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February 6, 2013

2013 K-State Recruiting Bios

The biographies of the 2013 Kansas State football recruiting class announced by the school on Wednesday, with links to interviews with selected players.

2013 KANSAS STATE SIGNING BIOS
2013 HIGH SCHOOL SIGNEES

Chance Allen
** SIGNING DAY AUDIO: Chance Allen Interview **
OL, 6-5, 295
Klein, Texas (Duncanville)

AT DUNCANVILLE HIGH SCHOOL: A two-year letterman and a two-year starter for coach Drew Svoboda… Helped Duncanville to back-to-back district runner-up finishes… An all-state honorable mention selection as a senior… Attended the same high school as former Wildcat and current Arizona Cardinal running back William Powell.
PERSONAL: Chance Allen was born in 1995… Son of James and Wendy McClure.

Ajahne Brager
** SIGNING DAY AUDIO: Ajhane Brager interview **
OL, 6-4, 280
Magnolia, Texas (Magnolia)

AT MAGNOLIA HIGH SCHOOL: An all-district performer as a junior in 2011 and a second-team pick in 2012… Recorded 162 tackles, 14 sacks and 11 forced fumbles during his prep career.
PERSONAL: Ajahne Brager was born in 1994… Son of Paul and Rashindra Brager.

Jesse Ertz
** SIGNING DAY AUDIO: Jesse Ertz interview **
QB, 6-4, 199
Burlington, Iowa (Mediapolis)

AT MEDIAPOLIS HIGH SCHOOL: Named the Iowa Gatorade Player of the Year following his senior year… An All-American honorable mention selection by Parade Magazine… Broke the Iowa high school state record for most touchdowns in a career (98) and ranks fifth in state history in career passing yardage (7,317)… Registered over 9,000 total yards and 130 touchdowns in his prep career … Named the 2012 Offensive Player of the Year as well as a first team all-state selection by Iowa Preps after leading Mediapolis to a state runner-up finish and a 13-1 record… Honored as the All-Hawkeye Player of the Year… A two-time Des Moines Register and Iowa Newspaper Association First Team All-State honoree… Twice named to the all-district first team as well as the district's 2012 MVP… Was named to the Iowa Sports Connection's First Team All-State squad in 2011… Named the All-Hawkeye Co-Offensive Player of the Year as a junior… An Iowa Preps Elite Second Team All-State selection as a junior… A three-year letterwinner in basketball… Named a first team all-state pick by the Des Moines Register and Iowa Sports Connection as a junior… A first team all-conference selection and a second team all-state performer by the Iowa Newspaper Association in 2012… A first team all-conference and a third team all-state performer as a sophomore… Also a three-year letterwinner in track… Won a state championship in the 4x100 in 2012.
PERSONAL: Jesse Ertz was born in 1994… Son of David and Denice Ertz.

LeAndrew Gordon
** SIGNING DAY AUDIO: Leandrew Gordon interview **
WR, 5-7, 160
Arlington, Texas (Pantego Christian Academy)

AT PANTEGO CHRISTIAN ACADEMY: Helped Pantego Christian Academy to a 6-4 record and a district championship during his senior year… Listed as the fastest wide receiver in the class of 2013 according to ESPNU… Was a first-team all-district selection following his junior year… Also a standout for the Panther basketball and track teams.
PERSONAL: LeAndrew Gordon was born in 1994… Son of former K-State defensive back Joe Gordon and Zina Barrow.

Matt McCrane
** SIGNING DAY AUDIO: Matthew McCrane interview **
PK, 5-11, 165
Brownwood, Texas (Brownwood)

AT BROWNWOOD HIGH SCHOOL: Connected on 7-of-12 field goals as a senior, including a school-record 52-yarder… Selected to play on Team USA in the 2013 U19 International Bowl… Won the Dallas Kicking Camp's Golden Boot award in 2011. PERSONAL: Matthew McCrane was born in 1994… Son of Steven and Lori McCrane.

