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First-year K-State head football coach Chris Klieman and his staff signed 23 players in its 2019 recruiting class.

Kansas State’s football program added 23 players during the 2019 recruiting cycle, which wrapped up Wednesday with national signing day.

Players who officially signed Wednesday have asterisks beside their names. The remaining players joined the team during the early-signing period in December.

Check out capsules — provided by K-State’s athletics department — of every player below.

Jonathan Alexander

Defensive back

6-foot-3, 205 pounds

Fort Worth, Texas

Kilgore College

AT KILGORE COLLEGE: Played the 2018 season for the Rangers under head coach J.J. Eckert... Rated the eighth-best community college safety in the Class of 2019 by ESPN... Earned honorable mention all-conference honors as a sophomore after totaling 49 tackles, one tackle for loss, nine pass breakups and an interception... Helped Kilgore produce a 10-2 season with a conference championship, while the Rangers capped the season with a victory in the C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Dallas Bowl and a No. 4 national ranking... Spent the 2017 season at Garden City Community College, playing in 10 games and recording one tackle and a pass breakup.

AT TRIMBLE TECH HIGH SCHOOL: Played for the Bulldogs under head coach Dwayne Henry… Named the 99th-best safety nationally in the Class of 2016 by 247Sports… Earned first team all-district honors at safety as a senior after totaling 54 tackles, 3.0 tackles for loss and five interceptions… Also returned eight kickoffs for a 17.9-yard average, three punts for a 22.7-yard average and caught 12 passes for 262 yards and a touchdown… Earned first team all-district accolades in basketball and was named the district rebounding MVP.

PERSONAL: Jonathan Cameron Alexander was born September 27, 1999, in Fort Worth, Texas... Son of Latesha Alexander.

Cooper Beebe

Defensive tackle

6-foot-3, 329 pounds

Kansas City, Kansas

Piper High School

AT PIPER HIGH SCHOOL: Played for the Pirates under head coach Rick Pollard ... Rated the 75th-best defensive tackle in the Class of 2019 by ESPN, while he ranks 76th by 247Sports ... Earned first team all-state honors from the Topeka Capital-Journal and Wichita Eagle in 2017, while he was an honorable mention pick by both outlets as a freshman, sophomore and senior ... Totaled 128 tackles with 34 tackles for loss and 10.5 sacks during his career ... Selected to play in the 2019 Kansas Shrine Bowl on June 8.

PERSONAL: Cooper Beebe was born May 19, 2001 ... Son of Tom and Tamara Beebe ... Has three brothers, Collin, Colton and Camden ... Father, Tom, played football at Pittsburg State, while his brother, Colton, is concluding his junior season at Minnesota.

Jax Dineen


5-foot-11, 230 pounds

Lawrence, Kansas

Free State High School

AT FREE STATE HIGH SCHOOL: Played for the Firebirds under head coach Bob Lisher ... Rated the top fullback nationally in the Class of 2019 by Rivals, while both Rivals and 247Sports lists him as the 10th-best prospect in the state of Kansas ... Voted a first team all-state linebacker in both 2017 and 2018 by the Wichita Eagle, while he was a first-team selection in 2018 and an honorable mention pick in 2017 by the Topeka Capital-Journal ... Finished his career with 802 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns, including a 560-yard, eight-touchdown effort as a senior... Named to the 2017 and 2018 All-Simone teams in addition to the 2017 Kansas City Star All-Metro team as one of the top prep players in the Kansas City area.

PERSONAL: Jax Dineen was born July 1, 2001 ... Son of Joe and Jodi Dineen ... Mother, Jodi, was a volleyball letterwinner at Kansas from 1986-89 ... Older brother, Joe Jr., was a four-year letterwinner at linebacker for Kansas, while another older brother, Jay, is also a linebacker for KU and just completed his redshirt freshman season ... Grandfather, Ron Oelschlager, played running back at KU from 1962-64.

Khalid Duke


6-foot-4, 225 pounds

Atlanta, Georgia

Riverside Military Academy

AT RIVERSIDE MILITARY ACADEMY: Played for the Eagles under head coach Nicholas Garrett ... Rated the 59th-best outside linebacker in the Class of 2019 according to 247Sports ... Carded 142 tackles and 17 tackles for loss during his senior season of 2018... Compiled 219 tackles, 21 TFLs, nine sacks and two interceptions for his career ... Also starred on offense, carding 1,154 yards and 12 touchdowns on 66 career receptions, while he ran 46 times for 467 yards and four scores during his prep career.

PERSONAL: Khalid Duke was born February 27, 2001... Son of Sandra Gelin.

