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Saturday, July 27, 2013
North Carolina targets choose K-State

By Damon Sayles

North Carolina is coming to Manhattan, Kan.

Mike Stevens (Davidson, N.C./Davidson Day School) and Dominique Heath (Huntersville, N.C./Hopewell) made the trip to Kansas State for Saturday’s camp. The Charlotte, N.C., metropolitan athletes, separated by roughly a 15-minute drive, will be teammates in college, as both gave verbal commitments to the Wildcats.

Stevens, a three-star athlete, and Heath, a running back, receiver and special teams returning threat, were the second and third commitments, respectively, for Kansas State on Saturday. The Wildcats now have 11 commitments total, the first of Saturday being safety Kaleb Prewett (Blue Springs, Mo./Blue Springs).

Both players experienced Manhattan for the first time, and the overall family atmosphere of the town, in addition to the coaching staff, won them over.

“When I first got here, the coaches treated me first-class,” said Stevens, who has additional offers from Kentucky, East Carolina, Georgia State, Charlotte, Liberty and North Carolina A&T. “I really liked the atmosphere; it’s a football town. All the fans are really interested.”

Heath, who has offers from Appalachian State, Old Dominion, Elon and Gardner-Webb, added: “You can really tell the town is a football town. Coach [Bill] Snyder is down to earth, and all the coaches are real cool. The facilities are beautiful here. I felt like I could be here for four years and be OK.”

Stevens, a 5-foot-11, 181-pound athlete with 4.45-second speed in the 40-yard dash, is considered an athlete, but he said he was recruited to play cornerback. Stevens said his decision ultimately came down to Kansas State and Kentucky. He said his decision was easy after visiting Manhattan.

“Coming out here, I just fell in love,” Stevens said.

Heath, a 5-8, 165-pound athlete with 4.36 speed in the 40, is expecting to line up as a slot receiver and also handle special teams return duties. He’s excited about playing Big 12 football, but he’s also excited about having a fellow North Carolina resident joining him on the team.

“We’ll get a chance to take trips back home together,” Heath said. “I’ll have a friend already on campus when I get here.”