Ertz Talks About His Visit To Manhattan

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Recruiting season is in full swing in Manhattan. The Wildcat staff brought in a number of potential Wildcats this weekend for their official visits to the Little Apple over the weekend. Jesse Ertz has been on board since August and was happy to get on campus to see more of what's in store for his future with the program. caught up with the 6-foot-1, 190-pound quarterback from Mediapolis, Iowa to get his take on the weekend's events.

"It went real well," shared Jesse Ertz. "They pretty much covered all of the questions I had about the school aspect and the questions I had about when I would be coming down in the future. I got a chance to familiarize myself more with the city. It was nice to start knowing exactly where I was and where everything is in the town. It also gave me the chance to talk more with the coaches and meet some new people like my player-host, Kyle Klein.

"The majority of the visit I spent with Coach Miller. We went over the offense together. I've actually been trying to learn it in the last month. It was fun getting to discuss with him more of the intricacies of the offense and get more in depth with him about it."

Ertz was a bit of an unknown quantity when he gave his verbal commitment to Kansas State in late summer. Although he was being recruited by other major programs at the time, his only other offer was from Western Illinois. Bill Snyder received a commitment from a similar "under-the-radar" quarterback, Collin Klein, in the summer of 2007. Ertz was eager to spend some time with the man who took a chance on him.

"I had conversations with Coach Snyder throughout the weekend," he said. "It was great though to sit down with him in his office for a few minutes and have a private talk with him. We didn't talk much about football. It was mainly about life and what I was thinking about picking as a major. It was a real good meeting.

"There were a lot of kids there checking it out. The only other committed player there besides myself was Nick Ramirez. We had a good time. I loved touring the campus. The rec center is already one of my favorite places. We got to eat out a lot. The food was just awesome. When I was leaving with my mom and dad, they told me that they're both really happy for me. They think Kansas State is a good place for me to be."

In his senior season, Ertz guided his team to a 14-1 record. They finished state 2A runner-up, but Ertz suffered a torn ACL in the quarterfinal round.

"The rehab is going great," Ertz said. "My now nine weeks away from the surgery and look forward being able to start jogging in three weeks. It's been tough because I've been board just sitting around waiting to get back at it. I'm counting down the days until I can start conditioning again."

For his senior performance, Ertz was named the Gatorade Player of the Year in the state of Iowa and first team All-State. He's also been contacted by Parade All-American as a possible selection.

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