Lufkin’s Bronson “Boom” Massie Commits To Kansas State
Lufkin defender Bronson Massie will play his college football career on a screen near you.
The hybrid defensive end and linebacker announced Sunday he committed to Kansas State in favor of other offers from California, Colorado State, Louisiana Tech, Texas State and Washington. With the Big 12 Conference's TV contract, Massie, nicknamed "Boom," will be viewable in Lufkin and through the league's footprint virtually every time the Wildcats program plays.
Massie (6-3, 202) completed his official visit to Manhattan, Kan., earlier in the day.
Kansas State was the most recent university to offer the defender. It entered the picture on Nov. 27.
Massie is the school's first successful recruitment of an East Texas player in the 2016 graduating class. The program has other standing offers to Mineola twin offensive tackles Austin Anderson and Riley Anderson, but both players are committed to Texas A&M.
Kansas State closed its regular season with a 6-6 record and earned an invitation from the Liberty Bowl to compete against Arkansas on Jan. 2 in Memphis. The Wildcats had to win their final two games to reach bowl eligibility and successfully accomplished the feat.
The program has rarely broken even or worse since head coach Bill Snyder arrived in Manhattan in 1989.
Snyder, who coaches in a stadium now named after him, has compiled a 193-100-1 record with the Wildcats through his two stints as its leader. He has guided the team to 17 of its 19 bowl game appearances, and an 18th bowl game came largely with players he recruited.
The head coach retired in 2005 but returned for the 2009 season after his successor struggled to find the same kind of success in Manhattan.
Kansas State, entirely under Snyder, has won two conference titles for two BCS bowl game appearances. It also has been the Big 12's Cotton Bowl representative three times.
Massie helped guide Lufkin to a 7-3 regular season record and a Class 5A Division I bi-district playoff round appearance during his senior season. Alas, the campaign was bookended with losses to arch-rival Longview.
Longview beat Lufkin with a blocked point after kick attempt on the first night of the regular season. Lufkin junior quarterback Kordell Rodgers' injury early in the second half of the two teams' playoff meeting helped Longview run away with a 31-10 victory.
Lufkin earned a second-place finish in District 16-5A and all of its losses came against teams that went at least two rounds deep in their respective playoff brackets.
Massie will leave behind a high school team expected to retain a lot of offensive firepower as it is projected to move from Class 5A to the state's largest classification, Class 6A.
The defender, like all senior high school football prospects, will become eligible to sign with Kansas State 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 – committed to Tulsa; additional offers from North Texas, SMU, ULL (4)
- 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 – committed to Kansas State; additional offers from California, Colorado 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)