January 26, 2009

Lawson makes his pledge to K-State

Much of the focus surrounding Kansas State recruiting in recent weeks has been in the defensive backfield and the always intriguing quarterback position, but today the Wildcats added some serious size to their commitment list. Belleville, Ill., offensive tackle William Lawson took his official visit to Manhattan and saw enough of the K-State program to make a decision.

"I did visit Kansas State. It's going good; I'm leaving tomorrow," Lawson said. "I did commit to K-State today."

The 6-foot-8, 290-pound Lawson claimed offers from Iowa, Iowa State, New Mexico and Ball State, as well as interest from Kansas. He was originally scheduled to visit Lawrence this past weekend but decided instead to make the trip to Manhattan.

Once arriving in the Little Apple, Lawson decided it was the place for him.

"Basically, at K-State, I felt good there. They will give me a good education, for one thing. I know the coaches will make sure I do what I'm supposed to do. I know they'll hold me accountable, and if they do that I know I can make it out here and do the right thing," Lawson said. "Hopefully I can make it big somewhere."

Lawson, who was hosted by Wildcat defensive lineman Brandon Harold, made clear that playing in the Big 12 Conference was a big part of his decision.

"It's the Big 12, and I love the Big 12 and how hard the guys play. Maybe one day I can be out there playing as hard as those guys are playing," he said. "Right now though, I just have to focus on getting in the gym and getting myself ready to play."

A number of K-State coaches put in work to secure the commitment of Lawson.

"Coach (Mo) Latimore and coach (Charlie) Dickey, one who came from Utah, it was both of them recruiting me. They did a great job and are going to take care of me, so I have nothing to worry about," Lawson said. "I talked with (Bill) Snyder about three times. He's a great guy. I feel like he's going to do some great things in upcoming years. He already has done great things here, but I feel like he has more left in him."

Lawson said he would not take any more visits and his solid in his commitment to the Wildcats.


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