Cre Moore
** SIGNING DAY AUDIO: Cre Moore interview **
DB, 6-0, 175
Broken Arrow, Okla. (Broken Arrow)

AT BROKEN ARROW HIGH SCHOOL: Named to the Oklahoma 'Top 11' All-State team as a senior… A 2012 All-State 6A selection at cornerback by The Oklahoman… A three-year starter who recorded four interceptions and 100 tackles in his final two years… Helped Broken Arrow to a runner-up finish in the 6A state championship game in 2011… A standout in track and field that helped set a school record in the 4x100 relay. PERSONAL: Cre Moore was born in 1995… Son of Steve and Mary Moore.

Reid Najvar
** SIGNING DAY AUDIO: Reid Najvar interview **
OL, 6-4, 290
Spring, Texas (Klein Oak)

AT KLEIN OAK HIGH SCHOOL: A first-team all-district pick as a senior… Named to the Houston Chronicle's 2012 Top 100 football recruits… Voted a team captain as a senior… A 2012 Preseason First Team All-Greater Houston selection. PERSONAL: Reid Najvar was born in 1994… Son of Don Najvar and LeeAnn Schultz… Brother, Jordan, plays tight end at Baylor.

Nick Ramirez
** SIGNING DAY AUDIO: Nick Ramirez interview **
LB, 6-1, 228
Lee's Summit, Mo. (Lee's Summit West)

AT LEE'S SUMMIT WEST HIGH SCHOOL: A three-year starter for West High School… Dubbed a four-star prospect by Rivals.com and ESPN.com… Named to the MaxPreps 2012 Missouri Preseason All-State team prior to his senior season… Named to the Kansas City Star's All-Metro Second Team as a linebacker following the 2012 season… Selected to play in the 2012 Offense-Defense All-American Bowl… Notched 115 tackles as a junior while leading the Titans to a 12-1 finish… Named a first team all-state linebacker by ESPNHS following his junior season in 2011… Helped Lee's Summit West win a 5A state championship as a sophomore in 2010 as he registered 130 tackles and seven sacks. PERSONAL: Nick Ramirez was born in 1994… Son of Humberto Ramirez and Tracy Ramirez.

Isaiah Williams
** SIGNING DAY AUDIO: Isaiah Williams interview **
LB, 6-1, 223
Dallas, Texas (Skyline HS)

AT SKYLINE HIGH SCHOOL: A 2012 all-district and all-region pick by the Dallas Morning News... Recorded 68 tackles as a senior en route to a 14-2 record.... Lettered three years and won three district championships while compiling a 28-6 combined record.
PERSONAL: Isaiah Williams was born on November 3, 1994... Son of Willie and Cecilia Williams.

Jordan Willis
** SIGNING DAY AUDIO: Jordan Willis interview **
DE, 6-5, 250
Raymore-Peculiar, Mo. (Rockhurst)

AT ROCKHURST HIGH SCHOOL: A three-year letterman for the Hawklets… A 2012 Kansas City Star All-Metro First Team performer… Recorded 58 tackles and nine sacks during his senior season… Named to the MaxPreps 2012 Missouri Preseason All-State team prior to his senior year… Amassed 60 total tackles and 13 sacks during his junior campaign… Helped Rockhurst to a Class 6 Missouri State Championship and 13-0 finish as a sophomore in 2010.
PERSONAL: Jordan Willis was born in 1995… Son of Calvin and Demetrica Willis.

Tanner Wood
** SIGNING DAY AUDIO: Tanner Wood interview **
DE, 6-5, 235
Conway Springs, Kan. (Conway Springs)

AT CONWAY SPRINGS HIGH SCHOOL: Named Kansas Gatorade Player of the Year following his senior year… An All-American honorable mention selection by Parade Magazine… A four-year letterman who led the Cardinals to a combined record of 45-5 during his high school career… Ranked by Rivals.com as the No. 2 player in the state of Kansas… Set a Kansas high school state record and the third-best single-game rushing yardage total in national high school history with a 659-yard, nine-touchdown effort in Conway Springs' 84-56 win over Chaparral… Recorded 2,709 rushing yards, 43 total touchdowns and 110 tackles during his senior season … Named to the Topeka Capital-Journal and KansasVarsity.com 2012 Top 11 team… An All-3A first team performer at running back by KansasVarsity.com and at linebacker by the Topeka Capital-Journal as a senior… Chosen to play in the 2013 Kansas Shrine Bowl… Named a First Team All-Central Plains League performer as a running back and linebacker in 2012… An all-state pick at linebacker as a junior… Led Conway Springs to a 13-1 record and a Kansas 3A State Championship in 2011… Tallied 88 tackles and three interceptions during his junior campaign… Also a standout in basketball and track and field.
PERSONAL: Tanner Wood was born in 1994… Son of Tim and Michele Wood.

