Starting To Pay Off In Florida

The Wildcats' recruiting effort in Florida got its first pay off this week with the verbal of wide receiver Cedric Wilson. K-State edged out West Virginia, Syracuse, and Iowa in the battle for K-State's latest commit.

Kansas State's coaching staff must really see something special in the Wildcats' latest commit, wide receiver Cedric Wilson.

This speed receiver, but yet a seemingly hidden talent, might be in the mix next season, even a chance at starting as the Wildcats' recruiting efforts in Florida start to pay off.

"Coach Bielema told me Tuesday night that if I come in and work hard, I might be starting next season," said Wilson, who gave his verbal the night of the in-home visit with Bielema. "They main thing is that I get there and learn the system as much as I can."

The 6-foot-1 175 pound Wilson had 43 receptions for 851 yards this season, while missing four games with an injury. With 4.40 40-meter speed, Wilson is also considered a real possibility on kick return.

"I want to get faster," he said. "I have good break-away speed and I can change directions well. But I still want to improve my quickness off the ball."

K-State's interest in Wilson, who has yet to qualify academically, started this past summer. But it wasn't until after his visit to K-State on Dec. 19 when Wilson started to really become interested in them. The Wildcats edged out West Virginia, Syracuse, and Iowa for his skills.

"It was just the best decision for me," said Wilson, who was hosted by Antoine Polite on his KSU visit. "I like the way they throw the ball. There's good balance to their offense and receivers always do well there. It's just a great team and they compete for a conference title every year. I just feel the most comfortable there."

This weekend Wilson is participating in the 10th annual Outback Steakhouse Treasure Coast High School All-Star football game.

Wilson is the fourth receiver to give a commitment to the Wildcats. High school talent Romunn Grigsby, Garden City Community College standout Yamon Figurs, and Jesse Martinez of Santa Rosa College have also committed. Next season K-State has three key receivers returning in sophomore Jermaine Moreira, junior Davin Dennis, and Polite, a senior.

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