Payton Kirk Talks K-State

Liberty, (Mo.) defensive end Payton Kirk announced an early verbal commitment to the Kansas State Wildcats, and it was time for an update. Kirk talks about his season and his visit to Manhattan for the first game.

"The season is going well," said Payton Kirk. "The team started out kind of rough. We are 3-2 right now. We just started out slow. We are on track now."

"We play Chrisman Friday for our homecoming game. I am doing well. I am trying to do all of my responsibilities. I don't know any of my stats. We won't know them until after the season."

Kirk was on campus for the game against Illnois State, and it was time well spent.

"I went to K-State's first game," he said. "It was real cool. We got to do a lot of things the players do before the game. I saw the Wildcat Walk. They had all the recruits walk in the line. Overall it was very fun."

"I talked to coach Morris and coach Lattimore after the game in the locker room. We went in their locker room and went over their season."

"My recruiting coach has been coach Morris. He is a good guy. I like him. He has a lot of energy focused on getting K-State to where they need to be."

Kirk stands 6-5, 235-pounds and talks of the position he prefers once he arrives on campus.

"Right now I am going as a defensive end," he said. "It could change, but that is what I want to play. The coaches told me that is what they recruited me as."

Kirk formed a relationship with the Kansas State coaches early in the recruiting process, and it helped make an easy decision.

"Before I thought about recruiting I knew I wanted to be with coaches I felt good about. My relationship with the coaching staff was very important to me. I really like them and what they are trying to do. It's working out for them this year," Kirk said.

"I haven't had any other schools show interest in me. I told my coach I didn't want to receive anymore letters after I made my commitment."

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