'Cats Pursuing New York JUCO OL

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State looks to rebuild their Offensive Line and recruit players who can bolster the line and build depth. Chad Mavety is just such a player and KSU is heavily recruiting the New York JUCO.

Kansas State is in hot pursuit of Chad Mavety, who is quickly becoming one of the top names in the JuCo ranks. At, Nassau Community College in Garden City, N.Y, the 6-foot-6, 320-pound offensive lineman already has 25 offers from the most elite college programs in the country. It's a good thing Kansas State got in the mix early as they'll face steep competition to obtain one of Mavety's final two official visits.

"Kansas State was either my fifth or sixth offer," said Mavety. "It was Coach Dickey who offered me. He said he just loved the way I played. He told me it's a lot like he used to play like an animal in the trenches. He said he'd like to coach me to be a first round draft pick.

"I don't really know a whole lot about Kansas State. I know they're known for bringing in a good amount of JuCo players every year and have had a lot of success doing that. I think they'll be a good opportunity there for early playing time. So far, I haven't scheduled a visit there this spring, but I'm in the process of rearranging some things, so we'll see it I can get down there. I have been talking to Coach Dickey fairly often, at least once a week since I received the offer."

Mavety was being recruited out of Sparta High School in New Jersey by Rutgers and Buffalo but failed to make the qualification with the NCAA Clearinghouse and landed at Nassau C.C. after graduation. He played both left and right tackle and was named first team All-Conference for his performance.

"I had a pretty good year as a true freshman," he said. "I came in and worked my butt off, listened to what the coaches said, and did the right thing. Mentally and physically, I was a lot stronger. I've matured quite a bit as a player and as a person. I've done a lot of growing up here.

"The o-line coach has absolutely done a great job coaching me up, mainly, just on the little things like technique. I have good feet I use to my advantage when facing smaller players and getting to the second level. I've gained a better understanding of the game. Last year, I played on both sides of the line. I started all but two games at right tackle, but I think next year I'll move to left which is where I'm receiving the recruiting attention."

Mavety said he's still pretty open when it comes to selecting a college, but has schedule official visit to Alabama, Florida State, and Ohio State over the summer. The good news for all other interested parties is Mavety says he would like to take all five official visits before a decision is reached.

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