Ahjane Brager Solid With K-State

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State has had a fine month of December recruiting by adding four junior college players and six high school players to this year's class. Although Ahjane Brager is one of the six high school players listed as a December commitment, the 6-foot-5, 283-pound lineman from the Greater Houston area said he's been committed to the Wildcats since early in the fall.

"I made my commitment in October," said Ahjane Brager, "but I never went public with it. I took six visits to Kansas State and felt like it was a very friendly environment to be in. If something were to go down with football, I feel comfortable after speaking with the professors that I would get a quality education. I like the fact the classes are relatively small compared to some of the other big state colleges, so I can have a closer relationship with my teachers.

"Coach Snyder was also a big reason I committed. He treated me really well, like family. He has the same love for his players as he has for his own kids. That's what I wanted in a program. I feel like the stay will fully develop me as a player and I won't get lost in the shuffle there. The staff is very prepared in what they do. I toured places with better facilities with bigger stadiums, but I didn't see any place else with that kind of unity on the coaching staff. I'm looking forward to going up there and a being successful part of the program."

At Magnolia High School, Brager played the majority of the season at nose tackle and only two or three games at offensive line. The Wildcats, however, like Brager on offense and recruited him to play either the offensive guard or tackle position.

"They loved the way I come off the ball," Brager said of the Kansas State coaches. "I'm quick off the snap. I have an 83-inch wingspan so I can use my long arms to block my opponents. I've played at left and right tackle in high school. I don't think it will be a difficult transition at all for me."

When Brager went on his official visit to Kansas State on December 8th, unlike most prospects, he wanted to know, first and foremost, about the degree he plans on obtaining while at the university.

"I went to talk to the academic counselors and they answered all of my questions," he said. "I want to study bioengineering. To earn my degree will take me five and a half years.

"My player-host was Will Ash. I bonded really well with the players on the visit. They made me feel like part of the family too. They told me the first month will probably be the worst of your entire time there and to come prepared. I'm beginning to hit the gym, workout on the StairMaster, and lift to be in the best shape possible when I get there."

Brager said his parents wanted him to commit to Kansas State after their first visit to Manhattan. Now they can't rest easy knowing their son will be a Wildcat next year.

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