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25 DAYS TO KICKOFF: Dalton Schoen

In which BracketCat counts down the 25th day until kickoff with a profile of wide receiver Dalton Schoen.


#83 Dalton Schoen
True Freshman
6-1 | 192
Overland Park, Kan.


Position: Wide Receiver

Previous College: None

Projection: Redshirt

Status: Preferred Walk-On

Dalton Schoen is a preferred walk-on wide receiver from Blue Valley High School Northwest who's likely to redshirt.

He played three sports in high school — baseball, basketball and football — while maintaining a 4.0 grade-point average throughout high school and was named The Kansas City Star's male Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Schoen, who got his start as a kid by repairing lawn mowers, plans to major in mechanical engineering. He had numerous Division II and Division III scholarship offers, and even took a visit to Harvard, but elected instead to walk on at Kansas State, where his parents attended and his brother, Mason, is a walk-on for the basketball team.

He's also a volunteer for Harvesters and the Special Olympics, as well as a peer mentor for freshmen at his high school. And he was one of six finalists nationally for the Wendy's High School Heisman award, "an honor reserved for students who best excel in the classroom, on the field and in the community."

Despite all of this, he excelled on the field in football, according to the Star:

In his first football game last fall, after a summer of splitting time between all three sports, he caught 12 passes for 380 yards and four touchdowns against Bishop Miege, the eventual Kansas Class 4A Division I champion. The yardage set a Kansas high school record for a single game.