Cuba Talks Up Recruiting Class

Jayson Cuba has been verbally committed to K-State for nearly a year, so he has followed the Wildcats as closely as anyone in the Class of 2007. After tripping to Manhattan and having the opportunity to meet with other KSU recruits, Cuba talks about this class, his future at KSU and where he fits into the program.

A week ago Cuba was with other K-State commitments and targets on an official visit to Manhattan. What does he think about the incoming class?

"There are a lot of great players coming in here next year," said Cuba, a 6-3, 215-pound senior at Newton High School. "I think you're going to see a lot of young guys making contributions next fall. It's just a very good group of guys, in terms of what they can do on the field and their character off the field.

"It's not often that one or two players comes in and makes or breaks a team, and I think the guys coming in understand that. Everyone's first goal is to be a good teammate and work hard to help win games. I know that's my first priority. I want to contribute, obviously, but that will work itself out. I know I can bring a very strong work ethic."

What was his schedule like on his official visit to Manhattan?

"They kept us pretty busy. We went to Fort Riley and saw first hand what training was like for soldiers today. That experience was better than I could have imagined. The coaches wanted to show us that there is life outside of football, and there are things bigger than football. It was all about sacrifice and working hard as a group.

"We got a chance to talk to the coaches a lot, which was nice. I wouldn't change anything about the staff they have here. I sat in on a class to get a look at the academics on campus. Kansas State is just a great institution. It's really almost a bonus to be able to be a part of a great football program too. I couldn't ask for more in a school."

Cuba's host in Manhattan was tight end Jeron Mastrud. The two got along well, and Mastrud showed him a lot of what the school had to offer.

"We definitely got along really well," said Cuba. "We spent a lot of time hanging out with Josh Freeman too. All the guys are really easy to get along with, and they're focused. They seem to have a nice balance between football and life outside of football. There is a lot the school has to offer.

"It was a new experience to see the guys away from the field so much. They were practicing some – mostly working on their own playbook. They hadn't really started working on Rutgers specifically yet. But it was nice seeing them away from the field and getting a look at what things were like during other parts of their day."

Cuba has the ability to play on either offense or defense when he arrives at Manhattan. Where does he expect to start out?

"It's really up in the air right now, but if I had to guess I'd say the coaches are leaning towards defense. I would either be at linebacker or safety. I've played defense all four years I've been in high school, so it wouldn't be anything new. Mostly I'm just concerned about working as hard as I can and helping out however they ask me to."

Cuba is a three-star prospect and rated one of the top prospects in the state of Kansas.

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