Joe Ervin

Running back

5-foot-10, 190 pounds

Rock Hill, South Carolina

South Pointe High School

AT SOUTH POINTE HIGH SCHOOL: Played for the Stallions under head coach Strait Herron ... Rated the 55th-best running back in the Class of 2019 by ESPN ... Rushed for 1,964 yards and 23 touchdowns, as he topped 200 rushing yards in each of the final fi ve games of the year ... Totaled 1,275 yards and 16 touchdowns as a junior ... Also caught 41 passes for 316 yards and a score during his prep career ... Selected to play in the 2018 South Carolina North/South All-Star Game.

PERSONAL: Joe Ervin was born December 24, 2000... Son of Keven Ervin.

Konner Fox

Tight end

6-foot-5, 225 pounds

San Antonio, Texas

Reagan High School

AT REAGAN HIGH SCHOOL: Played for the Rattlers under head coach Lyndon Hamilton... Rated as the 23rd-best tight end (H-back) prospect in the Class of 2019 by ESPN, while he ranks 33rd among all tight ends by 247Sports... Totaled 1,403 receiving yards and 18 touchdowns on 78 career receptions.

PERSONAL: Konner Fox was born September 14, 2000... Son of Keith and Karen Fox.

Keenan Garber

Wide receiver

6-foot, 175 pounds

Lawrence, Kansas

Free State High School

AT FREE STATE HIGH SCHOOL: Played for the Firebirds under head coach Bob Lisher ... Rated the 24th-best athlete nationally and the third-best player in the state of Kansas in the Class of 2019 by ESPN, while Rivals also ranked him as the third-best player in the state ... Named a first team all-state performer by both the Topeka Capital-Journal and Wichita Eagle in 2018, while the latter made him an honorable mention selection in 2017 ... Named a 2018 First Team All-Simone performer as one of the top prep players in the Kansas City area... Selected to play in the 2019 Kansas Shrine Bowl on June 8.

PERSONAL: Keenan Garber was born July 22, 2000 ... Son of Tim Nelson and Gretchen Garber-Nelson.

James Gilbert

Running back

5-foot-9, 198 pounds

Indianapolis, Indiana

Ball State University

CAREER AT BALL STATE: Played parts of four seasons for the Cardinals, including three games in 2017 when he earned a medical hardship ... Totaled 2,806 career rushing yards to rank seventh in school history and 30 rushing touchdowns to tie for fifth ... Had 603 career rushing attempts to rank eighth in Ball State history ... Also caught 21 passes in his career for 165 yards and a touchdown.

AT ARSENAL TECH HIGH SCHOOL: Played for the Titans under coach Anthony Henderson ... Rated the 119th-best running back in the Class of 2015 by 247Sports and the 20th-best player in Indiana by Rivals ... Set the school’s career rushing record with 4,817 yards ... Named the 2014 Indianapolis Public Schools Player of the Year... Earned all-state honors as a senior, while he was a three-time all-city pick ... Voted Arsenal Tech’s Most Valuable Player as a sophomore and junior.

PERSONAL: James Derrick Gilbert was born November 10, 1995, in Indianapolis, Indiana ... Son of Takeisha Brandon ... Has two sisters.

*Kenny Givens

Defensive tackle

6-foot-4, 272 pounds

Chicago, Illinois

Hubbard High School

AT HUBBARD HIGH SCHOOL: Played for the Greyhounds under head coach Elton Harris... Ranked as the 104th-best strongside defensive end in the Class of 2019 by the 247Sports Composite Rankings, while ESPN rates him the 32nd-best overall prospect in the state of Illinois... Named to the Chicago Sun-Times All-Public League team as both a junior and senior.

PERSONAL: Kenny Givens was born June 15, 2001... Son of Joanne Givens and Kenneth Givens.

*Thomas Grayson

Running back

6-foot, 190 pounds

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Booker T. Washington

AT BOOKER T. WASHINGTON HIGH SCHOOL: Played for the Hornets under head coach Brad Calip... Viewed as the 73rd-best running back in the Class of 2019 by 247Sports, while ESPN ranks him 81st... He ranks 14th in the state of Oklahoma by 247Sports and 16th by ESPN... Rushed for 2,422 yards and 28 touchdowns during his prep career, which included consecutive 1,000-yard seasons as both a junior and senior... An honorable mention all-state pick as a both a junior and senior by the Tulsa World... Helped Booker T. Washington earn a 12-1 record in 2017 which culminated with an Oklahoma Class 6A-II state championship.

PERSONAL: Thomas Grayson was born November 11, 2000... Son of Kevyn Bagby and George Grayson.

Marcus Hayes

Defensive back

6-foot, 192 pounds

Rockford, Illinois

University of New Mexico

CAREER AT NEW MEXICO: Played the 2018 season at New Mexico after redshirting the 2017 season.

