K-State Looking at Missouri Junior Prospect

MANHATTAN, Kan. - In the game of recruiting, the quicker you can get a prospect to visit your campus and show the eariler you can recruit him the better. K-State hosted a series of select junior prospects and Justin Muehlheausler was one of those junior prospects to be invited to Manhattan.

Kansas State brought in a few junior prospects they're looking at in the next recruiting cycle for the Texas Tech game. While many of the players at the game were from in-state, one of them hails from St. Louis, Mo. Justin Muehlheausler, a offensive tackle/defensive end from Lindbergh High School, had been hearing from the staff and decided to take an unofficial to Manhattan with his father.

"It was unbelievable," said Justin Muehlheausler on the visit. "They talk about having a family environment, but they really show it. Whenever it's a game day [in Manhattan] from 10 A.M. until much later after the game, it's crazy. Watching the game, you can tell that this team is really good. I got to meet and shake hands with all of the coaches. This was my first time there and I had a great time. My dad also liked it a lot. He said he liked that it was a small town and that I'd have a lot of fun there."

Muehlheausler, 6-foot-5, 255-pounds, projects on either side of the football at the college level. Although he has yet to receive an offer, he has three schools expressing interest at the present time.

"Kansas State said that they recognize that I'm a good player," Muehlheausler stated. "They'd like to get me up to camp and see me perform before they offer. Illinois said that same thing. I went there for the Penn State game. Their running back coach, my recruiter, is going to come to my high school in December or January. I'm also hearing from Mizzou, but just have received letters so far from them."

This was Muehlheausler second year as a starter for the Lindbergh Flyers. Unfortunately, the finished the season at 3-7 with a loss on a go-ahead field goal in the last minute in the first round of the Class 6/District 1 playoffs to Parkway South.

Muehlheausler says he loves defense and had five sacks on the year, but he's open to playing position in college.

"I love to play the game of football," he said. "As long as I'm on the field, position doesn't matter. I'm hoping to find a school with a good connection between academics and football. The amount of college players who make the NFL is less than one-percent, so I want to make education the focus of my college experience and earn a degree."

In the off-season, Muehlheausler's plan is to motivate his teammate to stay in the weight room. He also plans on conditioning with his defensive line coach, Mike Wells, a former NFL player.

His father, Edward Muehlheausler, was the soccer captain at the University of South Carolina in 1983 and his older brother, Jason Muehlheausler, played football at Missouri State.

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