Travis Britz, from Harrisonville High School in Mo., went to camp at KState July 18th having garnered serious attention from several top Division 1 programs, but did not have an offer on the table yet. After leaving the city limits of Manhattan, the Wildcat coaching staff extended the first one. It took him little time before he decided to give his pledge to the class of 2012.
"The main reason was I felt [K-State] was the best fit for me with both academics and football," said Travis Britz on the commitment. "It offers me the best opportunity to go in and compete. They have a great Construction Management program. I love all of the coaches. They're my kind of people; sincere and down-to-earth. Plus, it's close to home."
Britz, a 6-foot-4, 280-pound defensive tackle, gave his verbal to his recruiting coordinator, Del Miller, then spoke with his future position coach, Mo Latimore. Britz also got to spend some one-on-one time with head coach Bill Snyder.
"We went into his office and talked," Britz said of his meeting with Snyder. "He told me the speech he gave was directed toward me, and that he'd love it if I would consider Kansas State."
Harrisonville, also the Wildcats, made the state semi-finals a year ago in Missouri 4A. While he worked his way into the rotation as a sophomore, Britz became a starter at defensive tackle in his junior year. He put up impressive numbers with 99 tackles, three sacks, three forced fumbles, three pass breakups, and one fumble recovery. He's also used at fullback in short yardage situations and punched in three scores.
"I think I became a became more of a force stopping the run," Britz said. "That's probably my best strength right now. I'm still developing as a pass rusher."
The schools showing interest in Britz prior to his commitment included Pittsburg, Oklahoma State, Iowa, Iowa State, Missouri, Wyoming, Minnesota, and Northern Illinois. Some of those still want to keep an eye on Britz despite his commitment.
"Pitt told me they would offer but wanted me to come up there to workout for them on the 29th," Britz stated. "I'm not going to be able to make it though, so I'll have to call their coaches.
"I camped at Oklahoma State and Iowa State. Missouri and Oklahoma State have requested I go to their games in the fall. I've had a lot of contact from schools, but Kansas State I always felt was the most sincere in their interest."
Britz played at 250 last season. He's put on 25 to 30 pounds in the off-season, but likes where his body is with the additional weight.
"I'm actually faster," said Britz. "I've grown a lot. It's really me just growing more into a man. We lost 17 starters, so a lot of people are saying we're not going to be any good. Our goal is to win a 4A state championship and defy the doubters. We'll be a young team, but talented."
Britz wore No. 12 last season, but may have to go up in number due to his new size. He reports an ACT score of 22 and a GPA of 3.3.
His brother, Jared Britz, played for Missouri Valley State before joining the Army. Britz has lived with his family in Harrisonville, approximately 30 miles south of Kansas City, all of his life.