Kansas State football had the vast majority of its 2020 recruiting class already on board in December, when 23 players signed during the early signing period. But the Wildcats weren’t finished.
They added three more players — offensive linemen Sam Shields (of Manhattan High) and Hadley Panzer along with defensive end Tyrone Taleni — on the traditional national signing day Wednesday.
K-State’s 26-member class, the second under head coach Chris Klieman, features 20 high school student-athletes and six community-college transfers. In terms of units, the Wildcats signed 13 defenders, 11 players on offense and two positionless athletes. K-State went heavy on two spots, signing five offensive lineman and defensive backs apiece. There are four defensive ends along with pairs at running back, tight end, defensive tackle and linebacker. The Wildcats’ class boasts one quarterback and one receiver.
A dozen members of the class already are on campus and will participate in the Wildcats’ spring practices, which begin next month.
The players from this year’s class that enrolled this semester include: Shields, offensive lineman Dawson Delforge (a Wamego High alum), defensive back Tee Denson, defensive end Kirmari Gainous, linebacker DeMarquesse Hayes, defensive tackle Robert Hentz II, quarterback Will Howard, tight end Christian Moore, defensive tackle Derick Newton, Shields, defensive back TJ Smith, tight end Will Swanson and offensive lineman Carver Willis.
K-State’s spring practice starts March 18 and ends April 17, with its final session — which will be open to the public — at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.
KANSAS STATE 2020 SIGNING CLASS
• Aamaris Brown, DB 6-0 180 Seffner, Fla. (Armwood)
• Dawson Delforge OL 6-5 326 Wamego, Kan. (Butler CC)
• Tee Denson DB 6-0 178 Decatur, Ga. (Cedar Grove)
• Kirmari Gainous DE 6-3 250 Tallahassee, Fla. (Hutchinson CC)
• Justin Gardner DB 6-2 180 Charlotte, N.C. (Hutchinson CC)
• Jay Harris LB 6-0 185 Pearland, Texas (Shadow Creek)
• DeMarrquese Hayes LB 6-2 195 Waco, Texas (La Vega)
• Robert Hentz II DT 6-1 275 Batesville, Miss. (NW Mississippi CC)
• Will Howard QB 6-4 217 Downingtown, Pa. (Downington West)
• Nate Matlack DE 6-4 220 Olathe, Kan. (Olathe East)
• Malachi Mitchell DB 6-0 185 Mansfield, Texas (Legacy)
• Witt Mitchum OL 6-7 265 McKenzie Tenn. (McKenzie)
• Christian Moore TE 6-2 236 Huntington Beach, Ca. (Huntington Beach)
• Keyon Mozee RB 5-7 170 Lee’s Summit, Mo. (Lee’s Summit North)
• Derick Newton DT 6-1 265 Douglas, Ga. (Butler CC)
• Hadley Panzer OL 6-4 295 Lakin, Kan. (Lakin)
• Sam Shields OL 6-4 292 Manhattan, Kan. (Manhattan)
• TJ Smith DB 5-10 185 Atlanta, Ga. (McEachern)
• Cody Stufflebean ATH 6-4 235 McPherson, Kan. (McPherson)
• Will Swanson TE 6-5 235 Papillion, Neb. (La Vista South)
• Tyrone Taleni DE 6-3 245 Savai’i, Samoa (Mt. San Antonio)
• Jaelon Travis WR 6-2 190 Mansfield, Texas (Summit)
• Ronald Triplette DE 6-3 260 Pearland, Texas (Shadow Creek)
• Deuce Vaughn RB 5-7 170 Round Rock, Texas (Cedar Ridge)
• Talor Warner ATH 6-4 270 Gardner, Kan. (Gardner Edgerton)
• Carver Willis OL 6-5 270 Durango, Colo. (Durango)