Out-of-State LB Tripping to Manhattan

The State of Colorado has already been very good to the Wildcats this year as the Cat coaching staff has already secured verbal pledges from some of the state's top talent....and look for that trend to possibly continue.

Out-of-State LB Tripping to Manhattan

By Sean Kelly

The State of Colorado has already been very good to the Wildcats this year as the Cat coaching staff has already secured verbal pledges from some of the state's top talent....and look for that trend to possibly continue. Denver Mullen High School star Linebacker- Jake Duren will be taking an unofficial trip this weekend to take in the Wildcats home game against Fresno State.

Duren, who we have rated as a two star prospect, recorded 160 tackles, three sacks, and five interceptions en route to being selected a first team all-conference selection last year as a junior.

When we originally called Jake, he was not in as he was traveling back from playing in a game in Minnesota which they ended up losing 12-7. Jake stayed late to break down film of the game. So we caught up with Jake last night to get his thoughts on this weekend's trip.

"I am going to go down to K-State this weekend. I want to go down there and see their game this weekend. I have been down there before. I took a trip this summer kind of an unofficial visit. I toured all the facilities and got to talk with the coaches. I got to watch a practice too and that was cool. I really liked it there."

For those of you keeping tabs on Wildcat recruiting in the state of Colorado, wide receiver Zac Robinson is a name you need to keep handy. Robinson, already verbally pledging to Coach Peterson and K-State this summer is close friends with Duren and as promised- has been doing a little recruiting for the Wildcats of his own.

"Yea Zac and I are really good friends. I went to high school with him my freshman and sophomore years and I also played with Allen Webb my freshmen year. But yea, Zac and I are good friends and we talk alot. He and his family took a visit out there this summer too and he was telling me how he just fell in love with it and how it was just the perfect place to be. That the atmosphere could not be any better."

As for recruiting, we asked Duren for a list of his top five schools.

"Well, I am getting recruited by Oregon, Colorado, Oklahoma and Kansas State. I would say those are pretty much my top schools right now and the ones I am looking at most."

But there is one school that stands out right now for Jake. We asked him if he had a leader from his list and without the slightest hesitation:

"Kansas State. They are my top school."

Coach Peterson is recruiting Jake for the Cats.

"You know the coaches really impressed me on my visit. A lot of the coaches went to school there and then came back to them and that says a lot to me…I got to talk with Coach Cosh (New Linebackers Coach- Chris Cosh) and he said they were getting a little thin at the position and they would love to have me join em. I just really liked it down there."

As for position at the college level, Jake says it really does not matter.

"Right now I am playing Mike (middle LB) and past year I played Will (weakside LB) so whatever they need me for. I will play whatever position, whatever they want me to really."

Currently 6-foot and 220 pounds with a 4.65 forty time, Jake told us he has tested out this summer with a 33 inch vertical and a 4.19 in the shuttle.

As for official visits, Duren says he has yet to schedule any visits just yet but he is looking to do so relatively soon. We asked if Kansas State would be getting an official.

"(laughing) Hopefully. I mean I want to set one up."

In regards, to Kansas State, Duren says the Wildcat Coaching staff is really what sets them apart from other schools right now.

"Well, one thing that really sets them apart is their coaching. I mean when I toured their facilities I got to talk with their strength coach (Coach Cole) and he really knows his stuff. I just really like the coaching staff and I think they really know what they are doing."

In terms of committing, this MLB recruit says that if he were to find the right place, he very well could commit.

"I guess if I took a visit somewhere and I just really fell in love with it you know and they were a school I could play for I would probably commit."

One interesting side note to this story is on his visit to Manhattan, Jake noticed Oklahoma Coach Brent Venables picture.

"Yea yea Coach Venables is recruiting me for Oklahoma and when I went down there this summer, I saw his picture on the wall. Yea, I did not know that he played for Kansas State and Coach Snyder and his picture was hanging up there."

We will be checking back with Jake after his visit to Manhattan this weekend where the Cats will be hosting Fresno State.

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