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K-State announces 2012 recruiting class

By The Mercury

The Kansas State football team announced more than 20 signees on National Signing Day for college football on Wednesday.

The class featured mostly high school players, with five junior college signees and a few greyshirts.

A highlight of the class might be wide receiver Marquez Clark out of Navarro Junior College — a 4-star player according to Rivals and the No. 16 junior college player in the nation.

His teammate Tavon Rooks, a 6-foot-6, 270-pound offensive lineman rated No. 23 among junior college players, also joined the Wildcats.

Among the greyshirt players returning are fullback Glenn Gronkowski, defensive back Morgan Burns, defensive tackle Samuel Harvill, defensive lineman Hunter Davis and linebacker Mike Moore.

Gronkowski is the youngest brother New England Patriots’ tight end Rob, Colts’ fullback Chris and Browns’ TE Dan Gronkowski.

The Lonestar state was the most represented in this class with nine.

K-State scored the No. 1 prospect from another state, landing Nebraska quarterback Tavarius Bender.

The class has a number of offensive playmakers — four receivers and two running backs — including Jarvis Leverett, the No. 8 RB in Texas according to the Houston Chronicle.

K-State added three in-state players in Manhattan receiver Deante Burton, Conway Springs athlete Matt Seiwert and Wichita East alum Chaquil Reed,  who came to the Wildcats from Butler Community College.

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