Faces in KS: Alex Delton

Alex Delton of Hays is one of the top dual-threat QB's in the nation. (photo: Chet Kuplen)
By: Sports in Kansas - Chet Kuplen
Aug 21, 2014

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Alex Delton of Hays High is considered to many as one of the top dual threat quarterbacks in the nation. He is very athletic, features 4.44 speed, bench presses nearly 300 pounds and has a strong/accurate arm. However, Delton is a pass-first quarterback, so he has to be excited with the hire of new head coach, Bo Black, who is bringing the spread offense to Hays. Black spent the last 13 seasons at Great Bend, compiling an 83-47 record.

“I’m very excited for the new system, my receivers and I are going to have to be on the same page to be successful,” Delton said.

Delton, a 6-foot-1 and 195 pound senior in the class of 2015, has passed for 1,978 yards (26 TD) and ran for another 1,369 (21 TD) over the last two seasons as a starting quarterback for the Indians. He is currently the 16th ranked dual-threat quarterback in the class of 2015 and the state’s fourth best prospect by Rivals.  

Delton emerged on the recruiting scene last summer and was offered by the Kansas State Wildcats in June of 2013. It didn’t take long for Delton to realize that he wanted to play for head coach Bill Snyder as he committed to play quarterback for the Wildcats this past February.

“Coach Snyder was a huge factor in picking K-State. He has led that program for many years in the right direction and it will be an honor to play for him,” Delton said.

Delton doesn’t only shine on the football field, he was one of the top track and field athletes in 5A last spring. He ran a 10.99 at the state outdoor to take fourth in the 100 meter dash, a field that featured the state’s best sprinter in three-time state champion, Joe Reagan, now a senior at Topeka Seaman. Delton also took third in the 200 meter dash (22.27), which was also won by Reagan. Delton’s best performance would come when he anchored the state champion 4x100 meter relay team (Jordan Windholz, Clayton Riedel, Shawn Herrman, Delton) to the gold medal with a time of 42.69, just edging out Wichita Heights at 42.73.

“Track is good for football, because it always has me in shape,” Delton said.

Hays High finished 6-3 in football last season and missed the 5A playoffs under last year’s head coach Ryan Cornelsen (35-12 at Hays), now the head coach at Hutchinson.  Hays moves down to 4A-I this season in a district loaded with Buhler, Abilene and McPherson. The Indians are ranked fourth in the preseason by Kansas Pregame Magazine.

“We have to focus on each week, we have a lot of starters coming back after falling short of the playoffs last season,” Delton said. We have the players to make a serious run we just have to be clicking and all come together.”

Just because they move down a classification doesn't mean its going to be easy, but their schedule definitely helps in preparation for the brutal 4A-I district. Hays opens up the season at 6A Olathe Northwest, a 250+ mile trip. The Indians, who play in the Western Athletic Conference, won't face a 4A-I opponent until districts, in fact they will play four 6A schools and two 5A schools in the first six weeks leading up to district. 

Hays is 2-7 all-time in the state playoffs with seven playoff appearances over the years, however the Indians have only made the playoffs three times in the last 20 seasons (1995, 2011, 2012). They have never won a state football title either at Hays, but you have to like your chances of getting over that hump with a player like Delton and six starters back on each side of the ball. We caught up with the future Wildcat below.

Q&A w/ Alex Delton

How did you get involved in playing sports?

Ever since I can remember I always loved getting outside and playing some type of sport with kids in Hays. Eventually that translated on the field/court/track.

How did last season go for you?

Last season was a bit of a disappointment to be completely honest. 6-3 season falling short of the play offs is how you never want to go out. Luckily we have a lot returning to make a run this season.

What are your goals for this season?

My goals are to become closer to my team, and become more of a leader to my teammates not just on but off the field.

What are your expectations this season?

Team expectations are broken down to three parts. 1. to Focus on each week as it happens not to look down the road. 2. Become a family within our teammates /coaches. 3. Is to win a State Championship. (Which if the 1st two take place shouldn’t be an issue.

What will it take for you guys to make a run in the brand new 4A-I division?

It will take our team to come together and for everyone to play for each other, we certainly have the players to make a run, it is going to take all of us players from Freshman –Senior to buy in the system and work hard day in and day out.

How did the offseason go for you?

This off season I have been running, lifting, throwing, studying on a daily basis to be prepared for the season.

What do you have coming back this season?

Last season we lost some good players, but for the most part we are returning most. Our receivers and I will have to be on the same page with Hays High hiring Coach Black and his spread system.

Why did you pick the Wildcats?

Coach Snyder was a huge factor in picking K-State. He has led that program for many years in the right direction and it’s going to be an honor to play for him.

What suggestions would you give to a youngster looking to eventually be recruited?

Best way to expose yourself to collegiate coaches I would say is to worry about playing on Fridays FIRST! Whether how good you look at a camp if you have no film to back you up your camp performance doesn’t mean a lot .. If you take care of work in the classroom and on the field the coaches will come to you.

Whats it like with Coach Black?

Having a new coach keeps things always exciting. You have never experienced things with him so you never know what to expect. Coach Black always keeps us on our toes which I think is good.

Favorite subject in school?

Favorite subject in school in History Class or Chemistry.

How does track help you prepare for football?

Track can be helpful for football because you’re always in shape.

What’s it like to grow up in Hays?

Growing up in Hays was always nice because it is a small community where you get close to everyone.

Best opposing player you’ve faced in high school?

Best opposing player I would say is Trenton Hammond (Liberal) , he ate us up when he was in high school.

When you are not playing football, what do you like to do?

When I am not busy with football I am honestly either doing school work or doing something to get me better for football. I like to play Xbox when I have time to.

What is something the average person wouldn’t know about you?

One thing the average person wouldn’t know about me is I have always wanted to do baseball instead of track for the past two/three seasons now but I just never went out.