Cats Pursue Out of State Linebacker

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State continues to garner interest from out of state prospects with Garrett Hope the latest Linebacker interested in K-State. We spoke with Garrett and got the latest on his interest in KSU.

Originally from Jenks, Okla., where he played varsity as a freshman, Garrett Hope and his family relocated to the Houston area the following year. As a sophomore he started three games for his new school, The Woodlands. Although he had a big season as a junior taking 2nd team All-District, his coach is moving him to middle linebacker as a senior.

"The move has helped me to improve," Garrett Hope said. "I don't think I missed any tackles in spring ball. It's easier than playing the outside not having to make as many open field tackles. I'm also coming into the season with more speed."

Hope, 6-foot-3, 226-pounds, has been to camps at Rice, UTEP, Oklahoma, Baylor, and Houston this summer. He currently holds three scholarship offers from UTEP, Southeastern Louisiana, and Texas State in San Marcos.

"At camps I always give my best, my all," Hope said. "At the OU camp Coach [Brent] Venables said I'd be one of the top three linebackers at any camp I went to in the country. He said he thought it was ridiculous I didn't have more offers. They want to continue to evaluate me into my senior season. Coach Venables told me to put him in a position where he ‘has' to offer me."

In addition to the schools where Hope has camped, he's also hearing from Arkansas and Kansas State. These are two programs in the conferences he most admires.

"I'd love to play in either the Big 12 or the SEC," said Hope. "I'm looking at where the school is located, how the people are and how well I fit in, and a good coaching staff I get along really well with. Some schools are looking at me as a linebacker and others at defensive end, but I'll play anywhere. I just want an opportunity to come in and play."

After going 10-0 in the regular season, The Woodlands Highlanders were sent home in the first round of the Texas 5A state playoffs in 2010 by Klein Oak. Hope made 78 tackles, eight sacks, and four interceptions earning 2nd team All- District 14 honors.

"My friends have told me I'm definitely the most intense player they've ever seen," said Hope. "It's the defensive intensity and leadership on the field that are my strengths. Our goal is to win District again and hopefully go far in the playoffs. My personal goal is to break the school's tackle season record held by Taylor Skaufel who played at Stanford."

Garrett's father, Pat Hope, pitched at Oklahoma State and was named to the 1987 All-Tournament team. His mother, Barbara, played softball at Oklahoma State. Garrett also plays baseball, both catcher and third base, and hit .350 this season with four home runs. He reports a GPA of 3.1 and an 18 scored on the ACT.

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