Missouri City (Texas) Elkins three-star inside linebacker Blake Slaughter did his homework in making his college choice. Slaughter is a tremendous academic student, and he methodically did his research. One program blew him away and met his criteria in every single way.
"I'm going to be a Kansas State Wildcat," he said. "My family and I broke it down and it was just the total package from academics to athletics. It took a lot of consideration and a lot played into it."
The 6-foot-0, 219-pound inside linebacker was also getting recruited by another Kansas State verbal commit from down the road.
Katy, Texas, safety Trent Hunter, who committed to Kansas State this summer, placed a few calls to Slaughter and pumping up the Wildcat program.
"I've talked with Trent a few times," Slaughter laughs. "As soon as he committed he was calling me to tell me to come on with him."
Slaughter, who also had Rice, Iowa State, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State in is top five, was recently named to the preseason Touchdown Club All-Greater team. He is ranked as the No. 40 inside linebacker in the nation and the No. 100 player in Texas. As a junior, Slaughter had 124 tackles, 11 tackles for a loss and five sacks.
"I'm a hard-hitting middle linebacker," Slaughter said. "I can run sideline to sideline, but I play with toughness. I feel like I play the position the way it's meant to be played."
His coach, Robert Crivellari, thinks K-State got a good one.
"Blake set the record in tackles at Elkins, and he just can get to the football," Crivellari said. "When it's snapped, he can find it and he does it on every down."