Prized quarterback visits K-State

By The Mercury

One of the nation’s top quarterbacks recently visited Kansas State for an official visit, as National Signing day quickly approaches on Feb. 5.

Southlake (Texas) Carroll quarterback Kenny Hill — rated the No. 4 QB in the nation by Rivals — visited the Wildcats on Jan. 19 as he looked to keep his options open before signing a letter of intent next Tuesday.

Hill is committed to Texas A&M, which currently has more players committed to the 2013 class than it has scholarships to give. He is ranked No. 137 in the recently updated Rivals 250.

Hill put up stellar numbers as a senior for Carroll, rushing for 1,438 yards and 33 touchdowns, while throwing for 3,373 yards and 27 touchdowns.

Quarterback Jesse Ertz, who is already committed to the Wildcats, took his official visit to Manhattan this past weekend.

Ertz, who is recovering from a knee injury that cut his high school season short just before the state title game, said the plan for him next season is to redshirt.

The 6-foot-4, 190-pounder passed for 2,600 yards last season and added another 1,000 on the ground, but is considered to be a pocket-passing quarterback.

Also visiting this past weekend was Oklahoma commit Dominique Alexander, who is checking through his options before signing day.

In additional recruiting news over the weekend, it appears as if 2012 commit Hakeem Akinola will never wear a K-State uniform.

Akinola told Rivals that the school doesn’t believe the situation between he and the Wildcats will work out, and he has begun looking for a school at the D-II level.

Akinola believed he was qualified to join the Wildcats last season, but learned he wasn’t just days before the season started. After that, he said teams like Ohio State, Maryland and West Virginia began showing interest in him for the 2013 season.

But as they learned of his academics situation, those programs started to shy away.

Akinola believed he needed just one more class to qualify for K-State, and took it, but then found out he was missing another one required for graduation.

He is now looking at attending Alabama State, West Texas A&M and Florida Tech.

Two Kansas kids to walk-on

Holton’s Trent Tanking and Hayden’s Brogan Barry announced plans to walk-on to K-State this week, choosing to play for the Wildcats over offers from smaller schools.

Tanking is a 6-3, 220-pound athlete that could play linebacker or fullback. Barry, who stands 6-3, 190 pounds, is a wide receiver and defensive back.

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