KSU offers Texas' No. 13 prospect

The 6-foot-4 245 pound Marcus Shavers, one of the top defensive ends in the class, has K-State in his top five. The Wildcats are one of six schools to have offered already.

Kansas State is sure to put more focus on the defensive side of the ball in the 2005 recruiting class after such an offensive-packed class this year and they've already started with the offering of Texas product Marcus Shavers.

Shavers, a 6-foot-4 245 defensive end from Allen High, has K-State in his top five, one of seven programs to have already offered.

In addition to the Wildcats, Shavers said Texas A&M, Arkansas, SMU, Kansas, and Tulsa have offered. He also has interest in Texas Tech, Texas Christian, Oklahoma State, and Oklahoma.

Rated No. 13 on the Texas 100, Shavers said K-State's tradition of a great defense has sparked his interest as well as the future depth chart.

"Their defense is always one of the best in the nation and they have sent a lot of guys from the defensive line to the next level," said Shavers, who plans to visit K-State May 1, the weekend of the annual spring game. "I think that can be a great advantage in going there, to a school like that, that know how to prepare its players for the next level."

"I don't know a lot about them yet, but I'll find out more when I get there."

Prying such a highly rated recruit in Shavers from his home-state doesn't appear to a difficult task, as of now.

"Distance isn't really a problem for me," said Shavers, who runs a 4.90 40 yards. "I'm not looking at that as a factor. I want to go to a place where I feel comfortable at, if I have a good feeling there, like it, and know I can succeed."

Shavers is a pass-rushing defensive end that intends to be in the size range of 255-260 pounds by the time he steps foot on a college campus as a freshman. But for now, it's becoming more flexible that has Shavers' interest.

"I lift a lot, run a lot, but I haven't been into the stretching as much," he said. "That's what I want to focus on right now. I'm working on it a couple times a week. That's going to be huge for me, for a lot of reasons, preventing injuries, and becoming faster when I start adding weight."

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