AT ROCKFORD EAST HIGH SCHOOL: Played for the E-Rabs under head coach Gary Griffin... Recorded 85 tackles as a senior with 4 tackles for a loss and five interceptions, adding three passes defended, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery... Totaled eight interceptions during his career, while he added four punt-return touchdowns... Also played on offense, where he scored 28 touchdowns in three seasons, including 12 receiving as a junior when as caught 37 passes for 725 yards... Earned all-state honors as both a junior and senior.

PERSONAL: Marcus Anthony Hayes was born May 8, 1999... Son of Jill Sullivan.

Chris Herron


6-foot-1, 194 pounds

Houston, Texas

Langham Creek High School

AT LANGHAM CREEK HIGH SCHOOL: Played for the Lobos under head coach Todd Thompson... Named an ESPN 300 recruit and the 11th-best dual threat quarterback in the Class of 2019 by the organization... Viewed as the 18th-best dual threat quarterback by Rivals... Rated as an athlete by the 247Sports Composite Rankings, which puts him 29th nationally... Totaled 3,000 yards of offense and nearly 40 total touchdowns as a junior in 2017, throwing for 1,814 yards and 17 touchdowns while rushing for 1,240 yards and 21 scores... Totaled 673 passing yards and seven scores as a sophomore, while he threw for 382 yards and five scores.

PERSONAL: Chris Herron was born February 19, 2001... Son of Chris Herron and Taneka King-Herron.

William Jones II

Defensive back

5-foot-11, 170 pounds

Mansfield, Texas

Summit High School

AT SUMMIT HIGH SCHOOL: Played for the Jaguars under head coach Channon Hall... Rated the 57th-best cornerback in the Class of 2019 by ESPN, while he is viewed as the 84th-best player in the state of Texas by 247Sports... Recorded 48 career tackles to go along with eight interceptions and 15 passes defended during his prep career... Six of his picks came during his junior year en route to first team all-district honors... Also returned four kickoffs for a 45.5-yard average as a senior.

PERSONAL: William Jones II was born July 23, 2001.

Jaren Lewis


6-foot-3, 215 pounds

Columbia, Missouri

Battle High School

AT BATTLE HIGH SCHOOL: Played for the Spartans under head coach Justin Conyers... Threw for 1,962 yards and 21 touchdowns as a junior.

PERSONAL: Jaren Lewis was born July 30, 2000.

Taylor Poitier

Offensive lineman

6-foot-3, 250 pounds

Shawnee, Kansas

Bishop Miege High School

AT BISHOP MIEGE HIGH SCHOOL: Played for the Stags under head coach John Holmes... Helped Bishop Miege earn its fifth-straight Kansas Class 5A state championship in 2018... Picked up first team all-state honors from the Topeka Capital-Journal and Wichita Eagle as a senior.

PERSONAL: Taylor Poitier was born January 7, 2001... Son of Chonita Madison.

*Matthew Pola-Mao

Defensive tackle

6-foot-3, 309 pounds

Chandler, Arizona

Chandler High School

AT CHANDLER HIGH SCHOOL: Played for the Wolves under head coach Shaun Aguano... Viewed as the 21st-best defensive tackle in the Class of 2019 by ESPN, while the organization also rated him the sixth-best player overall in the state of Arizona... Registered 141 tackles, 17 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks during his career... Helped Chandler earn a 13-1 record en route to its third-straight state championship in 2018... The Wolves finished No. 17 nationally in the USA TODAY Sports Super 25 Expert Rankings and 15th nationally according to MaxPreps... Selected to play in the 2019 Polynesian Bowl in Hawaii in January.

PERSONAL: Matthew Pola-Mao was born September 9, 2000... Son of Tracey Mao and Carrie Pola... Father, Tracey, played football at San Diego State where he was the 1992 team captain and Most Inspirational Player... Tracey went on to play for the Arizona Rattlers of the Arena Football League... Brother, Isaiah, is a sophomore safety at USC... Nephew of Troy Polamalu, who was a two-time All-American at USC and played with the Pittsburgh Steelers from 2003 to 2014, winning two Super Bowls and making eight Pro Bowls... Cousin, Noa Pola-Gates, signed with Nebraska.

*Clyde Price

Running back

6-foot-1, 220 pounds

Kansas City, Missouri

North Kansas City

AT NORTH KANSAS CITY HIGH SCHOOL: Played for the Hornets under head coach Leon Douglas... Viewed as the 80th-best running back prospect in the Class of 2019 by 247Sports... Rushed for 3,022 yards and 41 touchdowns during his career, which included a 1,295-yard, 14-scores campaign as a senior... Helped lead North KC to a 10-2 record and a trip to the district championship in 2018... Earned first team all-state honors from the Missouri Football Coaches Association as both a junior and senior... A finalist for the 2018 Simone Award as the top prep player in the Kansas City area.

