KSU RE/OLB Target Devin Joseph

Official offers via "Arizona State, Kansas State, Nebraska, Ole Miss, Oregon and Southern Cal (to name a few)," has Citrus College LB Devin Johnson making KStateFans.com Headlines. We got the inside scoop on the KSU rush end/linebacker prospect's 1-2-3 pecking order, official visit itinerary, stat packages, etc. Where do the Wildcats stand? Are they scheduled for an official? All of that & More!

Recruiting and landing front seven talent is an absolute priority for Kansas State's recruiting haul in 2008. And, of course, KSU defensive coordinator Tim Tibesar prefers to stock the Purple People Eater D with top shelf personnel and there are plenty of spots to upgrade talent wise on the starting front seven not to mention the two deep. While Tibesar and Gang certainly deserve props for having coached up and developed the talent they have on roster today as well as anybody could have asked given the need for more size/speed/athleticism up front, much improvement can be made as early as 2008. Especially, when you examine what looks like from our reporting to be more of an emphasis on pursuing and scoring bigger, faster and ready-to-contribute now' JUCO defensive linemen, rush ends, inside and strong side linebackers better suited to execute the KSU 3-4 D.

Enter Devin Johnson, projected to be a force in D-I per an official offer list that suggests he has the game, and the potential, to make a significant contribution in 08. But, for what team is the 64,000 dollar question.

"I'd have to say that my top two schools are Ole Miss and K-State," Johnson told KStateFans.com. "Ole Miss has the early lead. I already took an official there in September when they played Louisiana Tech. And so I know a lot more about them than anybody else so far. I like the coaches, the fans and the atmosphere there."

"K-State would be No. 2 and I am tripping up there December 7-9 I believe," Johnson sharing pertinent recruiting information said. "And they're recruiting me (along with Ole Miss) harder than anybody else is. So, I am looking forward to checking them out on an official to learn more about them. I really don't know much about them without going on an official yet. But they got a great shot. I like them a lot already (despite not yet seeing K-State up close and personal)."

Checking in at No. 3 is USC. Johnson said they have a chance to move even higher if and when they commit more time and attention to his recruitment a la "Ole Miss and K-State, who are recruiting me harder than anybody else."

Commitment Time Frame: "I want to take all five of my official visits and then make a decision. I've got a few more official visits to set up and I would like to go to USC before or after K-State, I guess. And then maybe it's Arizona State and Oregon for the fourth- and fifth-visit slots. I don't know. We'll see what happens."

"Coach Tibesar" is in charge of wooing DJ to Manhattan, "Coach Neilsen" to Mississippi, according to the 6-foot-3, 225-pound linebacker who said he's clocking forty times in the 4.65-range.

And if the KSU DC were to score a commitment from this Cali kid he'd be adding a kid who in only three games as a true freshman racked up a total of 20 tackles, 8-9 TFL, 3.5 sacks, 10 pressures, 4 PBUs, 1 INT, 1 blocked field goal and 1 blocked punt.

This season, and in nine games, the Cali 6-foot-3, 225-pound LB said he tallied "68-69 tackles, 18 TFL, 2 sacks, several pressures, 3 PBUs, 1 INT, 1 FR (I returned for a touchdown). Other Numbers to Consider…

Weight Room Numbers: "330 Bench, 450 Squat, 290 Power Clean."

Division One Eligibility: Kid has three years to play two.


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