Kansas State football signs two

By DeAnte Mitchell on December 22nd, 2011

Tavon Rooks

The standout junior college wide receiver from Texarkana, Texas, took his first official visit to Pitt and a week later made his way to Manhattan, Kansas to check out Kansas State. Following his visit, Kansas State became the future home for the talented wideout.

Clark, a three-star rated wide receiver by Rivals, committed to Kansas State in the early evening of yesterday when he faxed his National Letter of Intent to the school. Clark is one of the four receivers to be joining the Kansas State program next year and is arguably the best of them all.

The 6-foot speedster from Texas, comes in with amazing credentials. He had a magical season where he put up a sensational stat line. Clark had 98 receptions for 1,639 yards and 15 touchdowns. It should also be mentioned that Clark holds the No. 1 single-season marks in the National Junior College Athletic Association for receptions and reception yards.

He brings speed and a toughness to a strong position for Kansas State that returns Chris Harper, Brodrick Smith and freshman standout Tyler Lockett. Head coach Bill Snyder now has a solid group of receivers to lean on to go along with sensational Collin Klein.

Also in the deal with his junior college teammate. The highest rated recruit in Kansas State’s 2012 class, decided to end his recruitment and signed on to be a Wildcat next year.

Rooks, a four-star rated recruit by Rivals, held other offers from Arizona, Auburn, Florida International, Pittsburgh, South Florida, Utah and West Virginia. Despite going back and forth on his decision between Kansas State and West Virginia, the four-star offensive tackle decided to play for coach Snyder.

Rooks is a beast and has a huge frame. He stands at 6-foot-6, with tremendous athletic ability for an offensive lineman and underrated quickness. He’ll certainly get early playing time for Snyder and the Navarro duo along with another Texas junior college player in defensive tackle Wesley Hollingshed, have signed their National Letter of Intent to officially become a Kansas State Wildcat next season.

It’s easy to say that the Wildcats magical run not only energized the fan base but catapulted Kansas State into the national spotlight for recruits to take notice. Newly acquired Kansas coach Charlie Weis vowed to surpass Kansas State but with the way they’re recruiting and the fact that Kansas State’s talent level has risen considerably over the past few years, that looks like a long shot.