The state of Colorado has always been kind to the Kansas State football program.
During Bill Snyder's tenure, the Wildcats were able to steal numerous blue-chip prospects that went on to be solid players in Manhattan. Under Ron Prince it's become clear the Rocky Mountain State is going to be a prime recruiting territory for them.
With one Colorado prospect – quarterback Collin Klein – already on the K-State pledge list, the Wildcats added another one on Sunday. Highlands Ranch, Colo., offensive tackle Joe Caprioglio had been leaning toward K-State for quite some time, and he officially told Prince that he wanted to be a Wildcat moments ago while at camp in Manhattan.
"I just became a Wildcat," Caprioglio, who is 6-foot-6 and 260 pounds, said. "K-State is where I've wanted to go for a while now. I like the town, and I love the people. The team also has a great winning tradition. I also love the coaches."
That love for the Wildcat coaches came after he spent time in Manhattan for the spring game.
"Right when I walked out of the tunnel and saw all those fans and coaches pumped up, that's when I fell in love," Caprioglio said. "I've also built a great relationship with the coach recruiting me, Ricky Rahne. He's been one of the coolest coaches that I've talked to, and I can't wait to get to play for coach Prince and all the other coaches."
Caprioglio is ranked as the No. 14 player in Colorado. He was a very heavily recruited offensive line prospect that had written scholarship offers from K-State, Kansas, Wyoming and Colorado State.
"K-State was my first offer," Caprioglio said.
"It was right off the bat after the way watched my film. There were one of the first people that got my film, and they loved it right away. Then KU and Wyoming kind of offered out of nowhere after the got my film. I sent my film to them and they responded with an offer. Then I knew some people out there at Colorado State, and I sent my film to them and visited. The coaches then offered me.
"But it was K-State all along. K-State is where I wanted to be at."
Caprioglio, who earned second-team all-league honors in 2006, said coaches love his upside. He admits he needs to get stronger and add more weight to his frame. But with a 315-pound bench press and a 400-pound squat, he thinks he should be able to get stronger and remain the quick-footed linemen he is today.
"I'm pretty good at downfield blocking," he said. "I move fast for a lineman. I'm definitely a more athletic type of lineman. I had a pretty good year last year, even though we lost in the first round of the playoffs. I never went against somebody that I couldn't handle last year."
Caprioglio is commitment No. 7 for K-State. He is the third out of state prospect to commit and the Wildcats' second offensive linemen in the class.