2013 JUNIOR COLLEGE SIGNEES
Chris Brown
** SIGNING DAY AUDIO: Chris Brown interview **
DT, 6-4, 345
Mesa, Ariz. (Scottsdale CC)

AT SCOTTSDALE CC: Tallied 68 tackles, including 13 for loss, and six sacks during his sophomore season in 2011... Committed to Washington State following the 2011 season but chose to sit out the 2012 season due to a coaching change at WSU.
AT SKYLINE HIGH SCHOOL: Named first team all-region...Helped his school win a division championship in 2009... Participated in track and wrestling... Recorded a school record for pins in a season with 34.
PERSONAL: Chris Brown was born in 1992... Son of Christopher and Patricia Brown... Has one brother, Michael.

Travis Green
DB, 6-1, 210
Omaha, Neb. (Iowa Western CC)

AT IOWA WESTERN CC: Helped IWCC win its first NCJAA National Championship in 2012… Played outside linebacker and strong safety for the Reivers during his redshirt freshman year… Named to the All-Midwest Conference first team as a defensive back in 2012… Earned back-to-back Player of the Week honors for his performances against North Dakota SCS and Ellsworth CC… Recorded 62 tackles, including seven tackles for loss… Also tallied one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and five interceptions, two of which he returned for scores... Signed and redshirted at Dodge City CC in 2010-11 before deciding to play closer to home at IWCC. AT OMAHA NORTH HIGH SCHOOL: Led North High School to back-to-back district titles in 2008 and 2009… A three-year letterwinner for coach Larry Martin… An all-state, all-district and all-metro performer in 2010… Tallied over 100 tackles and 10 interceptions during his last two prep seasons.
PERSONAL: Travis Green was born in 1993… Son of Troy Tyler and Roxanne Green.

Nate Jackson
DB, 5-11, 185
Daly City, Calif. (College of San Mateo)

AT COLLEGE OF SAN MATEO: Helped College of San Mateo to a 7-4 finish in 2012… Registered nine interceptions during his two years at CSM… Earned all-conference honors at defensive back in 2011.

Dakorey Johnson
** SIGNING DAY AUDIO: Dakorey Johnson interview **
LB. 6-3, 200
Mesquite, Texas (Trinity Valley CC)

AT TRINITY VALLEY CC: Tallied 82 tackles, including seven tackles for loss, and five sacks in his two seasons at TVCC. AT MESQUITE NORTH HIGH SCHOOL: Named a Second Team All-District 11-5A linebacker as a senior in 2009.
PERSONAL: Older brother, Quincy Morgan, was a star wide receiver for K-State from 1999-2001.

Devon Nash
** SIGNING DAY AUDIO: Devon Nash interview **
DE, 6-5, 260
Lincoln, Neb. (Iowa Western CC)

AT IOWA WESTERN CC: Helped IWCC win its first NCJAA National Championship in 2012… Earned First Team All-American honors as a defensive lineman… Was a Midwest Football Conference (MFC) first team all-conference pick as a sophomore… Ranked as the 53rd-best community-college player in the nation by Rivals.com… Tallied 36 tackles, four and a half sacks and one interception for a touchdown during his second season at IWCC… Named an Honorable Mention Region XI honoree as a freshman in 2011… Recorded 45 tackles and six sacks as a freshman in 2011. AT LINCOLN EAST HIGH SCHOOL: Played linebacker at Lincoln East High School. PERSONAL: Devon Nash was born in 1992.

