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Head Coach Bill Snyder Quotes


Feb. 5, 2014

2014 National Signing Day Press Conference Quotes
Kansas State Head Coach Bill Snyder

On the balance of junior college and high school players in this year’s class…
“It is about right. I think sometime you need two to find one, I guess. But I think every community college guy that we have we’ve got a firm and honest belief that they have a chance to come in and compete immediately, to help this program. All of them, and the incoming freshmen, certainly have that ability to do that over a certain period of time. With the community college guys, we are talking about the immediate needs that we believe each one of them has the capacity to do that. As far as balance is concerned, we normally do not usually take quite that many. We might end up taking one more. I think the last time that we did that was way back when we had 12 in 1998 or 1997. It was because of the needs and it panned out pretty well. You never know until they get here and spend some time. Like I say, it is going to take a year or two for the young guys to find out if they fit into the program appropriately. I believe they will and I have that confidence in them.

On his perception of the class as a whole…
“It is a good class but how it would rank, who knows? A bunch of those guys are ranked extremely high by ESPN. I think I made note in the release that there were 13 guys who were ranked in their position in the top 44 in the country. Some of them high school and some of them community college but you know me and that does not mean a whole lot to me. That does not mean that it will not be a great class or a good class. As I have said before, you have got to be here for a while. It is kind of like coaches, nobody knows whether a guy is going to do great or not until he spends some time in the job. You define yourself over a period of time and that is what each recruiting class has to do. I may rank our class dead last in the Big 12, too. I do not think it is but it will prove itself out. What everybody should be looking at are the recruiting classes of 2011. How did they pan out? Because that tells the true story, I think, more than these guys who are untested at this level. That does not mean, whether it is here or anywhere else, to upgrade these guys because we made the decision to bring these guys in. So it is our belief that they are quality young people and quality young players. But the proof is in the pudding.”

On running back Dalvin Warmack and him reaching out to other recruits…
“He will make his way and prove himself. I think he will step in as a young man with tremendous intrinsic values all of the time. He is a guy who will do right and set the example. He will engage himself in leadership activities and I am confident that he will. All of the stuff that goes out and it is not just Twitter, but all of the different avenues that young people have and utilize immensely, some of it for good and some of it for not so good. I think there is a tremendous balance there and guys have to learn how to handle that and I think he has done it the right way. As far as I know, he has said the right things and it is more prevalent now and I think it does happen at virtually every school and every class has someone who is trying to promote others. Maybe not the entire class, but to promote others to come to that school. It is not brand new just because of social media. We have had young guys in the past, and have encouraged young guys in the past to try to reach out to other guys and try to build that relationship before they even get there, which makes that incoming class closer and close together and that allows them to endear themselves to their coaches and their teammates. It is a great deal.”

On having a large number of commitments early in the process…
“You have heard me say this before that the recruiting calendar so to speak is upside down. Young guys in the 2016 class are making commitments now. The 2015 class has been making commitments for a year. It has just gone haywire in some aspects of it and I do not like it that way, personally, on some occasions, you have to keep with the Jones’ so to speak and in doing so, you extend some offers ahead of time. Young guys have that option to make that decision and probably the reason that I do not like it so much is that I would hate to see us extend an offer to someone that we did not really feel good about. Some people could say that we extended an offer, got an acceptance, and then we get around this time of year, and we had a chance at somebody else but we cannot take him because the scholarship is filled up. That is not our issue. That is not my issue and that is why I have such a great sense of pride for and with those young guys who did make those commitments that early because they all stayed with it. Commitment is a major, major word. When you talk about getting married to your wife, you talk about commitment and so it is taken seriously. It really is, in my way of thinking. Whether you want to call it old school or not, I think it is factual. It is a major, significant word in our vocabulary and it really has meaning. So you put these young guys in a position where they make that early commitment. So pretty soon, that way of thinking extends itself to making a commitment right now but I can still look around for that “other girlfriend.” So we are encouraging inappropriate behavior when we do that. There are a lot of coaches that prefer to have the rules as they are. I personally would like to see it go back to where there are more restrictions in regards to how quickly all that can take place so we are not encouraging young guys to go back on their word because your word is important and indeed we do. That is not what athletics is meant to be about.”

On signing three prospects from the same high school and their abilities…
“I do not really know. It might have some impact on future young people coming out of that program towards K-State. The fact that they have been a very, very successful program and that could be whether there was one or two or three of them. They bring a confidence factor with them. They bring the experience of playing in and competing in and being a part of being leaders of a very successful program. I would just say collective because every single individual in this class is significant and important to us. But I think all three of them, sitting down and visiting with them, they are all good students. They really have those intrinsic values in place and they are all really serious about the game of football and being competitive. All three of them, if I did not say this before, have that leadership capacity within them to be able to assist our program in that way as well.”

On Dalton Risner…
“I think he is a bright young guy. He is a sizeable young man. He is athletic in relation to his size and the position that he plays and he is a young guy with that value system in place. The fact that he put himself out there just allows you to understand that he is a competitive young guy and bright enough to understand that here are a lot of ways to shoe a horse and you do all of the things that you can do in order to achieve the success that you want to achieve. He is young guy who is very capable of that. You still have to go back because you want that value system and the desire to be a quality student but you still have to have the capabilities to perform at this level and we certainly felt that he did.”

On the recruitment of Terrell Clinkscales…
“We did not do anything with Terrell that we would not do with anybody within the program. It is not that you do something differently with one young guy, in terms of how you are willing to invest yourself. It is just a matter of what I would hope that every young person who is in our program as well as every young person that we bring into our program would understand is that we will do everything that we conceivably can, that is legal within the NCAA and the conference and in terms of moral values, to help that young person and his family. We want to involve the family as well. That is just the way we approached it with everybody, not just Terrell.”