MANHATTAN – With the virtual start of the 2021 spring semester this week, Kansas State introduced three of its five football transfer student-athletes that have thus far joined the Wildcats for the 2021 campaign via a Zoom session with the media on Tuesday.
Appearing on Tuesday were defensive backs Julius Brents (Iowa) and Russ Yeast (Louisville), along with linebacker Eric Munoz (Utah State). Defensive tackle Timmy Horne (Charlotte) and tight end Daniel Imatorbhebhe (Illinois) were unavailable.
A product of Indianapolis, Indiana, Brents comes to K-State after spending the last three seasons at Iowa. He played in 19 career games, including 11 contests with five starts as a true freshman in 2018. Brents also played one game in 2019 but ended up redshirting due to injury. He totaled 17 tackles, one interception and five total passes defended during his time at Iowa. Coming out of high school, Brents was rated the 28th-best cornerback in the Class of 2018 by 247Sports and was the fourth-best prospect in the state of Indiana by Rivals.
Yeast spent the last four seasons at Louisville as he saw time in 45 career games with 29 starts. He totaled 137 tackles – including four for a loss – one interception, 10 passes defended, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He started all 11 games in 2020, primarily at safety, while he started all his 11 games played during the 2019 campaign.
A product of Danville, Kentucky, Yeast was viewed as one of the top 250 prospects nationally for the Class of 2017 by ESPN, Rivals and 247Sports while playing at Center Grove High School in Greenwood, Indiana. Yeast’s father, Craig, played wide receiver at Kentucky, leaving with an SEC record 208 receptions for 2,899 yards and 28 touchdowns. Craig played nine seasons in the NFL after being selected in the fourth round of the 1999 draft, and he is currently the head football coach at Kentucky Wesleyan University.
Munoz resided the last three seasons at Utah State, while he spent his freshman season at Division II Upper Iowa University and his sophomore campaign at Mesa College in San Diego, California. In three seasons at Utah State – including the 2018 campaign in which he played in four games before redshirting – Munoz tallied 46 tackles with 2.5 tackles for loss and a pair of interceptions. He started four games in 2019, totaling 36 tackles and 2.0 TFLs, while he picked off a pair of passes against Wyoming en route to Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week honors.
Horne, a native of Wadesboro, North Carolina, arrives in Manhattan after playing in 43 games over four seasons at Charlotte, which included 29 starts. He registered 101 tackles for the 49ers to go along with 14.0 tackles for loss and a pair of sacks. He best season at Charlotte was in 2019 when he had career highs in tackles (41) and TFLs (6.5), while he totaled a career-high 1.5 sacks in 2018. The 2021 campaign will not be the first time Horne plays in Manhattan as he saw action for a Charlotte team that lost at K-State in 2017.
The most recent transfer, Imatorbhebhe spent the 2020 season at Illinois after playing the 2016 and 2017 seasons at USC. A native of Suwanee, Georgia, Imatorbhebhe has totaled 28 receptions for 448 yards and five touchdowns in his FBS career. As a redshirt freshman in 2016 at USC, Imatorbhebhe totaled 17 receptions for 250 yards and four touchdowns. He came back with another eight catches for 144 yards in 2017 before battling injuries and not seeing the field in 2018 and 2019.
Imatorbhebhe, who originally signed with Florida out of high school, was rated the 18th-best tight end in the Class of 2015 by Rivals, while both 247Sports and ESPN rated him No. 19. His brother, Josh, was his teammate at both USC and Illinois, and has declared for the 2021 NFL Draft.
Kansas State opens the 2021 campaign on Sept. 4 as the Wildcats take on Stanford in the Allstate Kickoff Classic held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.