Bill Snyder, and to an extent, his entire staff in Manhattan, is taking a really interesting approach to their recruiting strategy in the 2018 class. It’s not a new approach for the Wildcats, but in 2018, Kansas State currently holds commitments from nine players, and those nine players hail from six different states: Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas. Of those states, only two have provided more than one recruit to Kansas State’s class: Texas, with three, and interestingly enough, Georgia, with two. On Monday evening, Kansas State picked up their second Georgian, when Loganville receiver Jaquavius Lane committed to Kansas State.
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— jaquavius lane™ (@forbesquay) August 22, 2017
THE LANE FILE
Lane is the ninth commitment in Kansas State’s 2018 class, and the first receiver of the group. The Wildcats have taken a fairly defensive approach to recruiting, as their class is composed of six defensive players, and only three on the offensive side of the ball: Lane, guard Christian Duffie and quarterback John Holcombe, who committed earlier this week. The other Georgia transplant in the class is a player Lane will likely become very familiar with in Manhattan, because he’ll likely be playing against him in practice: cornerback EJ Thomas, from Atlanta, just about an hour from Loganville.
Lane picked Kansas State over a bunch of offers, mostly from G5 schools. That list includes FIU, Louisville, Marshall, Southern Miss, Syracuse, Troy, Tulane and UCF. UCF was seen as the favorite for a while, but as interest picked up from Louisville and Kansas State, Lane shifted his attention in the direction of those two programs. Despite a visit to Louisville last month, Kansas State has been in the driver’s seat for a couple of months now, and as of Monday, Lane is officially on board. An offer from the in-state Georgia Bulldogs may change things, but that’s not a realistic fear right now.
On the field, Lane is probably the most athletically gifted player in Kansas State’s class, as of right now. He runs a sub 4.4 40 yard dash time, and that speed, paired with his incredible ability to run with the ball helped lead his team to a state title last season. He’s a big play threat in the intermediate game, as well as down the field, and while his route tree isn’t very diverse, that won’t really hurt him because of Kansas State’s scheme. His ceiling comparison is a former Big 12 star, Corey Coleman.