"Everything just felt right."

Brandon Harold, Scout.com two-star defensive end from East St. Louis, (Ill.), could emerge as the sleeper of Kansas State's 2008 signing class. Harold talked about his decision to sign with the Wildcats.

"I committed to Kansas State because my relationship with the coaches was real cool," said Brandon Harold. "I have a real good relationship with coach [Ron] Prince. The coaches seem down to earth."

"Another big reason for my commitment was because of academics. The success among student athletes is incredible. Their standard on academics is pretty high."

The 6-foot-6, 248-pound signee recorded 82 tackles, five sacks and three forced fumbles during his senior year. He was awarded All-Conference and All-State.

Harold played a number of positions including defensive end, defensive tackle and nose guard. He plans to play on the outside when he arrives in Manhattan.

"The coaches really haven't said how much bigger they want me to get," he said. "They do want me to play defensive end. They just want me to focus on my conditioning. "

"I would say my pass rushing is my biggest strength. My quickness is another strength. I can move around offensive tackles. I need to get my leverage down. Once I get that down I will be unstoppable."

"I took my official visit the weekend of January 17. I was told to look for a feeling like I belonged there. Everything just felt right. I felt like I was part of their system forever. The players and coaches were awesome."

"Their defense is a 3-4, and that is what we ran in high school. They people at K-State seem like they really want you to succeed.'

"I enjoyed spending time with the teachers and professors during my visit. They talked about how the players have mandatory hours for study hall. I liked that."

"My recruiting coach was coach [Tim] Tibesar. He was a pretty straight-forward guy. All the coaches seem about the same. The only differences are experiences in life and their families."

"They are all pretty awesome. I like coach Tibesar a lot. He was cool. I could really relate to him."

Harold also received offers from Michigan, Kansas, Ball State, Illinois, Iowa, Iowa State, Missouri and Nebraska.

He carries a 3.2 GPA and scored a 20 on the ACT. He plans to enroll at Kansas State June 6.

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