K-State Gets 'Very High' Marks from JUCO DE

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Devon Nash of Iowa Western Community College recently took a visit to Kansas State during the spring and came away impressed. How impressed?

Devon Nash of Iowa Western Community College was offered by Kansas State the staff during the spring evaluation period. Since that time the 6-foot-5, 260-pound defensive end has made two trips to Manhattan and says he's "very high" on the Wildcat program.

"The first time I was on campus I went by myself," said Devon Nash. "I took a tour of the facilities and got to meet the coaching staff. This time I was with a teammate of mine, Jake Waters, who is also being recruited by Kansas State. We got to see the team practice then we each spent 20 minutes speaking with the head coach. He talked about the history of the team, what the players do on a day-to-day basis, what he's accomplished at Kansas State, and also what he's hoping to reestablish with the program.

"I really like Kansas State. My recruiters are Joe Bob Clements and Del Miller, but I talk mostly to Coach Joe Bob. He said he liked my motor, how I never quit on a play, my toughness, and my discipline."

Nash was a 2010 graduate of Lincoln (Neb.) East High School. In his freshman season at Iowa Western, he was a redshirt. Then was moved from linebacker to defensive end where he started last season for the Reivers.

"I had 45 tackles, eight tackles for loss, and five and a half sacks," Nash said in regards to his 2011 season. "It was my first year ever playing defensive end. As the season went on I improved at reading blockers, reacting faster, following the down blockers and then attacking, and using different angles to get off my defender.

"It's been a great experience at Iowa Western. I only played in three games my senior year [at Lincoln East] so I didn't think I got the looks I should have had. I had some Division II offers, but wasn't happy with that because I knew I could play at the Division 1 level. Playing [at Iowa Western] has given me a second chance at that. This year should be great. I think we're going to have the best squad since I've been here."

Nash holds offers from Arizona State, Memphis, Nevada, Oklahoma State, San Jose State, Troy, and Kansas State. He said he hopes to have a decision made by mid-season after he's had the chance to take some more visits. He'll graduate the community college in Council Bluffs, Iowa in December.

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