Aufner Ready for State Title

Offensive tackle Clyde Aufner has helped Raymore-Peculiar High School to a 9-3 record and a berth in the state championship game this year. Having taking in the KSU - Texas game, Aufner talks about the program under Coach prince and his expectations.

The 6-7, 250 pound lineman from Missouri verbally committed to Kansas State early in the recruiting process and has not looked back since.

"Obviously I'm excited about attending Kansas State, but right now everyone's focus is on winning the state championship," said Aufner. "We've had a good season, and if we win the next one it will be huge.

"Once the game is over I'll turn all my attention over to finishing school and getting ready for K-State. I think I'm going to have a chance to come in and compete for playing time early, so I'll make sure I go up there in good shape and ready to play."

Because the season has lasted so long Aufner has not had a chance to officially visit Manhattan. He is not ruling that out, however.

"I know a lot of the guys that are committed will be going up there but I really don't have any plans right now," he said. "At some point I would like to take an official but we'll have to see what my schedule looks like after the season is over."

While he has not visited Manhattan in a while Aufner has kept in touch with the Kansas State coaches.

"The last time I talked to them (the coaching staff) was after the Texas game. I watched the game and I was just really impressed. Texas is one of the best programs in the country. I knew they could compete with them, but it was a nice surprise to see them pull off the upset. It shows that the coaches have the team further along than a lot of people thought. They lost a tough one this past weekend but they've had a great season."

Aufner is expecting to play offensive tackle for the Wildcats. He has made a lot of progress throughout his senior campaign.

"I've become a much smarter player. My knowledge of the game has increased a lot," he said. "Everything is slowing down and I'm getting pretty good at seeing everything that's going on. I've improved my run blocking and pass blocking, but the biggest thing is just my awareness on the field. I've become more of a leader this year too."

Aufner received heavy attention from Missouri, Kansas and Michigan State before committing to K-State, and after announcing his verbal other schools backed off.

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