May 12, 2008

Instant Impact No. 1: NT Daniel Calvin

No Kansas State newcomer has as much potential to make an early splash as defensive lineman Daniel Calvin. Regarded by many as one of the "gems" of this year's recruiting class, the 310-pound California native was ranked the No. 14 junior college player in the country for a reason. His unique combination of size and relative speed has carried him this far, and if Calvin continues to improve at the Division-I level, he could become the key component in a possible defensive resurgence at K-State.



Daniel Calvin[db]

defensive lineman

6-foot-4, 310-pound junior

Bakersfield (Calif.) Community College



Rivals.com notes: Calvin, the 14th-ranked junior college player in America, racked up 75 tackles and five sacks last year for No. 1 ranked Bakersfield (Calif.) Community College in route to being named the All-Area Defensive Player of the Year by the Californian. The 310-pound defensive lineman, who was once committed to Ole Miss, is listed as a 4-star prospect by Rivals.com and chose K-State over offers from Texas Tech, Nebraska, California, Nevada, Utah and UTEP. He will have three years to play two seasons at K-State




Calvin on K-State: "It was just a really good place for me. I really liked everything there was about the place. The coaches are really good. The facilities are really good. Everything is just really good."







"We're always excited about our players who will be able to continue their education and play football. Our role is to get guys the opportunity to make the most of their ability. (Calvin) has done that. We're extremely proud of him and want him to have all the success in the world. He's a quality guy."

-- Bakersfield Community College head coach Jeff Chudy in an interview with the Bakersfield Californian





Why he will help: Being a 6-foot-4, 310-pounder, Calvin runs the 40 in 4.9 seconds, and should be a nightmare in the middle for opposing offensive lines. The newcomer's arrival assures that the nose tackle spot will no longer be a point of concern for the Wildcats, who looked weak at the position at times a year ago. Calvin provides K-State with the type of big, athletic frame all coaches want to anchor their defensive line and there is seemingly no ceiling on the impact he could have in his first year as a Wildcat.



Why he could sit: Whether it's posturing or not, K-State head coach Ron Prince seems to be giddy over the performance of [db]Brandon Balkcom at nose tackle this spring, and as of right now, the senior seems to have the starting spot to lose. Still, unless Balkcom continues to bulk up at a blistering pace, the larger, stronger Calvin should unseat him this summer. Prince does value experience, however, so the highly touted Calvin shouldn't expect to be handed the starting job for just unpacking his bags in Manhattan.



Check out Daniel Calvin's profile page by clicking on his name to see more pictures, previous prospect updates, measurables, rankings and more.


















TOP 15 NEWCOMERS FOR 2008




1. Daniel Calvin
2. Olu Hall
3. Blair Irvin
4. Wade Weibert
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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