Remember the time that Kansas had a top ten class, and a number of highly ranked commits all joining in February? Well, in college football it’s extremely rare to see success like that sustained at a school like Kansas, and just like it has now, things almost always regress to the mean. After a disastrous 1-11 2017 campaign, the Jayhawks have lost nine total commits from their 2019 class, eight of which committed during that magical week in February. One of the last remaining stalwarts from that group, Cartez Crook-Jones, joined the illustrious list of decommits late last night, as he flipped from Kansas to Kansas State.
— Cartez Crook Jones (@CrookCartez) December 10, 2017
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This departure drops Kansas to just nine 2018 commitments, though three of them are defensive lineman, so Crook-Jones’ departure doesn’t leave a massive hole in terms of positional need. Kansas now holds the worst class in the conference, and the 83rd class overall. David Beaty has some serious work to do to fill this class out, as more decommitments are likely.
Kansas State on the other hand, now holds commitments from 13 recruits, and sits at ninth in the Big 12, and 75th nationally. Crook-Jones is the third defensive lineman in the class, and the first player from Missouri to head to Kansas State in the 2018 class. The Wildcats don’t generally like to bring in large classes, so it’s fair to assume that there won’t be a ton of news coming out of Manhattan in the next few months.
Crook-Jones holds offers from KSU, Kansas, Iowa State and Memphis. Unless the home state Missouri Tigers extend an offer, this recruitment is all but over, and Crook-Jones will in fact be a Wildcat.
Interestingly enough, Crook-Jones wasn’t the only commitment for Kansas State this weekend, as his high school teammate, Shane Cherry also joined the class.
I’m extremely happy to say that I have received an offer from my dream school K-State, and with that, I would like to announce my commitment to continue my academic and football career at Kansas State University!!! #EMAW18 pic.twitter.com/Y0hOWtM1N3
— Shane Cherry (@Shane_Cherry99) December 10, 2017
There isn’t much information on Cherry, though he’ll likely play on the offensive line in Manhattan.