Devon Nash Talks Decision to Commit to KSU

MANHATTAN,Kan. - Time will tell which of the Iowa Western Reivers develops into the best college player. There are fourteen sophomores from the NJCAA championship team who have committed to Division 1 programs. Kansas State received pledges from three of the 14.

KStatefans.com caught up with Devon Nash who made his commitment known last Thursday at a press conference in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

"The number one thing that lead me to choose Kansas State is their history with junior college players," said Devon Nash. "The coaches do a great job evaluating talent from the J.C. ranks and taking them in, coaching them up, and developing them into great players. I think going [to Kansas State] gives me the best chance to be successful."

Nash said he wasn't expecting quarterback Jake Waters and defensive back Travis Green to be joining him in Manhattan, but is glad there are.

"I see it as a blessing," Nash said. "We picked individually. We never put any pressure on each other to chose the same school. I'm glad that they decided what I did, that Kansas State is the best place to be next year. I think it will help make the transition easier just knowing those guys will be there going through the same thing as I am."

Nash, 6-foot-4, 265-pounds, had 36 tackles, four and a half sacks, nine tackles for loss, and one interception playing defensive end for the 2012 NJCAA champions. It was the Nebraska-native's second year as a starter on the line.

"I'd sometimes put my hand in the dirt or I'd stand up and rush the quarterback," explained Nash. "I made a big leap in play recognition this year from last. I could make the distinction easier between the run or the pass. At Lincoln East (High School), I played outside linebacker, so I've learned a lot about how to play defensive line the last two years at Iowa Western."

Nash was named an NJCAA All-American and first team All-Conference in 2012. In the Graphic Edge Bowl, Nash had four tackles, one tackle for loss, and a quarterback hurry in the Reviers win over Butler to win the National Championship on December 2nd.

Nash has finished his studies at Iowa Western. He plans on spending time with family and friend over the holidays in Lincoln before leaving for Manhattan next month to join the Wildcats.

"I'm going in to work hard," Nash said. "I know that I have to work for everything I get. I'm not expecting anything to be handed to me. My goal is just to play smart and be a team player."

On December 13th, Nash said he called future position coach Joe Bob Clements to let him know of his decision prior to the press conference held at Iowa Western. He plans on being on campus and ready to go by January 22nd.

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