Strozier has early interest in Wildcats.

From day one of the Bill Snyder era at Kansas State there has been one constant in Manhattan. Defense. Snyder and his various staffs have always put out great defenses through the years that have elevated the Wildcat program to absolute national prominence.

With that stingy defense being produced naturally there have been many great players born of the Snyder defensive system. While some have come to know KSU as a kind of Linebacker U, the Wildcat program has produced some outstanding secondary play, especially cornerback play.

Always looking to keep the cupboards full of exceptional athletes, Snyder and his staff have identified many student athletes that they wanted to offer full rides to and others that they seem close to offering. One of those that may be close to getting an offer is Kansas City Rockhurst corner Phillip Strozier.

"Kansas State is really starting to send more and more mail now," said the 6-foot, 185 pound corner. "I think they are going to offer me and if they do it would put them near the top of my list for sure. I already have offers from Kansas and Missouri and I am getting a lot of mail from Iowa, Nebraska, Boston College, KSU, Arkansas, Louisville, Notre Dame and Oregon.

Kansas State has a great ally in recruitment of Strozier as his older brother, Noah, is already a Kansas State Wildcat.

"Yeah, my brother Noah already goes to Kansas State so I have been up there quite a bit already," said Strozier. "I really like everything about KSU, I think it is a real good set up and I just like it there. Noah likes it there too. Playing with him would be a good thing. It isn't something that absolutely has to happen or anything because I am open to all schools right now but that would definitely be a bonus if I went to Kansas State."

As a junior Strozier helped his Rockhurst squad to the state semi-finals and he hopes to lead them to the state title in 2005.

"Last year I had about 50 tackles, an interception that was in the semifinal game and I had a fumble return for a touchdown," said Strozier. "We lost in the semis but I think we have a great shot at winning state this year. I think we are going to win state this year. Last year not many people threw at me, they always threw away from me. I really think we will win state this year."

Strozier was adamant that he is wide open in the recruiting process and has no favorites as yet.

"I am open to everyone really," he said. "I know that more offers will come so I just want to wait and see what happens. I like pretty much everyone that is sending me a lot of mail right now. I like Kansas, KSU, Louisville, Oregon, Iowa, Miami, BC and Notre Dame the most I would say."

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