A day after attending Kansas State's junior day, Dalton Risner isn't interested hiding his feelings or cloaking his recruitment in some shroud of mystery.
Immediately after departing Manhattan, Kan., the lineman's Facebook profile picture was changed to a shot featuring Wildcat offensive line coach Charlie Dickey. There's also and album full of photographs of Risner alongside K-State head coach Bill Snyder. The gallery also includes a few shots of the 285-pound offensive guard dressed in a purple jersey.
But if all of that wasn't enough to make the statement for him, he says it out loud.
"K-State is definitely my favorite right now, for sure," Risner said. "From the moment I walked in, I could tell I was being treated amazing. No other coaches have treated me like that. That gave me so much love and followed me around and showed me everything. I loved the faculties there. It was just so great.
"Hearing Bill Snyder say he wants me to play for him and that he could picture me on a K-State field was just an awesome experience because it was coming from a coach like that -- a coach with so much wisdom. It was just an all-around good day. I've been up there twice now. I love everything. They're definitely at the top of my list right now.
Risner's love for the Wildcats has apparently been reciprocated. According to the high school junior, Dickey informed him that he was the program's top offensive line target in 2014.
And if that is, indeed, the case, getting in with Risner now was a necessity, not a luxury. As things stand, the Colorado-based guard holds six scholarship offers. That number is expected to jump in the near future, though.
"I visited Nebraska on Friday before Kansas State," Risner said. "And that was awesome. They said I am right below an offer right now, but I expect an offer from Nebraska soon. I've already visited 10 or more colleges. I visited Boise State last weekend, and they really like me. I'm just going to wait and see what other offers come in this spring."
Next up for Risner is a foray into SEC country. The rising junior and his family will take a look at Missouri, from which he already claims an offer, on Monday. His unofficial visit to the Show Me State is being treated as a crucial one from both ends.
"Missouri want to see me in person and see my frame before they make the offer official," Risner said. "I'm staying with my cousins tonight and headed to Columbia in the morning. MU is the one I don't know too much about. I know they're in the SEC. That's why we're driving out here. I'm really interested in getting to know things about them. Tomorrow will be a great day for me to get to know what they're all about."
Tulsa will also receive a visit from Risner in the week ahead. That trip is one motivated by relationships.
"My dad's old coach at Murray State is the lien coach at Tulsa now, so we're going to check that out after Missouri," Risner said. "That should be pretty cool. I don't think we're going to do anymore traveling after that trip, though. I'll see who comes to see me in April and May. If I'm comfortable then, I'll decide then. If not, maybe I'll take a couple more trips."
As a junior, Risner helped lead Wiggins (Colo.) High School to a 8-2 overall record.