Let him lead the way

Last week Kansas State beefed up its offensive line of the future with the commitment of Florida product Ryan Schmidt. The two-star prospect joins an already strong class of incoming linemen after de-committing from North Carolina.

Kansas State's recruiting coordinator Brett Bielema has made quite an impact in K-State's recruiting push in Florida this season. One of the latest payoffs for the Wildcats is Boca Raton High's offensive lineman Ryan Schmidt who de-committed from North Carolina last week.

Schmidt joins one of the best classes of incoming linemen for the Wildcats in recent years.

A two-star commit, Schmidt could prove to be a big steal for the Wildcats because of his athleticism. At 6-foot-5 280 pounds with a 4.80 40-yards, Schmidt improved his athleticism this season with his blocking of faster opponents on the corners.

"I move well," he said. "This season I did a lot of pulling and blocking on the outside on faster guys. I think that will help me out a lot, getting ready for the next level."

Schmidt might get his chance as a redshirt freshman, according to what K-State coaches are telling him. With the departure of Jon Doty after next season, the left tackle spot will be wide-open.

This season Schmidt was the lead block, moving from side-to-side, depending on where the ball was going. He'll be joining former high school teammate Alphonso Moran next season. Schmidt said having an old friend at K-State helped him in his decision.

"It helped a lot," he said. "It's nice knowing someone up there. I think we'll build a lifelong friendship."

But Schmidt's decision also rode heavily on the visit he took to K-State December 19.

"I took both visits and made my lists of the good and bad," he said. "I just liked the atmosphere and players more at K-State. It's the best fit for me. I also liked the in-coming recruits that I'll spending the next four or five years with too."

Schmidt was first turned onto the Wildcats when his high school coach asked if he'd be interested in giving K-State a look. Schmidt, who first committed to the Tar Heels in October, is thankful took that look.

"I'm so glad I did," he said. "And I really like coach Bielema. He's a good guy and really convinced me K-State is the best place for me. He's one of the best to recruit me."

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