Addressing a key defensive need, Kansas State pulled off an impressive neck-and-neck recruiting win on Tuesday when Tyler (Texas) junior college linebacker Gavin Forsha announced his commitment to the Wildcats for the upcoming season.
K-State offered Forsha a scholarship offer during his recruiting visit to Manhattan earlier this month, but had to withhold a belated indictment from LSU and Southern California. He made his decision after also attending USC, the announcement on Twitter.
Forsha made the announcement with a Twitter post that read, “Dreams come true.”
Forsha, a 6-foot-3, 220-pounder from Nashville, Tenn., was a crucial pickup for the Wildcats, who had lost three linebackers to the transfer portal since mid-April. A true freshman at Tyler, he recorded 45 tackles in 12 games, including 11.5 sacks – which put him fifth in the NJCAA nationally – and 13.5 tackles for losses.
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K-State has had quite a pipeline on Tyler lately, also signing safety Kobe Savage in December and cornerback Justice Clemons earlier this spring.
K-State was already set for middle linebacker, with starter Daniel Green returning for his senior season, backed by fellow senior Nick Allen. Forsha will most likely compete with Nebraska grad transfer Will Honas, 2021 backup Austin Moore, and others on the weak side.
K-State’s depth was recently struck when second Maryland transfer Branden Jennings re-entered the portal in the final week of spring training, followed in short order by redshirt freshman Gaven Haselhorst and sophomore Kienen Gaskin. Jennings has since landed in central Florida, while Haselhorst has 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. When asked at a Catbacker event in Salina last week if there were more new additions to the squad, coach Chris Klieman didn’t rule it out, citing a new recruitment trend triggered by the transfer portal.
“We’re always trying to add depth because we’ve lost so much depth[to the portal],” he said. “You should have hired your football team by the end of Spring Ball, and you always hired your football team. (But) now it’s another recruitment cycle to try and fill the need in May.”