MANHATTAN (TNS) — The top-rated high school player in Kansas State's 2017 recruiting class is not currently a member of the team.
Daniel Green, a 6-foot-3, 228-pound linebacker from Portland, Ore., is still working to become academically eligible, K-State football coach Bill Snyder said Thursday.
"At some point in time he will be here," Snyder said, "but I am not sure when that will be."
K-State's media guide features a brief profile of Green along with freshmen participating in preseason practices, but he was removed from the active roster earlier this week.
Green was a standout defender as a high school senior. Rivals ranked him as the nation's 245th best prospect, and he chose the Wildcats over a number of power conference schools, including Utah, Oregon State and Mississippi. He was originally committed to Southern California, but switched to K-State on National Signing Day.
His addition was seen as a major plus for the Wildcats, as he looked capable of immediately competing for playing time.
That now seems unlikely.
"That is a major mountain to climb," Snyder said. "If you aren't here during camp and have no previous experience, it's not easy. It's very hard."