Kansas State finally got their 2018 recruiting class started over the weekend, as they landed their first commitment of the cycle from Cimarron, KS, defensive tackle Jaylen Pickle. With this commitment,the Wildcats remain firmly in the basement of the current Big 12 recruiting rankings, but it’s a definite step in the right direction. His commitment could spark a run of recruits choosing K-State, so keep your eyes on LandGrant Gauntlet for comprehensive recruiting coverage.
God told me it wasn't time to hang up the cleats‼️😈 pic.twitter.com/QLH6HbI87k
— Jaylen Pickle 🏴 (@JayPickk) May 6, 2017
THE PICKLE FILE
Pickle did have offers from a few other schools, despite being about as under the radar as recruits get. He had offers from South Dakota, Southern Illinois, Western Illinois, and UCF. He also had interest from a few P5 schools, such as Iowa, Kansas, and Oklahoma State.
Pickle is, as you can see, currently unrated everywhere. He’s coming from a small school in Kansas, and recruiting services usually just don’t scout players from that region, which explains his lack of hype. He’s a Bill Snyder dream recruit, essentially, and it’s no surprise to see Kansas State bring a guy like this in.
On the field, Pickle makes a huge difference. He has solid moves, and looks like a prototypical defensive lineman. He could bulk up and play as a defensive tackle, or add some lean muscle and work on his finesse to move outside at the next level. He’s athletic for his size, but very raw. It’ll take some developing once he gets to Manhattan, but if any school has the infrastructure to turn him into a stud, it’s Kansas State. His ceiling comparison is a familiar face, and former underrated recruit, Jordan Willis.