Big 12 Championship Solidified His Commitment

GCCC's Yamon Figurs excited to be a Cat, defend title

Kansas State's victory over top-ranked Oklahoma solidified Yamon Figurs' decision to commit to the Wildcats last week. Figurs, the Cats' first receiver to commit, said if there were any doubts about his decision to attend K-State, they were erased with Saturday night's victory.

"They came prepared and ready to play," he said. "It was great to see that. That's the team I want to play for, no doubt."

Figurs, who spent the last two seasons at Garden City Community College will graduate later this month and be enrolled for the spring semester at K-State, ready for spring workouts. However, he has three to play three after redshirting at Garden City as a freshman.

"I'm already to get started," said Figurs, who was used at GCCC as an all-purpose force. "I just want to get there and start learning the system and get to know everyone. I can't wait to play."

Though Figurs caught just 27 passes last past season, he appears to have a bright future at KSU as a return specialist. The 6-foot 175 pound Florida native recorded a 4.25 40-meters this fall, but actually had a 4.19 hand-timed wind-aided 40-meters as well. Wind or not, Figurs can simply fly.

His official K-State visit on the weekend of the Missouri game was all Figurs needed in making his decision. He also took visits to East Carolina, Texas A&M, Utah, and Purdue.

"It was a great trip," said Figurs, whose player representative was quarterback Allan Webb. "I knew it was the right place for me. The fans are great there and really get behind the team. The coaching staff there was great to me and made me feel real comfortable."

But perhaps the most important aspect of K-State that appealed to Figurs is its history in recruiting players from the JUCO ranks.

"They're a hard working program and they aren't afraid to take chances on JUCO players," he said. "They give everyone a fair chance to play and really let the JUCO guys get in there and play."

With that in mind, former teammate at GCCC and current K-State cornerback, Cedric Williams, also has had an influence on Figurs.

"He's there and playing well," he said. "I've talked to him a lot and he loves it there. He tells me how it is. It's good being able to hear about K-State from him. I know I can trust what he says. He's just real honest with me about everything. A coach will you tell you what you want to hear."

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