Kansas State’s struggles on the recruiting path have been talked about quite a bit recently. While Bill Snyder isn’t going to recruit like Nick Saban or Urban Meyer, he still knows how to get his guys, and where to find them. Earlier this week, Kansas State landed their second commitment in the 2018 class, and another guy that looks like a great fit for the Wildcats, Owasso safety Wayne Jones III. Jones joins Jaylen Pickle Kansas State’s class, though they should be getting some company sooner rather than later.
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— WAYNE JONES III (@WAYNEJONESIII) May 31, 2017
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This commitment came as a pretty big surprise to everyone that isn’t Wayne. He was largely thought of as being either Oklahoma State or Michigan State bound, a sentiment his teammate, Ohio State commit Josh Proctor echoed to Tulsa World last week. As he says in his commitment tweet, the visit to Manhattan was what sold Jones on Kansas State. He said that he feels as if Kansas State is a home away from home, and as we see so frequently in recruiting, the school Jones was the most comfortable with was ultimately the choice.
Along with Oklahoma State and Michigan State, Jones has a pretty impressive offer sheet, that includes Illinois, Louisville, Purdue, Texas A&M and Arkansas.
He’s not a typical Bill Snyder recruit, at least when it comes to camps. Generally, Kansas State prefers to only recruit players that don’t attend very many camps, because those guys are generally significantly easier to recruit, due to the lack of interest from other schools. That isn’t the case with Jones. He attends camps, and will continue to attend camps this summer. While Bill Snyder may not like that, Kansas State fans should, because Jones should get a nice rankings boost by the time his senior year is complete.
On the field, Jones is an explosive athlete out of the safety position. He’s very fast for a safety, and has excellent range, that he pairs with an excellent football intelligence and knack for reading the quarterback’s eyes. His classroom smarts (3.6 GPA and future engineering major) translate very well to the football field, both in his instincts, and the angles he takes to the ball. He’s not the fastest, or the highest jumper, or the hardest hitter, but he’s very solid, and should be a huge contributor for the Kansas State defense a few years from now. His ceiling comparison is an all time great, Charles Woodson.