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Delton talks about KSU decision

By AUSTIN COLBERT

acolbert@dailynews.net

Hays High School junior Alex Delton had a reasonably normal day on Wednesday, one that involved going to class and working out in the HHS weight room after school.

Tuesday was a little bit different. That was the day Delton, Hays High's star quarterback, announced via Twitter his verbal commitment to play football for Kansas State University. And it was a day that ended with Delton in Manhattan, throwing the ball around with KSU's senior-to-be quarterback Jake Waters.

"I met him (Tuesday), and we went to quarterback film study together. I was watching him throw after. I got his number ,and we are probably going to meet back up every week and just throw," Delton said. "Just for him, the starting quarterback, to reach out to me and do that type of stuff, that means a lot to me as just a high school player."

Delton is the first 2015 recruit to commit to K-State. Known for their athletic quarterbacks and option offense under longtime coach Bill Snyder, the Wildcats have aggressively recruited the speedy Delton since he went to a KSU football camp last summer.

Delton was receiving attention from numerous Division I schools as the country's No. 13 ranked dual threat quarterback in his class by Rivals.com. Delton originally intended to wait until closer to summer to make his choice, but after K-State stayed aggressive with him and made numerous visits to Hays in January, Delton believed there was no point in delaying his decision.  

"That's the program I felt I needed to be in," Delton said. "From every standpoint, from them being in Kansas to me growing up watching them, just everything about Kansas State, I knew that's where I needed to be."

Delton looks to be the centerpiece of K-State's next recruiting class and the future of its quarterback position. The Wildcats have two veteran quarterbacks heading into the fall in Waters and junior Daniel Sams. Behind them is a plethora of walk-ons, none of which seem to be the answer once Sams graduates.

K-State missed out on highly touted quarterback Aaron Sharp, from Humble, Texas, who was the No. 17 quarterback in the class of 2014. Sharp was a longtime commitment of the Wildcats before he decided to go back on his verbal and eventually signed with UCLA earlier this month.

"That was kind of the icing on the cake at that point. I knew Sharp didn't commit, which is his decision," Delton said. "I guess coach Snyder, when the kid decided to go to UCLA, Snyder just said we will go all in for Alex and they ended up getting me."

Already in Manhattan is Russell native and Hays High graduate Chance Pitcock, a close friend of Delton's. Pitcock spent the season redshirting for K-State as a defensive back after making the team as a walk-on during the summer.

Delton is in a position where he could graduate from HHS in December, allowing him to enroll in classes and begin working with the KSU football team in January 2015. As of Wednesday, Delton had yet to decide if that's the route he was going to take.

But with the bigger decision of where he is going to attend college behind him, Delton can put his attention on his senior season at Hays High.

"Personally, I think it's best for him and Hays High now that that part of recruiting is over. He can go back to focusing on being a high school football player," said HHS coach Ryan Cornelsen.

"People probably don't understand all that goes into recruiting. It's not easy on kids and there is a lot involved with it. It's not always exciting. Sometimes it wears on you. So I just thought it was great for Alex to be able to make that decision and be excited about that decision and have the opportunity to play Division I football at one of the elite programs."