Dual Sport Athlete Talks About K-State

MANHATTAN, Kan, - Another player that is not zooming up the recruiting charts but is quietly put together a great season, Harlingen's Randy Bermea. A player with speed to burn, track is a huge factor for KSU and having tripped to campus, Bermea shares the latest in his recruitment.

This season has been one to remember at Harlingen High School. The football team is 13-0 and took on San Antonio Madison in the Texas 5A Quarterfinals. Unfortunately, Madison defeated Harlingen 42-27 in the 5A Division I state quarterfinals.

The offense had produced 48.9 point-per-game and a big reason has been the play making ability of senior wide receiver/defensive back Randy Bermea.

"I think my route running and my blocking have gotten better," said Randy Bermea. "During the season I had a stretch where I had four or five 100 yard receiving games in a row. I've also played some DB. Last week we played a passing team, so I started in the secondary."

Bermea had two pick sixes of 36 and 62 yards from the safety spot in the third round playoff game with San Antonio Warren. He's put up huge offensive numbers. Bermea had six catches for 146 yards and three touchdowns in week seven against Edinburg North. His recruiting attention has been somewhat limited to this point, at least for football.

"I've heard from Texas Tech, Texas-San Antonio, and Missouri," said Bermea on football interest. "I'm being recruited for track. Kansas State, Ole Miss, LSU, Cal, and Texas Tech are the main schools I'm looking at the most."

Bermea took a visit to Kansas State in mid-October to see Manhattan and meet with Coach Cliff Rovelto to learn more about the program which finished 17th nationally in the 2011 season.

"It was a lot different than what I'm used to as far as the weather," said Bermea, who lives at the very southern tip of Texas. "The facilities were great. As far as campuses go, Kansas State was the best I've ever seen on a visit. It was beautiful. I like the running program focus on education and the post-collegiate running opportunities are phenomenal."

Bermea, 5-foot-10, 155-pounds runs all three hurdle events. As a junior he finished 2nd in the state in the 110 meter hurdles, 3rd in state in the 300 meter hurdles, and 3rd nationally in the 400 meter hurdles at the 2011 New Balance Outdoor Nationals at Greensboro, NC. He's looking for the right coach to take his game to the next level.

"Anyone who knows anything about track says Coach Rovelto is ‘the man'," said Bermea, "and I agree. He has a great staff who spend a lot of time with workouts and getting the best out their athletes to compete. I'm looking for a program with a lot of tradition and successful coaches and Kansas State definitely meets those requirements."

Bermea will start long distance running after football to get himself in shape for the track season. He hopes to have a decision made on college by signing day in February. Haringen will face James Madison on Friday at Texas A&M- Kingsville. He wears No. 20 for Cardinal football.

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