If recruiting fans were looking for one position that the new coaching staff would address or felt the need to address, clearly the answer came after this weekend wit the Cats landing yet another safety in Emmanuel Lamur.
Lamur, who visited Kansas State this past weekend and played for the Pirates at Independence CC, is a BIG safety, tipping the scales at a little over 215 lbs. At 6-foot5 and room to still grow, the coaching staff thinks Emmanuel could find playing time quickly for the Cats.
"Well I have not really had a chance to talk to Emmanuel since his visit this past weekend to Kansas State other than him committing to them but I can tell you that he is a tough kid with a great attitude that was a great player for us," said Assistant Football Coach Roger Kelsey.
Asked how Lamur's recruitment went, Coach Kelsey said that Coach Mo Lattimore played a pivotal role in recruiting his star player to Manhattan.
"Well Coach Mo Lattimore is really connected to this staff. He has always kept in contact with us and really he was a big part of him going to K-State. He was a holdover from the other staff and worked with us before too and Coach Snyder kept him. We have always had a good relationship with the staff there. We told Mo what we had and that we wanted to send him some film of Emmanuel and I know he looked at the film and liked what he saw and that connection is really how this all happened," coach Kelsey told KStateFans.
Recruited to play Safety for KSU, Lamur red-shirted his first year with the Pirates and Coach Kelsey says that Kansas State got a smart and productive player who has a penchant for always being in the right place at the right time.
"Emmanuel is just a really smart player. He is smart in how he covers and is just never out of position. He comes downhill and makes tackles and seemed to always be where we needed him in our schemes to make plays for us. he is someone who can cover but he runs downhill and likes the physical side of things and will hit you and make tackles. Kansas State got a kid that plays well within the scheme and is very smart in how he plays and where he plays, hi just is never out of position and always in the right place to make a play," Coach Kelsey told KStateFans.
Lamur's commitment continues the pipeline of players from Independence who have committed to play for K-State and Emmanuel will be re-united with another former Pirate in Ray Cheatham. In terms of where Emmanuel fits into the Wildcat defense, Coach Kelsey mentioned he feels his best position is probably playing the Strong Safety position.
"He is a pretty tall kid and with his size, I know K-State has talked to him about bulking him up some and working him in the box. He is better at the Strong Safety position then Free (Safety) and I can see him putting on some weight and playing a kind of hybrid position (SS/LB) for them. He can play in the nickel package pretty easily and fill that LB role if they want."
KStateFans will have more on Emmanuel Lamur's commitment and his own personal thoughts on his recruitment to Kansas State, stay tuned.....