Kansas State answered a key defensive need and scored an impressive one-on-one recruiting victory at the same time Tuesday when Tyler (Texas) Junior College linebacker Gavin Forsha announced his commitment to the Wildcats for the upcoming season.
K-State extended a scholarship offer to Forsha during its recruiting visit to Manhattan earlier this month, but had to delay a late indictment from LSU and Southern California. He made his decision after also visiting USC, announcing it on Twitter.
Forsha made the announcement with a post on Twitter declaring “Dreams come true”.
Forsha, a 6-foot-3, 220-pound player from Nashville, Tennessee, was a critical pick-up for the Wildcats, who had lost three linebackers at the transfer gate since mid-April. As a true freshman at Tyler, he recorded 45 tackles in 12 games, including 11.5 sacks — ranking him fifth nationally in the NJCAA — and 13.5 tackles for loss.
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K-State has been creating quite a pipeline to Tyler lately, also signing safety Kobe Savage in December and cornerback Justice Clemons earlier this spring.
K-State was already placed at center linebacker with starter Daniel Green returning for his senior season, supported by fellow senior Nick Allen. Forsha will most likely be in competition with transfer Nebraska graduate Will Honas, 2021 replacement Austin Moore and others on the weak side.
K-State depth recently took a hit when second Maryland transfer Branden Jennings re-entered the portal during the final week of spring training and was soon followed by redshirt rookie Gaven. Haselhorst and second Kienen Gaskin. Jennings has since landed in Central Florida, while Haselhorst returned to his hometown and signed with Fort Hays State.
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Forsha is the sixth defensive player and seventh overall to sign with the Wildcats since spring training ended. Asked at a Catbacker event in Salina last week if he expected any more additions to the roster, coach Chris Klieman didn’t rule it out, citing a new recruiting trend sparked by the portal. transfer.
“We always try to add depth because we’ve lost so much depth (at the portal),” he said. “You should have your football team, and you always used to have your football team, at the end of the spring ball. (But) now it’s another recruitment cycle to try to meet the needs in May.”