Dalton Schoen's ties to K-State are deep
Dalton Schoen has always known he wanted to be a K-State Wildcat and now the walk-on wide receiver in his second year in Manhattan is getting his chance to help the Wildcats win.
Schoen was a star at Blue Valley Northwest, hauling in 42 catches for 880 yards and eight touchdowns his senior year of high school. He knew he wanted to be a mechanical engineering major and play football in college, but going through Ivy and Patriot League schools as well as division three Schoen couldn't find the perfect match.
"I think this was a program that he wanted to be in but by the same token it's not a total open door policy and we had an interest in him as well," said Kansas State football coach Bill Snyder. "We liked some of the things he did locally and so it was kind of a mutual respect."
"It took a while because I had been talking to them and they were just like I don't know if it's ever going to happen just because we were pretty full here at receiver but then you know in the spring a couple of things shook up the right way I guess for me," said sophomore wide receiver Dalton Schoen. "They just finally came through with a spot for me."
Schoen bleeds purple. Both of his parents went to K-State and his brother, Mason, is also a walk-on but on the K-State men's basketball team.
"It's just my family has been here for as long as I can remember you know," said Schoen. "We grew up coming to all of these games and obviously having him here was helpful too because it's nice to get to go to school with him."
Against Central Arkansas Schoen reeled in a 70-yard touchdown catch.
"I don't even really know where to put it. It's just kind of all still surreal I guess because as I've said I've been dreaming about this for as long as I can remember so to actually go out there and do it was unbelievable," said Schoen.
The former Kansas High School star is using this success as motivation.
"It's hard coming in as a walk-on, bottom of the totem pole but it kind of makes you I guess even more hungry," said Schoen. "You just keep working and keep grinding through it. "