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Thursday, February 5, 2009
Kansas State recruiting capsule

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Kansas State

Recruits: 30

Breakdown: 23 high school, five junior college, two transfers.

Positions: 7 DB, 5 OL, 5 ATH, 3 TE, 3 LB, 3 DL, 1 QB, 1 RB , 1 WR, 1 K.

Where they came from: Oklahoma 6, Texas 5, Kansas 4, Florida 4, Georgia 2, Louisiana 2, California 1, Colorado 1, Illinois 1, Maryland 1, Mississippi 1, Missouri 1, Virginia 1.

The stud: RB Timothy Flanders, Midwest City, Okla. Elusive running back and receiving threat who should also see immediate playing time in the backfield and as a kick returner.

Recruiting-class sleeper: TE Travis Tannahill, Olathe, Kan. (East Olathe). Strong player who also punts and played quarterback in high school. Could blossom with the opportunity to concentrate on playing one position in college, where his size already makes him a viable prospect.

The one who got away: QB/ATH Denard Robinson, Deerfield Beach, Fla. Slightly built 180-pounder would have been an ideal run-pass threat at quarterback for Kansas State, particularly after the loss of Josh Freeman to the NFL draft. Instead, he chose to attend Michigan, where Rich Rodriguez visualizes him as the second coming of his former QB Pat White.

Needs addressed: Defensive back, offensive line.

Still lacking: Quarterback.

Scouts Inc. grade: C- (12th in the Big 12, sixth in North Division).

My take: So this is why Bill Snyder got back into football? The veteran coach struggled in his first recruiting foray, failing to attract much star power. Snyder mentioned several times this week that his first recruiting class since his return to coaching was similar to his first at the school in 1989. That's probably not a good sign, considering the Wildcats' early struggles when Snyder took over. The Wildcats desperately need  someone to emerge at quarterback, perhaps Daniel Thomas of Northwest Mississippi Junior College, a player who Snyder  compared to Michael Bishop.