Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College offensive lineman Ryan Lilja has signed his letter of intent and is staying near home in the Big 12.
"He signed with K-State a little over a week ago," Leiker said. "He is on his way to play for Coach (Bill) Snyder. K-State is getting a good kid. He's 4.0 GPA student. He started for us for two years. One at guard and one at tackle."
"I signed with K-State because it offers me everything," Lilja said. "It is a good football school, it is close to home and the academics are good and that is important to me."
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Lilja was also recruited by Kansas, New Mexico, Houston and Louisiana Tech. "I visited New Mexico and Houston too, but they couldn't offer me what K-State has to offer. I was supposed to visit Louisiana Tech on Dec. 14, but I cancelled that visit because I knew where I was going."
"Kansas was in the mix until the coaching change. They had offered me a scholarship and I was thinking about that a lot. Then the new coaches came in and said they weren't going to take any junior college linemen. So they withdrew the offer."
Lilja did not take an official visit to K-State. "I've been there lots of times unofficially recently and when I was in high school. I know a lot about Manhattan and K-State. I didn't need an official trip to tell me that."