Kansas State was hot Thursday morning, picking up stud Iowa Western Community College recruits in quarterback Jake Waters and defensive end Devon Nash. The Wildcats hit the trifecta in a big way Thursday evening when it landed its first four-star high school commit.
Linebacker Nick Ramirez (Lee’s Summit, Mo./Lee’s Summit West) verbally committed to Kansas State and became the Wildcats’ 14th commitment of the 2013 class. Ramirez, the No. 6 player in the state of Missouri, chose Kansas State over Missouri. The 6-foot-2, 225-pound athlete was committed to Missouri in April but decommitted last month to weigh additional options.
Ramirez took an official visit to Kansas State the weekend of Dec. 1, when the Wildcats defeated Texas to clinch the Big 12 championship. He was recruited to Kansas State by defensive coordinator Tom Hayes and linebackers coach Mike Cox.
“When I went on my visit and got to experience the football atmosphere,” Ramirez said, “that really made me want to be a Wildcat.”
Ramirez is strong enough to play inside linebacker and quick enough to play outside. He’s played both for Lee’s Summit West and won a state title as a sophomore in 2010. In three seasons, he compiled more than 370 tackles.
Ramirez said despite his decommitment, Missouri was still in the picture near the end of his recruiting process. The overall atmosphere of Kansas State and the city of Manhattan, Kan., however, won him over in the end. The team finishing the regular season with an 11-1 record and a berth in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 3 gave Ramirez something else to think about.
“Them having a winning season was huge,” Ramirez said. “It made me want to be a part of the program even more. To me, it was a pretty easy decision.”
Ramirez had additional offers from Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Purdue and other schools.