There must be something in the water in McCook, Neb.
The town in Western Nebraska has sent several talented players to the Big 12 over the past few years and it looks like it's in line to do the same in the class of 2009.
That's because defensive end/tight end Tyrone Sellers has picked up his first scholarship offer, just one day after college coaches could officially offer junior prospects.
"I got an offer from K-State the other day, and it was awesome," Sellers, who is 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds, said.
"I was really surprised. To be only a few weeks into my junior season and get an offer, is pretty incredible. The offer came in the mail. It basically said they're offering a full ride and it'll cover everything."
Sellers said the Wildcats offered him as a tight end, and he knows that they liked what they saw from him at their camp this summer in Manhattan. He would prefer to play on the defensive side, but isn't going to limit his options.
"I'm a defensive end, that's how I see it," Sellers said. "But K-State wants me at tight end. I feel like I could be a good tight end in college, but I really like defensive end better. Speed is what my major factor is at the position. I'm a really quick guy, and I like getting after the quarterback and making big plays."
If his first game is an example of his big plays, then expect a big season from Sellers.
"I had nine tackles, a deflection and a blocked punt," Sellers said. "I played offense here and there. I had one catch for 15 yards. And I'm always in the backfield on goal-line situations. I had a touchdown when I was out there for that. I think it really helps that I'm fast for my size."
Sellers said the offer from the Wildcats is really tempting, and while he's not ready to commit quite yet, he definitely has thought about it. He said Ohio State, Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska have been sending him mail, but the Wildcats might have an advantage because two of his former teammates – Josh Cherry and Tony Purvis – are on the K-State roster.
"I've really thought about going ahead and committing to K-State," Sellers said. "I have two of my guys down there, and I've really liked everything about K-State. But it's real early. I think I have time, and I don't want to rush it. I think I want to look around a little bit."