Kansas State University

K-State taps into junior colleges

MANHATTAN — Kansas State didn't announce a junior-college football signing class Wednesday on the first day of the month-long mid-year transfer period, but the Wildcats are expected to add at least a half-dozen juco players.

Three players from Hutchinson Community College signed with K-State on Wednesday.

Defensive back Matthew Pearson, offensive lineman Mike Powell and wide receiver/kick returner Gage McKinnis signed with K-State. Defensive end Adam Davis says he will wait and sign in February.

Davis (6-foot-1, 249 pounds) is the highest-rated recruit. He is the No. 38 junior college player and a four-star player according to recruiting Web site Rivals.com.

Pearson (6-1, 189) has a three-star rating. Powell (6-4, 306) is from LaCrosse; McKinnis (5-9, 178) is from Hutchinson and was a juco All-American as a freshman who missed most of his sophomore season with an injury.

Defensive tackle Javonta Boyd of Butler Community College also signed Wednesday.

Boyd (6-4, 302) is the No. 43 player and a three-star recruit.

Other junior college players expected to sign were Navarro Junior College's Ray Kibble (6-3, 310, defensive tackle) and Justin Williams (6-0, 290, DT); and Jordan Allred (6-4, 290, offensive line) of Pierce Community College in Woodlands, Calif.

All are three-star recruits.

At his postseason news conference, K-State coach Bill Snyder said he would have no problem using his few remaining scholarships on the right junior college recruit. One of those reportedly will not be going to top rated quarterback Cameron Newton of Blinn College. Newton has said he had interest in K-State for several months, but told OUInsider.com he was no longer considering the Wildcats. Still on his list, according to the ESPN-affiliated Web site are Oklahoma, North Carolina, Auburn, Mississippi State, Baylor and Arizona.

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