Author Archives: Kirk Seminoff

Joe Gordon leaving K-State football staff

Kansas State director of recruiting operations Joe Gordon is expected to become a graduate assistant for Division II Mississippi College’s staff later this week, the college’s sports information director said Monday.

Gordon has been K-State’s recruiting coordinator since Bill Snyder’s return in 2009, and played for Snyder from 1993-96. Gordon’s son, LeAndrew, is a Texas high school senior receiver-defensive back who has orally committed to K-State.


Ellis to make college choice known Wednesday

Heights boys basketball player Perry Ellis will announce his college decision on Wednesday.

Ellis will make his decision public at 2:45 p.m. in the Heights gymnasium.

Four schools made his final list — Kansas, Kansas State, Kentucky and Wichita State. Ellis recently hosted home visits with all four schools.

“He’s handling it pretty smoothly,” said Fonda Ellis, his mother. “I’m real impressed with how he’s dealing with it. I think he’s real excited for Wednesday.”

Ellis, a 6-foot-8 forward at Heights, is No. 24 in the rankings for the class of 2012 and No. 37 in ESPNU’s national list. He is the school’s career rebound leader with 753 and second (behind Aubrey Sherrod) with 1,585 points. He averaged 22.1 points and 7.9 rebounds as a junior, leading the Falcons to a third straight Class 6A title.

Ellis plans to sign a national letter of intent during the signing period Nov. 9-16. He will make an official visit to the school he selects after the announcement.

– Paul Suellentrop

Perry Ellis meets with K-State on Sept. 12

Heights basketball player Perry Ellis has set three of his four in-home visits with college coaches.

Ellis narrowed his list to four schools earlier this month — Kansas, Kansas State, Kentucky and Wichita State.

Ellis, a 6-foot-8 forward, will meet with Kansas coaches on Sept. 9, followed by Kansas State on Sept. 12. Wichita State makes its pitch on Sept. 13.

The Ellis family has yet to finalize a date with Kentucky. That meeting is expected to be the final one.

Ellis will play in the Boost Mobile Elite 24 this weekend in Venice Beach, Calif. Ellis will play for the Raymond Lewis team, coached by former Syracuse star Jason Hart and assisted by NBA players Brandon Jennings, Kevin Love and ex-Duke star Jason Williams.

The game will be televised on ESPNU (Channel 244) at 6 p.m. Saturday. The Raymond Lewis team will play Marques Johnson, coached by Grant Rice, Tyreke Evans, Kemba Walker and John Wall.

K-State remains one of Perry Ellis’ four possibilities

Heights senior basketball star Perry Ellis told reporters in Las Vegas today that his list of college choices has narrowed to four — Duke, Kansas, Kansas State and Kentucky.

That eliminates Memphis, Oklahoma and Wichita State, schools that Ellis had listed as possibilities a year ago.

Ellis, a three-time Eagle All-State selection who has led Heights to three state titles, spoke with reporters at the Adidas Nations tournament.

K-State one of Perry Ellis’ final six

From the Eagle’s Chris Elliott:

Heights junior forward Perry Ellis hasn’t made a decision yet as to where he will be playing his college basketball, but Friday morning he narrowed the list of potential schools down to six.

Heights coach Joe Auer said that Ellis’ top schools are Kansas, Kansas State, Kentucky, Memphis, Oklahoma and Wichita State. Ellis had scholarship offers from those school and Iowa, Texas A&M and Wake Forest. Schools such as Georgetown, Louisville, Miami, North Carolina, Stanford and UCLA have all been on the recruiting trail for Ellis’ services.

Ellis helped to lead Heights to Class 6A titles in 2009 as a freshman and 2010 as a sophomore. As a junior, Ellis is a fixture on a 4-0 Heights team, averaging 20 points and seven rebounds. He averaged 10 points and 11 rebounds as a freshman and 22 points and 10 rebounds as a sophomore.

Coffman’s the starter at QB

By Kellis Robinett

MANHATTAN — Carson Coffman was named starting quarterback at Kansas State by coach Bill Snyder this afternoon. Coffman beat out transfer Grant Gregory and will start K-State’s Saturday night opener against Massachusetts at Snyder Family Stadium.

Coffman, a 6-foot-3 junior from Peculiar, Mo., was thought to have the lead in the race for the starting job because of his participation in spring drills. Coffman has appeared in 10 games the past two K-State seasons, completing 28 of 46 passes for 308 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions.

Gregory, a sixth-year player who transferred from South Florida, was not eligible to participate in spring drills. A 6-1 senior, Gregory was a two-year backup to South Florida starter Matt Grothe and appeared in six games last season.

ESPN’s ‘College GameDay’ coming to Bramlage

Kansas State will play host to ESPN’s “College GameDay” telecasts on Jan. 30, leading up to tipoff of the Wildcats and Kansas Jayhawks, the Big 12 Conference announced today.

“College GameDay” will air at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. that day, leading into a 6 p.m. KU-KSU tipoff in Bramlage Coliseum.

K-State is predicted to be a Top 25 team in many early-season polls, returning four starters from a 22-12 team. A five-man recruiting class also figures to make an immediate impact.

KU is thought of as the No. 1 team nationally in the preseason, returning all its top players from last year’s Sweet 16 team.

Chris Harper says he’s going to K-State

Chris Harper told The Eagle’s Jeffrey Martin this morning that he’ll join the Kansas State football team. He’ll sit out a transfer year and be eligible in 2010.

– Kirk Seminoff

Snyder visits Wichita high schools

Eagle high schools reporter Joanna Chadwick has information on Bill Snyder’s visit to Wichita this week. It’s on the VarsityKansas blog.

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