRY | DE
6-4, 240 | Texas City, Texas (La Marque) | Watch Video

QUICKLY: An explosive defensive end from one of the top prep programs in the state of Texas... Regarded as a pass rushing specialist... Received two stars from both Rivals.com and Scout.com... Ranked as the No. 94 overall player in Scout's Texas Top 100 heading into the 2006 season... A member of Max Emfinger's Texas Top 200 and the Houston Chronicle area Top 60.
LA MARQUE HS: A key member of the Cougars' 2006 Class 4A Division II state championship team... Helped guide La Marque to a 27-2 record during his junior and senior seasons, including a stellar 15-1 mark in 2006... Named TexasHSFootball.com's Class 4A first team all-state squad and to the overall statewide second team (all classes)... Also a first team Class 4A Region III selection as well as a unanimous first team all-district 23-4A pick... Named to the 2006 All-Greater Houston Area 4A second team... Racked up 86 tackles, five sacks and forced five fumbles for a defense that yielded just 208.1 total yards and 11.8 points per game... Helped lead La Marque to a 12-1 record and a berth in the Class 4A Division II state semifinals as a junior in 2005... Finished the season with 70 tackles, 10 tackles for losses, six sacks and three interceptions... Coached by Bryan Erwin... Also lettered in baseball.
RECRUITING: Chose Kansas State over offers from Baylor, Iowa State, Oklahoma State and UTEP... Also received recruiting interest from LSU and Texas A&M.
PERSONAL: Raphael Guidry was born Jan. 16, 1989, in Galveston, Texas... Son of Lee Ann and Avery (deceased) Guidry... Has an older brother, Avery, Jr... Is undecided on a major... Would like to coach high school football in the future.
WHY K-STATE: ""My visit to Kansas State was fun. I learned what it was like to be part of the Kansas State program. The players I talked with showed me how college life was (at K-State) and I enjoyed it."

 

Brian HARRIS | ATH
6-4, 217 | East St. Louis, Ill. (East St. Louis) | Watch Video

QUICKLY: A tough, athletic defender who flies to the football... Is solid against both the pass and the run and is regarded as a big-hitting tackler... Played strong safety and tight end as a prep, but projects as a linebacker at the college level... Rated as a two-star prospect by Rivals.com.
EAST ST. LOUIS HS: A two-year, two-way starter and three-year letterwinner for the Flyers... Helped East St. Louis end the 2006 regular season as the No.. 1-ranked Class 7A team in Illinois... A key component of the Flyers' 11-1 2006 campaign that included a berth in the Illinois Class 7A quarterfinals and a Southwestern Conference champions with a perfect 7-0 record... He had spectacular senior season, recording 80 tackles, including 45 solo stops, on defense... Also had 14 catches for 249 yards (17.8 avg) from his tight end spot... An honorable mention All-Metro pick as a safety in 2006 by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch... Helped lead the Flyers to a 7-4 record in 2005 and an appearance in the second round of the Illinois 7A playoffs... Coached by Darren Sunkett... Also plays forward on the East St. Louis basketball team.
RECRUITING: A late commitment to Kansas State.
PERSONAL: Brian Harris was born Dec. 30, 1987... Son of Carmencita Knight.
WHY K-STATE: "It's not too far from home. I also thought the campus and the players were really cool."


