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Bill Snyder makes rare recruiting visit to K-State commit Zach Shackelford

K-State coach Bill Snyder and his team prepare to take the field Saturday afternoon to meet Arkansas in the Liberty Bowl. (January 2, 2016)
K-State coach Bill Snyder and his team prepare to take the field Saturday afternoon to meet Arkansas in the Liberty Bowl. (January 2, 2016) The Wichita Eagle

Zach Shackelford orally committed to Kansas State in July, and it’s obvious the Wildcats want to hold on to the three-star recruit as he gains interest from other schools.

K-State football coach Bill Snyder thinks enough of Shackelford -- a 6-foot-4, 295-pound offensive lineman -- that he flew to his hometown of Belton, Texas with offensive line coach Charlie Dickey for an in-person recruiting visit on Thursday.

Snyder rarely leaves Manhattan for recruiting purposes. So his presence made a bit of a stir on social media when Shackelford posted a photo with him on Twitter.

Texas is also making a late recruiting push for Shackelford. He will make an official visit to Austin this weekend and decide between K-State and Texas on Monday. Shackelford plans to begin college a semester early and participate in spring practices, so he will enroll at one of the two schools next week.

Snyder visited Shackelford in an attempt to keep him in K-State’s 2016 recruiting class, instead of flipping to the Longhorns. K-State has already lost two other former commits -- Wichita’s Xavier Kelly to Clemson and St. Louis running back Tre Bryant to Nebraska -- that once appeared destined for Manhattan.

Shackelford explained his thought process earlier this week to Orangebloods.com, the Rivals site that covers Texas.

“I was kind of stressed about toggling with taking an official visit (to Texas) but now that I’m taking one, it kind of relieves some stress,” Shackelford told the site. “I’m just going to see how it feels, go with my gut.

“I’ve known (the K-State coaches) longer, have good relationships with them. At the same time, it is a business at the end of the day. I think either party would understand whichever decision I make.”

Will Snyder’s recruiting visit be enough to keep Shackelford with K-State? We will find out Monday.

Kellis Robinett: @kellisrobinett

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