Kansas State lands Minnesota quarterback transfer Jacob Knuth as walk-on

Drew Galloway05/24/23
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Kansas State surprised many on Wednesday when the Wildcats added a quarterback transfer to that particular position room. Minnesota quarterback Jacob Knuth picked K-State after exiting the Gopher program in the Spring.

While Kansas State was not rumored to be in the quarterback market, landing Knuth made sense. He was recruited by Collin Klein and K-State as a high school recruit and nearly picked the Wildcats. Even after committing to Minnesota, he took an official visit to Manhattan before reaffirming his decision.

He redshirted in his first season in Minneapolis, and at least for now, will be a walk-on for head coach Chris Klieman and company.

As a high school senior, the newest Kansas State signal-caller tallied 2,413 passing yards and 26 touchdowns, along with 527 rushing yards and 14 scores on the ground. He was named South Dakota’s Gatorade Player of the Year for his efforts.

Knuth was the On3 Consensus No. 1 player in the state of South Dakota as a high school prospect as well and was ranked as a three-star prospect by all four recruiting services.

An elephant in the room is that Knuth joins a loaded quarterback room at K-State. Will Howard is back after leading Kansas State to a Big 12 Championship a year ago. Jake Rubley, Adryan Lara and Avery Johnson will all be competing for a back-up role in 2023 as well.

Overall, Knuth is the sixth transfer from a four-year institution to join the Wildcats.

The quarterback is also the second transfer that K-State has landed in the last five days. Southeast Missouri State cornerback Tyler Nelome committed to Kansas State on May 19 after taking an official visit to The Little Apple.

Knuth has four years of eligibility remaining.