It did not take new Kansas State running backs coach Tim Horton long to show his recruiting prowess and capitalize on his connections to the state of Colorado, reeling in the commitment of one of the state's best talents in DB Chris Carney.
"Yes sir I committed to Kansas State. It feels great. I called the coaches just the other night and told them I was coming. To tell you the truth, the day they offered, I committed. I have wanted to go there for so long and this was not something that I could pass up," Carney told KStateFans.
Although the K-State staff was recruiting Carney previous to the coaching change, Chris says the connection with Coach Horton played a large role in his decision.
"Coach Horton came by my school just to see some film and talk with my coaches and he is just such a high energy guy. I mean he told me that they were going to offer me and I just really connected with Coach Horton and true to his word he they came right back and offered me two or three days later. He is just such a cool guy, him and Coach Prince and I can not really wait to get down there and play for them. I am really looking forward to talking with Coach Prince. I just wanted to be a Wildcat and when they offered, I could not say no."
" My cousin played there about five years ago and that was a large factor in my decision also. My cousin, Dyshod Carter told me how great everything is out there. You know I just wanted to keep this in the family. I just wanted to keep this thing going. The day they offered was the day I committed, maybe a couple of hours later because I was in school but that day."
Carney, a 6-foot-1, 165 pound cornerback from one of the premier football programs in the state of Colorado- Denver Mullen sported offers from Iowa State, Washington State and Wyoming, USC and Colorado.
Carney will officially trip to Manhattan on January 20th and says that the visit cannot come fast enough.
"I can not wait to get down there. Seriously, I just want to get down there and talk with everyone. I have not talked to them really about playing time or anything. I did not really ask them that much about it. I think I can play but I know they have like three JUCO guys coming in there at my position so I believe I can play but I am not sure if that is in the plans right now."
In terms of playing style, Carney says there is no doubt what how he likes to play.
"I am a man guy out there. I have these long arms and I like to get them on their receivers and lock them down quick. What I bring to the team is I am just a great leader and I know how to lead a team. I have been a captain ever since I was in little league and I used to be a quarterback so that has helped me with my leadership skills and I just know how to rally everyone and lead out there."
As far as recruiting trips or other schools, Carney is quick to point out he is done.
"No sir. I am done. I would not even think about taking any other trips. I am going to Kansas State all the way."
In terms of new Head Coach Ron Prince, Chris says there is one thing that stands out about the new head guy and that is honest and academics.
"You know the one thing that jumps out about Coach Prince is academics and he is just so honest with you. There is no beating around the bush with Coach Prince. One of the first things he asked me and he is recruiting my you know is he said ‘what do you want to be when you grow up' and it is not about football. That tells you right there that academics are important to him as they are with me," said the two star defensive back.
Carney recorded 136 tackles and 6 interceptions this past season and says he will officially trip to Manhattan on the 20th- although he has visited many times already.
"I have wanted to go to Kansas State for so long and I have been down there a bunch of times. I think I might have to change my visit to the 20th and I just cannot wait to get down there."
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