Kansas State football’s 2020 recruiting class grew by one Tuesday.
Robert Hentz, a defensive tackle at Northwest Mississippi Community College, committed to the Wildcats Tuesday night. He made his announcement in a message posted to his personal Twitter account.
“Spent last weekend in the Little (Apple), now I’m ready to spend the next two years there! I’m excited to announce my commitment to Kansas State University!” Hentz wrote. “Thank you to my family, friends, and my coaches for helping me along the way!”
Hentz was on an official visit in Manhattan last weekend, attending K-State’s win over TCU Saturday. In eight games at NMCC this fall, Hentz has tallied 27 tackles (seven for loss) and 2.5 sacks. He also has four pass breakups, a quarterback hurry, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
Hentz is listed at 6-foot, 270 pounds on NMCC’s official roster on the school’s athletics website. His commitment comes at a position of need for the Wildcats, which will lose three of the four players in its two-deep — Trey Dishon, Joe Davies and Jordan Mittie — to graduation.
A native of Batesville, Mississippi, Hentz totaled an eye-popping 85 tackles (a whopping 25 for loss) to go along with 10 sacks and two forced fumbles during his senior season at South Panola High School en route to all-state honors.
He’s in his second year at NMCC. Last season, Hentz played in all of the Rangers’ games, totaling 26 tackles (six for loss), three hurries and two sacks.
He also comes from a bloodline of talented football players: Hentz’s uncle, Deshea Townsend, played at the University of Alabama from 1995 to 1998 and then went on to the NFL, becoming a fourth-round pick in the 1998 draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. He played for Pittsburgh through the 2009 season, winning a championship when the team beat Seattle in Super Bowl XL — a game in which Townsend started at cornerback, notching a key sack of Seahawk quarterback Matt Hasselbeck in the closing minutes of the Steelers’ 21-10 victory. Townsend now is in his first season as the Chicago Bears’ secondary coach.
Hentz is K-State’s 19th verbal pledge for its 2020 recruiting class, but first in more than three months. That was on the heels of an ultra-successful June, when the Wildcats picked up 11 commitments from 2020 prospects in that month alone.
Hentz is rated as a three-star prospect by both Rivals and 247Sports. He’s ranked as the No. 62 junior-college recruit in the 2020 cycle, and the No. 5 defensive tackle.