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4 DAYS TO KICKOFF: Kaleb Prewett

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In which BracketCat counts down the fourth day until kickoff with a profile of defensive back Kaleb Prewett.

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KalebPrewett

#4 Kaleb Prewett
True Sophomore
6-1 | 204
Blue Springs, Mo.

Bio

Position: Defensive Back

Previous College: None

Projection: Starter

Status: On Scholarship

Kaleb Earl Prewett (b. Sept. 25, 1995) is a physical and athletic player who saw action as a true freshman, mainly on special teams, in 2014. He will compete for more playing time on defense in 2015.

Prewett played in six games last year — including each of the first five contests — but did not record any statistics.

I expected him to redshirt last season, but the coaches surprised me by throwing him into the fire. Still, I count it as somewhat of a wasted year since he didn't really contribute statistically to the team. That will change this season.

Prewett is apparently neck and neck with Sean Newlan for the starting safety spot opposite Dante Barnett. Although many think Newlan is winning because of Fan Appreciation Day, I believe his starting was entirely motivational.

The simple truth is that while Newlan likely is solid, Prewett has an NFL upside if he gets his head on straight.

Prewett, who played for Blue Springs High School under head coach Kelly Donohoe, was a unanimous selection for the Missouri Football Coaches Association (MFCA) all-state first team, while he also was named a first-team all-state honoree by the media and to the MFCA All-District 4 team.

He also was selected to the American Family Insurance All-USA Missouri Team, and was a Kansas City Star All-Metro honoree as a senior when he intercepted four passes and batted away nine others.

Prewett was a force on offense, too, hauling in 30 passes for 674 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was named to the 2013 All-Simone Team as one of the top prep players in the Kansas City metro area.

He was rated the 37th-best safety in the nation and the eighth-best player in the state by Rivals.com, and also was viewed as the 35th-best safety nationally by Scout.com. He chose us over offers from Missouri and Oklahoma State.

Prewett compiled 70 tackles, an interception and 11 passes defended as a junior. He clocked a 3.9 in the pro agility drill and a 4.4 in the 40-yard dash during Kansas State's summer camp in 2013.