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Manhattan senior Joe Hall (3) reacts after a defensive touchdown in the team’s 48-21 home win against Seaman High on Oct. 1. Hall committed to play football at Kansas State on Tuesday.

Manhattan High’s Joe Hall III is staying home.

The Indian senior safety and wide receiver announced via Twitter Tuesday afternoon that he had committed to play football at Kansas State after receiving a preferred walk-on offer from the Wildcats last Thursday.

That offer from K-State came just a day after the University of Kansas offered Hall. Up until that point, the senior had only entertained offers and interest from different Division II schools in the region leading up to last Wednesday when they Jayhawks officially showed their interest.

“It’s been crazy,” Hall said. “So much has happened in a week. My phone has just been blowing up. KU offered and I talked to their coaching staff and they texted me every single day. K-State came in soon after that and it was the same thing, they just kept blowing my phone up. We set up some zooms and meeting. It’s just all pretty crazy because just a week before this, I was a Division II prospect. It was definitely crazy for it to change that quickly and I’m just very thankful for it.”

Hall is the son of Joe Hall II, a former K-State running back and the current Director of Football Student-Athlete Development for the Wildcats and that Wildcat connection factored big into his decision to pull the trigger on K-State.

“My connection was a huge thing,” Hall said. “My dad playing here and then me following in his footsteps has always been a dream. But for me, it really came down to the staff and the relationships that I’ve had here at Kansas State. It’s really a family. It felt like they really wanted me here. They care about me beyond football. That was the biggest thing, they cared about me as a young man and as a person.”

Hall will join former two former MHS teammates in offensive lineman Sam Shields and defensive tackle Damian Ilalio on the K-State roster next season. This marks the third-straight season that a Manhattan High player has committed to play football for the Wildcats.

As a senior, Hall led the team in receiving yards with 283 on 23 catches with three touchdowns along with 39 yards rushing on 11 carries with one touchdown but it was his play on the defensive side of the ball that got coaches on the next level interested.

As a safety, Hall had 24 tackles (14 solo) while recording 4.5 tackles for loss and breaking up two passes. Last season was Hall’s first in the defensive backfield and despite his inexperience, the potential shown was enough to garner interest.

“I just love the mentality of defense,” Hall said. “Offensively, it’s kind of hard, you just get to run the plays. But defensively, you can kind of control the game and take it away. I feel like you have more responsibility with how the game turns out.”

Hall officially graduated from Manhattan High at the end of the fall semester, which means that he will enroll at K-State for the spring semester and will participate in spring football here in a couple of months.