Kansas State offered Jesse Ertz, a pro-style passer from Mediapolis High School in Mediapolis, IA on Wednesday and it didn't take him long to give his verbal commitment to the Wildcat's co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, Del Miller.
"This afternoon I committed to Coach Miller," said Jesse Ertz. "He said he was extremely happy to know he had me. We were both very excited about [the commitment] . Kansas State is such a great place. A big part of the attraction to the program is the quality of people they have on the coaching staff. I get along great with Coach Miller. He's someone I connect with and enjoy talking to. They're starting up practice, but he's going to get me on the phone with Coach Snyder as soon as possible."
After a busy summer of camps, Ertz had two offers and many teams still recruiting him. He went to camps at Iowa State, Northern Illinois, Iowa, Kansas State, Western Illinois and Illinois State. Western Illinois also offered the same day as Kansas State.
"On Wednesday, Coach Miller sent me a text over Facebook saying he had some great news and to call him right away," Ertz said. "He said he loved my athleticism, the way I threw the ball, and my running game, and thought I'd be a good fit in their offense. I thought I had a good camp when I was there. I played my game and was happy with my performance."
Ertz, 6-foot-3, 190-pounds, led the Mediapolis Bulldogs to the Iowa 2A state quarterfinals in his third year as starting quarterback. He was named All-State, All-District, and his area's co-player of the year in 2011.
"We had a solid year that we're going to try and build off of this season," he said. "I threw for 2500 yards and rushed for 600. Over the summer, I feel like I've become more mature as a player. I'm better at reading defenses, getting rid of the ball on time, and sharper in the pocket. Our goal is to go undefeated. We don't plan on losing any games this year. My individual goals are just to help the team win and improve on my completion percentage."
The Bulldogs will begin their season August 24th with a trip to Lone Tree. Ertz hopes to take in a Wildcat game this season and bring his mother who wasn't with him on his visit to Manhattan. He said his father is a longtime fan of the program and Bill Snyder.