4-star DT picks K-State over Huskers

By Joshua Kinder

Kansas State’s 2014 football recruiting class got 315 pounds heavier on Sunday after picking up a big-time commitment from Dodge City Community College four-star defensive tackle Terrell Clinkscales.

Ranked 15th nationally among junior college prospects, Clinkscales switched his commitment from former Big 12 rival Nebraska this weekend, telling that it was a business decision.

There have been rumors that Clinkscales would have a difficult time qualifying at Nebraska. Though the 6-foot-4, 315-pound tackle told Rivals that’s not the case, his decision to switch from the Huskers to the Wildcats was based on a lack of help. 

“I feel like the vibe with Nebraska was, like, ‘if he gets here, he gets here. If not, he doesn’t,’” Clinkscales told Rivals. “I feel like Nebraska was not taking the steps to make sure I’m good. Like, I’ve been asking them for the last two weeks to help me get an online math class up and rolling. I haven’t even really got an answer about that.”

There was no lack of attention from K-State, however, which stayed on Clinkscales’ trail even after his commitment to Nebraska in December. He visited Manhattan on Nov. 15.

“The coaches at K-State are helpful, man,” said Clinkscales, who had 45 tackles — 10 for loss — and four sacks this past season for the Conqs. “I’m just not getting the same feeling and vibe from Nebraska. I don’t have anything against anybody. It’s just a business. And when you aren’t handling that business right, a business decision has to be made.”

Clinkscales’ business decision will reunite him with his former Dodge City teammate, three-star defensive back Danzel McDaniel, who already signed his letter of intent and will be enrolled in classes at K-State this spring semester. Clinkscales chose the Wildcats over 22 other offers, including Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Miami, Arkansas, Oregon, Penn State, Ohio State and Arizona State, to name a few.

Including Clinkscales, the Wildcats now have a pair of four-star commitments — both on defense — with Garden City Community College linebacker Dvonta Derricott, who ranks 24th among junior college recruits.

K-State’s recruiting class, which now includes 19 players — three who will on campus this spring — ranks 47th nationally and sixth in the Big 12. National Signing Day is Feb. 5.

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