Tysyn HARTMAN | QB
6-2, 190 | Wichita, Kan. (Kapaun Mt. Carmel) | Watch Video

QUICKLY: An extremely intelligent player and one of the leading all-around athletes from the state of Kansas... Excelled on both sides of the ball as a prep, but was recruited to Kansas State as a quarterback... Tapped as the No. 65 athlete in the country and the No. 6 overall player in Kansas by Rivals.com... Received three stars from Rivals and two from Scout. com... PrepStar All-Midlands selection.
KAPAUN MT. CARMEL HS: A three-year starter at both quarterback and defensive back... Led the Crusaders to a 5-5 record, a district title and a berth in the Kansas 5A playoffs in 2006... Amassed 1,652 yards of total offense as a senior... Threw for 978 yards and 11 touchdowns on 78-for-146 passing, while rushing for 674 yards and six scores on 74 attempts... Earned first team 5A all-state honors at defensive back from the Topeka Capital-Journal, Wichita Eagle and the Kansas Football Coaches Association... Named second team all-city and honorable mention all-state as a quarterback... Completed 104-of-193 passes for 1,420 yards and 13 touchdowns as a junior... Also rushed for 382 yards and 11 TDs on 60 attempts during the 2005 season... Named honorable mention all-state and all-city as a junior quarterback... Coached by Dan Adelhardt.
RECRUITING: Selected Kansas State over offers from Kansas and Air Force... Also received recruiting interest from Oklahoma, Purdue and Tulsa.
PERSONAL: Tysyn Hartman was born August 9, 1989, in Hays, Kan... Parents are Frank Delavue and Karin Delavue... Has a younger brother, Frank... Father, Kerry Henderson, played running back at Texas Southern and briefly with the N.Y. Jets... Plans to major in engineering or biology... An excellent student who has over a 4.0 GPA.
WHY K-STATE: "The coaching staff is great and that was the biggest part of my decision. Ever since I met them, it has been a great fit. I love where they are going with things. And I love that they are recruiting Kansas kids who want to play hard and give everything they have."

 

Reggie HAYNES | DB
6-0, 170 | Apopka, Fla. (Apopka) | Watch Video

QUICKLY: A top-50 defensive back prospect by Fab50recruiting.com... Played running back, wide receiver and defensive back as prep... Projects as a DB at the college level.
APOPKA HS: A three-year letterwinner and starter for the Blue Darters... Helped lead Apopka to a 9-3 record, a District 6A-3 championship and a berth in the regional semifinals (second round) of the 6A state playoffs in 2006... Collected 30 tackles and two interceptions in 2005, helping the Blue Darters to a 7-4 record and a first round appearance in the 6A state playoffs... Coached by Rick Darlington... Also lettered in basketball and track & field.
RECRUITING: A late commitment to Kansas State.
PERSONAL: Reggie Haynes was born April 6, 1989, in Orlando, Fla... Parents are Reggie Haynes and Velvet Anderson... Has two older brothers, Darrell and Marcus, and a younger sister, Regina... is undecided on a college major...Nickname is Duce... Related to former Florida State and Miami Dolphins running back Sammie Smith.

 

Danny HOGAN | WR
6-2, 190 | Dallas, Texas (Roosevelt) | Watch Video

QUICKLY: Big-play receiver with good size and blazing speed... Was overlooked by most recruiting services despite being one of the most decorated prep receivers in Texas following the 2006 season... A three-sport star at Roosevelt who helped the Mustangs win the 2006 3A state basketball title.
ROOSEVELT: A standout performer at both wide receiver and defensive back during his prep career... A 2006 Associated Press 3A first team all-state selection... Earned honorable mention all-state honors from the Texas Sports Writers Association (TWSA)... Named to the Dallas Morning News All-Area (all classes) second team... Selected to the Class 3A Region II first team... The District 11-3A Offensive Player of the Year... Hauled in 46 receptions for 945 (21.0 avg.) and an eye-popping 19 touchdowns as a senior... Had four 100-yard receiving games on the year... Also had four rushes for 11 yards and a pair of touchdowns, a 51-yard punt return for a score and a fumble recovery in the end zone for a TD... Totaled 132 points on the season, including a five touchdown game vs. Fort Worth Castleberry that earned him area Player-of-the-Week honors from the Dallas Morning News for games of Oct. 2... Scored every time he touched the ball in the 40-14 win over Castleberry, hauling in touchdowns of 45, 11, 25, 6 and 61 yards to finish the game with five receptions for 148 yards... Led Roosevelt to a 7-4 record and a berth in the 3A Division I Bi-District playoffs... Named the 2005 District 10-3A Newcomer of the Year as a defensive back... Collected 80 tackles, two fumble recoveries and one interception as a junior... Coached by Joseph Daniels... Also lettered in basketball and track & field... Played forward on Roosevelt's 2006 Texas Class 3A boys basketball state title team and scored 12 points in the championship game.
RECRUITING: A late commitment to Kansas State... Also received interest from Georgia Tech, Iowa State, LSU, Wisconsin and Tulsa during the recruiting process.
PERSONAL: Danny Hogan was born May 16, 1989, in Dallas, Texas... Parents are Danny and Treleanna Hogan... Plans to major in business management and open an employment agency for ex-convicts following graduation.
WHY K-STATE: "I liked the way they have their academics set up and I like surroundings of everything there."