PERSONAL: Clyde Price was born February 9, 2001...Son of Patrick and Stacey Price.

*Kenyon Reed

Defensive back

6-foot, 165 pounds

Long Beach, California

Long Beach Poly

AT LONG BEACH POLY HIGH SCHOOL: Played for the Jackrabbits under head coach Stephen Barbee... Earned all-league honors as a senior, helping Long Beach Poly earn an 8-3 record and a trip to the state playoffs... Played primarily on offense, catching 17 passes for 284 yards and three touchdowns... Also returned eight kickoffs for a 27.8-yard average and four punts for a 17.0-yard average... Part of the 4x100m relay team that finished fourth in the state in 2018.

PERSONAL: Kenyon (ken-YAWN) Reed was born February 7, 2001... Son of Monte Reed and Conny McKinnon-Reed.

Trevor Stange

Offensive lineman

6-foot-4, 272 pounds

Coppell, Texas

Coppell High School

AT COPPELL HIGH SCHOOL: Played for the Cowboys under head coach Mike DeWitt... Rated the 69th-best offensive guard nationally in the Class of 2019 by ESPN... High school teammate of current Wildcat Bernardo Rodriguez.

PERSONAL: Trevor Stange was born July 10, 2000... Son of Russ and Lauren Stange... Father, Russ, was an offensive lineman at K-State in 1987 and 1988 after transferring from Fullerton Community College.

Logan Wilson

Defensive back

5-foot-11, 170 pounds

Dallas, Texas

Bishop Dunne High School

AT BISHOP DUNNE HIGH SCHOOL: Played for the Falcons under head coach Michael Johnson... Totaled 75 tackles in his career to go along with eight interceptions... Had a great senior campaign by carding 36 tackles and five picks en route to second team all- state and first team all-district honors... Helped Bishop Dunne earn an 11-3 record and a state championship.

PERSONAL: Logan Wilson was born August 20, 2001... Son of Ingrid Boyers and Errol Boyers.

*Joshua Youngblood

Wide receiver

5-foot-11, 170 pounds

Tampa, Florida

Berkeley Prep

AT BERKELEY PREP: A four-year letterwinner for the Buccaneers under head coach Dominick Ciao... Regarded as the 75th-best athlete in the Class of 2019 by ESPN... An honorable mention pick for the Tampa Bay Times’ All-Tampa Bay team, while the organization named him a second-team utility player among Hillsborough County preps... Rushed for 2,221 yards and 26 touchdowns over his junior and senior seasons to go along with 419 receiving yards and a pair of touchdowns on 22 catches over his sophomore and senior campaigns... Returned 16 kickoffs during his career for a 19.1-yard average... Also played quarterback as a junior and senior, throwing for 1,056 yards and 13 touchdowns on 79-of-161 aim... Led Berkeley Prep to the regional final of the state playoffs as a senior... Also lettered two years in basketball, earning defensive player of the year honors... Is the first prep player out of the state of Florida to sign with the Wildcats since 2009.

PERSONAL: Joshua Leo Youngblood was born January 26, 2001, in Tampa, Florida... Son of Casandra Youngblood... Has two siblings, Mila and Caleb... Plans on majoring in business administration.

Ty Zentner


6-foot-2, 185 pounds

Topeka, Kansas

Butler Community College

AT BUTLER COMMUNITY COLLEGE: Played two seasons for the Grizzlies under head coach Tim Schaffner… Rated the best junior college kicker in the Class of 2019 by ESPN, while he ranks second according to 247Sports… Earned first team all-conference honors as a punter in 2018, helping Butler earn a 8-4 record that included a win in the Midwest Classic Bowl… Held a 39.5-yard average on 64 punts as a sophomore, landing 28 inside the opponent’s 20-yard line… Had a season-best 48.3-yard average against Ellsworth, which included a 70-yarder… That came on the feels of a 45.0-yard average at Fort Scott… Was 9-of-16 on field-goal attempts and 31-of-37 on extra-point attempts in 2018… Connected on all four field goals in a three-point win at Dodge City… Punted 14 times and was 1-of-3 on field-goal attempts as a freshman in 2017… Teammates during the 2017 season with current Wildcats Chris Dugan, Justin Eichman and Luke Sowa.

AT SHAWNEE HEIGHTS HIGH SCHOOL: Played his senior season for the Thunderbirds under head coach Jason Swift… Earned honorable mention all-state honors from the Topeka Capital-Journal and Wichita Eagle as a senior in 2016… Was a goalkeeper for Shawnee Heights in addition to being a starter on the basketball team that captured the Class 5A state championship his senior year.

PERSONAL: Ty Zentner was born June 7, 1998... Son of Arlen and Sunni Zentner.

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