The fifth spot on our countdown of potential impact newcomers belongs to one of the most prized community-college treasures in the country. Aubrey Quarles, the No. 20 junior college prospect in America, signed with Kansas State in December of 2007, instantly giving fans a reason to be optimistic about the daunting task of replacing graduating All-American Jordy Nelson. And while nobody expects Quarles to fill Nelson's shoes, there's certainly reason to believe he will be given the chance to grow his own legacy during his first season as a Wildcat.
Santa Rosa (Calif.) Junior College
Rivals.com notes: On paper, Quarles is one of the biggest catches of K-State's 2008 recruiting class. A 4-star prospect and ranked 20th among all junior college players, the Colorado native racked up 363 yards and eight touchdowns in four games before being forced to miss the rest of his sophomore year with a broken collar bone. Quarles, who signed with K-State despite interest from Arizona, California, Colorado, Oregon and Minnesota, eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark as a wide out in his freshman season in route to being named a First-Team All-American by JC Gridwire.
Quarles on K-State: "I really enjoyed myself (at K-State). I liked talking with the coaches. They have a plan for what they want to do at Kansas State and what they want to do next season. I liked talking to Coach (Ron) Prince. He told me how he planned to use me in his offense. I'm excited about the possibilities. I really wanted to play in the Big 12 and Kansas State just seemed like the perfect fit.”
| "Aubrey's not a guy whose going down with the first tackle. He'll punch you in the facemask if you get anywhere close to him. In fact, for the first half of last season I had to talk to him about avoiding defenders. I'd tell him that it was his job to avoid contact, not initiate it.” |
-- former Santa Rosa Junior College wide receivers coach Matt Collins in an interview with the Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Why he will help: Speed is always at the top of Coach Ron Prince's recruiting wish list, and his prayers were answered when Quarles committed to the Wildcats in December of last year. The incoming junior runs a 4.4 40-yard dash and will be a perfect compliment to the also speedy Deon Murphy. If the duo sees the field at the same time, the Wildcats could boast a downfield threat rivaled by few other Big 12 schools. The 190-pound wide out maintains that despite not being promised playing time, the K-State coaching staff outlined a detailed plan for what his role in the offense would be during his recruitment, so it seems as if Prince and company have great expectations for Quarles' first year in Manhattan.
Why he could sit: Though Quarles is certainly one of the frontrunners to secure early playing time, the competition at wide receiver will be stiff until the Wildcats' season opener. Newcomers Adrian Hilburn and Attrail Snipes, along with returning lettermen Ernie Pierce, Lamark Brown, Deon Murphy and Cedric Wilson will all be vying for playing time, and of that group, only Murphy is guaranteed a starting job. Quarles may be the most touted incoming wide out this season, but emerging from a deep pack of newcomers and veterans is still going to take work in summer practices.
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|TOP 15 NEWCOMERS FOR 2008|| ||1. ??? |
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|4. ??? ||5. Aubrey Quarles |
|6. Daniel Thomas ||7. Ulla Pomele ||8. Adrian Hilburn |
|9. Hansen Sekona |
|10. George Pierson |
|11. John Finau ||12. Keithen Valentine |
|13. Antonio Felder ||14. Attrail Snipes ||15. Dustin Bell || |
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