KSU's bid for late playmakers comes up empty

February, 4, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Hoping to add some late punch to his offense, Kansas State coach Bill Snyder was still waiting Wednesday with hopes of attracting key recruits Denard Robinson and Raymond Cotton in a dramatic last-day recruiting bonanza.

Kansas State missed out on both recruits. Robinson, a 6-foot, 180-pounder, was lured to Michigan as coach Rich Rodriguez said he would have a chance to compete at the quarterback job for the Wolverines.

And Mississippi claimed one of several signing day victories by claiming Cotton, a former Auburn recruit who changed his mind after Tommy Tuberville was fired late in the season.

Both players would have been ideal for a Kansas State offense that will be morphing without quarterback Josh Freeman.

The Wildcats attracted three of the nation's top 122 safeties, according to Scouts Inc.'s rankings. Included in the group was Thomas Ferguson of South Grand Prairie (Texas) High School (23rd nationally), lanky Torrell Miller of Walker High School in New Orleans (No. 90) and Joseph Bonugli (No. 122) of San Antonio Warren.

Unlike some of Snyder's previous recruiting classes from earlier in his career, this one was heavily dotted with high school recruits. Only four of the 30 players in Kansas State's 2009 recruiting class are coming from junior colleges.

Eleven different states are represented, headed by six Oklahoma players, five from Texas and four from Kansas.   

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