 

Payton KIRK | DE
6-6, 240 | Liberty, Mo. (Liberty) | Watch Video

QUICKLY: A big, tough defensive end who excels in stopping the run... Possesses an unbelievable motor according to his high school coach, who lauds his relentlessness and work ethic... Considered to be one of the top prospects from the state of Missouri in the class of 2007... Received two stars from Rivals.com, which ranks him as the No. 27 player in the Show-me State... Also picked up two stars from Scout.com... High school teammate of fellow K-State signee Colton Freeze.
LIBERTY HS: Earned three letters and was a two-year starter for the Bluejays... Started at both defensive tackle and defensive end and also played on the offensive line during his prep career... A 2006 second team Class 6 all-state selection by the Missouri Football Coaches Association...Named to the 2006 Kansas City Star Class 6 All-District team... Also earned first-team Suburban Big 7 honors at defensive line, and second-team Suburban Big 7 honors at offensive line as a senior... Recorded 50 tackles (36 solo), while tallying eight tackles for losses and four sacks in 2006... Had 37 tackles and two sacks, earning all-area honors as a junior... Served as a team captain for the Bluejays... Coached by Pat Hansen... Also earned two letters in track & field, competing in the discus and 400 meters.
RECRUITING: Committed to Kansas State very early in the recruiting process... Also received recruiting interest from Iowa, Kansas and Missouri.
PERSONAL: Payton Kirk was born Dec. 11, 1988, in Tulsa, Okla... Parents are Brian and Terri Kirk... Has a younger sister, Piper... Plans to major in sports medicine... Plans on pursuing a profession in either the coaching or athletic training fields... Cousin, Andy Thorn, played tight end for the Dallas Cowboys... Cousin, Justin Kirk, is a junior-to-be linebacker at Northern Iowa.
WHY K-STATE: "I liked everything I saw (at Kansas State). I liked how they're going in and re-building everything with a bunch of excitement. Before I thought about recruiting I knew I wanted to be with coaches I felt good about. My relationship with the coaching staff was very important to me. I really like (the K-State coaching staff) and what they are trying to do."

 

