K-State Offers Out of State Athlete

MANHATTAN, Kan.- The Kansas State football staff has extended a few early offers to players in the 2014 class. Ivan Thomas of Lawton, Oklahoma is among the rising juniors who have received a Wildcat offer. The big 6-foot-2, 265-pound athlete is being recruited by Kansas State as a defensive lineman but plays running back at his high school.

"Before school ended around May 16th my coach told me I had [a Kansas State] offer," said Ivan Thomas. "Coach (Tom) Hayes was there, but I haven't talked with him yet. I'm not sure if they're able to contact me. My coach was saying that they like how hard I work, my leg movement, that I run with a good forward lean, and my size and speed."

Thomas was on his way to having a big year as a sophomore. He had a total of 441 rushing yards in back-to-back games against Mustang and Edmond Santa Fe.

"I had close to 700 yards in six games before I got hurt," he said. "It was an ACL tear. I haven't been cleared to play yet, but I should be by August. I think I'll be back to 100-percent by the second or third game. I want to rush for over 1000 yards, score more than ten touchdowns, and play more on defense."

Although Kansas State is the only school that has offered Thomas, he's hearing from others and hoping to pay a visit to Manhattan in the near future.

"I was at Oklahoma for their spring game," Thomas said. "I was with D.J. Ward the day he committed [to Oklahoma]. I haven't been to Kansas State yet, but I'm looking into it. In the spring I heard from Arkansas and Oregon State.

"I'd like to stay close to home [for college]. Other than that, I want to be at a school with good athletics and good academics. I'm thinking about majoring in Sports Medicine so that will be something I look at too. My future is probably on the defensive side. I like defensive end, but also I'm being recruited at running back or fullback."

Kansas State is still very much in the hunt for Thomas' teammate, Maurice Chandler, although some consider him to be a Texas Tech lean. Thomas, with added weight, looks to play the three technique or nose guard in college. He wears No. 90 for the Lawton Mustangs.

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