Taking a visit to Manhattan yesterday to meet with Head Coach Ron Prince and staff, Kaleb Drinkgern and his parents took a tour of the campus and facilities that ended with Kaleb fulfilling a lifelong dream of becoming a Wildcat and committing to the Cats.
"Yes I did, I committed to Kansas State…….You know through all my years of playing football, K-State was my goal. I have always dreamed of playing at K-State and I have always said if they ever did offer me that there would be a really good chance I would take that. And we went down there and I wanted to come home and talk with my head football coach here at Marysville and we decided that K-State is the best place for me. This has been a dream of mine for forever to play there. I have always wanted to play at K-State," Kaleb told KStatefans.
The latest recruit to pledge to the Cats, Coach Wallerstadt was instrumental in recruiting Kaleb and brining Kaleb and his family to Manhattan for a visit.
"Coach Wallerstadt called me a few weeks ago, probably two weeks ago or so and asked me if I had ever looked into Kansas State? Would I be interested in going to Kansas State? I said yea and he kind of called me a couple days through my coach and text messaged me and told me that they wanted me and just letting me know that they wanted me. So y parents and I went down there yesterday and had a conference with the coaches and Coach Prince and they offered me the scholarship and I took it," the talented recruit said.
Having a chance to meet with Coach Prince face to face with his parents, Kaleb says he and his parents came away impressed with the new Head Coach.
"You know, Coach Prince, I was really impressed with how professional he was. Everything he went through was to such a precise amount. He just was real professional and an easy guy to talk to and the facilities down there, what they have I think is one of the top facilities in the nation. Everything is just great down there."
Although excited to be part of the Wildcat family, Drinkgern admits he is not sure how Kansas State came to recruit him initially and was pleasantly surprised with an offer.
"I am not really sure how K-State came to know about me. I know that they said they had some in-house film of me…….Actually at this point, I was really surprised they offered. I did not expect them to offer me this soon. My parents were just as surprised too. We figured we were just going down there for a normal visit and when the offer came up we were just really shocked," said Drinkgern about the offer.
Growing up and rooting for the Cats, Kaleb said his decision to commit was a lifelong dream of his and that the decision was an easy one to make.
"It is so close to home and I have always liked K-State my whole life. I just wanted to become part of the tradition. I just wanted to become a Wildcat. They have done some stuff, great things the past years and I just wanted to become part of that tradition."
The 6-foot-6 ½ and 250 pound Linemen who benches 225 and squats 315 told KStateFans he will start his career for the Cats at Offensive Tackle and met with OL Coach McCarty yesterday and discussed his position.
"Well I met with Coach McCarty yesterday when I was there and he said that they will play me at tackle and that is fine with me. I can play guard or tackle really and just wherever they need me to play really, I am fine with that."
We are arranging for footage and pictures of Kaleb and will have highlight film up on the site for your review.
Kaleb holds a 3.1 gpa and plans to major in business or secondary education when he gets to Kansas State.
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