Ben LIU | OL
6-6, 325 | Sacramento, Calif. (Sacramento CC) | Watch Video

QUICKLY: Massive offensive line prospect who is regarded for his athleticism and toughness... Projects as an early contributor... Played both defensive end and offensive line as a prep before narrowing his focus to the offensive line in the junior college ranks... Rated as a three-star prospect by both Rivals.com and Scout.com
SACRAMENTO CITY COLLEGE: Started two seasons for the Panthers... Earned first team All-Mid-Empire Conference honors as a sophomore in 2006... Helped lead Sac City to a 7-4 record (4-1 MEC), a victory over Feather River in the Capital Shrine Bowl and a No. 16 ranking in the final 2006 Northern California Community College poll... Anchored an offensive line that gave up just 21 sacks in 11 games (1.9 avg.)... Helped the Panthers average 358.3 yards of total offense per game in 2005... Coached by 2006 Mid-Empire Conference coach of the year Mike Clemons.
LUTHER BURBANK HS: Started all for years four the Mighty Titans... Played both defensive end and offensive line and earned all-league honors... Coached by John Heffernan.
RECRUITING: Selected K-State over offers from Oregon, Oregon State and Washington State.
PERSONAL: Penisini "Ben" Liu was born August 19, 1985, in Sacramento, Calif... Parents are Seluini Liu and Mele Liu... Father was a professional wrestler in the early 1980s... The youngest of five children in the Liu family... Has two children of his own, Villiami and Isea... Plans to major in social science.
WHY K-STATE: "I was happy with everything I saw (at Kansas State). All of the people were outstanding. Everyone was great. We met a lot of people and everyone was super.They took me and my wife on a tour through the whole school. We saw the campus, the buildings and all of the facilities. Everything was what we were hoping to see. We just felt really comfortable with everything. We got to eat lunch and dinner with the coaches and I got to get to know the coaches. I got to meet the players and be around them. I felt really comfortable with them, too."

 

Jeremy MACK | TE
6-4, 210 | Blue Springs, Mo. (Blue Springs South) | Watch Video

QUICKLY: A rugged prospect who excelled on both sides of the ball as a prep... Projects as either a tight end or slot receiver at the collegiate level... Considered to be one of the top prospects from the state of Missouri in the class of 2007... Received two stars from Rivals.com, which ranks him as the No. 21 player in the Show-me State... Also picked up two stars from Scout.com.
BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH HS: A two-year, two way starter and three-year letterwinner for the Jaguars... Helped lead Blue Springs South to a perfect 13-0 record in 2006 and the Missouri Class 6 state title... Recorded 79 total tackles (38 solo, 41 assisted) six interceptions and a fumble recovery as a senior defensive back... Hauled in 27 passes for 448 yards (16.6 avg.) in 2006, with 10 touchdowns... Also punted 33 times for an average of 34.7 yards, while dropping six inside the 20-yard-line... A first team Class 6 all-state selection by the Missouri Football Coaches Association, The Associated Press and the Kansas City Star as a defensive back... Also named to the KC Star Class 6 all-district team at receiver... Earned first team All-Metro honors from MetroSports at defensive back and honorable mention All-Metro accolades as a receiver... Named first team All-Suburban Big Seven Conference at both receiver and defensive back... Helped the Jaguars to a 3-3 start in 2005 before suffering a season-ending injury... Still managed to put up some solid numbers as a junior, snagging 24 receptions for 477 yards and 10 touchdowns to earn second team All-Suburban Big Seven Conference honors... Coached by 2006 Class 6 coach of the year Greg Oder... Also lettered three years in basketball and four years in track & field at Blue Springs South.
RECRUITING: Committed to Kansas State early in the recruiting process... Also received recruiting interest from Kansas, Michigan State, Missouri and Stanford.
PERSONAL: Jeremy Mack was born April 27, 1989, in Safford, Ariz... Parents are Bill and Diane Mack... The youngest of seven children in his family... Participated in his high school student senate and choir... Is undecided on a future major.
WHY K-STATE: "Kansas State is the place for me. When I went for a visit I knew that is where I wanted to be. It felt like home to me. I love the campus. It's a good town and a good place to go to school. Everything seemed right."

 

