Cats land OL commit AJ Allen

By The Mercury

AJ Allen announced his final four schools early Sunday, and by the end of the night, the big offensive lineman’s final decision was known — Kansas State.

The 6-foot-7, 315-pound junior college lineman announced his decision to commit to the Wildcats via Twitter.

Allen told that he actually committed to K-State during an in-home visit with head coach Bill Snyder and offensive line coach Charlie Dickey last week.

“I was close to committing to Purdue,” Allen told “But when the coaches both came out, they proved to me how special Kansas State can be. With all the commitments already, all the potential… it was a hard choice, but I wanted to go somewhere that could give me two very promising years and K-State is building that.”

Allen has spent the last two seasons playing offensive tackle at Grossmont Community College in El Cajon, Calif. He had offers from numerous schools, including Arizona State, Arkansas, Cincinnati, Kansas, Kentucky, Purdue and South Florida.

Allen said he is currently trying to lose 10 pounds down to 305, before regaining the pounds in pure muscle as he prepares to compete for one of the Wildcats’ two void spots at offensive tackle.

After losing a commit last week, the Wildcats also found a player to replace their loss. Quarterback Aaron Sharp announced his intention to de-commit from K-State and commit to UCLA, leaving the Wildcats without a quarterback in the 2014 recruiting class.

The Wildcats received a commitment to walk-on from Harrisonville, Mo., quarterback Zach Davidson on Sunday afternoon.

The 6-foot-5, 215-pound dual-threat quarterback told that he was committed to going to K-State regardless, rather it be as a player or a student.

“I’ve always wanted to go to K-State, whether I played football or not,” Davidson said. “Originally, I’d been talking to Western Illinois, but they signed another guy. A couple smaller schools like Emporia State were involved with me also, but when the opportunity presented itself at K-State this weekend, I loved it and knew that was the choice.”

Davidson experienced a successful junior season, landing a spot on Missouri’s All-State team as the All-Purpose Player. But a difficult senior season led to some of his recruiting buzz cooling off.

Now set to take the practice field with the Wildcats this fall, Davidson said he’s excited for the experience ahead of him.

“The main thing that stands out to me is how everyone talks about the family feel there,” Davidson said. “You hear about it, but when you get on campus and get with the players and students, it’s real. I’m not a player or even a member of the student body yet, but I can already feel it.”

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