Tyler Ahrens, a two-star wide receiver from Kerrville, Texas, is ready to bring his talents to Manhattan. Judging by his size (6-foot-4, 200 pounds), his stats (73 catches for 1,261 yards and 11 touchdowns as a junior) and his highlight video, he looks like he could help K-State’s receiving corps when he arrives on campus.
That’s a day he is already looking forward to.
“K-State is a top 20 program, so there is a lot to like,” Ahrens said by phone. “I went up there and visited and really liked the atmosphere and the coaches. I really liked everything about it, so I committed.”
K-State co-offensive coordinator Dana Dimel handled Ahrens’ recruitment, but Ahrens said he was also impressed with Bill Snyder and receivers coach Andre Coleman. Ahrens also visited Iowa State and received interest from Texas Tech and Colorado.
He considers himself a possession receiver, but says he has the speed to beat defensive backs deep. He hopes to improve as a senior at Kerrville Tivy, the same high school that produced Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel, and to compete for playing time quickly at K-State.
“I’m big so I use my size to my advantage,” Ahrens said. “I like to work to make sure I’m a good route runner, because you can always get open if you’re a good route runner. I need to get better at some things. I could give more effort sometimes and learn to never take plays off. Right now, I’m just trying to help my team win and get to the ultimate goal of a state championship.”