Jake Waters
** SIGNING DAY AUDIO: Jake Waters interview **
QB, 6-2, 215
Council Bluffs, Iowa (Iowa Western CC)

AT IOWA WESTERN CC: Named the 2012 NJCAA Offensive Player of the Year after leading Iowa Western to a 12-0 record and a National Championship… Accounted for over 300 yards of total offense in the National Championship game, a 27-7 win over second-ranked Butler CC… Named a 2012 NJCAA First Team All-American, the Midwest Football Conference Offensive Player of the Year and a MFC First Team All-Conference honoree… Set a NJCAA national record for completion percentage after connecting on 73.3 percent (244-of-333) of his passes while throwing for 3,501 yards, 39 touchdowns and just three interceptions… Threw for 307 yards and a school-record five touchdowns in the first half of a 65-21 win over No. 17 Dupage (Ill.)… Named a Second Team MFC All-Conference selection in 2011… Named to the 2010 Academic All-Region XI First Team as a freshman.
AT ST. ALBERT HIGH SCHOOL: Led the Falcons to two 1A Iowa State Championships and a 37-2 mark as a three-year starter… Threw for 5,288 yards and 70 touchdowns while running for 1,820 and 28 touchdowns during his prep career… A three-time First Team Iowa Newspaper Association (INA) All-State 1A selection at quarterback… Also a standout for the Falcons on the hardwood… Named a Second Team INA All-State 1A selection as a senior.
PERSONAL: Jake Waters was born in 1992… Son of Rick Waters and Carolyn Waters.

2012 GRAYSHIRTS
Judah Jones
WR, 6-1, 180
Shreveport, La. (Evangel Christian)

AT EVANGEL CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL: Originally signed with K-State out of high school in 2012… Recorded just over 1,000 all-purpose yards and scored 16 touchdowns en route to all-district honors as a junior… Had 43 receptions for 728 receiving yards with six touchdowns as a senior... Also averaged 24.0 yards on eight kick returns in 2011... Evangel advanced to the Louisiana 2A State Semifinals in 2011. PERSONAL: Judah Jones was born in 1993... Son of Dewitt and Kim Jones... Judah plays the drums for the highly successful family Christian Gospel band, forever JONES... His parents formed the band with their five children... The band was nominated for two Grammy Awards in 2011.

Matt Seiwert
ATH, 6-3, 260
Conway Springs, Kan. (Conway Springs)

AT CONWAY SPRINGS HIGH SCHOOL: Originally signed with K-State out of high school in 2012… Made the Topeka Capital Journal's Top 11 and was also an all-class pick… A 2011 MaxPreps All-American… A First Team All-Central Plains League pick on offense and defense... Named Co-Defensive MVP for the Central Plains League… Helped Conway Springs win the 2011 3A State Championship with four tackles, including one for a loss, and a fumble recovery… Led Conway Springs to a combined 38-4 record and two state titles in three seasons… Also earned all-league and all-state honors in basketball and javelin (187 feet).
PERSONAL: Matt Seiwert was born in 1993… Son of David and Mary Seiwert… Brother, Darin, played for K-State.

Cody Small
TE, 6-4, 237
Cypress, Texas (Cypress Woods)

AT CYPRESS WOODS HIGH SCHOOL: Originally signed with K-State out of high school in 2012… Helped Cypress Woods to a 9-3 record in 2011… Listed in VYPE's Top 75 Football Prospects in the Northern Houston area at No. 38… An All-district performer as a junior and senior who also earned All-Houston area honors as a senior… A "Rising Star" in 2010 by 5ATexasFootball.com at defensive end… Competed on Cypress Woods' 7-on-7 team, which reached the semifinals of the Cy Falls Tournament in 2011.
PERSONAL: Cody Small was born in 1993… Son of David and Jo Small.

