"I'm ecstatic," said Jayson Cuba of Newton High School. "Kansas State is the only school that I ever wanted to play for, and now I'm getting that chance. My family bleeds purple, and it's been a dream to play for the Wildcats."
Cuba, a junior and two-year starter, is a 6-foot-3, 215-pound linebacker/running back. He rushed for 400 yards and five touchdowns this past year for the Railroaders, plus was in on 52 tackles.
"We should have given him the ball more, but he was also the only guy we had in the backfield who would block," said coach Brent Glann. "I was a little shocked that it happened so early, but to get this off his mind can only help us for next year."
Cuba had attended K-State summer camps since his freshman year and had enjoyed token conversations about his interest in the Wildcats through the years.
"I really admire what coach (Bill) Snyder has done in building this program," Cuba said.
Not allowed to have personal contact with Cuba, K-State contacted Glann, with Cuba then putting in a call to K-State.
"I just wanted them to know that Kansas State was the school I wanted to go to. It was my number one choice, and really, the only school I wanted to go to," Cuba said.
The offer was then extended, and accepted by Cuba, who has received mailings from Kansas and Colorado, on Wednesday.
"It's a huge relief off my shoulders. Now I don't have to stress over where I'm going to play," Cuba said.
Well, there is some stress for Cuba, as there has been talked about his future at running back, at linebacker and at tight end.
As for his choice, Cuba said, "I would say tailback because I like to run the ball."