So here’s the thing about KCAC schools and Jucos — there is no national signing date. That means that, unlike the NCAA schools, there is no set date to announce your class. Conventional wisdom would say that around this time is when these schools sign the bulk of their classes, only because of the time frame around sending in applications for scholarships and student loans, but understand that these schools never stop recruiting. You can easily pick up a kid who falls off academically late or has some other type of hold up with a bigger school and he ends up on your campus. With that being said, I’m going to break down what I have so far on our beloved KCAC, and tell you why I think the prize of this class was Derby QB Jake Snodgrass, who is headed to McPherson. I’ll post links to the school sites when I can, but a few I’ll have to type up.
The Falcons and coach Monty Lewis went after Snodgrass hard and came up short … and I’d really like to figure out how that whole process went down. Snodgrass ended up at McPherson and I think it would have given Tim Rozzell a run for the money in the race to replace KCAC offensive player of the year Alex Melugin. According to Lewis, Jacob McKenzie (OL, Jr., 6-foot-5, 310 pounds, Hutch C.C.), Galen Haaga (TE, Jr., 6-3, 240, Hutch C.C.0 and Felix Snipes (LB, Jr., 6-1, 230, Butler C.C.) are all Juco guys who are going to make an impact and are all already on campus. Friends graduated maybe its best OL ever, so McKenzie is going to feel that pressure early. McKenzie, from Eureka, played at Central Missouri for a year. And they need a TE to replace Luke Flanagan and there’s an open LB spot with the departure of Chad Francisco, so there you go for the other two. But we won’t really know how much not getting Snodgrass hurts them until we see how Rozzell plays. So there’s that.
Props to Carol Swenson for getting me this list … now if only I knew which positions all these dudes played …
Seriously, though, I just talked to MC coach Brian Ward about this class and he’s excited, as he should be. I don’t want to get too much into what he said about Snodgrass because I’m working on something for Monday specifically about his recruitment (he reportedly got MIAA offers from Fort Hays St., Emporia St. and another DII — Chadron State — also offered) and how he ended up with the Bulldogs. Cheney’s Dustin Hague is a good addition, athletic and big (6-3, 260) so he’ll help shore up that D-line. Wide receiver Bryant Theis out of Medicine Lodge — a 2x all-stater — should help soften the blow of losing Gary Cox.
But Snodgrass is the big catch here. He’s intelligent, tough, athletic and he’s going to be running basically the same type of offense he had at Derby. I watched him torch Garden City his junior year for almost 500 yards and five TDs in the season opener, and was sold that night. There’s going to be a QB battle this fall in McPherson that will be fun to watch.
Junior College and 4-Year transfers enrolled for Spring ‘09:Jeff Frank (Tonganoxie, Kan.) Garden City CC;Derrick Johnson (Maricopa, Ariz.) Phoenix College; Aaron Lafitte (Wadell, Arz.) Wabash College (IN); Rattanack Muor (San Jose, Ca.) West Valley College (CA); Rafail Reyes (Mesa, Ariz.) Mesa (AZ) Comm. College; John Sobczuk (Scottsdale, Ariz.) Glendale (AZ) Comm. College; Loni Tolutau, Jr. (Mesa, Ariz.) Phoenix College. High School signees:Patrick Barton (Moundridge, Kan.) Moundridge HS; Tim Brozek (Cheney, Kan.) Cheney HS; Dusty Hague (Cheney, Kan.) Cheney HS; Caleb Hamilton (Madison, Kan.) Madison HS; Bryant Jackson (Enid, Okla.) Chisholm HS;Taylor Lemuz (Larned, Kan.) Rozel-Pawnee Heights HS; Mitchell Leppke (Marion, Kan.) Marion HS; Ryan O’Neill (Spearville, Kan.) Spearville HS; James Patton (Cunningham, Kan.) Cunningham HS; Taylor Roop (Moscow, Kan.) Moscow HS;Tyler Sears (Cheney, Kan.) Cheney HS; Dylan Smith (Lebo, Kan.) Lebo HS; Jacob Snodgrass (Derby, Kan.) Derby HS; James Temaat (Dodge City, Kan.) Minneola HS; Bryant Thies (Medicine Lodge, Kan.) Medicine Lodge HS; Anthony Zajac (Pocahontas, Ill.) Highland HS
Last year was a debacle for the Moundbuilders — nothing less than the worst season in school history at 1-9. One key, I think, to getting things turned around, is selling the kids on the new facilities they’re building. That’s no problem. They’re going to be beautiful …. everything a small-college stadium should be. The other thing would be to recruit kids from the state of Kansas to come to school there. And that’s just not happening. Take a look at their roster last year. Take a look at this recruiting class so far — that’s 12 signings and not one kid from Kansas. What gives? Time to change things up a little. I’ve always thought this was a great place to go to school, but it’s losing that luster rapidly.
STERLING – didn’t give me anything yet
BETHEL – they didn’t give me anything yet, either
BETHANY – again, nothing.
I may make another KCAC signings post if the bottom three come through with a signing list. Otherwise, see you when I get the Jayhawk signings together.