MANHATTAN, KS - OCTOBER 29: Head coach Bill Snyder of the Kansas State Wildcats instructs his team during a game against the Oklahoma Sooners at Bill Snyder Family Stadium on October 29, 2011 in Manhattan, Kansas. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
Things are heating up as Bill Snyder is putting the finishing touches on the recruiting class of 2012 for the Kansas State Wildcats.
With signing day on the horizon, the Kansas State Wildcats added a pair of three-star lineman to their 2012 class on Thursday with verbal commitments from Eastern Arizona Junior College offensive tackle Ellwood Clement and Arlington, Texas defensive tackle Demonte Hood. The star allocations are according to GoPowerCat.com on the Rivals network.
Clement is 6'4" 295 lbs and choose the Wildcats over offers from East Carolina, Indiana, and Utah State. Originally from Deptford, New Jersey, Clement was a 2011 first-team All-American at the NJCAA level.
Coach Bill Snyder has long been known for plucking junior college players as the 2011 roster featured 30 players on the roster who came from the juco ranks.
Hood prepped at Bowie High School and is listed at 6'0" 295, and will play defensive tackle. He had a decent offer list including Kansas, Arkansas, San Diego State, and Mike Leach's new program in Washington State. Kansas State only loses one defensive tackle off the 2011 roster in Payton Kirk, so Hood will likely go into fall camp with the thought of being red shirted.
Earlier in the week the Wildcats also picked up a verbal commitment from two-star running back Charles Jones, who is 5'11" and 170 lbs. Jones, who had FBS offers from Arkansas State and Tulane, will be coming from Mandeville, Louisiana.
As of now the class sits at 16 players and is lead by four-star junior college wide receiver Marquez Clark. Clark, 6'0" 180 lbs, is from Texarkana, Texas, and played at Navarro College. Kansas State won a battle with Pittsburgh for his talents. A highlight video from 2010 can be seen here.
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