For the longest time, Nick Ramirez wasn’t sure where he wanted to play college football.
Then he attended Kansas State’s final home game of the season, a 42-24 victory over Texas in which the Wildcats locked up a Big 12 championship, and everything suddenly made sense.
“My visit to the Texas game really confirmed Kansas State was the school I wanted to go to,” Ramirez said. “The atmosphere was great. I will never forget when all the fans rushed the field.”
Next season, Ramirez will try to help K-State achieve similar success on the field instead of watching from the stands. Coaches and fans alike will be expecting big things out of him right away.
The four-star linebacker out of Lee’s Summit West is one of the Wildcats’ highest rated recruits and the type of player who will compete for playing time as a freshman.
“I can’t wait to go out there and get a shot to prove myself,” Ramirez said. “I like that they expect big things out of me, because I want to prove to them that I can do it. I don’t think stars really matter, it is all about heart. I have heart. I’m ready to go out there.”
Before settling on K-State, Ramirez committed to Missouri and listened to recruiting pitches from Nebraska, Iowa, Colorado and Purdue. He had plenty of options, but felt his best option was to play for Bill Snyder.
On Wednesday, he made everything official byfaxing in his paperworkto K-State.
Ramirez is a physical linebacker that is better against the run than the pass. But he plans on improving his speed in the next few months. By the time he arrives in Manhattan for the start of workouts, he hopes to start fast.
“I’m not afraid to put my head in there and play hard, come down hill,” Ramirez said. “I make good reads. I’m instinctive. I go to the ball. I’m best against the run, just because I love to hit people. But I definitely think I can drop back into coverage, be a rush linebacker or a standup defensive end, too. I can handle any of those positions.”