Saturday, July 27, 2013
Another Blue Springs commit for K-State
By Damon Sayles
Defensive back Kaleb Prewett (Blue Springs, Mo./Blue Springs) has been a fan of Kansas State for as long as he could remember. He grew up watching some of the Wildcats greats, and he had hoped to one day get his opportunity to wear the colors.
After a standout performance at Saturday’s Kansas State camp, Prewett got that offer and verbally committed to the Wildcats, becoming the program’s ninth pledge of the 2014 class. He chose Kansas State over offers from Missouri, New Mexico and Northern Illinois.
“I’ve been a fan since I was a little kid,” Prewett said. “My dad went to school there. I’ve watched their tradition of winning. It’s been in my blood.”
A 6-foot-2, 200-pound safety, Prewett was recruited to Kansas State by co-offensive coordinator Del Miller and defensive coordinator Tom Hayes. Additionally, Prewett became the third Blue Springs player to commit to the Wildcats. He will join three-star running back Dalvin Warmack and three-star linebacker Elijah Lee, who both committed in March.
There’s much to like about Prewett. In addition to having good size at safety, Prewett also has great speed. At the Kansas State camp, he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.42 seconds. Prewett likes to make the big-time hit, but he also can show that he can cover a lot of ground with his speed.
Kansas State has had a plethora of defensive backs come through the program. One of the top defensive backs in the Big 12 is Ty Zimmerman, a player who Prewett has a lot of respect for and someone who Prewett is looking forward to calling a teammate.
Look for Prewett, however, to attempt to be the best Kaleb Prewett -- and not the best Ty Zimmerman -- possible.
“There are a lot of great safeties to come out of K-State. I’m hoping I can be one of them,” Prewett said. “Ty Zimmerman is one of the best in the game, and I look up to him, but I’m trying to bring something new to the table. I know Ty has his game, but I have mine, too. Hopefully, I can bring it out.”
Prewett said he admires Kansas State for its winning tradition, but he also said he chose the Wildcats for academic reasons. He is a fan of Kansas State’s engineering program and is looking to pursue an engineering degree.