Guidry Back from Trip to Manhattan

Defensive end Raphael Guidry was in Manhattan for Kansas State's dramatic victory against Texas over the weekend, taking in the sights, talking to other prospects and discussing his future.....Guidry is a 6-foot-4, 230 pound DE from La Marque Texas.

It was Guidry's first official visit and the La Marque, Texas senior had a great time.

"It was a real good experience overall," said Guidry. "I got a feel for what the place was all about. I talked to all the coaches and players a lot. I got along with everybody well. They welcome me and talked about what they're trying to do.

"The game itself was exciting. It was a big upset, so it was nice to be there for that. They have some great fans. The environment was wild, especially as the game went on."

What other schools are still in the picture?

"Other than K-State I like Oklahoma State, Baylor, Minnesota and Arkansas. I'd say they're all about even. All of them have offered except Arkansas, but I think they might offer before long."

At 6-4, 230-pounds Guidry has the potential to play defensive end or tight end at the next level. He has recorded 55 tackles and two sacks on the year on defense and displayed a lot of toughness as a tight end. How does he think he projects?

"That all depends on what school I end up going to," he said. "Minnesota is looking at me as a defensive end I think, and some others would like me as a tight end.

"I would feel comfortable playing either position. On offense I'm best as a blocker. I really haven't had a chance to catch too many passes this year but I've been playing really physical. On defense I have a good ability to get to the ball. I just make plays, no matter where the ball is on the field."

Guidry does not have a timeframe for announcing his decision. He would like to take official visits to each school he is still considering but did not rule out committing after his season is finished. La Marque finished the regular season with a 9-1 record. This Thursday they will participate in the first round of the state playoffs.


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