Matt Kegel is one of those guys that doesn't want to miss out on anything. The 6-6, 305-pound offensive lineman out of Chaska, Minn., is a Minneapolis Star-Tribune Second-Team All-State player and made the Minnesota Vikings sponsored All-State team. He is a leader within just about any group he participates in.
He was committed for nearly a year to the University of Minnesota but made the switch to Oklahoma State, and for this powerful offensive lineman that prides himself on effort any change of his loyalties had to be inspired by loyalty.
"You look at this campus and it is like something out of a movie," Kegel said when he stopped by to speak with Scout and GoPokes on Sunday after his official visit to Oklahoma State. "It is gorgeous and I haven't seen anything like it anywhere.
"It is amazing and and the coaches are great. There are a bunch of good blue-collar people down here and that is kind of what I need right now. There is a lot of family that are from Oklahoma State, a couple of uncles, my mom, my grandpa, my great grandpa, my aunts, [and] cousin was here. It is kind of the family school and it's something I've known about since I can remember."
Kegel spoke with Anna-Marie Ahrberg about his visit and the interview shows his personality on and off the football field. His mom, Leslie Kegel, is certainly happy about his decision, even though it sends him a lot farther away from home.
"It's been so fun and his first college football game was the Bedlam game in the cold four years ago, when it was super cold," said Leslie. "He fell in love with it right away."
Mom added that she wasn't sure she would be this emotional about her Matt following in her footsteps at OSU, but she is.
"I've told several of my friends that I'm giddy," she added. "You walk around campus and by the stadium and I have a bounce in my step and and I feel like I'm smiling constantly. I'm excited, and so it my dad and my brother, just so happy that Matt is going to be a Cowboy."