The Kansas State Wildcats have quite a few questions to answer on defense this season, which is probably why head coach Bill Snyder decided to take a number of junior college athletes in the 2014 recruiting class. One of those athletes in particular, DT Terrell Clinkscales, should play a significant role in solidifying the Wildcats defense this season.
The Wildcats may have greater need at one or two other spots, but Clinkscales was the clear gem of their 2014 recruiting class. He was considered the top JUCO defensive tackle in the nation, and a four-star prospect in 247 Sports’ composite rankings.
Landing Clinkscales was a major victory for Snyder and the Wildcats, as they were not always the favorite for his services. At one time, he was committed to the Nebraska Cornhuskers, and he boasted a lengthy list of offers that included many of the top teams in the nation. Among the other schools that offered Clinkscales were the Alabama Crimson Tide, the Auburn Tigers, the Ohio State Buckeyes, and the Oregon Ducks.
One reason for Clinkscales’ decision to join the Wildcats may have been his cousin, DB Danzel McDaniel. McDaniel was also a JUCO signee in Kansas State’s 2014 recruiting class.
Clinkscales has both the size and ability to contribute from day one. The defensive line was something of a weakness for the Wildcats last year and, while it should be improved this season, Clinkscales probably won’t find many obstacles in his path to joining the rotation.