GoPowercat.com takes a deep dive on the way-back machine and gives Kansas State fans something to talk about by checking in on the 2014 football signing class and the careers of the Top 10 signees, as listed by the 247Sports composite ranking.
On Feb. 5, 2014 signing day, K-State announced the signing of 18 high school prospects and nine junior-college transfers to a 2014 signing class that finished ranked 49th overall and eighth in the Big 12 Conference.
A surprise of the 2014 K-State signing class was fullback Winston Dimel of Manhattan. A three-time All-Big 12 pick, Dimel had 418 career receiving yards, which ranked 10th in school history among running backs, before transferring to finish his career at UTEP.
Another player who made an impact despite not being ranked among the Top 10 signees in the 2014 K-State signing class was safety Kendall Adams, whose career was cut short due to injury. Wide receiver Dominique Heath, linebacker Justin Hughes, wide receiver Zach Reuter, linebacker Sam Sizelove and offensive lineman Terrale Johnson were also among the notables in this signing class.
The gems of the class were offensive tackle Dalton Risner (Broncos) and linebacker Elijah Lee (Vikings).
A two-time All-American, Risner started in 50 career games and in 2019 became the first player in K-State history to be named a finalist for the Lombardi Award. Risner, who was taken with the 41st overall pick by the Denver Broncos in the 2019 NFL Draft, is the highest-drafted offensive lineman in K-State history.
Lee ended his junior season as a first-team All-Big 12 selection and ended his three-year career with 209 tackles, including 18.5 tackles-for-loss, with 11.0 sacks, five interceptions, 10 passes defended, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries while playing in 39 games with 26 starts.
Here’s a look at the Top 10 signees from the 2014 K-State signing class: