Wildcats Add Impact JUCO

The Wildcats continue to add depth to the defensive side of the ball with the commitment of Orange Coast JUCO recruit.

The Kansas State Wildcats are adding a late mid-year transfer from the junior college ranks in Orange Coast's Ricky Miller.

He will make his official visit to Manhattan this weekend; it being his first trip out to Kansas.

"I'm flying out there on Friday," said Miller. "I am committed there, and there is a chance that I will just stay out there, but the coaches are checking into whether that is against the NCAA rules. Either way, I'll just fly back out if I have to, but I'm a Kansas State Wildcat."

Miller, who signed with Fresno State out of high school, had given San Diego State a commitment earlier this fall, but decided Kansas State was too much to pass up regardless if he had seen the campus.

"You can't go wrong with their program, and what they've done with junior college players," added Miller, who will have two years to play two. Coach (Bill) Synder told me he liked my leadership skills out on the field, my nose for the ball, and my sideline to sideline speed. It is a gut instinct, but I don't think there is anyway I can go wrong in going to Kansas State."

"My teammate, Jimmy Niutapuai, told me it was a wonderful place, and the game he attended was one of the best experiences of his life."

Miller will likely play down as a defensive end, but the Wildcat coaches have mentioned the possibility of his 6'3 and 255 pound frame playing some linebacker.

"They told me they are figuring on me to make an immediate impact next fall, and that I'll probably play linebacker on the first two downs. Then, on third down, they will put me down on the line in rush situations. Really, we'll see what happens during spring practice, and how much weight I put on," stated Miller.

Miller is the 17th known verbal commitment for the Wildcats in the Class of 2005, and will be the second mid-year transfer added to the class in joining Mike Friesen.

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