K-State Offers Big Owasso WR

MANHATTAN, Kan. - John Cole Neph steadily plugged away at summer camps and send out his highlight film to coaches. The effort has resulted in five D-1 offers (three of the FBS variety) for the 6-foot-4, 205-pound wide receiver from Owasso, Okla.

Neph said his interest from Kansas State first started two months ago after he sent film to Taylor Braet.

"After I sent Coach Braet my film I received a positive response from him encouraging me to come to their camp," Neph told KStateFans.com. "We continued to talk off and on afterward. I messaged him right before camp and he told me he was excited I for me to get there.

"At the camp on June 15th I was talking with Coach Coleman for awhile and then he took me over to talk to Coach Snyder with my dad. During the conversation he let me know they were offering me. Basically, they said even though I may not be the fastest guy out there I have a knack for finding a way to get open. I'm able to use my body well when the ball is in the air. They suggested some things I work on which I'm doing now to improve my speed and flexibility.

"Obviously Kansas State is a nice offer to have. They have a very successful program. They preach about family and Manhattan does have that 'at home' feel to it. They also have very nice facilities."

Last season, Neph had his older brother, Jaylen Lowe, who will be an incoming freshman this fall at Tulsa. Lowe played quarterback connected with Neph for 51 catches for 855 yards and eight touchdowns. This season Neph's younger brother, Gabe, will be the one throwing him balls. He doesn't think they'll miss a beat.

"We already have that connection so we don't have to do a lot to get our timing down," he said. "Last season I was strictly a possession receiver, but this year I've improved on my straight-line speed so I think I'll have more yards after the catch.

"Right now I'm focused on workouts and going after that gold ball for a state championship. A decision [on college] will come with time. I need to get a feel for where I want to play first. I don't want to go somewhere and sit on the bench three years before I get a chance to play. I don't think I'd have a very good time if that were to happen. I want coaches who are going to invest their time in me and that sounds like how it would be at Kansas State."

Neph holds FBS offers from Louisiana-Monroe, UTSA, and Kansas State with a preferred walk-on offer from Oklahoma State.

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