"The coaches made a huge difference."

Brandon Harold, defensive end from East St. Louis, (Ill.), is ready to move to Manhattan. He talked about his off-season work-outs and expectations with the Wildcats.

Brandon Harold – Defensive end, Height: 6-foot-5, Weight: 290 lbs., Max bench: 315 lbs.

Academic status:
"I finished high school with a 3.26 GPA and made a 20 on the ACT. I've been cleared to play college football and will report to campus next weekend for summer classes, which start June 9."

Off-season workouts:
"I've just been working out really hard and getting ready for summer and off-season training. Hopefully I'll be able to come in (to campus) and work out with the team as soon as possible."

What he wants to improve:
"Mainly I want to improve on coming off the ball and staying low. I'd also like to work to improve my stamina."

Expectations for the coming season:
"I think we'll be pretty good. We have a lot of junior college players coming in, and (quarterback) Josh Freeman is returning, so we should be able to make a bowl game at the very least."

Jersey number:
"I'd like to wear either number 11 or 91, but I'm not sure which one I'll have yet."

"I'm suppose to find out my roommates this week."

Where he would have gone if he didn't sign with Kansas State:

Players he's kept in touch with since signing day:
"I've talked to Lamark Brown two or three times. I've mostly just been talking to players from around home that signed with other teams."

When he knew Kansas State was the place for him:
"The visit really sealed the deal. It was on and off. It was between K- State and Illinois. Ultimately, the academic and athletic aspects combined are what made the difference for Kansas State. Also, the coaches made a huge difference: They're all pretty down-to-earth, honest people, and they all seem to have the same goals."

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