MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas State football program and head coach Ron Prince announced Thursday that Devin Anderson (Ponca City, Okla.) and Michael Pooschke (Lawton, Okla.) of Northeastern Oklahoma A&M have each signed a National Letter of Intent (NLI) to play for the Wildcats.
The first official signees of the Prince era at Kansas State, Anderson and Pooschke are slated to enroll at K-State in January and participate in spring drills.
"We are extremely excited to announce the addition of these two young men to our program," Prince said. "We believe that both Devin and Michael fit the profile of a Kansas State football player – fast, tough, strong and disciplined – and we are convinced that they will help our team reach its goals."
Anderson, a 5-foot-11, 185-pound cornerback, was a first team All-Southwest Junior College Football Conference selection in 2005 as a sophomore and helped the Golden Norseman to a 9-3 record and a victory over Mississippi Golf Coast in the Dalton Defenders Bowl.
A starter in all 12 games during 2005, Anderson tied for the conference lead in interceptions with seven and also led NEO with 22 pass deflections while recording 69 tackles, including 42 solo stops, recovering two fumbles and blocking a punt. As a freshman, Anderson appeared in six games and was credited with 20 tackles (nine solo).
A product of Ponca City (Okla.) High School, Anderson was named to the 2003 Oklahoma Coaches All-State East team as a defensive back. He was also an honorable mention all-state pick by both the Tulsa World and Daily Oklahoman and was tapped as the District 6A-4 offensive player of the year at quarterback. He was also a standout on the hardwood as a prep and started three years at point guard for the Po-Hi basketball team.
Pooschke (pronounced POOSH-kee), a 6-3, 245-pound tight end, blossomed as a sophomore this past season, catching 22 passes for 291 yards and a touchdown, including four receptions for 43 yards in NEO's bowl win, en route to first team All-SWJCFC. He also returned three kickoffs for 25 yards during 2005 and served as NEO's long-snapper.
A highly touted prep performer while at Lawton (Okla.) MacArthur High School, Pooschke was selected as the District 5A-1 player of the year after helping lead the Highlanders to an appearance in the 2003 Oklahoma Class 5A state championship game. As a senior, he had 24 catches for 319 yards and a touchdown as a tight end on offense and a team-high 183 tackles and five sacks from his linebacker spot on the defensive side of the ball.
Pooschke's junior season proved to be equally as impressive, as he collected 154 tackles, six sacks and two interceptions on defense, while grabbing 13 passes for 151 yards on the offensive side of the ball.
Kansas State Mid-Year School Signees (2)
Name Pos Ht Wt
*Elg. Hometown (Previous Schools)
Devin Anderson DB 5-11 185 Jr. Ponca City, Okla. (Northeastern Oklahoma A&M/Ponca City)
Michael Pooschke TE 6-3 245 Jr. Lawton, Okla. (Northeastern Oklahoma A&M/MacArthur)
*Elg. – Expected year of athletic eligibility for 2006 football season.