There were a number of reasons why Robert Thomas, a 6-foot-0, 300-pound defensive tackle from Muskogee High in Okla. picked Kansas State, but the biggest reason was the comfort level he felt with the coaching staff.
"The staff," Thomas responded when asked why he selected KSU. "Everybody seemed down to earth." "I really got along with Coach Mo. I have a pretty good relationship with him. He was pretty straight forward with me and told me what I needed to know."
If he works hard then there could be an opportunity for early playing time, however there will be an adjustment to a new defensive scheme.
"They told me I could play as a freshman, but it is on me and how I work," Thomas explained.
"They have a totally different defense. They run a three-man front. At Muskogee we run a 4-3. I will be used as a nose guard at K-State."
Thomas camped in Manhattan, and that is where he got a good feel for the program and the facilities at KSU.
"I went there for cam and it went great," Thomas informed. "They offered me afterwards. The facilities and everything were nice. I loved all of the purple."