"They keep the door open for all the players.

Antonio Felder, linebacker from El Dorado, Butler County, Kansas, remains rehabbing from an injury received last September. He talked about his arrival in Manhattan.

Antonio Felder, Linebacker, Height: 6-foot-3, Weight: 255 lbs.

Academic Status:
"Everything from Butler County is done transferring. I will get up to Kansas State this Sunday and start classes on June 9."

Progress of knee:
"I tore my ACL back in September. I've been working real hard in rehab and am probably about 80 to 85 percent right now. I'm planning on finishing up my rehab up there (at Kansas State)."

Thoughts on off-season workouts:
"I've basically just been doing shuttles and 100-meter dashes in order to get my knee strong again."

What he wants to improve about his game:
"Coming off the edge and going after the quarterback."

Expectations for team/himself:
"I think we should be pretty good. I think the defense will be pretty good and if everybody is able to stay healthy, we should do well. Last year there were a bunch of injuries to overcome so hopefully we can stay healthy. As for me, I just want to get my knee back to 100 percent and compete for a starting job."

"I'll be rooming with Mikhail Lindsay, a walk-on."

What he likes about the signing class:
"I think there's a good mix of older players and younger athletes. We've got a lot of juniors coming in from JUCO and a lot of high schoolers along with them."

Where he would have signed if not Kansas State:
"Probably Oklahoma State."

Impressions of coaching staff:
"I talk to Coach [Cornell] Jackson a lot. He just tells me to get ready and stuff. Get ready to come up there and work hard. I think overall the coaching staff is pretty good. I like that they keep the doors open for all the players. They're hard on you when they need to be, but their door is always open."

When he knew Kansas State was where he wanted to play:
"When they were the only team to not back away from me when I hurt my knee. They were the only team that didn't back off from recruiting me after my injury. That meant a lot."

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