Goal No. 7: GREAT EFFORT.
#7 Isaiah Zuber
Position: Wide Receiver
Previous College: None
Status: On Scholarship
Willie Isaiah "Speedy" Zuber (b. April 15, 1997) is an athletic wide receiver with a bright future who will battle for playing time as a second-year freshman after redshirting and developing throughout the 2015 season.
Zuber is an intriguing prospect with top speed who will play wide receiver. He selected the Wildcats over interest from Georgia, Vanderbilt and Virginia Tech. His cousin, T.J. Stripling, was a linebacker at Georgia in 2011 to 2013.
One of my favorite stories about Zuber is that somehow, he grew up a huge K-State fan in the middle of Georgia (which probably made Andre Coleman's job really easy), he told GoPowercat.com:
"I've been watching Kansas State on TV for a while," the jubilant senior-to-be said.
"Probably since I was eight or nine years old, it's been a place I've wanted to go because of the way they play and their stadium and the fans."
"When it gets close to game time and they play that fight song with all the fans going crazy and it's loud ... man, they've been a dream school of mine since I was young." ...
"I was at home playing a video game with K-State," said Zuber before letting out a laugh. "My coach from high school called me and told me they officially offered, and I told him that I was going to commit."
Zuber played under head coach Ron Gartrell at Stephenson High School, where he helped to lead theto an 8-4 record and an appearance in the state playoffs.
He earned all-region and all-county accolades for his work on special teams, while he was named to the sub-region team as a wide receiver. You can watch his high school highlights here.
Zuber totaled 879 receiving yards and nine touchdowns during his prep career, in addition to 470 yards and six touchdowns as a punt returner and 1,110 yards and nine touchdowns as a kickoff returner.
He had three catches for 22 yards and returned three kickoffs for 54 yards for the White team in the spring game.
Zuber has the capacity to help out a team that still is searching for playmakers at the wide receiver position, especially those with speed, to help to replace Tyler Lockett and Curry Sexton in a way that it never did last season.