Kendrick MATTHEWS | DB
5-10, 180 | Fresno, Texas (Marshall) | Watch Video

QUICKLY: A speed-merchant who also plays very physical for his size... Has a 36-inch vertical jump and has been timed at 4.41 in the 30... Tapped as a Houston Area top 100 performer by the Houston Chronicle... Named top-50 defensive back prospect by Fab50recruiting.com... The No. 72 overall senior prospect in the greater Houston Area by Texasprepextra.com... Received two stars from both Rivals.com and Scout.com... PrepStar All-Midlands selection.
MARSHALL HS: A three-year letterwinner and two-year starter for the Buffaloes... Helped Marshall to an 8-4 record, a District 23-5A co-championship and a berth in the area finals of the 5A state playoffs in 2006... Earned District 23-5A second team honors as a senior... Coached by Dennis Brantley... Also lettered three years in track & field, competing in the 4x100, 4x400 and 200 meters.
RECRUITING: One of K-State's earliest commitments... Also received recruiting interest from Iowa State, Texas Tech, Utah, Central Florida, TCU and UTEP.
PERSONAL: Kendrick Matthews was born Sept. 19, 1988, in Houston, Texas... Guardians are William and Norma Smith... Is related to Jafus White, a 1980 draft pick of the Green Bay Packers, and Texas wide receiver Billy Pittman.
WHY K-STATE: "Mainly because (Kansas State's) in the Big 12 and that's one school that produces a lot of defensive backs. They wanted somebody with speed that could hit. I can do that."

 

Jerrell MCDANIEL | WR
6-0, 175 | East St. Louis, Ill. (East St. Louis) | Watch Video

QUICKLY: Fluid athlete with 4.5 speed... Made plenty of big plays on both sides of the ball as a prep... Ranked as the No. 9 prospect on the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's list of the top 30 players in the St. Louis metro area and the No. 2 receiver behind fellow K-State signee Lamark Brown... Considered to be one of the top prospects from the state of Illinois in the class of 2007... Received three stars from Rivals.com, which ranks him as the No. 25 player in Illinois... A two-start prospect by Scout.com.
EAST ST. LOUIS HS: A two-year, two-way starter and three-year letterwinner for the Flyers... Helped East St. Louis end the 2006 regular season as the No. 1-ranked Class 7A team in Illinois... Led the Flyers to an 11-1 overall record, a berth in the Illinois Class 7A quarterfinals and a Southwestern Conference champions with a perfect 7-0 record... Hauled in 36 receptions as a senior for 913 yards and an incredible 20 touchdowns (1 TD for every 1.7 catches)... Also racked up 75 total tackles (41 solo), 11 sacks, eight interceptions and one fumble recovery from his defensive back spot... Selected as the 2006 St. Louis Post-Dispatch defensive player of the year... Earned first team Class 7A all-state honors at both wide receiver and defensive back from the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association and was a second team all-state (all classes) selection by the Chicago Tribune at receiver... Helped lead the Flyers to a 7-4 record in 2005 and an appearance in the second round of the Illinois 7A playoffs... Recorded 42 receptions for 1,046 yards (24.9 per catch) and a staggering 20 touchdowns as a junior... Also collected 79 tackles and two interceptions from his defensive back position... Coached by Darren Sunkett... A long jumper and sprinter in track & field... Long jumped 23-1 as a junior.
RECRUITING: Selected Kansas State over offers from Illinois, Michigan State, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin.
PERSONAL: Jerrell McDaniel was born Sept. 17, 1988... Son of Juliet Stennis.

 

