Kansas State Wildcats quietly add Penn State transfer Dante Cephas to football roster

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The newest member of the Kansas State football team could make a big impact on offense for the Wildcats next season.

Dante Cephas, a senior wide receiver who has previously played at both Kent State and Penn State, has quietly enrolled as a K-State student and is on track to be a full participant in spring practice, according to a team source.

Cephas arrived in Manhattan earlier this week for the start of the spring semester, but he never publicly announced his intentions to transfer to K-State. The school has also not yet announced his addition to the football roster.

That sometimes happens with transfers who don’t care much about the fanfare that comes with joining a new team.

But Cephas is on campus and he is ready to continue his college football career with the Wildcats.

K-State began making a push for Cephas shortly after he entered his name into the NCAA transfer portal. Wide receiver is a position of need following the departures of Phillip Brooks, RJ Garcia, Xavier Loyd and Wesley Watson. So it made sense that he showed up on Chris Klieman’s recruiting radar.

The Penn State transfer has a strong tie to K-State wide receivers coach Matthew Middleton. Cephas started out his college football career at Kent State and Middleton was his position coach in the MAC.

Cephas is a 6-foot and 187-pound senior who has caught 167 passes for 2,385 yards and 14 touchdowns as a college receiver. The bulk of his production came during four seasons at Kent State, but he grabbed 22 passes for 246 yards and two touchdowns for the Nittany Lions this past season.

He will try for bigger numbers with the Wildcats next season now that he is on campus.