Kansas State head coach Bill Synder informed the country this afternoon of his retirement leaving many to wonder who his next successor will be. Right now, with the head coaching search being put off for a week until the season concludes, recruiting has become a key focus.
One of four Kansas State commitments in the Class of 2006, Harrisonville, Missouri interior lineman Zach Kendall's focus is on the remainder of his season at this time, according to head coach Fred Bouchard.
"We just advanced to the semi-finals in the Class 3A playoffs last night with our victory, and that is what Zach is foucsed on right now," said Bouchard. "He had a great game last night with ten tackles, three for a loss, and he played a screen pass perfectly which was a big play for us at the time."
Concerning Zach's commitment to Kansas State, Bouchard says it is still that; a commitment.
"Zach is still firm with Kansas State, and solid with his commitment. I don't see him making any change unless they bring in a new head coach that doesn't hold the same feeling of Zach that Coach Synder and his staff does. I'm not going to name any schools, but I can tell you that I had three schools call my office today wondering on Zach's situation so I know he is going to get calls, but for now, he is solid with his commitment," said Bouchard.
Wildcat fans will have no reason to worry, as well, as the Kansas State administration has made it perfectly clear that all commitments will be honored, regardless of who is named as the new head coach. Kendall joines Leon Patton, Willie Williams, and Jonathan Lewis as members of the Class of 2006 to this point.
Concerning Kendall's future as a Wildcat, it appears he could play on either side of the ball.
"Zach has been playing both inside and outside on the defensive line for us this fall, and has been a force. He was weighing 280 plus at the beginning of two-a-days, and we timed him at 4.89 in the forty. Kansas State said they will try him on defense first, and then on offense if that doesn't work out," stated Bouchard.