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54 DAYS TO 2021 KICKOFF: Hadley Panzer

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In which BracketCat counts down the 54th day until the 2021 kickoff with a profile of Kansas State offensive lineman Hadley Panzer.

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NOTE: Kansas State has elected to advance players’ classification even though the 2020 season did not affect eligibility. Those who wish to take advantage of this extra year will be listed as a (“super”) senior again after their original eligibility would have been exhausted.

#54 Hadley Panzer

True Freshman | 6-3 | 300 lbs. | Lakin, Kansas
Hadley Panzer
Hadley Panzer
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Offensive Line
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Redshirt
  • Status: On Scholarship

Hadley Jack Panzer (b. March 14, 2002) is a Class of 2020 offensive line signee who “grayshirted” (deferred his enrollment to spring 2021) and will be a true freshman this year.

Panzer played at Lakin High School under head coach and former Wildcat Chris Bamberger.

He was rated the 29th-best center in the Class of 2020 by 247Sports, and was a first-team all-state honoree as a senior by both The Topeka Capital-Journal and The Wichita Eagle.

A first-team selection as a senior from the Kansas Football Coaches Association, Panzer also earned first-team honors from the Capital-Journal and honorable mention accolades from the Eagle as a junior, while he was an honorable mention pick by both as a sophomore.

He was selected to play in the 2019 Blue-Grey All-American Bowl at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Panzer, who plans on majoring in architecture, also competed in high school wrestling, in which he was a state champion in 2019 and finished third in 2018.

He also was a two-year letter-winner in baseball and a league champion in the shot put.

Panzer chose K-State over offers from Air Force, Akron, Colorado State, Iowa State and North Dakota State, plus interest from Kansas and Tulane. His primary recruiters were his new offensive line coach, Conor Riley, and K-State recruiting coordinator Taylor Braet.