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K-State scores big in recruiting in adding Jake Waters, Devon Nash & Nick Ramirez

As if an 11-1 regular season and Fiesta Bowl appearance was not enough for K-State football fans they were rewarded yesterday with a fantastic day of recruiting news.


It was hard to ignore yesterday that Kansas State had a pretty successful day when it comes to football recruiting. Unless a person stayed completely off twitter or the internet in general they were bound to hear about junior college All-American quarterback Jake Waters who chose the Wildcats over Penn State.

The addition of Waters was somewhat unexpected as it was thought he was leaning towards Penn State. His stats last season are hard to ignore as he threw for 3,501 yards and 39 touchdowns while only being picked off three times. His completion percentage was a staggering 73.7% which broke Cam Newton's record.

While no K-State fan wants to get rid of Collin Klein they are definitely looking forward to seeing Waters and Daniel Sams battle it out for the right to replace the Heisman Trophy finalist. What makes the competition so intriguing to think about is that Waters is obviously a passing quarterback and Sams seems to be more of a run first signal caller.

The euphoria that infected Wildcat fans though was not simply because of one player committing. In addition to Waters, his Iowa Western Community College teammate Devon Nash also announced his decision to attend K-State over an offer from Oklahoma State.

Also a junior college All-American, Nash is a 6-foot-5, 260 pound defensive end who should have an opportunity to immediately earn a starting spot with current starters Meshak Williams and Adam Davis both being seniors. Nash and Waters will join fellow junior college teammate Travis Green who had committed to K-State last month.

So getting Nash and Waters should have been enough for Wildcat fans but late in the evening they were treated to one more bit of good news. Nick Ramirez a four star linebacker prospect out of Lee's Summit West High School also made a verbal commitment to be a Wildcat.

A former Missouri commit, Ramirez had previously opened up his recruitment and made an unofficial visit to Manhattan to watch the Wildcats secure the Big 12 title with their victory over Texas. It was his first visit since de-committing from the Tigers and apparently the only one he needed. Originally it was thought that Ramirez would take a visit to Missouri but that no longer will be the case as the only visit remaining for Ramirez is his official one to Kansas State.

According to Rivals the 6-foot-1, 228 pound Ramirez is the 12th best high school inside linebacker recruit in the country. With the Wildcats losing linebackers Arthur Brown, Jarell Childs and Justin Tuggle it would seem that Ramirez should at least be given an opportunity to step right in and compete for playing time and possibly a starting spot.

Even though December 13th turned out to be awesome for K-State fans there are still some targets out there to keep an eye on. Junior college defensive tackle Edwin Delva is deciding between K-State and Oregon State and he should make it known later this month on where he will be attending. Another defensive line prospect who is scheduled to make an official visit is Marcus Hardison. The four star defensive end out of Dodge City Community College was in attendance for the home game against Texas on an unofficial visit but is scheduled to officially visit Manhattan today.

If the coaching staff for K-State can somehow land either Delva or Hardison to team up with Nash the defensive potential next season would appear to be trending upwards.