OWASSO — John Cole Neph was waiting for an opportunity to catch the attention of coaches at a major Division I football program.
The Owasso wide receiver got a chance during a June 15 camp at Kansas State, and he made it count.
Neph's performance at the camp earned him a scholarship offer from the Wildcats, his first from a BCS program — vaulting him to No. 27 on The Oklahoman's class of 2014 Super 30 list.
“I had just been waiting for coaches to see me in person,” Neph said. “I had a decent highlight tape sent out to a lot of places, but I thought — if they can see me in person, they might start to like me more. That's what I think happened with K-State.”
For a wide receiver during the recruiting process, 40-yard dash times are often heavily scrutinized. But speed isn't Neph's strength. His size — 6-foot-4, 205 pounds — and technique make him tough to cover.
“Honestly, I don't run the fastest 40,” said Neph, whose fastest 40 time is a 4.73. “I'm not the fast guy out there, but I know how to run routes and get open. I think that's what (Kansas State) liked about me so much.”
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No. 27: John Cole Neph
Position: Wide receiver
Recruited by: Holy Cross, Illinois State, Kansas State, Louisiana-Monroe, Texas-San Antonio