Kansas State wanted Dariss Lomax.
So did Kansas.
After some deep soul-searching, the all-state linebacker out of Kansas City Washington High School signed a letter of intent with the Jayhawks five years ago.
"That's a long drive to K-State," quipped Lomax, who orally committed to K-State in recruiting before reversing field and choosing the Jayhawks.
"It was a weird situation. Some people might call it a recruiting war. It was an awkward situation. Both wanted me."
Lomax gets asked about recruiting a lot this time of year the week of the annual Kansas-Kansas State football game.
He remembers his first contact with coaches from the rival schools.
"I came to KU's spring game on an unofficial visit my sophomore year," Lomax said. "My high school coach (Eddie Minor) played here. He brought me here and I met the coaches. Coach Mason (Glen, former KU coach now at Minnesota) said he'd keep an eye on me.
"I liked both coaching staffs. There was only one thing different about my (official) recruiting visits to both schools. At K-State, they had me watch film to see what I'd do in different situations. They showed films of the K-State-Nebraska game and asked me what I'd do if I was out there."
Did he pass the test?
"I don't know. I guess I did OK. They never told me," Lomax said.
He's happy he chose KU, despite the fact KU is 0-4 versus KSU since he's been here.
"I've had fun and I feel I'm making something of my life. Only about five people in my freshman class are still here. I'm surviving and still kicking," Lomax said.
Lomax has 14 tackles through four games. He realizes the Jayhawk defense faces its toughest test of the season today.
"They are going to try to blow us out, embarrass us in our own stadium," Lomax said. "It doesn't matter what people say about the game, that we are 21-point underdogs or whatever it is. This game will be played on the field, not in the newspapers or magazines. It's still a football game. Coach Allen told us to fly around and have fun."