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Monday, December 10, 2012
K-State has its kicker in McCrane

By William Wilkerson

Kansas State found its replacement for senior kicker Anthony Cantele.

Matthew McCrane (Brownwood, Texas/Brownwood) spoke with Wildcats coaches early Monday evening, after receiving a scholarship offer on Sunday, and committed.

“I really felt at home there,” said McCrane, who visited Kansas State during its home game against Texas.

McCrane, a longtime Longhorns fan, considered walking on to Texas. But the lure of a full ride and the fact that Kansas State has its own special teams coach [Sean Snyder] was enticing.

“Throughout this whole thing he has been keeping up with me,” McCrane said. “I felt like I was one of their top recruits. So really that is what got me. I felt at home. Last night Coach Snyder called me and wanted to extend a full offer to me to start in the spring. So I talked to him this morning and just committed right now.”

McCrane, who also had an Air Force offer, made 4 of 6 field goals with a long of 47 yards this season. His career long is 52 yards. He also had more than 30 touchbacks and made 26 of 27 extra points.

“It’s surreal. Kansas State is one of the top programs in the country,” he said. “To be committed and know where I am going is special. In talking with him, he is dedicated with special teams and is someone that can develop me as a kicker.”

McCrane will graduate in December and enroll at Kansas State in the spring. Kansas State coaches have told him he will be the only kicker on scholarship.

“It’s tough not hearing from Texas, but I felt like Kansas State was a better fit,” he said. “Coach Snyder is dedicated to special teams, and will help me one-on-one. They have tons of stuff that is kicker-specific. So hopefully being able to work with someone who can develop me into, hopefully, one of the top kickers in the country is clearly a better fit.”