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Wildcats load up on receivers, linemen

February 8, 2007

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Kansas State concentrated on offense in its 2007 recruiting class, looking for players to catch Josh Freeman's passes and block for Freeman and running backs Leon Patton and James Johnson.

The 32-player class, announced Wednesday, includes six receivers and six offensive linemen. Eight players are junior college transfers.

Freeman, Patton and Johnson were among coach Ron Prince's first recruiting class last year, and all three played key roles in the Wildcats' 7-6 record and first bowl appearance since the 2003 season.

But the Wildcats were thin in the line all year, often starting several freshmen up front, and lost their two top receivers, Yamon Figurs and Jermaine Moreira, to graduation.

"Last year we tried to address our needs defensively, and I think it really paid off for us," Prince said. "We've got some good depth in the secondary and quite a bit of playable depth on the defensive line, and because of that we were able to stay fresh for the bulk of the year even though we had some injuries."

Now, Prince said, it's the offense's turn to get the same treatment.

"We made a conscious effort to go out and get guys who could either upgrade the roster specifically or provide us the kind of playable depth that we had on defense last year," he said.

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