January 9, 2009

Slaughter ready to arrive at K-State

Linebacker Blake Slaughter knows a bit about uncertainty. After accepting a scholarship and a greyshirt from former Kansas State head coach Ron Prince, the former Missouri City (Texas) Elkins High School standout saw his football future called into question after Prince was removed from his position. So the three-star recruit waited for a call from somebody at the university to inform him of his standing, and the wait wasn't short one.

After hearing nothing out of Manhattan for more than a month and placing a handful of calls to other schools, Slaughter's phone finally buzzed, but the man on the other end of the line wasn't head coach Bill Snyder.

Instead, the voice was a touch more familiar.

"(K-State assistant coach Mo Latimore[/db) called me," said Slaughter, who will arrive in Manhattan on Jan. 10. "He was the one that recruited me. He's been really good in this whole process. Before that, it was a crazy time. I heard all kids of things. I still haven't talked to Coach Snyder. I talked to (co-defensive coordinator ([db]Chris Cosh) though, and that was good enough for me."

It seems the calls from the current Wildcat staff started pouring in at the 11th hour, however, as Slaughter, hanging in what seemed like football limbo, had started to re-explore his college options.

"It was crazy," Slaughter said. "I would call up (to K-State), and the coaches would tell me they didn't know what was going to happen to me. I was calling other schools and stuff."

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