George hasn't reached his potential

K-State might have found a steal in junior college transfer Tearrius George, who went back-and-forth between the Wildcats and Iowa State in the weeks leading up to signing day. This signing could go a long way in solidifying depth at defensive end next season.

Landing Tearrius George came as a surprise to some when Kansas State announced its 2004 recruiting class two weeks ago. George, from Los Angeles Valley Community College, went back-and-forth between K-State and Iowa State in the last few weeks leading up to signing day.

But George, a three-star defensive end might prove to be one great pick-up for the Wildcats, who were looking to solidify some depth at that position next fall. K-State head coach Bill Snyder said defensive end was an area of "concern" throughout the recruiting process, especially after failing to sign Cyril Obiozor and Phillip Mbakogu, and losing the commitment of McCollins Umeh to Arizona.

L.A. Valley College head coach Ron Ponciano said George's potential hasn't even been seen yet.

"This kid hasn't played a lot of football yet," he said. "I think he only started playing when he was a junior or senior in high school. But he really has the ability to separate himself from others at his position."

"This past year he was trying to get things done in the classroom so he could move on, but because of that he missed film sessions and individual coaching. We were just trying to get him to line up on game day and let him play. So if he would have had all of that he would have been even better."

George, at 6-foot-4 260 pounds, was a preseason all-state selection after earning all-conference honors as a freshman. Ponciano said it's simple to explain why K-State wanted George so badly.

"He dominated," he said. "It's that simple. He makes plays, has exceptional speed, and can do anything. He's just a great athlete and should do very well at K-State."


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