Brogan Accepts Preferred Walk-On

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Versatile athlete Barry Brogan from Hayden HS in Topeka, Kan. will walk on at Kansas State with preferred walk-on status.

Kansas State is bringing in Brogan Barry, a versatile athlete out of Topeka, as a preferred walk-on in the class of 2013. Barry starred at Hayden High School as a running back, wide receiver, linebacker, and safety. He's not sure where he'll play for Bill Snyder, but is happy to be joining the Wildcat program.

"It was June when Kansas State contacted my head coach Bill Arnold requesting film from my junior year," said Barry. "I kept in contact with them going to a summer camp and a few games during the season. When they offered me the preferred walk-on I was excited to accept it. They said they liked my size, speed, overall athleticism and knowledge of the game.

"I just love the family atmosphere at K-State. I felt wanted by the staff. I think I'll have a good chance at wide receiver, or wherever they decide to put me, to play and earn a scholarship. I love a challenge. I think I'm up for it. Plus, Kansas State has a tremendous football program with a legendary head coach and excellent assistants."

Barry, 6-foot-2, 195-pounds, had one offer from Washburn University (in Topeka) and interest from Princeton and Florida State. Wildcat coaches have to love the productivity and play-making ability he displayed at Hayden.

"I was a two-year starter but played a lot as a sophomore," he said. "This year I improved my hands, got my speed up, and just my overall skill set. On offensive I rushed for 500 yards and had 200 receiving yards. On defense, I made 110 tackles and three interceptions.

For his senior season, Brogan was named All-City (Topeka) for the second straight year, All-Centennial League, All-State (Kansas 4A) and named MVP of his team. He also lettered in basketball and track at Hayden.

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