"I want to be newcomer of the year."

Daniel Calvin, Scout.com three-star defensive tackle from Bakersfield, (Calif.), has gone down a winding road to become a signee for Kansas State. Calvin should make an immediate impact on the defensive line, and he talks about his decision to become a Wildcat.

"It was very exciting to sign with Kansas State," said Daniel Calvin. "It was real hard trying to decide which school I wanted to attend. I had Texas Tech high on my list, but they came after me a little too late."

"KState has scouted me ever since my freshman year. I first committed to Ole Miss, but then their coach [Ed Orgeron] was fired. KState stayed on me, and I decided to commit to them."

Calvin explains his reasons for committing to the Big 12 program.

"Kansas State was ranked earlier in the season. They beat some tough teams, but they had some injuries on the defensive line. They could have made a bowl game. I know they need a couple of defensive lineman. I also liked there were three other players from my team who committed there. I wouldn't be by myself," Calvin said.

The 6-foot-4, 320-pound signee was recruited to play nose tackle and end. He talked about working with his future position coach.

"Coach [Mo] Latimore is a cool guy," he said. "There have been a lot of players on the team who have told me he is a real good coach. They said he is a big help on the defensive line. I am looking forward to working with him."

When asked his expectations Calvin replied, "I want to be the newcomer of the year, and the best junior college transfer. I hope to go play and win a bowl game as well."

Calvin recorded 75 tackles and 12 sacks in 2007. He was The Californian's All-Area Defensive Player of the Year and helped lead Bakersfield to a No. 1 national ranking, a 12-1 record and a berth in the Southern California championship game.

"I feel like I am a real good run stopper," he said. "I can also get to the quarterback. I probably need to improve my quickness off the line and work on my hands."

Calvin plans to enroll at Kansas State in May.

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