The 2008 Wildcat campaign was not a stellar one for running the football. With a patchwork of backs stepping in to do what could only generously be termed a "serviceable" job, Head Coach Bill Snyder targeted the running back position as one of high priority for the 2009 recruiting class. One of the highest rated recruits in the class, Timothy Flanders from Midwest City HS in Oklahoma sees early playing time and an opportunity to significantly upgrade the Kansas State ground game for the coming seasons. Flanders, at 5'9" & 191 lbs, sporting a solid 4.4 forty, had a superlative senior season at Midwest City with 34 TD's and over 2,100 yards and brings compact size, strength and tenacious running to the KState backfield in 2009.
1. What about Kansas State first caught your eye? "The return of Bill Snyder. He's a great coach. That really is what caught my eye. I had heard about some of the players on the team as well, that they're all good guys to be around, and that was appealing."
2. What was your deciding factor in committing to the Wildcats? "Early playing time. Kansas State needs running backs. They need guys who can run hard, between the tackles and be productive in the running game. The coaches told me they want me to come in and be a leader in this recruiting class. To be one of the top guys."
3. What are three words that describe you as a person? "Three things? I'll have to think about that! First, I would say FUNNY. I'm also pretty OUTGOING, and...hmmm...lastly, if I had to say one other thing it would be ATHLETIC. I'm playing baseball right now aside from my football, 3rd base and shortstop. So I'm pretty athletic in general."
4. What are three words that describe you as a football player? "AMAZING! GREAT VISION and KNOWLEDGE OF THE GAME. I'm a hard runner. In high school it was mostly between the tackles stuff. We ran a spread offense. I can put on the speed, but I think I'm more of a physical runner. I also have good pass catching skills, so that works well in the spread offense that we'll probably be running at Kansas State."
5. What is your favorite thing to do on the football field? "Score touchdowns. Period."
6. What is your favorite thing to do off the field? "Mostly hang out with my friends. I'm pretty involved with baseball at the moment. I play Xbox a bit sometimes. Usually College Football or NBA on Xbox. I'm only doing medium workouts right now because of baseball, but the coaches know about that. When I get up to Manhattan in June I'll be back on a full football workout schedule."
7. If you don't go on to play in the NFL, what would you like to do? "I'm majoring in Computer Science and I would like to work in business with computers."
8. What are you most looking forward to in terms of playing for Kansas State? "Win every game! And win bowl games. That's why we play football."
9. What do you feel will be your biggest challenge in moving from high school to college? "I think dealing with the BIG D-linemen. Just the size difference will be a real adjustment."
10. Who is the one player on Kansas State's roster, or in your recruiting class, that you are most excited to be teammates with next season? "Carson Coffman. He was my host when I visited."