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Three-star Mansfield Lake Ridge prospect commits to Kansas State

Lake Ridge wide receiver Malik Knowles (18) draws coverage from Highland Park cornerback Hudson Clark (14), Dec. 8, 2017.
Lake Ridge wide receiver Malik Knowles (18) draws coverage from Highland Park cornerback Hudson Clark (14), Dec. 8, 2017. mfaulkner@star-telegram.com

As a kid growing up, it was always a dream for Malik Knowles to play for a Big 12 school.

So when his first offer came from one of the all-time great college coaches, he knew it’d be a perfect fit.

Just six days from receiving a scholarship offer from Bill Snyder and Kansas State, the Lake Ridge senior receiver committed to the Wildcats on Sunday.

“I fell in love with everything about it,” said Knowles, who caught 15 touchdown passes in 2017.

Knowles added 850 yards receiving and was voted first team all-district 10-5A.

“Being a wide receiver there’s nobody better than [offensive coordinator] Andre Coleman,” Knowles said. “Being coached by one of the greatest in Bill Snyder and his staff will be great for me.”

Lake Ridge (12-2) won the District 10-5A title and advanced to the Class 5A Division I state quarterfinals. The Eagles fell short 37-35 to eventual UIL state champion Dallas Highland Park.

Knowles, who also considered Illinois and Louisiana-Monroe, caught three touchdowns against the Scots.

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