Muskogee, Okla., three-star defensive tackle Robert Thomas was blown away by his time at the Kansas State summer camp. After dominating at the camp and earning a scholarship offer from the Wildcats, the 6-foot-1, 295-pounder said he felt right at home in Manhattan.
And now that feeling has led him to a commitment.
"I just committed to Kansas State a few minutes ago," Thomas, the No. 22 player in Oklahoma according to Rivals.com, said.
"I really love the coaching staff. They're all great guys, and I know that program is on the right track. I also really liked the players that I met. They were all very down to earth guys that I could fit in really well with."
Thomas, who had 31 tackles and two sacks as a junior on a defense that was among the best in the state, said he first told the news to his local recruiter Tim McCarty. He then spent some time talking to coach Ron Prince.
"Coach McCarty was really excited for me," Thomas said. "He then got coach Prince on the phone. He talked to me about how great of a fit I would be for their system. With their style of defense, they need a big guy like me up front. He thinks I'm good enough to come in and compete for playing time early on as a freshman."
Many observers believe Thomas is one of the most under-rated juniors in Oklahoma mainly because he's been overshadowed by four highly recruited players that have signed with BCS schools in the last two seasons.
He is also the fourth Rougher defensive lineman to earn a major college scholarship. He was also recruited by Arkansas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Northern Iowa.
He is also coached by former K-State player Matt Hennesy. Thomas said Hennesy was really excited about his decision.
"He thinks K-State is a great choice for me, but he was going to be proud of me no matter where I went," Thomas said. "But this was a great fit for me, and it's the right decision. I'm done with the recruiting process now. I'm a Wildcat."