John Hafferty - Update

He's always wanted to be a Kansas State Wildcat. It's his dream, plan, and goal. It always has been. He has watched every game on television that he can. He tells his friends about and K-State and feels the joy in every win, and the pain in every loss.


John Hafferty update

"I'm going to Kansas State and you're not Changing my mind"

By Joshua Kinder

He's always wanted to be a Kansas State Wildcat. It's his dream, plan, and goal. It always has been. He has watched every game on television that he can. He tells his friends about and K-State and feels the joy in every win, and the pain in every loss.

That sounds like the dreams of many kids from the state of Kansas, but this time it isn't. It's John Hafferty, a 6-3 310 pound offensive lineman from Georgia who committed to Kansas State this summer.

"I've grown up with Kansas State in my blood," Hafferty said. "I just love them so much. It's a family-based environment that I want to be a part of. It's the only thing I've ever wanted. When other schools call, I tell them ‘I'm to Kansas State and you're not changing my mind.'"

Hafferty was turned on to Kansas State by his father during the 1997 season when K-State played in the Fiesta Bowl. His father, John Sr., played center for the Wildcats during the 1976-79 seasons. But John Jr., swears he's not just doing this because of his father's history with K-State.

"I can't even explain what I like about them," he said. "I've been watching them and wanting to go there forever now. My dad introduced K-State to me, but it's all me wanting to go there. I went to other camps around here and really didn't enjoy any of them, wasn't all there, because I didn't like them.

"But when I went to the Kansas State camp, it was all business. That's where I wanted to go anyway. I was there to show the coaches that I could play and that I would work my butt off for them."

Hafferty plans on moving to Manhattan upon graduation so he can go through the summer workouts with the team. "I want to go up there in the best shape possible and be able to shine early on," he said. "I haven't decided if I want to redshirt. That's something I need to think about. I'll know more after I get there and see where I fit in."

Hafferty is listed as a three-star recruit, but his stock may have risen a little after his showing at the Auburn Nike Camp. He set high standards, doing 43 bench press repetitions of 185 pounds and registering a 4.80 40-meter time.

"Everything was working well for me that day and I felt great," said Hafferty, who was also recruited by Alabama, Florida, Georgia Tech, and Georgia. "I was ready for that camp and looked pretty good. I have a lot of confidence going up to K-State in the fall. I just hope I can reproduce what I did that day."

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