Matt Wykes’ dream of earning a Division 1 scholarship out of high school may be slipping away. The 6-3, 200 QB/DB who never lost a game in his high school career at Conway Springs, is keeping a positive attitude despite things not going how he’d hoped they would.
“I’m supposed to call KU this Monday. If someone has backed out and a scholarship opens up I might have a chance. I’m not going to get my hopes up though,” Wykes admitted.
Earlier this month, Wykes seemed more optimistic as Nebraska, Kansas State and Kansas were all recruiting him to play different positions. The Huskers envisioned him at wide receiver, Kansas State had talked to him about playing quarterback and the Jayhawks were interested in Wykes playing safety at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence. Now if he wants to fill any of those roles it might have to come as a preferred walk-on, not a scholarship athlete.
“I haven’t gotten any offers at the D-1 level like I’d hoped to,” said Wykes. “Other than something opening up at Kansas I probably won’t get a D-1 offer. Nebraska is full and K-State is full. If nothing happens with KU, I’ll have to look at the D-2 or junior college route.”
So, which smaller programs would he turn to?
“I have two full rides in Pittsburg State and Fort Hays State. Those are places where I could play my entire career, but the cost of that is not getting as much exposure.”
If forced to decide between the Gorillas and Tigers, it could be a close call for Wykes. He was impressed on a visit to Fort Hays State this weekend though.
“I did visit Fort Hays this weekend. It went pretty well,” said Wykes. “It’s not a D-1 school but their program is coming up and their new coach has experience at the D-1 level and professional exposure too. I think Coach (Kevin) Verdugo will do a good job there. Plus, Fort Hays has the kind of offense I want to run, but Pitt State has been winning.”
If Wykes winds up not picking either school, playing junior college football would be another possibility and several schools have come calling for Wykes services.
“At a juco program, I’d go two years and possibly get a chance to go to the next level. The cost of that is you’re rolling the dice and might be back in the same situation in two years trying to pick between Pittsburg State and Fort Hays. Butler (County Community College) and Coffeyville (Community College) are possibilities. Butler is the one that’s been winning, so I might go there if I decide to take that route.”
So, which route will Wykes take? That answer could be coming very soon, but for now Wykes is keeping an open mind and still hoping something will open up in Lawrence. Check back soon for more on this Class 3A standout from the Sunflower state.