May 2, 2006

Passing marks

Ron Prince likes to do his homework.

If you've followed Kansas State football recruiting in the past, you're probably floored by the amount of early offers that Prince and his new staff in Manhattan have extended. The Wildcats have already racked up 13 commitments and many of the pledges are guys that K-State got involved with first before other teams jumped in at a later point.

It appears that Prince and his staff are evaluating prospects earlier than other programs, offering prospects before the competition and what at the time might have seemed to be a sleeper isn't really one at all.

Take the case of Fort Bend (Texas) Marshall defensive end Tyrone Sonier for example.

When he committed to K-State last week many people were asking who this kid was. It was first reported that he only had one other offer when he committed to the Wildcats and he was even tagged as a guy totally off the recruiting radar screen.

His high school coach strongly disagreed with that statement and was quick to point out that he had offers from Indiana and UTEP when he picked K-State and coaches from Michigan State and Missouri have since offered after he made the pledge.

Marshall assistant head coach Michael O'Guin was impressed at how the Wildcat coaches got involved early for Sonier.

"K-State just did a better job than anybody else," he said.

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