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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Clinkscales changes mind: chooses Wildcats over Nebraska

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  • Dodge City Community College defensive lineman Terrell Clinkscales announced Sunday afternoon on Twitter he changed his verbal commitment to continue his collegiate career to the Kansas State Wildcats. Clinkscales had verbally committed to the Nebraska Cornhuskers, but was still being heavily recruited by Kansas State. It was enough for the former Illinois prep star to change his mind and decided to play at Bill Snyder Stadium in Manhattan. Clinkscales said the following on Twitter: "In life you have to do what's best for you. I'm officially decommitting I will be attending Kstate next year I have to go where the love is". Dodge City Community College head football coach Gary Thomas confirmed the change of Clinkscales' decision. Clinkscales is ranked as the top defensive lineman and a four-star recruit of junior college players by Rivals.com. He received a number of twitter messages from fans of both teams about his decision. Clinkscales later tweeted as for a reason why he changed his mind: "All the fans bringing up my academics you look like losers I'm a D1 qualifier not a Nebraska qualifier meaning I qualify for all D1 schools". A later tweet from the lineman told the Nebraska fans to not get mad at him, but at the Huskers' coaches, saying the love he meant was coaches having his back. “I feel like the vibe with Nebraska was, like, 'if he gets here, he gets here. If not, he doesn't,'” Clinkscales told Rivals. “I feel like Nebraska was not taking the steps to make sure I'm good. Like, I've been asking them for the last two weeks to help me get an online math class up and rolling. I haven't even really got an answer about that.” Clinkscales had 42 tackles and 3 1/2 sacks for the Conqs before the team's Valley of the Sun Bowl loss to Scottsdale (Ariz.). He was a first team Jayhawk selection and a second-team NJCAA All-American selection in 2013. Clinkscales joins defensive back Danzel McDaniel, who has already enrolled at Kansas State University. McDaniel had 49 tackles and one interception for the Conqs last fall. Four other players have already left Dodge City and enrolled at schools where they will play football next season: offensive lineman Marcos Guitterez to Missouri Southern. defensive lineman Logan Orso to Central Oklahoma, linebacker Shelton Bayliff to Bethel and receiver Mark Smith to Ottawa. Three other players have verbally committed to Division I schools: receivers Kyle Foster and Michael Thomas to Southern Miss (although Thomas still has an official visit to Boise State) and receiver Devonte Robinson to Utah State. Among players who still haven't made any verbal commitments but expected to make a decision to a Division I school include running back Tyreis Thomas (Jayhawk Conference offensive player of the year and first team NJCAA All-American), defensive back Darvell Harris and defensive Vinton Harris. Vinton Harris has received an offer from Troy University in Alabama.
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