A Dream come True
Brendan Scherer (44) assists on a sack during Friday nights game
It was only a matter of time said the senior in the post-game press conference. “I’ve honestly had no idea until the crowd started cheering lower than usual on a simple 3-yard run until my teammates started congratulating me”. Late in the first quarter, Colorado’s Shontell Driver took a handoff and broke a tackle that was quickly followed up by a solid hit by Brendan that pushed him to the number one spot in Kansas State’s all-time leader in tackles. “This one was one of those experiences where all the hard work in the offseason paid off” said Brendan.
It was a long time coming too. The Hoyt native was one of those rare athletic specimens that college coaches drool over by watching them dominate the competition in every way imaginable. It was especially rare for that talent to be coming from a high school who has never been able to produce a football player that could play on the division 1 stage. “When I was younger, I had a few family members that went to school in Manhattan to get their degrees and that has caused me to become a fan of Kansas State for . But when I got into high school, I suddenly started to like Kansas and their success and switched sides to become a Jayhawk fan.” It was a matter of time before both schools took notice of his skillset and offered him athletic scholarships.
During his senior year at Royal Valley High School, he did well enough that he was selected as the Kansas Gatorade Player of the Year and be named as a Parade All-American as an Outside Linebacker. “It was a crazy point in my life to go from being the best player on your street block to being called by name by people I have never met” recalled Brendan. “Those fall recruiting trips to Lawrence, Norman, and Lincoln were really fun and they made me feel like I was the greatest thing to step foot on campus. It came to a point where I thought I was going to be a Jayhawk and probably gave coach @stormstopper my verbal commitment to play for KU”.
Most people thought Kansas was going to be the college of choice for Brendan on national signing day. Royal Valley even threw a commitment party for him in their gymnasium and rounded up some red and blue balloons for the occasion when he committed to Kansas. When it came time for the announcement, he picked up the purple hat to the right of the red one. “The switch happened a few days before the announcement when coach @HAFFnHAFF surprised me after basketball practice and said he wanted to talk to me for a minute. At that point, I was like what does this guy have to say that could change my mind and ignored what he said for the most part until he said I could be the face of the program forever.”
The next day, Brendan skipped class and drove for an hour west on Highway 24 to see the campus. “It was honestly kind of a dump when I got into town that day. It was in January, nearly 10 degrees out and I was having a hard time finding the football facilities”. When he got to the stadium, he saw players playing a simple seven on seven game in the snow, simply cracking jokes and messing around. But one thing was noticeably missing. Talent. “I did not know if those guys were dunk or what but they were dropping passes I would have caught one-handed with my eyes closed. But that’s when I realized it, I could go to a school that had success galore, fell in line, and gone to the NFL. Or I could go to K-State, change the program around and hopefully be a legend someday and that’s when it clicked for me. I walked into the Vanier complex and into coach HAFFnHAFF’s office who was in a meeting at the time and gave him my verbal commitment.”
Ever since that January day 5 years ago, Brendan has been the face of the Kansas State program and changed it from barely winning twice a season to celebrating its first-ever bowl game last season. On Friday, Brendan firmly cemented himself into the G.O.A.T status by recording that record-breaking tackle on a run play. It seems like a fairy tale to be honest to be the turning tide to propelling a local basement dweller into a bowl winning program but if you ask Brendan, he will tell you it’s simply all a part of the plan as he tries to propel the Wildcats to a conference championship this season.