Walter Neil’s (15) surprising August decision to transfer made his jersey number available for JUCO defensive tackle Robert Hentz II, who was currently wearing No. 1. I guess going from 1 to 15 is a slight upgrade for a defensive lineman…? | Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images
In which BracketCat counts down the final day before the 2020 kickoff with a profile of Kansas State defensive tackle Robert Hentz II.
#15 Robert Hentz II
True Junior | 6-0 | 291 lbs. | Batesville, Mississippi
- Position: Defensive Tackle
- Previous College: Northwest Mississippi Community College
- Projection: Second-String
- Status: On Scholarship
Robert Hentz II (b. April 5, 1999) is a powerful, explosive monster of a JUCO defensive tackle from Mississippi who plans to major in psychology and make an immediate impact.
Hentz is currently locked in a battle with fellow JUCO defensive tackle Derick Newton for the right to back up inexperienced junior Eli Huggins on the defensive line. I think that is a recipe for a lot of playing time for both Hentz and Newton, pandemic notwithstanding.
Hentz prepped under head coach Ricky Woods at South Panola (Miss.) High School, where he earned all-state and all-region honors.
He led the Tigers to a 9-4 overall record and the first round of the Class 6A state playoffs as a senior in 2017, one of three playoff teams he played for as a high schooler.
Hentz totaled 85 tackles, 25 tackles for loss, 10 sacks and two forced fumbles as a senior at South Panola, and he had a career-high 15 tackles against Columbus.
He then enrolled at Northwest Mississippi Community College and played under head coach Benjy Parker, including during the 2019 season, when he earned NJCAA second-team All-American, All-Region 23 and all-conference honors.
Regarded as the fourth-best community college defensive tackle in the Class of 2020 and the 41st-best overall community college prospect by 247Sports, Hentz also was ranked No. 8 among defensive tackles by ESPN after he helped the Rangers to earn an 8-3 record and a No. 6 ranking in the final NJCAA poll.
He totaled 44 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss and three sacks as a true sophomore, and also added a forced fumble and fumble recovery, five pass breakups, and a blocked kick in 2019.
Hentz registered a season-high eight tackles in the 2019 season opener at East Central, then had a season-high three tackles for loss the next game against Southwest Mississippi.
He also came away with five tackles and a season-best 1.5 sacks against Copiah-Lincoln.
Hentz played in all 10 games with one start in 2018, finishing the season with 26 tackles, six tackles for loss and two sacks.
He selected K-State over offers from practically half of the Sun Belt Conference, including Arkansas State, Colorado State, Louisiana-Monroe, Memphis, North Texas, South Alabama, Southern Miss, Troy, UAB, UNLV and Western Kentucky, as well as interest from Charlotte.
His lead recruiters were K-State defensive ends coach Buddy Wyatt and defensive tackles coach Mike Tuiasosopo, his new position coach.