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3-Star Quarterback John Holcombe Commits To Kansas State

Kansas State knows what they need to succeed, and John Holcombe fits that mold at quarterback.

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Kansas State is unlike pretty much every other team in the Big 12. The most common offense in the Big 12, is , obviously, the air raid, inspired by coaches like Hal Mumme and Mike Leach, and carried on by Kliff Kingsbury, Dana Holgorsen, Mike Gundy and many more. However, Kansas State, unlike its conference foes, has not switched to the up-tempo approach, opting instead to operate out of the same system for the last 30 years, essentially. Bill Snyder’s system works, and he knows how to run it and the players he needs to succeed. Yesterday, Kansas State landed a prototypical Bill Snyder recruit, when Humble Texas quarterback John Holcombe announced his commitment to the Wildcats, just over a month after receiving an offer from Kansas State.


Name POS Location HT/WT Rivals 247Sports Committed
QB Humble

Holcombe is the eighth commitment in Kansas State’s very slowly building 2018 class, and the lone quarterback in the class. Kansas State loves to take a national approach to recruiting (underrated gems can come from anywhere), a fact that is reflected by Holcombe being just the third recruit in the class from Texas (Kansas State holds commitments from recruits in five other states: Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Oklahoma). Holcombe joins offensive guard Christian Duffie and defensive end Spencer Trussell as the resident Texans in the class.

Holcombe picked Kansas State over Bowling Green, Illinois, Georgia State, New Mexico and SMU, among a number of FCS schools. He had serious interest from Alabama, Arizona, Baylor, Georgia Tech, Houston, Louisville, LSU, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Texas and Texas A&M, though a few of those schools were looking at him as an H-back, rather than a quarterback. Kansas State has been a heavy favorite for Holcombe for a while now, and unless Ohio State loses a commitment from their current quarterback pledge, Emory Jones, I expect that Holcombe will likely remain a Wildcat.

On the field, Holcombe makes a lot of sense for what Kansas State likes to do offensively. As we saw with Collin Klein, and as we’re seeing now with Jesse Ertz, the Wildcats are at their best with a mobile quarterback, that can manage a game, run successfully, and complete play action passes. They don’t need a big armed pro-style quarterback, they just need a solid runner that can lead the team and complete passes. Holcombe fits that mold perfectly. He has prototypical size, and runs very similarly to Terrelle Pryor. He doesn’t have a ton of velocity on his throws, and he has a bit of a windup, but Holcombe will absolutely thrive in Kansas State’s system. His ceiling comparison is Tim Tebow.

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