Position: Wide Receiver
Previous College: None
Status: On Scholarship
Tyler Chase Ahrens (b. Feb. 8, 1996) is a scholarship wide receiver whom many project will end up grayshirting and delaying his enrollment until next spring, effectively moving him into the class of 2015.
Ahrens played for Tivy High School under head coach David Jones. Watch his highlights here.
He earned 2013 Texas District 27-4A Offensive MVP honors and was named to The San Antonio Express-News All-Area Sub-5A first team after catching 41 passes for 767 yards and 11 touchdowns for the Antlers.
Ahrens also was selected to play in the San Antonio Sports All-Star Football Game in January at the Alamodome, a game in which he hauled in nine receptions for 164 yards and a touchdown.
He earned honorable-mention all-state and all-area honors as a junior in 2012, and also participated in track.
Ahrens, who committed to K-State over Iowa State, sees himself as mainly a possession and blocking receiver.
"I want to be a security blanket for the quarterback when he's in trouble," he said in this GoPowercat.com article, "and, at the same time, I want to block the cornerbacks and just work them over when we're running the ball, too."
But his coaches have higher aspirations for him.
"Coach (Andre) Coleman told me that he'll make me a star," he told GoPowercat, "and Coach (Dana) Dimel told me about all the experiences I could have there, like playing in big bowl games against SEC teams and all of that stuff."
At 6-foot-5, Ahrens has ideal height for a go-to wide receiver, but his film suggests his top-end speed is lacking.
It remains to be seen which he'll go — star or supporting player — after a possible grayshirt year or an almost certain redshirt season in lieu of it.