Collin Klein a Keeper

KStateFans.com visited with Wildcat QB commit Collin Klein regarding his decision to give KSU an early verbal, his thoughts on the coaches recruiting him from KSU, which programs were in hot pursuit prior to his verbal pledge and what kind of competitor he is. All of this in our first installment of a two-part interview...

Collin Klein who checks in with prototypical pocket passer size (6-foot-6/212 pounds) and dbetter than drop back QB mobilitly (4.8-forty speed) is expected to further develop his skills under the guidance and instruction of Ron Prince/James Franklin & Co. And given that opportunity to do so via an official scholarship offer courtesy of the Wildcats, the Loveland (CO) high school gunslinger jumped all over it. Despite drawing heavy interest from several other big name programs such as "Oregon, Northwestern, Colorado State, Utah and Air Force," Klein can not be any happier with his decision to give K-State his pledge.

"I really love Coach Ron Prince and James Franklin," Klein told KStateFans. "And, I really like the (K-State) campus, the feel it has, and the atmosphere there (which was awesome). Not to mention the feel I got from the people there. I mean everybody was really friendly."

"But the biggest draw were the coaches for sure," Klein recapping the mystique surrounding the program on its way back to contending for Big 12 North supremacy as it did under the legendary Bill Snyder.

Coaches assigned to land the Colorado quarterback's verbal commitment were "Ricky Rahne and James Franklin," according to Wright.

Committing over a couple of months ago how often have the KSU coaches and Wright communicated what through the last couple of months, here of late, you know if the love has dropped a tad or not, etc...

"Oh No... I still keep in close contact with them and have been ever since I committed," the Loveland senior-to-be said.

What the Cats are gaining from the commitment of a should-be three star-prospect, who in his junior season totaled 1,500 yards passing, 15 TDs, 500 yards rushing and 5 TDs, is a gamer.

And the senior-to-be managed to put up those kind of numbers despite missing two regular season games after breaking an ankle, not to mention playing the following 5-6 weeks with that same broken ankle, trying to recover from the injury, something very few QBs can pull off, much less any other position player. Not to beat a dead horse, but folks Klein is one tough hombre and possesses not only the durability you're looking for in a D-I signal caller but the heart to become a fan/coach favorite.

What else might we mull over when assessing the kind of ability and upside Klein offers? Quite a bit more guys. And we're going to get into that, plus a whole lot more in the second installment of this Two-Part In-Depth Interview. But before we close let's review a few numbers worth a look at first...

JR Season Stat Package: "(Missing two games, playing with a broken ankle the next 5-6 weeks when 99 percent of ballers in the country would be seen in civilian clothes on the sideline, managed to post) 1,500 yards passing, 15 TDs, 500 yards rushing, 5 TDs."

Weight Room Numbers: "265 Bench, 375 Squat, 275 Power Clean."

Academics: "4.17 GPA (on a 4-point scale); 1550 SAT (1130 math/reading)."


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