Vernon Vaughn
WR, 6-2, 190
Kansas City, Kan. (Sumner Academy)

AT SUMNER ACADEMY HIGH SCHOOL: Originally signed with K-State out of high school in 2012… A Kansas City-Atchison League first team pick… Named First Team All-Kansas during his sophomore and junior seasons... Had 58 catches for 865 yards and 17 touchdowns as a junior… Finished career with 94 catches for 1,517 yards and 24 touchdowns... Averaged 16.1 yards per catch and one touchdown for every three catches... Led Sumner Academy's basketball team to two state championships… Was a league honorable mention selection on the court as a junior... A Kansas Honor Scholar, USD 500 Scholastic Athlete and National Honor Society member... Accumulated a 3.48 GPA in high school.
PERSONAL: Vernon Vaughn was born in 1994… Son of Vernon and Debra Vaughn.

2013 GRAYSHIRTS
Sean Newlan
** SIGNING DAY AUDIO: Sean Newlan interview **
DB, 6-2, 200
Prairie View, Kan. (Phillipsburg)

AT PHILLIPSBURG HIGH SCHOOL: Named an all-state honorable mention performer as a junior and senior by KansasVarsity.com and the Topeka Capital-Journal… An all-league selection at quarterback, defensive back and punter… A four-year letterman in football and a three-year letterman in basketball and track and field… The back-to-back Kansas 3A State Champion in the 110M Hurdles… Also won the 3A crown in the 300M Hurdles and placed second in the discus in 2012. PERSONAL: Sean Newlan was born in 1994… Son of George and Sue Newlan.

Dayton Valentine
** SIGNING DAY AUDIO: Dayton Valentine interview **
TE, 6-4, 240
Baldwin, Kan. (Baldwin)

AT BALDWIN HIGH SCHOOL: Selected to play in the 2013 Kansas Shrine Bowl… Named a First Team All-State 4A defensive end by the Topeka Capital-Journal… An honorable mention all-state selection by VarsityKansas.com… A star in track and field who won the 4A state championship in discus and shot put as a junior.
PERSONAL: Dayton Valentine was born in 1995… Son of the late Jeff Valentine and Marilee Valentine.

2013 ANNOUNCED PREFERRED WALK-ONS
Blake Baird
LB, 6-1, 225
Silver Lake, Kan. (Silver Lake)

AT SILVER LAKE HIGH SCHOOL: Kansas 3A Defensive Player of the Year… A 3A all-state pick by KansasVarsity.com and the Topeka Capital-Journal… An all-league selection at linebacker as a senior… Helped Silver Lake to back-to-back 3A state title game appearances in 2011 and 2012… Was a member of the 2010 3A state championship team as well as Eagle teams that won four-straight league and district titles… Recorded 273 tackles and 15 sacks during his prep career… A two-year letterman in football and a three-year letterman in baseball.
PERSONAL: Blake Baird was born in 1995… Son of Ric and Anne Baird.

Brogan Barry
DB, 6-2, 195
Topeka, Kan. (Hayden)

AT HAYDEN HIGH SCHOOL: Named to the Topeka Capital-Journal's All-City first team as a senior… An all-league and all-state pick in 2012… Named team MVP following his senior season… Was an all-city and all-league honorable mention selection as a junior… Also participated in basketball and track and field for Hayden.
PERSONAL: Brogan Barry was born in 1994… Son of Anthony and Jana Barry.

Austin Butterfield
TE, 6-4, 207
Aurora, Colo. (Grandview)

AT GRANDVIEW HIGH SCHOOL: Played for the Wolves under head coach John Schultz… Team advanced to the semifinals of the Class 5A state championship… Hauled in 10 receptions for 96 yards and one touchdown… Also named a first team all-league punter after averaging 33 yards on 35 punts.

Randy Friesen
DE, 6-8, 229
Meade, Kan. (Meade)

AT MEADE HIGH SCHOOL: A 2012 first-team all-State 1A pick at defensive end by VarsityKansas.com… Named to the all-district and all-league first teams as a senior… An honorable mention selection at defensive end by the Topeka Capital-Journal as a senior… Led the Buffaloes to a 2-1A state championship in 2010 and 2012 as well as three-straight league titles from 2010-2012… An honorable mention 2-1A player at defensive end and tight end as a junior… Also a standout for the Meade basketball team… Named a first-team all-league and All-Southwestern Kansas pick as a junior… An all-state second-team performer in 2012… Led Meade to a 2A state runner-up finish in 2012.
PERSONAL: Randy Friesen was born in 1994… Son of Buck and Margaret Friesen.

