There were a lot of reasons for Devon Nash to sign with Kansas State, but when it came down to it, all the defensive end wanted was to play for head coach Bill Snyder.
“Bill Snyder is the deal-breaker,” said Nash, who signed with K-State in December out of Iowa Western Community College. “He’s such a legendary coach who’s still doing it and he does such a good job with junior college players.
“I felt like I could grow the most under his coaching staff.”
Nash — a three-star recruit by Rivals.com — joins two other Iowa Western transfers at K-State, including quarterback Jake Waters and defensive back Travis Green.
At 6-foot-5, 260 pounds, Nash helped lead the Reivers to a NJCAA national championship this past season. He totaled 36 tackles, 10 for loss, and had five sacks.
Nash should figure into immediate playing time this fall after the departure of Meshak Williams and Adam Davis at the defensive end positions. Nash said he’s ready for the challenge.
“I never take a play off,” he said during a recent phone interview. “I’m always trying and I can switch from a speed rush to a bull rush and keep offensive tackles guessing — and keep them honest.
“The funnest part is getting to the quarterback, though.”
Nash, who is from Lincoln, Neb., was also heavily recruited by Oklahoma State and Arizona State — visiting both.
K-State was his last visit, though.
“It was just a couple days after my visit at Kansas State (that I knew where I wanted to go),” said Nash, who is enrolled for the spring semester here. “I felt at ease on my visit and that it would be my home for the next two and half years.
“I decided to sleep on it and to talk to my family a little bit. But I knew that I would be a Wildcat.”
For some recruits, Snyder’s age may be an issue. After all, Snyder will turn 74 next fall. Snyder’s age doesn’t concern Nash, though.
“It crossed my mind,” said Nash, who had offers from 13 schools, including Kansas, West Virginia and Texas Tech. “My biggest concern was him leaving the program, because he’s such a great coach. But, with being older, he also has seen more opportunities and knows the football process. He’s seasoned and knows how to handle situations.
“He has such great ties to Kansas State and he’s all about family. I feel he’ll be there till at least when I graduate.”