Chris Klieman has landed Josh Hayes, a 5-foot-11 and 186-pound defensive back from Lakeland, Florida, from the transfer portal, but there is more to the story than that.
Hayes, who just finished the 2021 season at Virginia, originally signed with Kleiman out of high school in 2017 when the Wildcats head coach was still at North Dakota State. He played two seasons for Kleiman and the Bison, winning back-to-back FCS national championships. Hayes stayed at NDSU until 2020 after Klieman left for K-State in 2019.
When he transferred to Virginia, Hayes was expected to play right away, but suffered an injury in the preseason that limited his time on the field. However, that injury is what granted the super-senior another year, because he can use a redshirt after only appearing in three games this season.
This is the second incoming transfer for the WIldcats this week, but the other was a bit more “high profile.” Multi-year starting quarterback for the Nebraska Cornhuskers, Adrian Martinez, also has decided to come to Manhattan, Kansas, to don the Powercat logo for Chris Klieman in 2022.
Kansas State takes on LSU in the Texas Bowl on January 4th in the Houston Texan’s NRG Stadium.