Tigner Will Bring Versatility

Dahrnaz Tigner takes returns from Manhattan: "So I started playing football this year just to prove people wrong." The talented Florida prospect has much to say about where he wants to play and what he wants to accomplish once he hits campus.

Kansas State hosted a lot of top prospects last weekend and among them was verbal commitment Dahrnaz Tigner.

The 6-3, 211-pound senior at Pompano Beach (Fl.) Blanche Ely has only been playing football for one year, but he has already silenced a lot of doubters.

"I played basketball for three years in high school, and I ran track too," said Tigner. "I was on the NIKE team for basketball, so everybody just assumed that I was a basketball player and that was it. A lot of people were telling me that I couldn't play football. They said I was just a basketball player and I would be too soft to play football.

"So I started playing football this year just to prove people wrong. I wanted to show them that I could do it on the field too. Then I realized that this was where I was supposed to be. Football is where I can make my biggest impact."

The K-State coaches have talked about Tigner playing a variety of positions. What does he think will happen?

"They've told me they want to try to get me on both sides of the ball," he said. "They definitely want me to play some receiver, and on defense I'll either play at free safety or outside linebacker. I'm at 211 pounds right now and they've told me they want to put more weight on me when I get there. I guess how big I get will determine where I play."

In his only season of organized football Tigner made a big splash. He intercepted four passes and was credited with 42 solo tackles. Tigner was one of the many official visitors in Manhattan this past weekend.

"We had a real good time while we were up there," said Tigner. "I'm more excited to be going up there every day. We had a wake up call around 11, so they didn't make us get up too early. Then we had a tour of the campus. I like the campus a lot. It's pretty quiet, I guess because things are winding down. But I felt like there was a lot of focus there.

"I got to sit in a business class too. I actually learned a lot while I was in there, so that was nice. I think I'm going to major in either engineering or business administration, and I think K-State is good in both areas.

"Coach Prince had visited my home earlier, and while I was up there I got to have dinner at his home. That was pretty nice. I talked to him and all the other coaches. Coach Franklin was the one responsible for recruiting me and we have a good relationship. My host was Josh Moore. He went to my school last year and we were friends. It was good that they put me with someone I knew like that. It made everything comfortable."

Tigner thinks he can make an immediate impact.

"I don't care where they put me on the field, I just want to play. I want to feel like I can help them win some games next year, somehow. This was just my first year playing football, so everyone is saying I have a lot of upside. The longer I play, the better I'm going to get."


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