A true Wildcat fan

John Hafferty, the largest in size among Kansas State's offensive line commits and Georgia native, might possibly be the "biggest" Wildcat fan.

It's quite remarkable. But perhaps one of the biggest Kansas State fans does not live in Kansas and never has, that is, until this June.

At 6-foot-3 310 pounds, Georgia product John Hafferty, the largest in size of the five K-State offensive line commits, lives and dies with every season, game, and play of the Wildcats, including the losses. Win or lose, Hafferty said "you win some and lose some, that's how it goes."

However, Hafferty is not entirely without any ties to K-State. His father, John Sr., played for the Wildcats during the 1976-79 seasons. Though Hafferty, also nose tackle, said he's not just going to K-State because his did so. In fact, he barely has the words to explain his love for K-State.

"I can't even explain what I like about them," he said earlier this season. "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."

And when he arrives in June to take part in the summer workouts, Hafferty said it's all business, like it was when he attended the Wildcats' camp last summer.

"I was trying to impress all the coaches," he said Thursday. "I was the first one to jump in the drills, always working to show what I could do. I went to camp knowing I wanted to go to K-State. My heart was set on it. They didn't even know I existed down here in Georgia, so I had to go there to show them."

"That's how I got my scholarship."

Hafferty, who visited K-State Dec. 19, has already begun to form bonds with fellow commits, especially the other members of the future offensive line.

"I was amazed at all of them," he said. "It's not everyday I get to be with other guys my size. Down here I'm the biggest guy on my team by far, one of the biggest ever here, so to see others like me, was pretty cool."

But one thing Hafferty has noticed in this class are the recent de-commitments; something he said disrespects the program.

"If you commit somewhere you have to go there," he said. "You have to go where they want you, but if a coach goes all that way, meets with you, and you commit to just change your mind. That's disrespecting the coach and program. I don't understand that."

"I'm happy with all the guys that we have. They all want to play for K-State and that's what matters. They're doing a great job in recruiting this year."

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