In some very bad news for the Missouri Tigers of the SEC, their home state’s Player of the Year, Delvin Warmack, has chosen to lace them up for another brand of ferocious felines.
The Kansas State Wildcats.
Dalvin Warmack enters the 2014 season as the reigning Gatorade Missouri Football Player of the Year. However, instead of playing for his home state Tigers and competing in the SEC, Warmack has chosen to take his talents to the Little Apple. Warmack committed to play for the Kansas State Wildcats on Sunday.
“The depth chart was something big for me,” Warmack tells ESPN.com recruiting expert Damon Sayles. “They didn’t take a running back [in the 2013 class], and by the time I get there, they’ll only have three guys — and one will be a senior. It’s a good chance of playing early.”
K-State coach Bill Snyder has become known for bringing the very best out of players who were not rated very highly coming out of high school. However, following a Big 12 title and a berth in the Fiesta Bowl (not to mention sending quarterback Collin Klein to the Big Apple as a Heisman Trophy finalist) Snyder seems to have carried a bit of the momentum into recruiting.
Warmack is a 5-foot-9, 180-pounder who has the frame to take a pounding at the college level, but is also speedy enough to punch it into the endzone from a distance. He did have an official offer from Mizzou, as well as Toledo and others.
Here’s what Sayles has to say regarding the type of elite talent Snyder and his staff will be bringing in:
“Kansas State will get a player that rushed for almost 2,300 yards and 40 touchdowns as a junior. He averaged almost nine yards per carry and led Blue Springs to the Missouri Class 6 state championship. Warmack capped the season with the distinguished Gatorade honor.”
A lot can certainly change in a player’s recruitment over the course of a year (Warmack does not have to sign his official Letter of Intent for months). The SEC is a conference that, if anything, wins games and championships on the strength of cutthroat, extremely intense recruiting.
It will be interesting to see the push Mizzou makes, if anything, despite Warmack’s commitment to K State.