DODGE CITY – Nearly every passing record at Dodge City High School was rewritten this season. You can thank junior quarterback Kale Pick for that, who in his first season as the full-time starter, became the most prolific passer in Red Demons' history.
Pick, at 6-foot-2, 190 pounds, completed 55 percent of his passes for 1,779 yards and 19 touchdowns, while throwing just six interceptions.
His top three passing performances came against Wichita North (222), Goddard High (266) and then against defending Class 6A state champion Hutchinson (272), all three shattering the old DCHS single game passing record of 212 yards.
"I think the experience I got from my sophomore year when I got in a few games really helped me this year," said Pick, who has made several trips to Manhattan on recruiting visits. "Also, second year in the system really helped too. I just felt more comfortable."
Pick appears to be high on Kansas State's junior watch list so far. He's being recruited by Wildcat offensive line coach Tim McCarty and offensive coordinator James Franklin, who even attended Pick's game against Wichita East earlier this season. Pick has also had a lot of contact with head coach Ron Prince himself, who has ties to Dodge City from his playing and coaching days at Dodge City Community College.
"Coach Prince really impresses me a lot," said Pick, who is also being recruited by Kansas and Nebraska. "I like that they play freshman, give everyone a chance. He's not afraid of taking chances and he puts a lot of trust in his quarterbacks."
Though it's early in the recruiting process, Pick said he would like to stay in the Midwest. He's taking an official visit to Lawrence this weekend for the KU-K-State game and expects more offers and visits to come through within the next six months.
One of Pick's biggest goals in finding the right program centers on getting in a program that fits his style of play, namely the spread offense.
"Where ever I go, throughout the process, I want to get to know the coach," said Pick, who competed in the Air 7 Football Camp in California and won the Nebraska Quarterback Camp last summer. "I want to know that I am wanted and go somewhere that really wants me."