Britz was named 2010 Defensive Player of the Year as a junior in Missouri Class 4. The 6-foot-4, 285-pound defensive lineman, who committed to Kansas State during the summer, has picked up where he left off helping the Wildcats to a 9-1 regular season record.
"We won our first round game in the playoffs on Wednesday against Moberly," said Travis Britz. "Our next game is Monday. We're playing Hannibal. I think this (Harrisonville) team is the most physical one we've had since I've been here. We're big up front on the offensive line. If we can cut out mistakes and execute our game plan I think we'll have a good shot at State."
Britz could play a number of positions at Kansas State. Although recruited at defensive tackle, he can also come off the end or switch over to offense at tight end.
"Playing both ways has kept me in good condition," Britz said. "I think I can go full speed for four quarters. My sacks have doubled from last year. I've been doing a better job of getting off my blockers, knowing what to look for with faster reaction time. At tight end I'm mostly used for blocking, but I get some touches. I'm playing at 20 pounds more than I was last year, but I've actually gotten faster."
Britz, who was recruited to Kansas State by Del Miller, committed to the program in July. He's been to Manhattan three times to check out how his future teammates are doing.
"I was just there last week for Oklahoma," Britz said. "They've done an excellent job this year by playing their own game and not trying to play the perfect game.
"Bill Snyder is a great coach. I think they're set up for the next couple of years to do very well. The coaches were a big factor in my decision. I talk to Coach Miller regularly and a lot with Coach (Mo) Lattimore.
"I'm starting to know some of the guys coming in. I've Facebook messaged with some of them just asking how things are going. I'll probably get to meet more when I go on my official visit in December."
Although he's been a commitment to Kansas State for more than three months, Britz said he's still hearing from numerous schools hoping to receive a visit and possible sway him away by the first Wednesday in February.
"I've been hearing from a lot actually," said Britz. "Pittsburgh, Oklahoma State, Iowa State, Northern Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, and a few small schools have asked about me. I'm sure I want to be a Wildcat, so it doesn't matter. I'm not planning on taking an official to anywhere other than Kansas State."
Kansas State fans will probably remember Zach Kendall, an All-Big 12 performer at offensive line in 2010. Kendall played his high school ball at Harrisonville. More recently they've had former players Michael Keck play at both Missouri and Missouri State, and Sean Ransburg go on to play at MidAmerica Nazarene in Olathe.
Britz reports a 3.3 GPA. He plans on studying Construction Management at Kansas State. Britz wants to wrestle and compete in track and field in the spring. His high school graduation is set for May 20th and plans to arrive Manhattan for summer term by June 1st.
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