Bean Gives KSU High Marks

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Joe Bean made a trip with his father to the Kansas State campus from Hooker, Okla., a small town in the Sooner State panhandle and talks about K-State.

The 6-foot-1, 195-pound athlete is getting offers at defensive back, and even quarterback, but Kansas State believes linebacker is the position he'll ultimately be best suited for in college.

"It went really well," said Joe Bean on his visit. "The people are amazing. The campus was amazing. The very first person to come up to greet me was Bill Snyder. That was huge for me. I saw how active he is getting to know his players on a personal level. I have so much respect for that guy.

"Most of my offers are at free safety, but [linebackers coach] Mike Cox thinks I'd be able to add 30 pounds to my frame and handle it easily. He loves my physicality, that I'm not afraid of contact, and that I'm always around the ball."

Bean holds offers from San Diego State, Colorado State, New Mexico, Wyoming, Arkansas State, and Southern Miss. He says he is being heavily recruited by Kansas State, Iowa State, and Oklahoma State, with Texas Tech also expressing interest.

"I'm going to play it by ear," Bean said in regards to a decision on college. "I'm just going to wait and see how things go day by day. The education, the atmosphere, and the people are the things I'm looking at the hardest. You want to get a good education to fall back on after football in case something happens. Being around good, quality people who are going to be there to support you is a huge part of it too."

In his junior season at Hooker High School, Bean threw for 1797 yards and 12 touchdowns and rushed for 1281 and 14 touchdowns. On defense, he played middle linebacker and had 117 tackles, forced six fumbles, had two sacks, and two interceptions. Bean has exceptional speed. At a National Underclassmen Combine in Oklahoma, Bean ran a 4.44 40-yard dash and was awarded "Fastest Man" and "Combine King". He reports a 3.15 GPA. Bean, No. 5 for the Bulldogs, will play quarterback and free safety as a senior.

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