Will Geary
DL, 6-0, 290
Topeka, Kan. (Topeka)

AT TOPEKA HIGH SCHOOL: A 2012 All-City League first-team pick at defensive linemen… Named to the Topeka Capital-Journal and KansasVarsity.com 2012 Top 11 teams… An All-State 6A first-team offensive lineman according to the Topeka Capital-Journal and VarsityKansas.com… Named Kansas 6A Defensive Player of the Year… Selected to play in the 2013 Kansas Shrine Bowl… The back-to-back 6A state wrestling champion in the 285-pound class… The defending 6A state power lifting champion… Also participated in baseball and track and field.
PERSONAL: Will Geary was born in 1995… Son of Mike Geary and Lee Geary.

Kip Keeley
LB, 6-2, 205
LaCrosse, Kan. (LaCrosse)

AT LaCROSSE HIGH SCHOOL: Named to the 2012 All-Class 'Top 11' third team by the Topeka Capital-Journal… An All-State selection at linebacker by KansasVarsity.com and the Topeka Capital-Journal… Tabbed as the 2-1A Defensive Player of the Year… Named to the Hays Daily News Super 11 team… Selected to play in the 2013 Kansas Shrine Bowl… Led LaCrosse to back-to-back state runner-up finishes in 2011 and 2012… A three-time All-district and All-league linebacker… Named to the All-league second team at linebacker as a freshman in 2009… A three-year letterwinner in basketball and track and field… On the hardwood, was named to the All-State second team as a junior in 2012… Is the defending Kansas 2A State Champion in the Javelin… Set a school-record with a throw of 191-2.
PERSONAL: Kip Keely was born in 1995… Son of Bill and Kathy Keely.

Drew Scott
LS, 6-2, 205
Cedar Rapids, Iowa (Xavier)

AT XAVIER HIGH SCHOOL: Successfully connected on 67 of 67 snaps over the course of his junior and senior seasons… Received a five-star rating at Kohl's Longsnapping Camp prior to his senior year… Helped the Saints to a 14-1 record and a 4A runner-up finish in 2012… Also competed in basketball (two years) and baseball (four years).
PERSONAL: Drew Scott was born in 1995… Son of Andrew and Sue Scott.

Trent Tanking
LB, 6-2, 220
Holton, Kan. (Holton)

AT HOLTON HIGH SCHOOL: Named Kansas 4A Defensive Player of the Year… Named to the Topeka Capital-Journal and KansasVarsity.com 2012 Top 11 teams… Led Holton to the 2012 4A state championship… An All-4A first-team performer at linebacker by KansasVarsity.com and the Topeka Capital-Journal as a senior… Chosen to play in the 2013 Kansas Shrine Bowl… Named an All-league performer at linebacker as a sophomore, junior and senior… An honorable-mention All-4A pick at linebacker in 2010 and 2011… A three-time All-county selection at linebacker… Helped Holton to three-consecutive league titles… Also a three-year letterman for the Wildcat basketball team… An All-league and All-county pick at guard as a junior.
PERSONAL: Trent Tanking was born in 1994… Son of Andrew and Karla Tanking.

Logan Thompson
LB, 6-3, 225
Segwick, Kan. (Segwick)

AT SEGWICK HIGH SCHOOL: Selected to play in the 2013 Kansas Shrine Bowl… A four-year letterman… Named to VarsityKansas.com's All-State 4A first team at linebacker in 2012… Helped the Cardinals to back-to-back league, district and bi-district championships… Recorded over 2,900 total years and 36 total touchdowns in 12 games as a senior… A first-team All-league linebacker as a junior and senior… Named an All-state honorable mention linebacker and quarterback as a junior… Also a standout in baseball and basketball… A back-to-back All-league selection in baseball… A 2012 All-league firsr-team pick in basketball as a junior.
PERSONAL: Logan Thompson was born in 1995… Son of Bryan and Kim Thompson.



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