The Kansas State football team had a big day in recruiting on Thursday, part of a big week overall.
The Wildcats picked up four commitments on Thursday, bringing their total to five on the week.
The day started with Iowa Western quarterback Jake Waters, the NJCAA Player of the Year and a first-team All-American, and teammate and fellow first-team All-American, defensive end Devon Nash, announcing their commitments to the Wildcats in a live broadcast.
Waters’ commitment was a bit of a surprise for K-State fans, as twitter reports late Wednesday and early Thursday said he was favoring Penn State. Texas and Alabama also got involved with recruiting Waters in the past week, but he made it clear he was nearing his decision.
Waters threw for 3,500 yards this season and a nation-leading 39 touchdown passes, while rushing for another six. He also broke Cam Newton’s junior college record for pass completion percentage, completing 73 percent of his own passes.
His commitment adds instant depth to the Wildcats’ quarterback position, which is losing Heisman finalist Collin Klein.
Waters is the third NJCAA Player of the Year to choose the Wildcats, following Frank Murphy and Mark Dunn.
Iowa Western was the NJCAA National Champion this season, defeating Butler Community College 27-7.
Nash chose K-State over Oklahoma State after the Wildcats made a strong push for him on Wednesday night. K-State coach Joe Bob Clements made an in-home visit with Nash on Wednesday evening, right after Nash had spent time earlier with representatives from the Cowboys.
The 6-foot-5 defensive end had 36 tackles and 4.5 sacks this season, finishing with one interception.
Teammate Travis Green, a defensive back, also committed to the Wildcats this week, announcing his decision on Sunday. Green had 62 tackles and five interceptions this season.
The Wildcats also got a commitment from Missouri linebacker Nick Ramirez on Thursday. Originally a Missouri commitment, Ramirez de-committed from the Tigers in late-November.
Rated a 4-star prospect by Rivals, Ramirez hails from Lee’s Summit West and ranks as the 12th-best high school linebacker in the country.
The 6-foot-2, 228-pounder made his unofficial visit to K-State on Dec. 1, watching the Wildcats beat Texas and celebrate the Big 12 Championship.
Dayton Valentine announced his commitment to the Wildcats earlier this week via twitter, and made it official among all the commitments on Thursday.
At 6-foot-4, 240 pounds, Valentine comes to K-State as a versatile athlete from Baldwin City.
The Wildcats currently have 16 commitments for the 2013 class and can fill up to 25 scholarships for the class.