Kansas State's 11-2 record, Big 12 championship, and Fiesta Bowl berth made a lasting impact on the football landscape in 2012. Now they're reaping the benefits by landing prospects 1,000 of miles away from the Little Apple. Mike Stevens, a defensive back from Davidson Day High School in Charlotte, N.C. gave the Kansas State coaching staff his commitment during a weekend visit to campus.
"When I was [at Kansas State] I was very impressed, first of all, with the facilities," Stevens informed KStateFans.com. "The coaches were all very nice to me. I liked the city too and how nice a college town it was. That's what I was looking for. I gave my commitment to my recruiter, Andre Coleman. Then I talked with Coach Snyder. He welcomed me on board and told me he thought that I was the kind of player who would make an immediate impact on the team.
"They recruited me at cornerback. I got to speak with Coach Hayes. I really love his experience in the game. He's someone who definitely knows what he's talking about. I think he'll help me come a long way with my game. They all said they loved my skill set at corner and how I can go up on the ball and make plays."
Stevens made his decision with his father alongside as well as his friend, Dominique Heath, also a Charlotte area prospect who committed to Kansas State as well over the weekend.
"My dad was very happy with my decision," said Stevens. "I've been talking to Dominique about playing together in college. This is what we wanted to do. I'm glad we were able to find the right fit for both of us."
Stevens, 6-foot, 185-pounds, had offers from Kentucky, ECU, Georgia State, Charlotte, and Appalachian State. He has been a part of Davidson Day's rum as two-time defending NCISSA state champions. Last year he led the league in interceptions with six and had 23 catches for 337 and six touchdowns on offense.