Rooks Commits To K-State

MANHATTAN, Kan, - Tavon Rooks was the second player from Navarro College to sign with Kansas State on National Junior College Signing Day, December 21st. The 6-foot-6 offensive tackle who is originally from Baltimore, Md. had a difficult decision between his two finalists, but got a little encouragement from his girlfriend helped him make his final decision.

"It was a toss up between Kansas State and West Virginia," said Tavon Rooks. "It was hard because they both have good programs. In the end I went with my heart. My girlfriend said Kansas State had the best program. The head coach has been there for years and is used to running a winning program."

Charlie Dickey, the Wildcats offensive line coach, was another reason Rooks went with Kansas State. On his official visit, he got to eat dinner with Dickey and his wife and enjoyed getting to know them better.

"He's a great guy," Rooks said of Charlie Dickey. "I love the way he coaches. I got to see him do it when I was there on my visit. I want to get better and get that shot at playing in the League and he's going to help me work my magic of the field."

Rooks will be joined by his teammate, JuCo All-American wide receiver Marquez Clark, at Kansas State. He's happy to have a familiar face with him when he gets to Manhattan in January.

"He's a fine ball player, I can tell you that," said Rooks on Clark. "We have that Navarro connection and are hoping to come in [to Kansas State] and make things happen they way we did there."

Kansas State is losing both of their tackles due to graduation after the season, but Rooks said that did not factor into his decision.

"It doesn't matter who is staying or graduating you're going to have to compete," he said. "I'm not a bench player. I haven't ever sat on the bench. I'm going in with the mindset of winning a starting spot for the start of the season."

During his official Rooks got a chance to know some of the other players, especially some of the guys he'll be playing with on the offensive line.

"Shaun Simon was my host," Rooks said. "He told be a lot about the program and what it had to offer. There's a real family atmosphere on campus. The players are all happy to be there playing for Coach Snyder. I'm proud to now be a part of the family."

Rooks started as a freshman and sophomore at Navarro College and was All-SWJCFC 2nd team both seasons. Rooks graduated from Woodlawn High School in Baltimore in 2009, so he will have two seasons of eligibility remaining in two years.

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