JUCO players on their way to K-State

By The Mercury

Three of Kansas State’s top junior college recruits say they will be with the team this week as fall camp is well underway for the Wildcats.

Camp officially started on Sunday, but offensive tackle A.J. Allen, defensive lineman Terrell Clinkscales and linebacker D’Vonta Derricott are expected to make their first appearances early this week.

Allen, a 6-foot-7, 315-pound tackle from Grossmont College in El Cajon, Calif., told KMAN he expected to be at camp “around Tuesday or Wednesday.”

Allen will be a welcomed addition for K-State, as it seeks to replace departed starting tackles Cornelius Lucas and Tavon Rooks. K-State added one junior college tackle in Butler County’s Luke Hayes, but he played guard in the spring game.

Allen was rated as the 13th best junior college offensive tackle by ESPN.

Clinkscales tweeted late Saturday that he passed his final class and was waiting on his teachers before he could be academically eligible to join the team.

The 6-4, 315-pound defensive tackle from Dodge City Community College tweeted earlier in July that he would be in Manhattan the week before camp started. He also told K-State fans on July 15, that he’d finished his remaining course work and was ready to join the team.

Clinkscales was a late get for the Wildcats in the recruiting process after his original commitment to Nebraska fell through due to his academic struggles. Clinkscales switched from the Huskers and committed to the Wildcats because of K-State’s willingness to help him complete his course work at DCCC.

Clinkscales played one season at Dodge City after transferring from Grand Rapids Community College. He was a second-team NJCAA performer and was named to the All-Jayhawk Conference first team. ESPN recognized him as the fourth-best junior college defensive tackle in the class.

Derricott’s situation has appeared much cloudier at times. He tweeted on July 30 that he owed Garden City Community College $1,700 before he could leave and come to Manhattan. Derricott also tweeted that he would be at camp on Tuesday or Wednesday.

A 6-0, 225-pound linebacker, Derricott played two seasons at Garden City and earned All-Jayhawk Conference first-team honors. He was rated as the No. 3 junior college outside linebacker by ESPN.

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