February 7, 2007
Fans get first look at '07 class
About a year ago, Ron Prince told Kansas State fans the Wildcats' 2007 Signing Day event was going to be a party. Prince and his second recruiting class didn't disappoint, as a standing-room-only crowd of about 300 filled the Clarion ballroom in Manhattan. Prince hoped to make a statement Wednesday night. One of his first comments turned into a resounding exclamation.
"In 2002, I was at the University of Virginia and I was associated with a recruiting class that the recruiting experts called the No. 2 recruiting class in the country," Prince said. "A lot of players did a lot of nice things in that class. I'm more excited about this particular recruiting class than that one."
Fans cheered. They hooted and hollered. One full year of Prince, recruiting coordinator Matt Wallerstedt and the staff digging their nails into the thick of recruiting resulted in 32 signees, including 24 out of high school, some as native as Kansas wheat and others born as far away as Samoa and Nigeria. The K-State staff didn't necessarily measure by star ratings. They relied on something different: Fit.
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