Oklahomans making impact for K-State 

September, 18, 2012
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Kansas State has made recruiting the state of Oklahoma one of the top priorities for its program. Sophomore Tyler Lockett is one of the Wildcats' most explosive players while other Oklahomans have already make a key impact on KSU's 3-0 start.

A look at the Oklahomans on K-State's roster and how they've fared for the Wildcats:

Defensive back Dante Barnett
High school: Tulsa, Okla./Booker T. Washington
Class: 2012

Impact: After a grayshirt season in 2011, Barnett enrolled in the spring and has one tackle in three games for KSU as a true freshman.

[+] EnlargeTyler Lockett
Scott Sewell/US PresswireTyler Lockett, an Oklahoma high school product, is arguably the Wildcats' most-dynamic player.
Recruiting rating: A three-star prospect as an athlete, Barnett had a 76 rating from ESPN.com’s Scouts, Inc. when he signed with the Wildcats.

Should the Sooners have recruited him? It’s too early to say but he has good size at 6-foot-1 and 186 pounds, a trait that has become a priority under Mike Stoops, and he’s played his way out of a redshirt season as a true freshman.

Receiver/kick returner Tyler Lockett
High school: Tulsa, Okla./Booker T. Washington
Class: 2011

Impact: Lockett stepped on campus and immediately became one of the top playmakers for K-State. As a true freshman, Lockett averaged 19.1 yards per touch while earning All-American honors as a kick returner (35.19 yards per kick return). He accounted for 315 all-purpose yards against No. 3 Oklahoma State in the Wildcats’ 52-45 loss in Stillwater in 2011.

This season, Lockett is averaging 20.7 yards per touch and was named Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week after his 96-yard kick return for a score against North Texas last Saturday.

Recruiting rating: A two-star prospect as a receiver, Lockett had a 74 rating from ESPN.com’s Scouts, Inc. when he signed with the Wildcats.

Should the Sooners have recruited him? Absolutely. Because of the threat he is as a kick returner and his knack for making big plays in critical times.

Tight End Andre McDonald
High school: Choctaw, Okla./Choctaw
Class: 2009

Impact: McDonald has played in 27 games as a Wildcat, including four starts. Known as a quality run blocker, the junior has 14 career receptions for 212 yards and one touchdown.

Recruiting rating: McDonald had no rating from ESPN.com.

Should the Sooners have recruited him? Maybe. But only because OU entered this season with no experience at tight end.

Guard Keenan Taylor
High school: Tulsa, Okla./Booker T. Washington
Class: 2009

Impact: Taylor starts at right guard for K-State and has played in 28 games. He played a backup role during his first two seasons with the Wildcats but has helped paved the way for K-State’s running game this season.

Recruiting rating: A two-star prospect as an offensive tackle, Taylor had a rating of 75 from ESPN.com’s Scouts, Inc. when he signed with the Wildcats.

Should the Sooners have recruited him? No. The Sooners have plenty of talent in the interior offensive line.

Receiver Tramaine Thompson
High school: Jenks, Okla./Jenks
Class: 2009

Impact: After a redshirt season, Thompson took over as the Wildcats punt returner as a redshirt freshman in 2010 and started six of their first seven games. His 19 receptions and 258 receiving yards placed him fifth among freshmen in school history. Last season, he started five games and made a key impact as a punt and kick returner.

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