Deon MURPHY | WR
5-10, 170 | Houston, Texas (Coffeyville College) | Watch Video

QUICKLY: A speedy receiver who is also regarded as one of the top return specialists in the country... Has been clocked at 4.36 in the 40 and is said to play with a tremendous motor... Ranked as the No. 67 overall junior college prospect and the No. 10 receiver in the nation by Rivals.com... Received three-stars from Rivals.com.
COFFEYVILLE COLLEGE: A standout performer for the Red Ravens... Helped Coffeyville to a No. 13 national ranking, a 7-4 record and a berth in the Top of the Mountain Bowl in 2006... Earned first team All-Jayhawk Conference honors at both wide receiver and as a return specialist... Also named honorable mention All-American as an all-purpose performer by JCFootball.com... Part of a Coffeyville offensive squad that finished second in the Region VI rankings in scoring offense (27.1 ppg)... Racked up 535 receiving yards on 36 catches... Averaged 48.6 yards per game receiving while tacking on eight touchdowns... Also proved to be a special teams threat, averaging 12.1 yards per punt return and 22.2 yards per kickoff return... Ended the 2006 season ranked seventh in the NJCAA Region VI standings in all-purpose yards (95.5 ypg) and accounted for nearly 25 percent of the Red Ravens' total yards... Coached by Jeff Leiker... Also competed in the 200 meters and the 4x100 relay on the Coffeyville track team.
KLEIN FOREST HS: Started three seasons for the Golden Eagles... Earned second team All-District 14-5A honors in 2004 and was regarded among the top 50 receivers in the state of Texas... Hauled in 43 receptions for 583 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior... Totaled 522 yards on 36 catches with six TDs and helped Klein Forest to a 12-1 record as a junior in 2003... Coached by Gene Johnson.
RECRUITING: Selected K-State over offers from Iowa State, Temple, Wyoming and North Texas.
PERSONAL: Deon Murphy was born April 15, 1986, in Houston, Texas... Parents are Daryl and Gwen Murphy... Has an older brother, Damien... Enjoys acting... Plans to major in communications and pursue a career in broadcasting following college.
WHY K-STATE: "From the coaching staff, to the players, to the campus, to the academics, to the athletics. I really loved (Kansas State). The atmosphere is great. The students and athletes are involved in everything. The coaches are involved. It's like one big family. It's a great atmosphere."

 

Chris PATTERSON | LB
6-3, 215 | Chicago, Ill. (Joliet JC) | Watch Video

QUICKLY: A fast and physical linebacker with off-the-chart athletic ability... Has been clocked at 4.5 in the 40 and runs more like a wide receiver than the big-hitting linebacker that he is... Rated as the No. 34 overall junior college player in the class of 2007 by Rivals.com... Also received four stars from Rivals, which rates him as the nation's No. 6 JuCo linebacker... Rated as a three-star prospect by Scout.com... Joins several former Northeastern Oklahoma A&M teammates at Kansas State.
JOLIET JC: Started in his only season with the Wolves... Helped lead Joliet Junior College to a 7-4 record in 2006, a Midwest Football Conference East Division regular season title and a berth in the Graphic Edge Bowl... Closed out the regular season with 34 total tackles, including two sacks... Also had three interceptions and a forced fumble... Named second team All-NJCAA Region IV and second team All-Midwest Conference... Coached by Tom Minnick.
NORTHEAST OKLAHOMA A&M: Rated as a four-star prospect and the No. 22 junior college player in the nation by Rivals.com in the class of 2006... Started all 11 games during 2005 and helped lead the Golden Norseman to a 9-3 record and a victory over Mississippi Golf Coast in the Dalton Defenders Bowl... Led the Southwest Junior College Football Conference with three blocked punts... Finished fourth in the conference with 105 tackles, including 54 unassisted stops... Also collected 12 tackles for losses, seven pass breakups, three interceptions and one fumble recovery... Earned first team NJCAA All-America honors as well as first team all-conference accolades... Redshirted in 2004 at NEO... Coached by Rob Green.
HUBBARD HS: A four-year varsity starter for the Greyhounds... Ranked as a five-star prospect and the nation's No. 15 overall player by Rivals.com as a high school senior... Received four stars and was rated as the country's No. 7 linebacker by Scout.com... Considered to be the nation's No. 3 outside linebacker prospect by Rivals at the time... Played in 2004 U.S. Army High School All-American game... Named second team All-American in 2003 by USA Today... Earned first team all-state, all-area and all-city honors (all classes) from both the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune as a junior and senior... Started at defensive end as a freshman and sophomore before moving to middle linebacker position for his final two seasons... Led the Greyhounds to a 10-3 record in 2003... Totaled 106 tackles, 13 sacks and two interceptions as a junior in 2002... Helped Hubbard to an 11-1 record and a state quarterfinal appearance as a sophomore in 2002.