Ranked as the No. 1 player in Kansas high school football, Scott Krehbeil has given Kansas State University a verbal commitment that he will sign a national letter of intent with the Wildcats on Feb. 1.
''Mainly, it was coach (Ron) Prince,'' Krehbeil said of his decision to attend Kansas State. ''He's just an amazing individual. He's a very honest person. There is no sweet talk, but only telling you exactly like it is.''
Krehbeil, a 6-foot-7, 270-pound offensive tackle from Pratt High School, was a member of the Reebok all-American Midwest team as a left tackle, and is generally thought of as the top senior in the state of Kansas.
Krehbeil made the "Super 11'' teams named by the Topeka Capital and Wichita Eagle, plus was a member of the Mid-State Activities Association all-league team.
"What Kansas State is getting is a 6-foot-7 kid that is 270 pounds, can run a five-flat 40, and has a vertical jump of 31 inches," said Pratt High School coach Jeff Fuss. "Not only is he an 'A' student, but he's an 'A' kid. I'll be one happy pappa if my son grows up to be like Scott."
Krehbeil played both ways for Pratt, but will focus on the offensive side of the ball with the Wildcats.
"He was pretty much dominating on offense because of his size, but he became a real presence on the defensive side. He just couldn't be blocked," Fuss said. "Big guys are a dime a dozen, but there are not many with his size with the agility he possesses. If you watch him on a basketball floor, you see him move not only straight ahead, but also laterally."
An ACL injury during the second game of the basketball season may have helped the Wildcats land Krehbeil, who had also considered the University of Tennessee.
In the first two basketball games of the year, Krehbeil had scored 15 points and snared 17 rebounds in the opener, plus 18 points and 13 rebounds prior to getting hurt in the second game against Nickerson.
After surgery on Jan. 3, Krehbeil developed a blood clot, with doctors ordering no travel for a two-month period. Krehbeil was scheduled to have visited the Tennessee campus last weekend.
Krehbeil had received a scholarship offer from former Wildcat coach Bill Snyder before the 2005 season started, but had waited on giving a commitment.
"When Ron Prince was hired, he was on the phone with Scott the next day," said Fuss. "That really impressed all of us. And right before Scott went into surgery, coach Prince called to wish him luck, and three assistant coaches were at the hospital before the surgery. To me, that shows a lot of class."
''That was neat,'' Krehbeil said. ''It made me feel that I must be pretty important to them.''
To date, Krehbeil is the only high school commitment Kansas State has from the Sunflower State.