K-State Lands a Big One

Offensive lineman Jake Roepke, from Hoyt-Royal Valley, (Kansas) has given his verbal commitment to the Kansas State Wildcats. Roepke talks about the many reasons for his college choice.

"I committed to Kansas State last Friday," said Jake Roepke. "I told coach [Matt] Wallerstedt of my decision. I talked to coach [Ron] Prince Saturday morning."

"When I went for a visit there I loved it. I talked to coach Prince and coach Wallerstedt. I loved their mentality. They are tough, and they demand the best. I really loved that about them."

"They were the first D-I school to send me any letters. They stuck with me throughout high school. Their program is on the rise. The fans were great when I went to the Louisville game. I have always been a little bit of a K-State fan as well."

The Wildcat coaching staff made a strong impression on the big offensive lineman.

"When I talk to them they really seem like they care. That is what made me want to go there. It seemed liked they cared more than anyone else. I love coach Prince as the head coach because at one time he was an offensive line coach."

Roepke's only Division-I scholarship offer came from Kansas State, but he was receiving interest from several other schools as well.

"I had received Juco and D-II offers. I was being recruited by Missouri, KU, and Colorado State," he said.

Roepke stands 6-7, 298-pounds and was recruited to play offensive tackle.

Roepke scored a 21 on the ACT.

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