The Kansas State Wildcats currently have four commitments locked up in the 2014 recruiting class, and that puts them just barely into the top 25 in most recruiting rankings early on. A couple of days ago, I took a close look at Kansas State guard commit Robert Castaneda in my inaugural “recruit of the week” piece where I wrap up the recruitment of a committed prospect and talk about his skill set. Today, I will start a new feature where I break down a position in the 2014 football recruiting class for a specific team, and I will start with the Kansas State Wildcats and their defensive back targets.
None of Bill Snyder’s four commits are in the defensive backfield, but the Wildcats have offered five defensive backs in the 2014 class thus far. One of them, however, is already committed, as four-star Skyline standout CB Cedric Collins chose the Texas A&M Aggies way back in August and has remained close to A&M due to several visits following that commitment. Kansas State never targeted Collins heavily, though, so it wasn’t like K-State lost a recruiting battle there. But even if they did, there is no shame in losing to Kevin Sumlin and an Aggies class that might be the best in 2014 right now.
Anyway, Kansas State’s main target at cornerback (four of their offers are CB, just one is at safety) seems to be Terrence Alexander. The three-star recruit plays for the prestigious John Curtis High in New Orleans, and he falls safely into the 247Composite’s top 50 at the cornerback position. Alexander has terrific speed, versatility, and he has the right, aggressive attitude that has made him a star in a crowded John Curtis secondary. He has the ability to excel in man coverage, but it doesn’t seem like the Wildcats have a great chance at landing him. Although they offered back in late November, Alexander seems to be looking closest at the Arkansas Razorbacks, Mississippi Rebels, and the Stanford Cardinal. If I had to make an early prediction on Alexander, then I would tab Stanford.
Alexander doesn’t have anything approaching mind-blowing numbers, but he did have eight passes defended last season and is one of the best shutdown corners in the region. He seems to pride himself in playing in run support as well, and I’ve heard Alexander state that he thinks he fits better in man coverage- I would completely agree.
Below are the rest of the prospects with Kansas State offers, using 247Sports as a reference.
S Steven Parker
Jenks standout Steven Parker just barely makes our FanSided150 list right at 150, but a top 150 recruit is a great recruit regardless. The four-star safety is a talented prospect the Wildcats would have undoubtedly loved to land, but he seems to have his eyes set on the two big schools in the state. The Texas A&M Aggies, Oklahoma State Cowboys, and Oklahoma Sooners are the three teams with the best chance at landing Parker’s signature, and I doubt the DB ends up committing outside of those three power programs. Parker is the fifth-best recruit in the state of Oklahoma, and he has the ability to play at either CB or S.
CB Nicholas Ruffin
Atlanta cornerback recruit Nicholas Ruffin is one of my favorite CBs in the 2014 recruiting class, and he is a talented four-star prospect who just missed a spot in our top 150. However, it seems like Kansas State came late to the game with an offer, because the Wildcats offered a day after Ruffin named three big SEC schools (the Alabama Crimson Tide, Georgia Bulldogs, and South Carolina Gamecocks) as leaders in his recruitment. Ruffin is a reported Alabama lean who also likes the Florida State Seminoles, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, LSU Tigers, Vanderbilt Commodores, Mississippi State Bulldogs, and Mississippi Rebels. Yeah, I doubt he leaves the Southeast region.
CB Patrick Porter
Two-star cornerback Patrick Porter represents the best chance for Kansas State of nabbing a DB prospect of the five they offered, and that has more to do than the fact that he is rated as just a two-star prospect. Porter has no leans at the moment, and Kansas State is most likely the biggest program to have offered him. He also has offers from Ole Miss, Mississippi State, and the Cincinnati Bearcats and interest from several major programs in the Florida Gators, Alabama, and South Carolina (Duke and Arizona have also looked at Porter). He has great speed and is one of the top 50 prospects in the state of Alabama, and I could definitely see Porter get a few major offers before he commits. Kansas State has a great chance at landing him, and I wonder if Snyder also sees something special in him. I was unable to find any tape on him, so I would love for one of you guys to send me some tape on Patrick Porter to break down in the future.