Lufkin’s Bronson Massie Receives Offer From Kansas State
Lufkin flex defensive end and linebacker Bronson Massie has more to think about.
Kansas State swooped into his recruiting process Wednesday with a college football scholarship opportunity. It's the senior's sixth FBS offer and his very first from a Big 12 Conference school. He announced the new development through his personal Twitter account.
Massie (6-3, 202), nicknamed "Boom," owns other standing offers from California, Colorado State, Louisiana Tech, Texas State and Washington.
With a 4-6 overall record, the Wildcats are battling for bowl eligibility and the opportunity to play a 13th game for a fifth consecutive season. They'll need to beat winless Kansas on Saturday and then top West Virginia at home next week.
Kansas State has had to battle to keep afloat this season, but the 2015 season has been more of a down year than an indication of the trajectory of the program. The Wildcats won the Big 12 title in 2012 and followed that campaign up with two winning seasons within conference play.
The program had the worst major college football tradition in the country prior to head coach Bill Snyder's arrival in 1989. Snyder gave the team its first winning season since 1982 in 1991 and has since guided the Wildcats to 16 of its 18 bowl game appearances, including two BCS bowl appearances and three Cotton Bowl appearances.
Snyder retired from coaching in 2005 and handed the team to his successor, Ron Prince, but he returned in 2009 after Prince's tenure turned south with losing records in the final two campaigns of a three-season era.
After a transition year with Snyder, Kansas State returned to a bowl game in 2010 and has not missed one since.
The Wildcats renamed their Memorial Stadium to Bill Snyder Family Memorial Stadium in 2005 as a retirement gift.
Kansas State has won two conference championships since 1934 -- 2003 and 2012. It also is the home to 12 consensus All-Americans. Its most successful NFL player is Darren Sproles of the Philadelphia Eagles, a fourth-round pick turned into a nine-season veteran with a Pro Bowl appearance last year.
Massie helped guide a good Lufkin team to the first round of the Class 5A Division I playoffs. Unfortunately, quarterback Kordell Rodgers was injured late in the first half of that game and Longview was able to pull away for a 31-10 victory.
Lufkin also met Longview in its first game of the season. It fell, 21-20, due to a blocked point after attempt in the final minutes.
Massie was part of a team that closed its season with a 7-4 record and a second-place finish in District 16-5A behind John Tyler.
The defensive end, like all senior high school football prospects, becomes eligible to sign with any program that offers him on Feb. 3.
2016 East Texas Football Players With Division I FBS Offers
- Austin Anderson, OL, Mineola, 6-4, 289 – committed to Texas A&M; additional offers from Arizona State, Arkansas State, Auburn, California, Cincinnati, Houston, Illinois, Kansas State, Louisiana Tech, Miami, Michigan, Mississippi State, Missouri, North Carolina, North Texas, Northwestern, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, SMU, Southern Miss, TCU, Texas, Texas State, Texas Tech, Tulsa, Vanderbilt (27)
- Riley Anderson, OL, Mineola, 6-5, 287 – committed to Texas A&M; additional offers from Arizona State, Arkansas State, Auburn, California, Cincinnati, Houston, Illinois, Kansas State, Louisiana Tech, Miami, Michigan, Mississippi State, Missouri, North Carolina, North Texas, Northwestern, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, SMU, Southern Miss, Texas, TCU, Texas State, Texas Tech, Tulsa, Vanderbilt (27)
- Demarco Boyd, RB/LB, Gilmer, 6-0, 215 — signed with Texas; additional offers from Baylor, Florida State, Texas A&M (4)
- Gabe Foster, RB/DB, Newton, 6-3, 180 — offers from Arkansas State, Purdue, Texas State, ULL, ULM (5)
- Ke’Mon Freeman, QB/ATH, Liberty-Eylau, 5-11, 188 – offers from Arkansas State, North Texas, SMU (3)
- Travon Fuller, CB, Athens, 6-0, 160 — committed to Texas A&M (1)
- Alex Gregory, WR, Nacogdoches, 5-11, 175 — committed to Stephen F. Austin; additional offers from Texas State, ULM (2)
- Zach Hall, ATH, Tyler Lee, 5-11, 170 – offers from Baylor, Missouri, Texas Tech (3)
- La’Darius Hamilton, LB, Corrigan-Camden, 6-1, 220 — offers from Texas State, ULL (2)
- Adrian Harris, OL, John Tyler, 6-2, 290 — offer from ULM (1)
- Tanner Holmes, LB, Newton, 6-3, 220 — committed to ULL (1)
- Jerrod Johnson, OL, Lufkin, 6-2, 290 — offer from ULM (1)
- Keenen Johnson, ATH, Alto, 6-1, 190 – offers from SMU, ULL (2)
- Brandon Jones, S, Nacogdoches, 6-0, 190 — offers from Alabama, Arizona State, Arkansas, Auburn, Baylor, Boise State, California, Florida State, Georgia, Houston, Kentucky, Louisiana Tech, Louisville, LSU, Maryland, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Missouri, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Oregon, Penn State, Purdue, SMU, Stanford, TCU, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Tulsa, UCLA, USC, Washington State (40)
- Braylon Jones, DT, John Tyler, 6-3, 285 – committed to Houston; additional offers from Air Force, Army, Colorado State, Navy (5)
- Corey Lane, S, 5-11, 185 – offer from Louisiana Tech (1)
- Bronson Massie, DE/LB, Lufkin 6-3, 202 – offers from California, Colorado State, Kansas State, Louisiana Tech, Texas State, Washington (6)
- Jarrod McLin, DE, Carthage, 6-4, 212 – committed to UTSA; additional offer from ULL (2)
- Denzel Mims, WR, Daingerfield, 6-4, 180 – committed to Baylor; additional offers from Arkansas State, North Texas, Texas State, Texas Tech, Tulsa (6)
- Cody Mitchell, TE, Jasper, 6-5, 225 — committed to ULL; additional offers from Illinois, Louisiana Tech, Missouri, Texas State, (5)
- Jordan Morales, DL, Tyler Bishop Gorman, 6-3, 275 – offer from UTEP (1)
- Reshawn Parker, RB, Hooks, 6-1, 210 -- offer from Oklahoma State (1)
- Kendrick Rogers, WR, Frankston, 6-6, 207 — committed to Texas A&M; additional offers from Arkansas State, Cincinnati, Houston, Louisiana Tech, Memphis, Mississippi State, North Texas, SMU, ULL, ULM (11)
- Micahh Smith, DB, Marshall, 5-11, 185 — offer from Texas State (1)
- Aphonso Thomas, RB, Van, 5-10, 180 — committed to SMU; additional offers from Colorado State, Kansas, Nebraska, Nevada, SMU, Texas State (6)
- Jeremy West, OL/DL, Chapel Hill, 6-2, 297 — committed to Northwestern State; additional offer from ULL (1)
- Andre Wiley Jr., OLB/S, Liberty-Eylau, 5-10, 170 – offers from Arkansas State, Army, Louisiana Tech, Navy, Texas State, Wyoming (6)