Rooker excited about opportunity at K-State

Brad Rooker, who signed with K-State last week, doesn't think it will be difficult to make the switch from tight end to the offensive line next season.

Kansas State didn't have to go too far to find Brad Rooker, just one of seven offensive linemen in the Wildcats' 2004 recruiting class that was announced last week.

Rooker, who played tight end at Millard North High in Omaha, Neb., will be making the switch to the o-line next season, a position he's never played before. Rooker, at 6-foot-7 260 pounds also played on the defensive line, where he earned second-team Lincoln Journal World Super State honors at defensive end. But Rooker was also considered the top tight end out of Nebraska entering the 2003 season.

His decision to attend K-State was one that was made just two days before signing day, and came in as a relatively unknown commodity to many Wildcat fans.

"After my visit there I just knew K-State is where I wanted to play," Rooker said of his Jan. 30 visit to Manhattan. "They have great facilities and I like all the coaches there. The visit just went well. It was an easy decision in the end."

A former high school teammate of current K-State grayshirt running back John McCardle, Rooker also considered the University of Kansas, Iowa State, and Wyoming. He took official visits to both ISU and KU this season.

Rooker, who helped block from his tight end position for McCardle's Class A state record of 2,300 rushing yards in 2002, doesn't think making a switch to the interior line will be too much of an adjustment to handle.

"They have good coaches, and a great system to learn in," said Rooker, who also earned honorable mention all-state honors in basketball last season. "I'm not worried at all about it. I've been able to pick things up fast before and I don't think this will be any different for me. I've blocked a lot in the past, so that won't be new to me. It's just learning the whole system that might take some time."

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