Steve Cline -Defensive Tackle

Steve Cline is another Sunshine State product that chose to leave the state of Florida, opting to play his college ball in Manhattan, Kansas for our Wildcats. A teammate of Jermaine Moreira at William T Dwyer HS in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida- Steve is another very talented player that Wildcat fans will come to love.

Steve Cline- Defensive Tackle

by KStateFans.com Staff

Steve Cline is another Sunshine State product that chose to leave the state of Florida, opting to play his college ball in Manhattan, Kansas for our Wildcats. A teammate of Jermaine Moreira at William T Dwyer HS in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida- Steve is another very talented player that Wildcat fans will come to love. Recruited out of High School, TheInsiders had Steve Cline listed as a three star prospect and the 69th best DT prospect in the country. In speaking with his former High School Coach, Jack Daniels, it is apparent that unlike Jermaine, Steve might need a little more time to mature and grow into his position before he will be able to contribute significant snaps. But do not let the time issue fool you, Steve has all the tools to be a very good DT before his time in The Little Apple is over.

Unlike Jermaine, the Wildcat coaching staff was in early on this recruit and in doing so they were able to evaluate his film, bring him in for a visit and offer him early. Steve had numerous other offers from other Division one programs all over the country:"I know some of the Florida schools wanted Steve and he had a bunch of offers. I know some of the ACC schools had interest in him and a couple of the Big Ten schools had interest in him. But Steve kind of let them all know after his visit up there that he liked Kansas State and that is where he wanted to go." Steve committed to the Wildcats relatively early so I asked Coach Daniels what the deciding factor was for Steve in choosing Kansas State ;" The Coaching staff just did a great job recruiting Steve. They were in early on him and he took a trip up there and committed. I know he really liked Coach Snyder and the coaching staff and I think that was the difference. Steve is a country boy, he likes to hunt and fish and I know he really liked his visit up there."

Prior to summer workouts, his vitals read 6-3, 280 and a 4.9 in the forty- but he has since spent his entire summer in Manhattan dedicated to the weight room under the watchful eye of Coach Rod Cole and those stats have changed.

Unlike other positions in college football, Defensive Tackle is one that demands physicality and endurance and it is rare that recruits straight from High School can step in, especially in the rugged Big 12 and give snaps right away. Such is the case with Steve, according to his coach:"Steve has put on some muscle this summer. He has spent his entire summer working out in Manhattan with Rod Cole and he is a little bigger then 280 and is looking really quick. I know he is not 6-3" probably a little closer to 6-2" and he is probably around 290 now. He has really put in a lot of time up there this summer. That tells you something about him right there. He wants to get better and wants to play."

Steve starred both on both on offense and defense for Palm Beach Gardens, lining up at Defensive Tackle, Nose guard and Fullback. Being 280 plus pounds in High School generally indicated that by size alone, recruits are able to produce, not so with Steve says Coach Daniels:" He is an athlete. Anyone that big should not be able to move as well as he does but he can really move and he is fast. Combining his quickness off the ball and his strength make him such a great player. He was good enough for us that we played him at Fullback and he did great for us. He is just such a great athlete for a guy his size."

In looking forward, DT looks to be the spot this star recruit will end up:"The coaches seem really excited about Steve and have said he is going to be a heck of a player for them. I know he just needs some time right now and a red shirt is probably what he is looking at right now. But again, he just needs a little more time to get adjusted to the game and the coaches (in Manhattan) say he is doing really well…. especially in the Big 12 because it is so physical."

Part II coming up

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