Bruce Weber says K-State’s senior class left a legacy at the school
Caleb Grill’s recruitment is heating up, and so is Kansas State’s interest in the 6-foot-3 senior guard from Maize.
K-State basketball coach Bruce Weber offered Grill a scholarship on Thursday night, three days after Grill took an unofficial recruiting visit to Manhattan.
“This is my first in-state offer, and that is really special to me,” Grill said in a phone interview. “Coach Weber and I have talked on the phone quite a few times now. He felt confident in his decision, and I feel like he felt confident because I really like K-State.”
Grill plans to return to Manhattan for a two-day official visit starting on April 22. He hopes to make his college choice later this month or in early May.
It’s been a whirlwind week for Grill. Since he decided to withdraw his commitment from South Dakota State last Friday, he heard from a number of prominent college teams and hit the road to check out three of them.
In consecutive days, he made visits to K-State, Iowa State and Creighton. He received offers from all three. He said he has also received interest from UNLV, Wisconsin, Illinois and Northwestern. Even more schools, which he didn’t name, called today.
“It’ been pretty cool,” Grill said. “Growing up as a kid you always want to play in the Big 12 or a power conference. It’s a dream for most kids and awesome that all these schools are contacting me. They are in the Big 12 or other power conferences, and they are close to home. That is something special.”
Grill is in demand after recently leading Maize to its best season in school history. The multi-sport athlete guided the Eagles to the Class 5A semifinals while averaging 18.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.4 assists as a senior. He shot 48 percent from the floor and 35 percent from three-point range.
Grill originally chose South Dakota State over schools including Texas Tech, Nebraska and Washington State, but he had a change of heart when the coach who recruited him, TJ Otzelberger, took the UNLV job last week.
Though Grill signed with SDSU last fall, the school has released him from his letter of intent, allowing him to enroll and play elsewhere.
K-State presents a possible option close to home.
“They are really connected as a family,” Grill said. “It’s crazy how tight they are.”
But the Wildcats will face competition for Grill’s services. There is no leader in the clubhouse between Creighton, Iowa State and K-State. And Grill says he may consider other schools before the recruiting process ends.
“I learned a lot going to all three places,” Grill said. “They are all really good programs and really good schools. It’s been a good time, and now it’s time to think about what’s next.”
The Wildcats currently have one open scholarship to use for next season following the departure of freshman guard Goodnews Kpegeol, who announced Thursday he will transfer after one semester with the team.
Weber is also currently recruiting several graduate transfers, including Lehigh forward Pat Andree, William & Mary wing Justin Pierce and UNLV forward Shakur Juiston.
K-State offered a scholarship to 6-foot-5 shooting guard Asanti Price last week, but he committed to Georgia Tech on Wednesday.
Weber says he is looking to add someone with good shooting touch to K-State’s roster.
“If you look at our roster, we have really good athletes,” Weber said Thursday. “If we can add a little more skill, that would be something big we will look for.”