Jayson Cuba: Born a Wildcat

Cuba, a junior and two-year starter, is a 6-foot-3, 215-pound linebacker/running back. He rushed for 400 yards and five touchdowns this past year for the Railroaders, plus was in on 52 tackles.

New Kansas State Head Football Coach Ron Prince has been off to a hot start in the Class of 2007 having already secured seven verbal commitments.

Newton, Kansas tailback Jayson Cuba (6'3 215 4.6) was Coach Prince's first commitment. After speaking with Cuba, it makes perfect sense why he would be the first to join Coach Prince's first full recruiting class.

"I had been wishing, hoping, and dreaming to play football at Kansas State," said Cuba, who holds a 3.0 GPA. "I grew up watching all of their games. My grandfather works at Kansas State, and got me on the sidelines when I was like eight or nine-years-old for their game against Ball State. They just murdered them, but the atmosphere was still awesome. It is a very supportive community. I'm a mama's boy, and it is close to home."

Cuba has been attending Kansas State football camps since the sixth grade.

"My freshman year, they finally started asking questions about myself. Then, I was invited to some games last fall, but I wasn't sure what was going to happen after Coach Synder retired. Then, on January 27th, Coach (James) Franklin called my coach asking for me to call him back. I called him back, and two days later, he sent me a scholarship offer," Cuba explained.

Cuba was then asked to call Coach Prince on February 1st, in which, he says will be an experience he will remember forever.

"The first five to ten minutes, it was just the both of us introducing ourselves, and breaking the ice," added Cuba, who was named first team all-conference as a running back last season. "He was just such a smooth talker; a really great guy. He is intelligent. He's something else."

"Then, he told me something that I will never forget, not even after I graduate. He told me never to forget the word "and" very adamantly. He told me I would be a student and athlete, and that there would never be a label put on myself. He stated he plans to win championships, but he is also there to help young men grow and become future leaders."

Cuba will be asked to assume the role of "power tailback" in Coach Franklin's offensive scheme.

"Coach Franklin told my parents and I that he wants me to be his power tailback. He said he has a scatback he is working hard on landing from the Kansas City area, and an another all-purpose back he is recruiting, too," Cuba said.

This past season, Cuba rushed for nearly 400 yards and six touchdowns on 65 carries. More importantly, he was asked to take on a huge load of Newton's blocking responsibilities.

"We weren't very good last year and Jayson was the only guy I had that would block anyone but this coming season, he'll be getting the majority of the carries at tailback," said head coach Brent Glann.


Purple Pride Top Stories