K-State football prepares for spring game, welcomes new recruits

K-State Athletics Communications and K-State Alumni Communications 

Head coach Bill Snyder welcomes 22 new student-athletes to the Wildcat football team as part of the 2016 signing class. (Photo: K-State Athletics Communications)

Although the official start of the 2016 football season is still months away, Wildcat fans can take a sneak peek at this year’s player line-up during the annual spring scrimmage. 

The Kansas State University Purple/White Spring Game will be April 23 at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, giving K-Staters a chance to see the team in action before the ’Cats kick off the season with a nonconference game Sept. 2 at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto, California. 

Watch K-State Athletics for ticket information on the spring game. You also can make plans to travel with the Wildcats to the Stanford game through K-State Sports Tours and the K-State Alumni Association. 

This year, head coach Bill Snyder and the K-State football team will welcome 22 new student-athletes as part of the annual recruiting class. The 2016 signing class includes 17 players from the high school ranks, four community-college players and an NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision graduate transfer who will be immediately eligible. Additionally, running back Justin Silmon was awarded a scholarship and will count toward the class of 2016. Of the signing class, seven are enrolled at K-State and will participate in April’s spring practices, which culminate with the Purple/White Spring Game.

“Each member of this class has demonstrated a commitment to becoming the best person, student and athlete possible,” Snyder said. “As always, we greatly appreciate the high school and community college coaches, faculty members and administrators through the state of Kansas and across the nation who have received our coaches and program so very graciously. I am especially proud of and thankful for the Kansas State faculty, dean of students, director of finance, athletics support staff, athletics director and president for their assistance in conveying to these young men the great support services, education and caring relationships provided by our university.”

This year’s class features 15 players on offense and seven players on defense. The class is made up of four wide receivers, three offensive linemen and tight ends, two apiece of defensive backs, defensive tackles, fullbacks, linebackers and running backs, one defensive end and one quarterback.

“I think we did [fill immediate needs],” Snyder said during a press conference. “We filled immediate needs if our perceptions are accurate, but we’ll find that out in a period of time. It’s not a closed class right now; we still have a couple of visits left. Overall, we have more offensive players than defensive players, but we lost more on offense. So if it pans out the way we hope it does, I think we got reasonably close to fulfilling our needs.” 

View full profiles and video on each of this year’s new signees. 

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