After travelling to Manhattan over the weekend, Liberty Christian senior Colby Moore
couldn't say enough Kansas State
"The atmosphere around the game, it was crazy," he said, trailing off. "We went up for the Baylor
game. The stadium was going nuts."
Despite falling at home to the Bears, the feeling around the Wildcat program made an impression on the Argyle, TX product. He gave a verbal commitment to head coach Bill Snyder
, opting to walk-on at KSU over an offer from Army
"I'm really excited about Kansas State," he said, a big smile spreading across his face. "It's basically a tryout for me. They want me as an athlete, so my situation is a little bit different. They are going to try me at multiple positions and see what I'm best at."
Moore talked extensively with assistant Sean Snyder
during his visit. They discussed his role, and where he would fit on the K-State roster.
"He's a great guy," he said of the special teams coordinator. "I really enjoy spending time with him, talking Xs and Os. He told me they really want me, and like what I will add to their team. Getting to know each other, it's been a wonderful experience."
"I really enjoyed it when I went up there," he said with a smile. "We went up around the campus to see everything, and that helped with the decision making. They treated everybody right, and encouraged everybody to be part of the family."
Moore's decision to walk-on at Kansas State is one based on faith. That faith extends beyond his belief in the coaching staff.
"They asked me to be patient with them," he said of his chances to earn a scholarship. "I know that this is the door God is opening for me. Some guys might say to wait, but this is what's right for me to do. That is why I am not afraid to say that I am going there."
The 6-foot-1, 197-pound prospect has proven to be a dynamic athlete. He clocked a 4.45-second 40-yard dash and 36-inch vertical leap over the summer at TCU
, flashing the kind of athleticism that made him a priority for the Wildcats.
"I'm a very explosive player," he said of his game. "That's why I'm playing quarterback, to get the ball in my hands every play. Every one of those plays, I can take it to the house. I do everything to the best of my abilities, and put my team first."
Though his position isn't set, the K-State staff has told Moore of their plans for him. Regardless of where he ends up, he plans to make an impact early in his college career.
"They said I'm first going to try out in the secondary," he said. "I will start at safety. If I get a shot at playing defense, I'm going to execute it as best I can. If I get a shot at receiver, it's not going to bother me one bit."
Colby Moore knew it was right. The Liberty Christian quarterback knew he didn't have an offer from the Wildcats, but something told him Manhattan was the place for him. Moore breaks down his decision to walk-on at Kansas State with Scout.com.
2014 prospect Colby Moore pledges to walk-on at K-State after visiting Manhattan last weekend