Kevin Lockett. Aaron Lockett. Brandon Banks. Kansas State has some history with smaller Wide Receivers producing huge on Saturdays. Jenks, Oklahoma's Tramaine Thompson might just be the next in line to live up to the "big things / small packages" expectations of the Wildcat Nation.
1. What about Kansas State first caught your eye?
"Everything from the visit. The players, the coaches and Coach Snyder, especially. Also, there's some family connection to Kansas State. My grandfather is best friends with Kevin and Aaron Locket's grandfather. So I was always knew something about Kansas State. Plus, I have an opportunity to help the program get back to winning football."
2. What was your deciding factor in committing to the Wildcats?
"It's close to home. My family will be able to attend some games. I looked at some other schools, but Kansas State was definitely the best fit for me. I got to meet everyone on my visit, and just felt good about things. I prayed about the decision to go to Kansas State and am happy with my choice."
3. What are three words that describe you as a person?
"GOOFY! I'm really goofy! But it's a "good" goofy! I'm very SPIRITUAL as a person as well. And I think I'm a KIND person."
4. What are three words that describe you as a football player?
"SMART. My dad used to coach football. He always had me watching film and taught me a lot about the game. He was always teaching me football when I was growing up. I'm small, but REALLY QUCIK. But I'm also TOUGH. I'm not afraid to go over the middle for passes. If I had to describe myself as a receiver, I would say Eddie Royal, from the Broncos would be a good comparison. Or, better yet...I'm a Brandon Banks-type receiver! Right now I'm 5'7 1/2" - make sure to mention that extra half inch! And I weigh about 165. So I'm pretty small. But I am a tough receiver and I run a legit 4.39 in the forty. In high school I played mostly slot or flanker, but we ran some Wildcat Offense where I had 47 receptions for 729 yards and 30 rushes for 516 yards, so I have that ability as well. I think I'll get the opportunity to do that at KState."
5. What is your favorite thing to do on the football field?
"The thing I take a lot of pride in is my blocking skills. I have really spent a lot of time working on that because there's more to being a receiver than just catching passes."
6. What is your favorite thing to do off the field?
"Hang out with my friends mostly. I'm running track this spring, the 100 and 4x100. I like all kinds of music, really all kinds. My favorite movie is "Hot Rod". Oh, and I like to go on cruises! I just got back from one to Mexico. We went to Progresso and Cozumel and I got to swim with the dolphins, so that was really cool."
7. If you don't go on to play in the NFL, what would you like to do?
"Coach football. Definitely. I don't really know what I would do if I was away from the game. I want to stay connected to football in some way. I plan on majoring in Kinesiology, so that will be preparation for understanding more about athletics as a profession."
8. What are you most looking forward to in terms of playing for Kansas State?
"Well, in talking with the coaches about playing time, we'll see how things go through the Summer and Fall camp and do an evaluation to see if I will redshirt the first year. That's OK with me. But the things I'm most looking forward to? Just being out there with my teammates and being in the KState atmosphere. It's special. And to play at Bill Snyder Family Stadium will be very special. Very unique."
9. What do you feel will be your biggest challenge in moving from high school to college?
"Time management. Just getting everything together properly."
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?
"Timothy Flanders. We played against each other, so I know him a little bit."