It was all in a day’s work for Fremont Bergan junior Kade McIntyre, Saturday, the 6-4, 205-pound athlete visited Kansas and Kansas State.
Sunday he announced an offer from Kansas State, his first power conference offer.
“The offer was a great thing for me,” McIntyre said. “I have been blessed to have these kinds of opportunities. I know a lot of people make a big deal about it being a power five offer but I am really looking for a place with great people.”
McIntyre had a breakout junior season. As a receiver he had 37 catches for 873 yards and 14 touchdowns. As a defender he had 63 total tackles (10 TFL) and six sacks for the 13-0 Class C-2 state champions.
He has the size, speed and athleticism that FBS and FCS schools covet. Prior to Sunday he received offers from North Dakota State, South Dakota and Wyoming.
KU sees him as a receiver while other schools see him as a safety at the next level. The Jayhawks haven’t offered yet and are taking their time at the position in the 2023 class.
“I really liked Kanas a lot,” he said. “They have a lot of great things there and have a lot of good things going on. They only have one scholarship in the 2023 class for a wide receiver and they want to make sure they give it to the right guy.”
Along with KU and KSU, McIntyre has visited Wyoming, NDSU and attended Junior Day at Nebraska in the winter. Nebraska invited him to attend the spring game on Saturday, due to a prior commitment he won’t be able to attend. UNLV, North Dakota, Northwestern, Vanderbilt and Iowa have also expressed interest.
“I see a great culture and great things at the places I’ve visited,” he said. “All of those places have had coaches that have worked together for a long time and I see that those places would be a great opportunity for me.”
There is familiarity with McIntyre and Wyoming. His brother Koa, a senior at Bergan, will join the Cowboys football team in the fall. He certainly hasn’t ruled out the allure of playing with his brother again.
“I am more into what is the best fit for me and the best place for me individually,” he said. “It would be cool to play with him again but that won’t be an issue for me. It will be what is best for me and where I think I can thrive.”
With his recruitment heating up he is now in the process of setting up even more visits this spring and summer.
“I am trying to plan out some stuff with South Dakota State and Northern Illinois,” he said. “Washington wants me out there but I don’t know if I will unofficially visit there. Nothing is planned at the moment.”