Just a few months ago, Kansas State defensive end Jordan Willis was taken by the Cincinnati Bengals in the third round. The former underrated, undersized three-star end was developed by defensive ends coach Mo Latimore into a legitimate NFL player, and a guy who many felt deserved to go in the first round, despite his fall into the third round. Arlington defensive end Spencer Trussell, just like Willis, is an underrated, undersized defensive end that will be coached up by the aforementioned Latimore. The average fan may not know his name yet, but he could be a household name with a few years of development under his belt.
— Spencer Trussell (@trussell0) July 24, 2017
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Trussell is the sixth commitment in Kansas State’s 2018 recruiting class, and the second defensive lineman, alongside Jaylen Pickle. Every member of the six man class is on the defensive side of the ball, including cornerback EJ Thomas, who committed this week as well. He fits the typical mold of a Bill Snyder recruit perfectly, and could serve as the lightning to Pickle’s thunder at the next level, as their play styles compliment each other very well. Another interesting note about this commitment is that it gives Kansas State a commitment in six different states: Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, South Carolina and now Texas. Their recruiting map is extremely diverse.
Trussell picked Kansas State over UCA, Illinois State, Louisiana TEch, Texas State, Texas Tech and UTSA. This was thought of as a Kansas State and TExas TEch battle, but Trussell’s recent visit to Manhattan completely shifted the momentum to Kansas State, and led to this commitment. Texas TEch doesn’t exactly have a great defensive reputation right now, as they only have four defensive players in the NFL right now, and Kansas State sold him on the chance to develop into an all-conference level player and compete for conference titles during his time as a Wildcat.
On the field, it’s pretty hard to say much about Trussell definitively right now. Because of his size and speed (runs a 4.7), he pretty much looks like a man among boys in high school. His move diversity is pretty much non-existent right now, and he usually just blows right past slower lineman, or right through everyone else. It’s tough to gauge actual talent from film like that, and while the athletic ability is absolutely there, Trussell won’t do any damage in the Big 12 until he adds some more moves to his arsenal. that’s what the coaching staff is for, and Kansas State is one of the best in the business at developing talent. His ceiling comparison is TJ Watt (yes, the brother of JJ Watt).