The Big 12 Equals Big Games

Despite a promise of playing early at Utah, KSU commit and running back Parrish Fisher chose the Wildcats because of big game possibilities in a major football conference.

One of the top running backs in Texas, Parrish Fisher, chose Kansas State over Utah because of the big time game possibilities, despite a promise of playing early.

"I really liked both schools a lot," he said. "But going to K-State, I'd get to play in the Big 12, big bowl games, the BCS, and against better teams. I wouldn't have gotten that Utah. I figured it was better to sacrifice a year of maybe starting at Utah to play three good years at K-State and a year behind Sproles."

Fisher, 5-foot-10 205 pounds, intends to play next season and not redshirt, despite the return of nearly all the running backs. Even just a small handful of carries per game would be okay with Fisher.

"I think I'll be in position to get some time next year if I go in and work hard and show what I can do," he said. "If it looks like I won't be getting much time, I'd redshirt. I'm just excited to watch Sproles and learn from him next year."

Ranked No. 86 nationally with two stars, Fisher describes his running style as someone with good vision and ability to make quick decisions on the field with his cutting ability. With his size, Fisher said he can also put down the shoulder and run for power. He is very much like a Josh Scobey.

This season Fisher had 1900 yards rushing with 18 touchdowns. He also had 20 receptions for almost 200 yards out of the backfield with no dropped passes and one touchdown.

"I don't go out there and just ran past people," he said. "I have enough speed to break away, but it's not my game. I'm quick on short bursts and make good reads."

But while K-State fans start to get excited for this back, Fisher said Utah told him this week that they intend to continue to recruit him until signing day, despite giving his verbal already.

"They want me and told me they're going to call and try for me until I sign my name," he said. "But there's no chance of me changing my mind and I'm not going to take anymore visits either. I'm happy to have it done now."

And one question that arises regarding Fisher, is how did this recruit escape from the state of Texas and end up choosing between Utah and K-State?

"I was certain that I didn't want to stay here," he said. "Everybody stays here to play and I didn't want to be like them. I was recruited by every Texas school except the Longhorns. I just didn't want to stay here at all."

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