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K-State loses commitment from versatile football recruit Velton Gardner

Velton Gardner poses for a picture on a K-State recruiting visit
Velton Gardner poses for a picture on a K-State recruiting visit

One of Kansas State’s most versatile 2019 football commitments is no longer Manhattan bound.

Velton Gardner, a 5-foot-9, 170-pound three-star quarterback from Dallas, withdrew his commitment to the Wildcats on Thursday. He made the announcement on social media.

Gardner, who projects to play receiver or running back at the college level, originally chose K-State over interest from SMU, Texas Tech, Syracuse, Tulsa and several other schools. Gardner is a dual-threat quarterback at Skyline High School. He completed 60 percent of his passes and threw for 1,915 yards and 13 touchdowns last season while also rushing for 1,036 yards and 17 touchdowns.

“At this time, after talking with my family, I have decided to de-commit from Kansas State University,” he wrote on Twitter. “I want to thank Coach (Bill) Snyder, Coach (Andre) Coleman, Coach (Charlie) Dickey and the rest of the Kansas State football staff for everything throughout the recruiting process.”

Gardner’s decision leaves the Wildcats with eight commitments for the 2019 recruiting class. They currently have the second-smallest recruiting class in the Big 12, ahead of only Kansas, which has one commit lined up for next season.

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