Everything is on the up and up for Kansas State right now, as a program, and on the recruiting trail. On the field, the Wildcats destroyed Central Arkansas in their season opener, thanks in large part to a massive performance from Jesse Ertz, that displayed the potential for explosive plays we’d not seen from KSU in years. Just a few days after that dominant performance, Kansas State’s recruiting class claimed a huge win as well, as Texas offensive tackle Kaitori Leveston committed to the Wildcats, over a number of Big 12 and power five opponents.
Glad to be a Wildcat now pic.twitter.com/YkmtOw3Q1C
— Kaitori Leveston Jr (@KaitoriJr) September 5, 2017
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Leveston is the ninth commitment in Kansas State’s slowly expanding 2018 class, a class that still sits at dead last in the Big 12, but is nearing on Iowa State, which holds five more commits that the Wildcats. Leveston is the second lineman in the class, along with guard Christian Duffie. He’s the fourth Texas product in the class, along with Duffie, defensive end Spencer Trussell and quarterback John Holcombe.
Leveston picked Kansas State over the hometown Baylor Bears, Arizona State, Colorado State, Houston, Missouri, New Mexico, North Texas, Texas State and Texas Tech. Despite a visit this weekend to see Texas take on Maryland, Leveston has been a heavy Kansas State lean for a while now. Offensive line coach Charlie Dickey has been working extremely hard to secure this commitment, and the chance to play for an extremely skilled developmental coach like Dickey is a huge selling point.
On the field, I’m a bit torn on Leveston’s play. On one hand, he’s got great size, he’s athletic, strong, and has a lot of very obvious potential. He’s very good with mobility, and when blocking for the run, both at the line and down the field. However, there’s almost no tape of him blocking on passing plays, which likely means his high school, like many high schools, runs the ball more than it passes. That doesn’t mean he can never be good at pass protection, it just means he has some developing to do. Like I said, coach Dickey is a very good developer, so there;s no reason to think Leveston won’t learn quickly in Manhattan. His ceiling comparison is Rod Johnson.