Caleb Handy Interview
Caleb Handy Update
By Joshua Kinder
Kansas State may have found a true diamond in the rough in Caleb Handy. The senior offensive lineman from Conway Springs, KS has all the tools to make his mark on a Wildcat team that loses six seniors from its offensive line next season. "He's mastered the fundamentals of the game," Conway Springs head coach Mark Bliss. "Caleb is schooled in the game, the rules, and the fundamentals and knows how all are applied to his position. There is no doubt he's going to Kansas State very prepared."
The 6-2 300 pound Handy is the anchor of high school offensive line. They run behind him and he's the pulling block for the quarterback on passes. "He's very explosive off the line and puts his blocks on track and pushes through them," Bliss said. "We rely on him for everything. We always prefer to run behind him.
He's as solid as they get and I think the opportunity to go to K-State proves that. "Caleb has great footwork and agility and I know in his three years as a starter, hardly anyone has gotten through him, run or pass."
Handy, who plans on majoring in physical therapy or athletic training, had a relatively easy time in making his decision to attend K-State. Though recruited heavily by Oklahoma State and Colorado, going to K-State has been a lifelong goal. "I've always wanted to go there." Handy said. "When they offered, it wasn't a hard decision to make. I looked at the other schools seriously, but I just felt more comfortable at K-State than anywhere else. Everyone really made me and my parents feel welcome there."
Feeling comfortable is something Bliss said he always stresses to his players that move on to college football. "We always tell our players that they have to feel comfortable with the position coach at whatever school they go to," he said. "Is it going to be someone they can work with, get along with, and learn from for four or five years? And I know after K-State's camp this summer, Caleb really came away impressed with coach (Bob) Stanley. "He had a big influence on his decision."
Though Handy knew where he wanted to go, he really did try to take a close look at other schools. But ultimately, K-State's winning tradition and coaching staff made the difference in the end."I did look at the other schools," he said. "K-State was my favorite, but I felt that I had to give some time to the other offers. But K-State's facilities, coaching staff, and the support from the community proved to me I was making the right decision."
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