Landing Tearrius George came as a surprise to some when
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.
"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."