- Jared Shanker, ESPN Staff Writer
By this time next week, Devon Nash (Lincoln, Neb./Iowa Western C.C.) plans to have a decision.
The 6-foot-5, 250-pound defensive end will make his final visit next weekend to Oklahoma State, and he believes he’ll know where he wants to go shortly after leaving Stillwater.
“I feel after I see and visit Oklahoma State on Sunday when I’m flying back home I’ll have a good idea,” Nash said. “I might need a night to think it over and talk it over with my family, but I’d make my decision by [Dec. 17] the latest.”
Nash took a visit to Kansas State this past weekend and said everything went well on the visit. He unofficially visited Kansas State this summer, but said this visit was much different.
“We got to be around the coaching staff more this time, see the facilities again. We were around the team this time. Last time we weren’t. I spent time with my host and interacted with the team,” Nash said.
His host was Ryan Mueller, who talked to Nash about the tradition at Kansas State with coach Bill Snyder, in his second stint as the Wildcats coach. Nash called Snyder a “legendary coach.”
Snyder helped build Kansas State into a national threat with significant help from the juco level, and he led the Wildcats to a No. 1 BCS ranking late in this past season. That history of developing junior college talent has made a big impression on Nash.
“The biggest thing that sticks out to me about Kansas State is how well they do with junior college players and making them successful,” Nash said. “I think that factors into my decision a lot. They’ve shown time in and time out they can produce and evaluate junior college talent and coach it up and produce good players to move onto the next level.”
Depth chart will also be key for Nash, who wants to be able to come in and play right away having already spent time at a junior college.
Nash said he has a good idea of where he wants to go but declined to name which program he is leaning to.
He officially visited Arizona State in September, and the Sun Devils are the third finalist for Nash along with Kansas State and Oklahoma State.
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