RECRUITING: Kansas TE is a two-sport star

Garden City, Kan. tight end Kurt Bangle has the Sooners' attention. Is the feeling mutual?


Many college coaches are trying to figure out how to use Bangle, because of his amazing height. Most college coaches love him as future tight end but some can see him as an offensive tackle or defensive end. Bangle is going into the third year as a starter playing both tight end and defensive end. However, Bangle loves the offensive side of the ball.

"I have been focusing the last two years on tight end," said Bangle. "Tight end seems to be a lot more fun to play. On defense all you get to do is hit but at tight end I can hit, yet catch the ball and score touchdowns."

A year ago Bangle finished with 18 catches for around 300 yards and two touchdowns. Bangle is good in football, but he may be even better in basketball. Also a starter in hoops, Bangle averages just under 18 ppg and 8.5 rebounds per contest. Bangle is good enough in basketball that he is receiving some interesting from D-1 basketball coaches.

"I like both sports," said Bangle. "I really couldn't tell you which sport I like right now."

Bangle can bench 295 pounds, squats 520 and he has a 29-inch vertical jump. Last summer Bangle went to the Nebraska football camp, but he isn't sure where he will go this summer. Bangle is still looking for his first offer in football and he has an offer from Wichita State in hoops.

"The Big 12 is a great conference and I would like to stay around my area," said Bangle. "I guess anybody in the conference is somebody that I would be interested in, but surely Colorado, Kansas and Kansas State. I have been getting some letters from Oklahoma as well and that is another school that I would love to take a look at. I would love to take a look at several colleges in my area."

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