After taking in a spring practice at Galena Park North Shore earlier this year, Coach Bob Stanley saw enough from Kevin Rutland to invite him to participate in one of the summer Kansas State football camps. After seeing Kevin up close, the Wildcat coaching staff formally extended a scholarship offer to the versatile recruit who hails from one of the more storied programs in the state of Texas.
At exactly 6-feet tall and 180 pounds with legitimate 4.4 speed, Rutland is a blend of both speed and size and will play both wide receiver as well as cornerback for the North Shore Mustangs this year.
"Well I am going to play on both sides of the ball this year. Last year I played wide receiver but I know that Kansas State wants me at the corner. When I went down to their camp, they had me work out just at corner and I think I did really well," Rutland told KStateFans.
Attending a spring practice, Kevin apparently impressed Coach Bob Stanley enough to bring him to Manhattan so that the rest of the coaching staff would be able to see the talented recruit in person. No small task given that North Shore boasts six to seven legitimate division 1A prospects this year on a team that is known for supplying college prospects such as DajLeon Farr.
"Coach Stanley came out last spring for one of our practices and to be honest, I am not even sure he was looking at me originally. We have some really talented guys on our team that are getting a lot of attention and will be playing in college next year. But he saw enough in me that he asked me to camp there and things just went from there," said Rutland.
With only a Kansas State offer in hand, this versatile corner says that he is also looking at TCU, Northwestern, UTEP and Arkansas currently. Given that he does have an offer, Rutland says that means a lot to him and that he is seriously considering a commitment to the Cats.
"Kansas State is the only offer I have right now and that means something to me. They were the first school to offer me and that is something that I think about. I would like to take some visits and compare some things to see and match them with some other schools as I only really have seen them right now."
Looking first to his season, Kevin suggests that he would like to take some visits after football season is over but he has not immediate plans to commit, although rumors persist that Arkansas is close to offering.
"Right now I am not going to really make a decision. I want to concentrate on my season at North Shore, we have a really good team this year and a chance to do something special and everyone is really focused on that right now," said Rutland.
With legitimate 4.4 speed, Kevin is a very versatile athlete that is capable of playing a couple of positions at the college level. Playing a little bit of quarterback last year for the Mustangs, Rutland says he will play both ways this year at Wide Receiver and Cornerback. As far as Kansas State is concerned however, cornerback is the position that the coaching staff is recruiting Rutland to play for the Cats.
"I can play pretty much on both sides of the ball and if you line me up wide out I can make plays with both my speed and my ability to catch the ball. I have not really been playing corner all that long but I think I did pretty well at the camp (he says chuckling). At least I hope I did but I think I did pretty good."
Although from the state of Texas, Rutland says that Kansas State is currently his favorite school and that he likes the tradition and reputation that K-State has forged on defense.
"K-State is just a really good school and the thing I really like the most I guess about them is how they play defense. They a lot of good players there now and have put out a lot of really good players. They play great defense there and that is something that sticks out for me," says Rutland.
Rutland says he keeps in contact with Coach Stanley and is looking forward to setting up an official visit to Manhattan later in the year. Stay Tuned…….
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