Stuart Mouchantaf weighing options

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Richard Stover talked with the Blinn College prospect who has K-State offer.

Stuart Mouchantaf might stay at Blinn College or he might play Division I football next fall. One of the possible destinations for the 6-foot-4, 305-pound defensive lineman is Kansas State. He plans to take a couple of visits during the next month before he makes a decision.

"When I talked to Coach Dana Dimel," said Stuart Monchantaf, "he said he heard I liked Texas Tech. He said if I was interested in leaving [Blinn] early to call him up and schedule a visit. He said that he liked my motor and how I play and that he would be happy to recruit me to Kansas State.

"They can't really call us, so I haven't talked with him in about a week and a half to two weeks. It's a program I'm definitely interested in. They have a great tradition under Coach Bill Snyder."

Mouchantaf has three official offers, and receiving a lot of attention after a strong spring practice at Blinn coupled with the news he might become available sooner rather than later.

"I'm already qualified," explained Mouchantaf. "If I decide to go back to Blinn I'll save my visits. Right now I'm weighing my options. I have offers from Kansas State, Texas Tech, and Louisiana Tech.

"Tulsa and Iowa State are showing a lot of interest. Rice University just entered the picture. I'm talking with Coach Edmondson and plan on visiting on Wednesday. It's been stressful trying to decide. If I go back to Blinn I'll have to be back by July 4th."

Mouchantaf played in 10 games as a freshman for Blinn. He recorded 37 tackles, five tackles for loss, and two interceptions.

"It was a good season," he said. "I was starting by the third or fourth game in. I was only one of four freshmen to start. It was funny leading the team in interceptions at nose guard.

"This spring I played the nose, three technique, and end on the defensive line. I'm focusing on the little aspects of the game like where my hands and feet need to be. What I noticed most this spring was an increase in my pass rushing ability and being able to get in the backfield quicker and create havoc."

Mouchantaf played his first three seasons in high school at Morton Ranch High School in Katy, Texas. He transferred to Cinco Ranch (also in Katy) for his senior season. It was a move, he says, that may have hurt his scholarship chances out of high school.

He chose to go to Blinn instead of Navarro College at the last minute in what he calls a "gut decision." Now he'll have to decide if he wants to return to the JuCo ranks or jump into Division 1 football.

"In choosing [a school] you always want to go to the place that fits right," said Mouchantaf. "I want to go somewhere with a great atmosphere were people are friendly. I want to play with coaches and players who care. Also I want to receive a prestigious education. Football isn't something I'll always have to fall back on."

Mouchantaf is a pre-season All-American selection at Blinn College. If he does return he will be eligible to graduate in December and join a college for their winter/spring semester. He says in college he would like to pursue a degree in Engineering. Mouchantaf wears No. 93 for the Blinn Bucacaneers.

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