Big 12: Sam Harvill

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Kansas State recruiting analysis

February, 3, 2011

The class

Signees: 32 (13 enrolled early, eight junior college, three transfers)

Top prospects: Kansas State's highest-rated recruit is four-star defensive end Ian Seau, the nephew of NFL star Junior Seau and the nation's No. 18 defensive end, but he won't be the one K-State fans are most excited to see next year. That title goes to the pair of brothers who transferred to Manhattan after stops at Miami and Tennessee as one of the nation's top linebackers and running backs. Arthur Brown and Bryce Brown, Wichita natives, are part of the hefty class. Defensive tackles Sam Harvill and Lamonte Clark hope to offer help up front with defensive end Hunter Davis and outside linebacker Mike Moore.

Needs met: Kansas State wanted help at defensive tackle, and certainly got it with two of their top recruits occupying the spot at the teeth of the defense. Clark weighs in at an impressive 310 pounds, and if he can become a contributor, he'll be a rare 300-pounder in the Big 12. Additionally, the Wildcats may have their new starting quarterback in this class, juco transfer Justin Tuggle. He's the man who replaced Cam Newton at Blinn College in Texas, and with Collin Klein reportedly moving back to wide receiver, don't be surprised if he's K-State's starter next fall.

Analysis: In most spots, the Brown brothers won't be factored into recruiting rankings, but they could have a big say in how successful the Wildcats are in 2011. Daniel Thomas is gone, and if Bryce Brown can tap into the potential that made him the nation's top running back recruit in his 2009 class and get rid of whatever kept him off the field at Tennessee, he'd make a lot of Kansas State fans happy. The same goes for Arthur Brown at linebacker. Their 32 commits make up the biggest class in the Big 12, and if their juco transfers to contribute immediately, this could end up being a very underrated class, ranking seventh in the Big 12.

ESPN recruiting grade: C-plus

Ranking the early recruiting classes

June, 28, 2010
Realignment's wound down for the Big 12, with ten "unequivocally committed" members left hanging around. Fall camps are still over a month away. Spring games are two months in the rearview mirror.

Sounds like time for a 2011 recruiting update, no?

Here's how they sit after the first few months of 2011 recruiting. All the information below is from our ESPNU database. And again, remember, each of these commitments in non-binding, and players won't be able to sign an official letter of intent until February 2011.

Also, until they're officially gone, Colorado and Nebraska will get normal treatment/coverage on the blog. So, even though these recruits may never play a down in the Big 12, they'll be on this list.

Here's the bottom half, come back this afternoon for the top of the Big 12.

7. Kansas State

Total commitments: 10

ESPNU150 members: None

Top recruit: Sam Harvill, DT

No surprises here: Five of Snyder’s 10 recruits are junior college transfers.

8. Kansas

Total commitments: 10

ESPNU150 members: None

Top recruit: Michael Cummings, QB

Turner Gill lost out on in-state star Bubba Starling, but got another QB in Cummings from Killeen, Texas. He also added a pair of offensive linemen over the weekend, most recently junior college transfer Nick Johnson.

9. Baylor

Total commitments: 9

ESPNU150 members: None

Top recruit: Jonathan Lee, WR

Art Briles is bringing the beef to Waco: Seven of his nine commits are linemen or tight ends over 245 pounds.

10. Texas A&M

Total commitments: 7

ESPNU150 members: None

Top recruit: Jonathon Henderson, ATH

Four of the Aggies’ seven commitments are defensive, and another -- Henderson -- could play corner.

11. Iowa State

Total commitments: 6

ESPNU150 members: None

Top recruit: Kyle Boyd, ILB

Boyd will join a solid group of young linebackers in Ames.

12. Colorado

Total commitments: 3

ESPNU150 members: None

Top recruit: Dexter Foreman, QB

Dan Hawkins added Foreman and another top 100 QB, Nick Sherry, to compete with incoming freshman Nick Hirschman to help succeed Tyler Hansen.