"The program is on the rise."

Huldon Tharp, 6-1, 210 linebacker from Mulvane, Kansas, had 291 carries for 1,922 yards and 25 touchdowns, 153 tackles and four sacks (12 games) in 2007. He was named All-State (defense), All-Metro (offense). Why Kansas?

Additional facts: Huldon Tharp earned varsity letters in football (4) and track (1); 3.85 GPA, 22 ACT; plans to major in Psychology; DOB: 11/18/90; parents are Chad and Robin Tharp.

Strengths: "I'd say my speed is my biggest asset I have right now. That and being able to run sideline-to-sideline." Strength: 295 bench, 405 squat

Needs work: "Knowing that I'm going to play linebacker, I need to get a long stronger in the weight room."

Recruiting coach/relationship: "Originally, Coach Joe Bob Clements was my recruiter until he left for K-State. After that, Coach [Brandon] Blaney recruited me. After that, it's been Coach Miller since he's the new linebackers coach."

"I know Coach Blaney better than any of them. He's an energetic guy and fun to be around. I met Coach Miller recently, and he seems kind of like the old school linebackers coach who's going to make you work hard."

Expected to redshirt?: "Being able to play my freshman year would be a big honor. I'm going to go in, work as hard as I can and hope it pays off. If I were to redshirt, it wouldn't be a negative. Either way, it's going to work to my advantage."

Why Kansas?: "Every high school kid wants to play for a team that's winning games. The program is on the rise. The program is moving in the right direction, and I wanted to be part of that. The coaching staff are all nice guys, and they love the game. Being close to home was a big factor as well."

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