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Signing Day brings two surprises for K-State

02/06/2013 2:02 PM

05/16/2014 9:03 PM

Two of the biggest surprises that came out of National Signing Day for Kansas State involved two players that won’t suit up for the Wildcats next season.

De’Vondre Campbell, a highly touted junior-college linebacker from Hutchinson Community College, switched his previous commitment to K-State at the last moment and instead signed with Minnesota. With the departures of Arthur Brown, Justin Tuggle and Jarell Childs, Campbell would have been a candidate to play immediately for the Wildcats.

Now, incoming recruits Nick Ramirez, Isaiah Williams and Dakorey Johnson will have less competition as they compete for playing time at linebacker next season. Ramirez, a four-star linebacker out of Lee’s Summit West, has the biggest upside of the group. Johnson brings experience as a juco transfer.

The other surprise came from a former K-State quarterback. Tavarius Bender, who quit the team last summer after enrolling a semester early to go through spring practices, is headed to Iowa Western Community College. We haven’t heard much about Bender lately, but he will try to resurrect his career at the same college where the Wildcats just landed talented quarterback Jake Waters.

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