The question posed to Kaleb Prewett was simple: Do you want to play free safety or strong safety at Kansas State?
His answer was even simpler.
“I just want to play,” Prewett said. “I could play wide receiver, cornerback, linebacker, defensive end … Anywhere they want.”
“Yes sir,” Prewett replied. “I am a football player. I just love to play the game. In high school throughout my whole career I played a little bit of everything. I played safety, but I spent some time at defensive end and I came down and stood up and played off the edge. I was a wide receiver. I even threw a touchdown pass. I guess I can play all over.”
That confidence will come in handy for Prewett, especially if the 6-foot-2 Blue Springs senior safety ends up helping the Wildcats on special teams as a freshman next season.
Still, he has higher expectations than that.
“The Kansas State coaches want everyone to come in and compete for a starting spot,” Prewett said. “That is what I am going to do, and that is what I am preparing for physically and mentally. Hopefully I can go in there and play well and win that starting spot.”
Starting at safety may be difficult next season considering Dante Barnett and Dylan Schellenberg both return at the position. Barnett had 75 tackles and four interceptions a year ago, while Schellenberg had 19 tackles and an interception.
Providing secondary depth and making tackles on special teams is a more realistic goal.
Prewett is prepared for anything as a freshman. Well, anything short of a redshirt, anyway.
“I have never sat on the sidelines,” Prewett said. “I couldn’t see myself redshirting.”
Blue Springs senior running back Dalvin Warmack, who is also headed to K-State, thinks Prewett will turn some heads.
“He is competitive and ready to go in there and show people what he can do,” Warmack said. “The kid is an athletic freak. I doubt there are many safeties coming out of high school that are 6-2, jumping a 39-inch vertical and dunking the basketball 360-style. He is one of those rare breeds. He is ridiculous. He can even golf.”
Prewett dabbles in several sports, but his main focus has always been football. And playing football at K-State has always been his dream. His father attended K-State, and he patiently waited for the Wildcats to offer him a scholarship. When they did, he quickly committed.
He has been counting down the days until he moves to Manhattan on June 1.
“I am more than ready to go,” Prewett said. “I am so excited. I have been thinking about it since the day I committed. I grew up a K-State fan and was always around K-State, going to games and wearing shirts with my whole family. You could basically say I was born and bred to be a Kansas State Wildcat.”