Lunchtime links: Walk-on Harrell emerges in KSU lineup

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

There's a heartwarming story in this morning's Topeka Capital-Journal that says a lot about human perseverance.

And also how far recruiting has dropped at Kansas State.

KSU beat writer Austin Meek has the interesting tale about walk-on cornerback Rashad Harrell's long, strange route into the Wildcats' starting lineup. Harrell played high school football at Miami Central High School, where he sustained an ankle injury that scared away most college recruiters.

From there, Harrell ended up at Rainy River Community College in International Falls, Minn. -- a distance of 1,728 miles from his home and several layers of clothing that were added, I'm sure.

After he finished there, he ended up at Clemson as a preferred walk-on. The high cost of going to school there sent him back home before surfacing again as a walk-on at KSU.

"He wasn't a recruited walk-on," Kansas State coach Ron Prince told the Capital-Journal. "He was a guy who came and tried out for the team. I was like, 'Oh, great. That's awesome.' Next thing you know, he's out there. He's tough as nails. He's still learning how to play at this level, but I appreciate his effort."

Harrell was in the Wildcats' starting lineup for Saturday's 58-28 loss to Texas Tech, providing two tackles against the Red Raiders' challenging pass defense.

Here are a few other stories around the conference at lunch today. See, it's not all about Texas-Oklahoma this week, is it?