Have The Wildcats Found A Hidden In-State Gem?

Western Kansas star Brett Alstatt is starting to garner a lot of attention as the battle for his skills heats up. Kansas State and Indiana are hot his trail.

It's down to two for western Kansas standout Brett Alstatt.

Though while first appearing as a hidden gem, Alstatt is starting to garner a lot of attention from Kansas State and Indiana in a heated battle for his skills.

A middle linebacker and fullback for Hays High, Alstatt is being sought after by K-State to play tight end or H-back on offense or defensive end on defense. Indiana likes Alstatt at middle linebacker. But while Alstatt displays great athleticism at 6-foot-4 220 pounds to play whatever position he wants, his main goal is to get on the field.

"Whatever I can do," he said. "I'm willing to do anything and play any position that would get me on the field the fastest."

The Wildcats, which Alstatt will visit Jan. 30, came through with an offer just before the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. K-State's Joe Bob Clements visited Alstatt this week and plans to make another next week. However, Indiana, which he visited Nov. 21, will make an in-home visit with head coach Gerry DiNardo next week as well.

Alstatt likes K-State because of its proximity to home and its winning ways in recent years.

"They're the best in-state team, a top 10 program every year," he said. "I have family in Manhattan. My sister goes there so that would be nice. A lot of kids grow up here and dream of playing football at their in-state school. It just helps that they're so good too."

But going to Indiana might offer something to Alstatt that appears to be very important—a chance to play sooner.

"They're building something there and I could go there and get away," he said. "I think I might be able to play a little earlier there too. I like a lot about them and the direction their program is going."

Alstatt, who had over 1,000 yards rushing this season, said his best asset is his athleticism.

"I may not be the fastest or the strongest guy out there, but I can do a lot of different things," said Alstatt who runs a 4.60 40 meters. "I can catch the ball, block, and I make good decisions, offense or defense."

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