Big 12: Raymond Cotton

KSU's bid for late playmakers comes up empty

February, 4, 2009

Posted by'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.   

No luck for Kansas State in search for quarterback

February, 4, 2009

Posted by's Tim Griffin

Mississippi capitalized on momentum from its Cotton Bowl victory by luring dual-threat quarterback Raymond Cotton from Meade, Md., over a field of suitors that also included Kansas State.  

Cotton was ranked as the nation's No. 28 quarterback by Scouts Inc. He was an early commitment to Auburn who changed his mind after his prime recruiter James Willis was let go in the coaching change.

Scouts love his size and strength but are concerned about his mechanics. But with the loss of Josh Freeman, he would have been a nice fit for the Wildcats.

Big 12 recruiting: KSU among finalists for Raymond Cotton

January, 27, 2009

Posted by's Tim Griffin

The recruiting wars are heating up. Here are some of the Big 12's top stories as National Signing Day looms only eight days away.

  • Quarterback Raymond Cotton of Fort Meade (Md.) is considering Kansas State and Ole Miss as his finalists after reneging on his original commitment to Auburn, the Birmingham News' Doug Segrest reports.
  • Baylor added depth to its receiving corps with commitments from Josh Gordon from Houston Lamar High School and Jerod Monk of Wylie, Texas, according to Waco Tribune-Herald beat writer John Werner.
  • Conor Boffeli, a tight end from West Des Moines Valley High School, changed his commitment from Iowa State to Iowa, the Des Moines Register's Randy Peterson reports.
  • Dave Matter of the Columbia Tribune reports that St. Louis University High School standout Ronnie Wingo has decided to push back his announcement at least a day because of icy weather conditions in his home area. Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma remain among his potential choices.
  • Lubbock Avalanche-Journal beat writer Don Williams details Texas Tech's signing of mammoth offensive lineman Matt Goetz of Cibolo, Texas, and defensive tackle Myles Wade of Portland, Ore. The duo combines for 586 pounds of added beef for future Red Raider rosters.
  • The Interstate 20 corridor that runs through Arlington and DeSoto, Texas, is turning into one of the nation's most fertile recruiting areas, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Trae Thompson.