Daily Archives: March 12, 2008

Frank on recruiting and redshirts

Here’s an except from tomorrow’s Eagle interview with Kansas State coach Frank Martin:

Recruiting is going great. I couldn’t be happier with recruiting. It’s way ahead of where I thought it would be. Has it been more challenging because of the possibilities? Absolutely. That’s why we didn’t sign anybody early. Some coaches do it — they go out and sign 17 people to scholarships and then kind of figure it out at the end of the year. I’m not going to do that. I’m not going to call a parent in May and say, ‘We signed your kid back in November but we don’t have a scholarship for him now.” I’m not going to do that to somebody. But recruiting is way ahead of schedule, way ahead of where I thought we’d be. I couldn’t be happier with where we’re at in the whole process. We have some decisions that have to be made here in the very near future… If the opportunity presents itself for guys on the team to make millions of dollars, then you know what? I’m going to make them do that. If their families support it…

“I understand where they come from. I understand the opportunities in life don’t come around — I grew up with a guy named Melvin Bratton, a running back from the University of Miami. As a junior, he was as good of a running back as anyone in the country. He blew out his knee his senior year at Miami? Guess what? His NFL career was two or three years and done. And that was someone who should have been a first-round pick and made millions and millions of dollars. That’s the risk you take. Is it good? Is it bad? Is it responsibility to the university? Those guys have come in here and they’ve done nothing but represent our school the right way. They’ve led us to wins, they’ve put us on national television and made us matter again. And because of that, they’ve given us the opportunity to recruit at a higher level, and I can tell you, we’re excited for it.

Plus, for all of those people worried about next season, Frank literally laughed at the suggestion K-State would drop off considerably. He said, “We have two redshirts who are phenomenal. PHENOMENAL.” He was referring to Denis Clemente and Jamar Samuels.

On the topic of Clemente, I asked Jacob Pullen about the transfer from Miami. Pullen thought he was quick, running from the baseline to the opposite foul line in 3.0 seconds. And he knew Blake Young was quicker, traveling the same distance in 2.9 seconds. They were amazed when Clemente covered the area in 2.7 seconds.

K -State is going to play much faster next season, by the way…