K-State Leads For OLB

MANHATTAN,Kan. - Kansas State looks to be in good shape with Nate Guidry, a 6-foot-1, 186 outside linebacker out of Fort Worth's Arlington Heights High School. Guidry just received an intriguing offer from Army, but the Wildcats hold the lead at this point. Read more of what Guidry has to say....

"During the summer Coach (Michael) Smith came and offered me," said Nate Guidry. "We talk when we get the chance and email back and forth. I like Kansas State a lot. They have a good head coach, they're playing winning football, and play in a big time conference.

"My plan was to verbally commit when I took my official visit, but I just received an offer from Army. I'm planning on going to West Point in December and deciding between the two after the visit, but I'd say Kansas State is still my number one school."

Guidry was supposed to visit the Manhattan campus last weekend when the Wildcats played Missouri, but that fell through and he had to reschedule. He's now looking at visiting with his mother during the bye week of November 26th prior to the Wildcats season finale against Iowa State.

"What's going to help me narrow it down is the atmosphere on campus and the quality of the coaching staff," said Guidry. "I want to play for great coaches, people who are going to lead me and that I can trust. I want to play behind some great players I can follow and learn from. The main thing is I want to be somewhere I'm comfortable at for the next four or five years."

Kansas State was the first school to come in with an offer followed by Colorado State. Guidry says he's unsure about taking an official visit to Fort Collins at this time. Currently his focus is on helping the Arlington Heights Yellow Jackets improve on their 6-0 record.

"The game this week with (Fort Worth) Southwest is our game of the year," Guidry said. "This year I'm playing quicker, faster off the edge, and more aggressive. I've made some big plays for us. I already have seven sacks and 31 solo tackles.

In 2010, Guidry made All-District (Texas 6-4A) and was named pre-season District MVP coming into his senior year. He had a solid junior season with 32 solo tackles, six sacks, and two interceptions to help the Yellow Jackets to a 10-1 record.

"I'm hoping to just stay healthy, have fun with my teammates, and make a far run in the playoffs," said Guidry on his senior year. "Then it's time to figure out where I'm going to be going to college. I've played outside linebacker my entire career. I'm being recruited at strong safety, so that first year is going to be kind of shifty having to learn a new position."

Guidry has 4.46 speed in the 40-yard dash and runs the 100 meter dash, the 4x1, and the 4x2. As a student, he reports a 1520 scored on the SAT with a 3.5 GPA. He had planned an early January graduation, but may wait and graduate in the spring. He wears No. 21 for the Yellow Jackets and is coached by Ged Kates.

Kansas State fans will be happy to get Guidry on board as Arlington Heights is the high school alma mater of Kansas Head Coach, Turner Gill. Last year the Wildcats lost a recruiting battle to KU at the school for wide receiver Marquis Jackson.

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