Risner (6-4 285) says, "I am committed to Kansas State."
He picks the Wildcats over offers from Tulsa, Arizona State, New Mexico State, Missouri, Colorado State, Wyoming and Northern Colorado.
Risner says there are five major reasons why he pledged to K-State, "First, the family atmosphere, hard work ethic and tradition caught my eye. Playing for a fan base like theirs having that family atmosphere always incorporated is huge. Second, I have always dreamed of playing for K-State. They play big time football, they were Big 12 champions and number five in the nation. and I want to go somewhere that has a winning tradition, good football and has good academics, which K-State has."
He continues, "Third, I love the coaching staff. To play for a legend like Bill Snyder would be awesome. For him to say he wants me to play for him and jump into his arms is remarkable. Plus the other coaches, like Coach Dickey the o-line coach, are so wise and I know will get me to where I want to be, which is the NFL. Fourth was the fact on how badly they wanted me. I wasn't wanted or they could use me, they needed me. Coach Dickey said out of all the o-line offers I was priority number one and at the top of his list. This is exactly what I wanted. I want to go somewhere that needs and wants me the most."
"Lastly, my Grandpa went to Kansas State and we have always liked it there. I love the town and the coaching won me over. They aren't used car salesmen pitching me lies, they are old time guys with morals. They care about me and I care about them."
It is a long time until signing day, will Risner consider other offers? "I can't see myself playing anywhere else," he says. "It is where I want to be. Once I commit, I commit. There will be no decommitting. I am a loyal guy and my heart is set in K-State."
Scout.com Eval: I want to start by saying that this year is a tremendous year in the Southwest for offensive linemen but after watching Risner's film, his rivals anyone I have seen. The first thing that pops out on film about Risner is his nasty streak and motor. He plays through the echo of the whistle and finishes defenders on every play. When watching a highlight film, anyone can get fooled after a few plays but its hard to get fooled when in minute six of the film, a player is still pancaking DLs. Granted he is playing against a lower level of competition but he is doing exactly what he needs to do, dominating! Its not often that you see an offensive lineman run down on kickoff or make tackles on punt team, Risner does. Sure there are some flaws in his game; he false steps at time, could get better in pass pro. But the skill is there. Risner plays in a very small town in Colorado but I feel he is a BCS level player.
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